Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director, Information Networking Institute; Director of Education, Training, and Outreach, CyLab
Ph.D. 2008, University of Pennsylvania
Dena Haritos Tsamitis heads operations for the Information Networking Institute (INI), a global, interdisciplinary department within the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She oversees the INI graduate programs in information networking (MSIN), information security technology and management (MSISTM), and information technology (MSIT). Under her leadership, the INI has expanded to six locations worldwide.
Dena directs education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab, the university's cybersecurity research center. She leads the MySecureCyberspace initiative to teach Internet users of all ages safe "cyberawareness" through a portal, game and curriculum. She guides the education initiatives of the 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. Also through CyLab, she serves as Principle Investigator on two NSF-funded programs: the 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 involved in the broader campus community by serving on Carnegie Mellon's strategic planning committee for Globalization and International Initiatives and the university's faculty-led International Committee. She served on the 2005-06 Campus Fulbright Committee that nominated 14 candidates from Carnegie Mellon for this prestigious award. She is also an adjunct faculty member in Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College, where she teaches core courses in educational technology and distance learning. She created a certificate program leading to the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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 the Education Advisory Council for the U.S. Air Force's Cyber Innovation Center. In 2008, she earned the Women of Influence Award, presented by Alta Associates and CSO Magazine, for her achievements in information security and education.
Dena began her career at Carnegie Mellon in 2000 as an Instructional Technology Design Specialist with the Office of Technology for Education. She consulted on numerous projects involving the integration of technology in education, evaluation of online and distance learning technologies and pedagogies, academic program evaluation, and academic program curriculum design. Additionally, she created and conducted workshops and seminars for faculty on the use of technologies in teaching. She was also instrumental in the evaluation, implementation, support and deployment of the Blackboard course management system at Carnegie Mellon, which made a major impact on how courses are delivered at the university.
In the early days of the Web, she was an Internet Analyst for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she designed and developed online educational materials for 30,000 users worldwide. Before joining Lilly, she was a programmer for USX Engineers and Consultants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dena, fluent in Greek, lived in Greece for several years, where she co-founded and operated an English Language Institute.