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.


John Droggitis, Chair

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

John is a Managing Director of The Bank of New York Mellon and Head of Middle Office Technology. He is responsible for managing a sustainable technology infrastructure and group of services that provide a complete set of Middle Office services to Investment Managers. In this capacity, John plans and executes on a product offering of multiple components developed in-house or by vendor partners, and oversees a staff of software engineers, business and technical analysts, technical project managers and production support engineers located in multiple global locations.

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Samantha Allen

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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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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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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Vic Kapur

2001 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN)

Vic is an early-stage investor (first investment was a CMU startup). In addition, he works with select founders and investors to help build high-performance teams. Prior to founding VisionPassage, he was running sales and operations on the west coast for a $18+ billion technology and business services company that gifted $35 million to CMU, its largest ever corporate gift. Vic’s younger brother is also a CMU graduate. As part of the CMU San Francisco Bay Area alumni board and as a CMU VentureBridge startup advisor, Vic works closely with CMU alums in the Bay Area through various events he organizes. Developing meaningful relationships with great talent excites him, and he’s happy to connect.

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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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Utsav Mohata

2008 Graduate – Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN)

Utsav has been a Software Engineer at Microsoft since 2013, where he works in the Azure Storage team to bring the SMB protocol to the cloud. His prior work experience includes distributed storage systems, boxed and cloud storage systems and file systems in companies like NetApp, VMware and Omneon.

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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

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

Devika works in security (threat modeling, pen-testing, security awareness), and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Currently, she is a Senior Security Architect in the Product Security team at Bloomberg, where she works with engineers and product owners to securely design, implement, and deploy products. Her areas of focus are the Bloomberg Terminal, Regulated Entities, and proprietary protocols and frameworks. Devika is also a mentor and volunteer who has been involved in a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including Bloomberg Women in Tech, Girls Who Code, CodeNow, Best of Bloomberg (BOB), and others. 

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Jacob (Ranchao) Zhang

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

Jacob is currently working as a software engineer at Airbnb in Payments, where he uses the skills he learned at INI and CMU to build next-generation solutions across 196 countries and in over 90 currencies. 

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Marjan Salamati-Pour

ALC Student Representative (Second-Year)


Sara Schwarz Iglesias

ALC Student Representative (First-Year)