Dena Haritos Tsamitis-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Dena Haritos Tsamitis

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Dena Haritos Tsamitis
Carnegie Mellon University
4616 Henry St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-268-7195

Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director, Information Networking Institute
Founding Director of Education, Training, and Outreach, CyLab


Ph.D. 2008, University of Pennsylvania


Dena Haritos Tsamitis leads initiatives in graduate education, curriculum design and distributed education and champions cybersecurity initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the director of the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute (INI), which offers professional master's degree programs in information networking, information security, mobility and software management. Under her direction since 2004, the INI has spanned globally to offer programs in Greece, Portugal and Japan and has led the innovative design of bicoastal programs offered at the Silicon Valley campus. As the INI's associate director from 2002-2004, Dena established a master's program in Athens that was the first Carnegie Mellon degree to be earned at a global location. Her research on transnational university partnership programs has influenced the framework and delivery of numerous degree programs offered through innovative delivery models.

Dena co-founded the Women@INI (WINI) student organization in 2005. She guided students to found Graduate Organization@INI (GOINI) in 2008. She engaged with alumni to form the INI Alumni Leadership Council in 2010.

Dena led efforts in Carnegie Mellon attaining three distinct federal designations as a National Center of Academic Excellence for its merits in information assurance and cyber defense (CAE-IA/CD), research (CAE-R) and cyber operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) and being awarded $21.6M in federal scholarships for students who have gone on to serve the nation. Through these efforts, Dena is the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP). She was also the principal investigator on the NSF Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP). The IACBP was an intensive summer program to help build information assurance education and research capacity at minority-serving colleges and universities.

Dena is a founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, for which she spearheaded efforts in cybersecurity education, training and outreach. She established the MySecureCyberspace initiative to raise "cyberawareness" in Internet users of all ages through a portal, game and curriculum.

Dena serves and has served on a number of college and university-wide committees, including the College of Engineering's Online/Technology-Enhanced Education Committee, Global Programs Executive Committee and, as co-chair, the Global Campus Integration Initiative, and Carnegie Mellon University's Strategic Plan Committee, including the subcommittees of the Transformative CMU Experience working group and the Masters Student Experience, the Globalization and International Initiatives strategic planning committee, the 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 has served on several advisory councils, including the Norfolk State University Information Assurance Research, Education and Development Institute Advisory Board, Education Advisory Council for the U.S. Air Force's Cyber Innovation Center and the Advisory Board for the Master of Software Assurance Curriculum, and was a founding member of the 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. Dena earned a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.