INI Alumnus Receives Alumni Service Award

September 30, 2013

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Carnegie Mellon University proudly hosted the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 27 during Cèilidh Weekend. Thirteen Carnegie Mellon alumni received awards for exceptional career achievements and service to the university. First presented in 1950, the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Awards recognize alumni, students, and faculty for their service to the university and its alumni, for their achievements in the arts, humanities, sciences, technology and business. To date more than 750 individuals have been honored through the program.

Marullus A. Williams (MS6), a graduate from the Master of Science in Information Networking program, received the Alumni Service Award. Nominated by INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis with support letters submitted by other alumni, faculty and an INI recent graduate who was mentored by him, Marullus is the first INI alumni to be an honoree at the Alumni Awards.

"In 1994, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company awarded me a scholarship to attend Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute upon my graduation from Florida A&M University. At the time, the telephone companies and research labs needed to train employees for the Internet era, and the INI was the ideal program to provide the highly technical and interdisciplinary education," wrote Marullus. "Having CMU as an alma mater means I am automatically assumed to be a genius, and I try not to convince people otherwise. My most rewarding experiences as a graduate involve working with INI Director Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, to recruit talented minority and women students to the department. I believe our efforts are making a difference."

In recent years, Marullus reengaged with his alma mater and brought with him new energy. Notably, he joined the INI Admissions team in recruitment efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a mentor to several students as they pursued graduates studies. He sacrificed his personal time and traveled great distances to meet with prospective students.

Dr. Tsamitis wrote: "It is a rare form of dedication that an alumnus would serve us to help recruit minority students at institutions all along the East Coast, then proceed to visit those students on campus after they have started their studies, then continue to lend them advice upon graduation, and then advise them even further as they continue their careers.

Marullus was the founding chair of the INI Alumni Leadership Council that was established in 2010. In the spring of 2012, he led council members to meet with President Cohon to discuss issues of strategic importance to the INI.

As an entrepreneur and an active member of the alumni and entrepreneur networks in the Washington, D.C. area, Marullus has readily discussed business and startup strategies with a number of faculty and other alumni. Dr. Tsamitis described him as someone who "lights up with a true excitement for the innovations coming from the university."

About Marullus A. Williams

Marullus is the president of Limbic Systems, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based IT consulting firm. Marullus graduated from the INI in 1995, and since graduating, he has served in a number of volunteer roles on behalf of the department. Since 2007, he has been a volunteer recruiter for INI with a specific focus on recruiting minority and women students. In recent years, Marullus has supported the CMU Information Assurance (IA) Capacity Building Program, a program to help build IA capacity at minority-serving institutions. Marullus has advised the INI's MySecureCyberspace outreach initiative on the Carnegie Cadets online safety game. In 2010, Marullus was selected as the initial chair of the INI Alumni Leadership Council, and he remains an active member of the Council. In 2012, Marullus was the commencement speaker for the INI Diploma Ceremony. He is active in his local community and serves as a board member for Think Local First, an advocacy group which promotes local, small businesses. He is also a DC Mayoral Appointee to the Board of the DC Workforce Investment Council. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Yamma, and two daughters, Ella and Zora. Learn more:

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