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INI Alumni Gathered for Spring Carnival

April 26, 2013

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The INI joined in the festivities of the university's annual Spring Carnival & Reunion Weekend by hosting a happy hour for alumni on Friday, April 19 at Soba Lounge in Pittsburgh's Shady Side neighborhood. The event was well attended by over 30 alumni in addition to several members of the faculty and staff, including Dr. Marvin Sirbu, the INI's founder and a professor in the College of Engineering's Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy departments.

INI Director Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis welcomed the guests. Alumni were represented from throughout the INI's twenty-four year history, including graduates from the early 1990s up through the Class of 2012. Several came from out of town to make a weekend visit to Pittsburgh.

"I had a great time meeting up with friends, alumni and members of the INI family," said Nandita Rao (MS22), a consultant with Ernst & Young in New York City. "I'm glad I was able to connect with Marvin while he recounted the story of INI's inception and to network with INI alumni."

Nandita was pleased to meet up with other alumni, including Marullus Williams (MS6), president of Limbic Systems, who was the guest speaker at her diploma ceremony and Marachel Knight (MS7), vice president of program management for strategic programs at AT&T, who was a panelist for the INI's event, the Women and the Economy forum in 2011.

All weekend long, visitors to campus had dozens of activities to choose from, beginning with the festive "Fractured Fairytales" themed carnival booths on the Midway along Forbes Avenue. Current students involved in research, the arts, and various other initiatives on campus put "their heart into their work" through performances and presentations. A group of INI students were pleased to present their current research at the INI's classroom in the Collaborative Innovation Center. Participants from the INI community attended the College of Engineering's Brunch on Friday morning for the chance to network with other engineering alumni, faculty and staff.

Pictured above: Marvin Sirbu