New Site Highlights Information Networking, Security, and Technology Programs

January 08, 2009

As it enters its twentieth year, the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute (INI) announces the launch of the department's new Web site. The new site displays marketing videos, feature stories, news, events and alumni updates, in addition to giving details on the department's graduate programs, application instructions, outreach initiatives and industry partnerships.

The Web site was redesigned by staff members Christa Jones and Ann Lyon Ritchie with technical assistance from Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Web site incorporates a content management system by Hannon Hill. 

"The homepage is dynamic with stories about our faculty and alumni and photos of our events. Video and other multimedia are interesting new aspects, while the site still provides the same helpful, detailed content that our current and prospective students need," said Jones, Multimedia, Marketing and Events Manager. 

Inspired by the Carnegie Mellon homepage, the Web site design spotlights the accomplishments of faculty, students and alumni. Among the INI's many talented alumni are Jesse Schell, founder of Schell Games and a professor at the Entertainment Technology Center, and entrepreneurs Hooman Radfar and Austin Fath, who were listed among BusinessWeek's 2007 top young technology innovators. The projects of faculty members, who are often affiliated with the INI's research partner Carnegie Mellon CyLab, are also featured.

Videos were an important feature added to the Web site due to a growing trend of online video. In addition to the INI site, the videos will play on the Carnegie Mellon Channel and the Information Networking Institute Channel on YouTube.

"The Web site will promote our numerous events and achievements and will be a great recruiting tool for attracting the best and brightest students who aspire to positions of leadership in technology," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director of the INI.

Established in 1989, the INI at Carnegie Mellon was the nation's first research and education center devoted to information networking. Today, it is an integral department of the College of Engineering, with over 700 alumni, and teaches programs in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley, Greece, Japan and Portugal. The INI plans a number of events in 2009 to mark its twentieth anniversary, leading up to Homecoming Weekend in October.

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