First EWF Fellow Earns Her Degree

December 19, 2008

As the Carnegie Mellon campus wraps up the fall semester, Alta Associates and the Information Networking Institute (INI) are proud to recognize one student in particular, Amy Rambhia, who has completed the requirements for her master's degree in information security technology and management.

Amy was the first recipient of the Executive Women's Forum Fellowship (EWF), sponsored by Alta Associates and the INI, which provides a full scholarship and an executive-level mentor to one graduate student with aspirations in the field of information security and risk management. Amy will now join Microsoft Corporation as a program manager in the Networking Group.

The second EWF fellow, Tyelisa Shields, has just completed her first semester at the INI in the Master of Science in Information Technology – Information Security program. In this unique program, Shields will spend the spring and summer in Silicon Valley and have the opportunity to work closely with an organization in the IT industry. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2009.

A third EWF fellowship will go to an incoming graduate student at the Information Networking Institute in the fall of 2009.

This past fall, the two EWF fellows were recognized at Alta Associate's annual Executive Women's Forum, an annual conference for leadership in information security and risk management. Also honored at the conference, INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis received a Women of Influence Award for her influence and contributions in the information security community.

Pictured: (left) Joyce Brocaglia and Dena Haritos Tsamitis, with Bob Bragdon, publisher of Chief Security Officer Magazine. (right) Brocaglia and Tyelisa Shields. (top) Amy Rambhia.