The INI Celebrates New and Returning Students

September 05, 2012

Another fall semester is underway! The INI welcomes its first-year students (MS24) to Pittsburgh for its programs in information networking, information technology security and management, and information technology with tracks in mobility, security and software management.

The incoming INI students number over 120. They come from 15 different countries, which include Benin, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. These students are embarking on rigorous master's degree programs that are completed in 16 or 20 months.

The INI introduced students to campus and the unique INI teaching and learning environment through a two-day orientation on Aug. 23-24, where students became acquainted with each other, received advice from faculty and staff, and participated in team-building activities.

The annual INI boat cruise is an annual tradition for students. On the evening of Thursday, August 30, the students took to the waters of Pittsburgh's three rivers aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Both first-year and second-year students climbed aboard to enjoy dinner, dancing and scenic views of the city's riverside.

On this year's cruise, the INI announced winners of 2012 conference scholarships. As a gold-level sponsor of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the INI held an essay contest for awarding trips to the conference. Gouri Joshi (MS23), Meghna Lav (MS24), Shifa Fazal Mhamood (MS23) and Oulin Yao (MS24) were the winners and will attend the conference in Baltimore in early October. Two other women students were recognized. Erye Hernandez (MS24), from Sterling, Va., received this year's Executive Women's Forum INI Fellowship, and Yasmine Kandissounon (MS24), from Benin, received the first Roseanne Silva Scholarship, a new award established by an INI alumna.

More students were also recognized for their involvement in the INI's two student-run organizations, Women@INI (WINI) and Graduate Organization@INI (GOINI). The officers of each organization were asked to step forward and have their pictures taken. The photos from the evening event are available on the INI's Flickr gallery.

The INI students appreciated the orientation festivities as a good way to start off their programs, as they prepared for the much anticipated and academically challenging semester ahead.

Pictured above: INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Gouri Joshi, Meghna Lav, Oulin Yao and WINI Staff Coordinator Jamie Lehneke