Director, Information Networking Institute
Director of Education, Training, and Outreach, CyLab
Carnegie Mellon University
Dena Haritos Tsamitis heads the Information Networking Institute, a global, interdisciplinary department within the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She oversees the INI graduate programs in information networking, information security technology and management and information technology, as well as a new executive program in information assurance. Under her leadership, the INI has offered its programs in global locations, including Athens, Greece; Kobe, Japan; and Lisbon and Aveiro, Portugal. More recently, she led the innovative design of bicoastal programs in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley that positioned the INI to offer three master's degrees in information technology in the areas of mobility, information security and software management.
Dena also directs education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab. She leads the MySecureCyberspace initiative to raise "cyberawareness" in Internet users of all ages through a portal, game and curriculum. She guides the education initiatives of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Situational Awareness for Everyone center, which explores ways to improve computer defenses by incorporating models of human, computer and attack interactions into the defenses themselves. She serves as the principal investigator on two educational programs in information assurance funded by the NSF, the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program and the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP). The SFS program provides full scholarships to highly qualified students pursuing studies in information assurance. The IACBP is an intensive summer program to help build information assurance education and research capacity at minority-serving colleges and universities. Dena is also principal investigator on the DOD-funded Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP).
To build up the INI community, Dena established two graduate student organizations, Women@INI (WINI) and Graduate Organization@INI (GOINI). WINI is designed to promote, attract and retain women in information technology careers. GOINI is aimed to achieve an ideal blend of professional values and social networking skills among students and ultimately create a bond among students that will last well beyond their time at the INI. She also established the INI Alumni Leadership Council to gain alumni insight and guidance on achieving departmental goals.
Dena is involved in the broader campus community and serves on the college's Online/Technology-Enhanced Education Committee. She has served on Carnegie Mellon's strategic planning committee for Globalization and International Initiatives, the university's faculty-led International Committee and the campus Fulbright Committee.
As a guest speaker, Dena has presented on the topics of cybersecurity and transnational university partnerships at numerous events and conferences. Dena is a member of several advisory councils, including the Education Advisory Council for the U.S. Air Force's Cyber Innovation Center, the Advisory Board for the Master of Software Assurance Curriculum, and the Alumni Advisory Board for the Executive Doctorate at University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.
Carnegie Mellon honored Dena with the 2012 Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring in recognition of outstanding contributions by faculty. The European Art Center bestowed her an award and honorary membership in 2009 for her contribution to education in Greece. She earned the 2008 Women of Influence Award, presented by Alta Associates and CSO Magazine, for her achievements in information security and education.