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Class of 2010 Award Winners

May 28, 2010

The Information Networking Institute proudly hosted a diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 15 in honor of this year's graduates. The Class of 2010 was made up of 123 graduates from 15 countries, representing the INI's largest graduating class in its twenty-year history.

In the tradition of the diploma ceremony, the INI gave special recognition to a select number of students who had shown exceptional ability, achievement and dedication during their time in graduate school. The INI congratulates these award winners for earning such distinction.

Tyelisa Shields received the Pradeep K. Khosla Leadership Award. This award goes to an INI graduate student who has most noticeably demonstrated initiative, motivation, academic excellence and overall outstanding leadership qualities. This student has demonstrated an ability to balance scholarship with leadership and involvement. The award recipient received an engraved award and a monetary honorarium.

Tyelisa is also the recipient of the Executive Women's Forum INI Fellowship Award. In 2007, the INI began a partnership with the Executive Women's Forum, or EWF, which is a group of senior executive women in information security, risk management and privacy. The EWF is sponsored by the executive recruitment firm, Alta Associates. Together, these organizations offer the EWF INI Fellowship and award it annually to an exceptionally promising student who represents an underrepresented population in the area of information networking and technology, including women.

Bhavana Bajaj and Diwakar Goel received the Outstanding Student Service Awards. These awards recognize two INI graduate students who have demonstrated exemplary performance and contribution as a teaching assistant or research assistant. The award recipients received an engraved award and a monetary honorarium.

Bhavana Bajaj received the Outstanding Student Service Award for Teaching Assistant. She was nominated by Steve Roehrig at the Heinz College for her contribution to the Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Course in the spring of 2009.

Diwakar Goel received the Outstanding Student Service Award for Research Assistant. He was nominated by Anind Dey of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and Joy Ying Zhang from the Silicon Valley campus for the work he completed over Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 on the project titled "Usable Security and Privacy for Context-Aware Mobile Applications" at the CyLab Mobility Research Center.

See the list of previous student award winners.

Congratulations, award winners, and best wishes, Class of 2010. You all will be missed!

Leadership and EWF Awards

Outstanding Student Service Awards