Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Leadership Council

Seeking to engage and strengthen the INI alumni network and help INI achieve its strategic goals.


Connecting alumni more closely with each other, the INI and CMU, their community and professional partners.

Creating sustainable strategies to engage INI alumni in meaningful ways.

Providing insight drawn from our careers and INI experience.

Meet the INI Alumni Leadership Council

Formed in 2009 as a group of valued advisors and passionate advocates.


Samantha Allen, Chair

2015 Graduate—Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM)

Samantha is originally from Gary, Indiana and earned her B.S. in Computer Science from Hampton University. She is currently based in the DC metropolitan area, where she works as a Cyber Security Engineer and Project Manager at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), performing research and development in cybersecurity. She is involved in developing, testing, and integrating software, networking and other technologies that support advanced and scalable cybersecurity systems, as well as address operational challenges.

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Archie Agrawal

2015 Graduate—Master of Science in Information Technology - Software Management (MSIT-SM)

Archie Agrawal is Product Lead at Amazon working on appropriately handling user-generated content via human-in-the-loop machine learning. She brings strong product management expertise in building consumer and enterprise products. She leads cross-functional teams, drives product strategy and vision, and shows thought leadership in grappling with markets, business, and customer needs. Previously, she has held key roles at Microsoft and Bank of America. In her free time, she loves to read books and mentors new product managers to create the next generation of product leaders.

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Yen-Ming Chen

1999 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN)

Yen-Ming is a Senior Program Manager at Apple, where he leads a team that focuses on managing regulatory compliance and security risk. He has over 15 years of technical and management experience in Risk, Security and Compliance covering various technologies, countries and industrial regulations. In fall 2017, he sponsored an INI practicum project to build a solution of trust management platform powered by Blockchain.

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Victor Dibia

2011 Graduate—Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN)

Victor is a Research Engineer at Cloudera Fast Forward Labs. His interests are in the intersection of Machine Learning and Human Computer Interaction. He was previously a Research Staff Member at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Technical Instructor at MIT and a startup founder. Following his graduation from the INI, Victor obtained a PhD in Information Systems from City University of Hong Kong. Connect with Victor on Twitter @vykthur.

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John Droggitis

1991 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN)

John is the Engineering Manager at Facebook with prior experience in financial services. He is an MS02 graduate with great experience both in the industry and in the growth of the INI. He has served on the Alumni Leadership Council for several years, including as the ALC Chair. He enjoys mentoring INI students and participating in student engagement activities.

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Hana Habib

2014 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Security (MSIT-IS)

Hana is a PhD student in the Societal Computing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on user behavior and preferences in relation to digital privacy and security, and how to make privacy and security interfaces easier to use. Hana was the 2014 recipient of the EWF INI Fellowship. Prior to her studies at CMU, Hana worked as a software engineer at the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Navin Kumar

2005 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN)

Navin grew up in Houston, TX and earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University. He graduated from the INI in 2005 and has been working in startups in the IT space ever since. In 2015, Navin and three others pivoted from their original startup to found Insight Engines, where they work to make machine data accessible through natural language.

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Xinfeng Le

2014 Graduate - Master of Science in Information Technology-Mobility (MSIT-MOB) 

Xinfeng is a Senior Product Manager at Uber Freight, where she leads the carrier experience product team. She first joined Uber in 2016 as part of the Global Growth team to help unlock growth internationally in key strategic regions like China and APAC. Prior to Uber, she led product strategy and execution around notification experience at eBay. Xinfeng earned her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Southeast University in China.

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Zoe Lin

2018 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN)

Zoe is a Software Engineer on LinkedIn’s big data infrastructure team. Prior to LinkedIn, she attended Wuhan University, UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon, focusing on computer science. Zoe is passionate about entrepreneurship; she was VP of Competition at CMU Summit and has been involved in a few startups. As a former co-chair of Women@INI (WINI), she is passionate about supporting women in tech.

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Tyelisa Shields

2010 Graduate - Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Security (MSIT-IS)

Tyelisa (the humorist, go-getter, and quiet leader with enthusiasm and insight) is a native of Concord, NC and now resides in San Jose, CA.  She earned her B.S. in Computer Science from Grambling State University. Shields was the 2009 recipient of the EWF INI Fellowship and the 2010 recipient of the Pradeep K. Khosla Leadership Award.

Tyelisa is currently an Information Security Risk Manager in Apple’s Internet Services & Solutions division where she helps ensure that products such as Beats, Apple Music, iTunes, and iCloud are secure.

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Evan Wright

2008 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS)

Evan is a Staff Data Scientist at FireEye. Evan's 20-year career transitioned from computer networking to network security, and eventually to algorithmic detection of adversary patterns. Evan's prior work experience includes applied academic research, national security defense, and network administration. Besides machine learning applications, Evan's technical experience has focused on ultra-large-scale network monitoring, malicious network traffic detection, IPv6 security and intelligence fusion.

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Devika Yeragudipati Devarakond

2012 Graduate - Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM)

Devika is currently a Security Engineer in Apple Media Services at Apple, where she works with engineers and product owners to understand risk and help with secure design, implemention and deployment of products. She is very interested in security (risk, validation, assurance, threat modeling, pen-testing, security awareness), as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

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Jacob (Ranchao) Zhang

2019 Graduate - Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Security (MSIT-IS)

Ranchao is a Senior Software Engineer at Facebook, where he works with the Ads Ranking Machine Learning Infrastructure team to build next-generation, privacy-centric feature framework and enable advanced machine learning use cases for Facebook Ads. Prior to Facebook, Ranchao worked for Airbnb, where he used the skills he learned at the INI and CMU to help build next-generation payments solutions across 196 countries and 90 currencies. Ranchao earned his Bachelor's in Computer Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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Ruchi Banerjee

ALC Student Representative (Second-Year)


Nishant Rajesh Tayade

ALC Student Representative (First-Year)