Carnegie Mellon University

At the INI, projects come in many forms.

For those with a strong interest in research and development, you can complete an independent study, thesis or research-based project at one of several research centers, including Carnegie Mellon Cylab.

However, research at the INI is not confined to the university setting. Students may also solve real-world problems for companies through internships or practicum projects.

Cisco Practicum Team

Practicum Project

Bicoastal information security and mobility students work alongside industry, research and government sponsors on a semester-long capstone project at CMU Silicon Valley. Projects span a variety of topics in computing, mobile systems and security, and range from fundamental research to software development. 

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Internship at Pinterest photo


From Pittsburgh to Palo Alto and Fort Meade to Seattle, INI students innovate at summer internships with top tech companies, research centers and government agencies. As a software engineering intern at Pinterest, Caleb de la Cruz  endeavored to make the virtual pinboard faster. “I love this job because you get to work on challenging problems alongside coworkers who are extremely talented,” he said.

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Manideep won the Research Assistantship Award

Research Assistantship (RA)

INI students have the opportunity to work on research projects through affiliated research centers. Manideep Konakandla (MSIS, 2017) served as an RA for Professor Limin Jia. “Manideep’s contributions towards finding vulnerabilities in container technologies and suggesting patches have helped millions of users who are early adaptors of the technology but are skeptical about its security,” she said.

Individual holding an Android phone.

Research-Based Project

The research-based project is a curriculum option for MSIN and MSIS students. Alex Qin and Cheng Ye Zhang (MSIT-IS, 2011) analyzed the security of Android under the supervision of Professor Nicolas Christin. Using their collective knowledge of Linux and access control systems to break the Android infrastructure, the team identified potential security breaches that Google could correct.

Areas of Student Research

Big Data Analytics

Browser Security

Computer Network Architecture 

Computer Network Protocols

Computer Simulation

Embedded Systems

Fault-Tolerant Computing

Internet of Things

Machine Learning

Mobile Security

Network Security

Operating Systems


Reserve Engineering

Sensor Networks

Smart Cars

Software Security

Storage Systems

Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices

Web Security

CyLab Office Exterior

Carnegie Mellon CyLab is one of the largest university-based cybersecurity research and education centers in the U.S.

It is a bold and visionary effort, which establishes public-private partnerships to develop new technologies for measurable, secure, available, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems. 

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