INI Alumni Reconnect

January 22, 2009

On a cold January evening, a small group convened inside an elegant restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C., where tiny lights still glowed as a reminder of recent holiday celebrations. Although guests represented different graduation years, everyone had one thing in common—memories of the INI and their graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon. What started as a well-orchestrated networking event soon warmed into a relaxed, heartfelt evening.

DC Recap

The intimate gathering was made up of about thirty INI alumni spanning the classes of 1995 to 2008. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, INI Director, welcomed everybody, introduced each guest, and gave updates on current activities at the INI. The guest list included CEOs, engineers, analysts and consultants, many of whom provide expertise and services to government departments and agencies in the Capital Region.

Many of the guests shared stories from their time at the INI. One alumna described a notorious April Fool's Day joke that turned the INI building into a prison for a day, while another reflected on the opportunity to study abroad with INI students in Athens, Greece. Conversation hummed over dinner and late into the evening.

Upcoming Alumni Events

The DC event was the first of several INI alumni happenings that are scheduled for 2009. Silicon Valley area alumni will be invited to an event scheduled for early April, which will include the current students in the Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley MSIT-IS program. An event for INI alumni in the Seattle area will take place in early June. Alumni who live in these regions should watch their inboxes and the INI Facebook Group for event details in the future.

Founded in 1989, the INI is planning several special events to take place during 2009-2010 in honor of its 20th anniversary, where INI students, faculty and alumni can reconnect with old acquaintances, meet new people, and further discuss the information networking, information security, and information technology fields.

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