Carnegie Mellon University

Student Organizations

Women@INI (WINI) and Graduate Organization@INI (GOINI) plan and host events throughout the academic year and provide a community of support for students during their time in graduate school.

Women@INI (WINI)

Creating a nurturing and inspiring learning environment that promotes and celebrates gender and cultural diversity, both within and beyond the INI.

Group of WINI members

WINI MS29 Officers

Pittsburgh Campus: 

Karthika BrakaspathyEra Vuksani, and Meenakshy Balachandran 

Silicon Valley Campus:

Nisha Tangirala and Jingjie (Ginger) Yu 

WINI MS28 Officers

Pittsburgh Campus: 

Sindhu Simhadri and Zoe (Zhiyuan) Lin

Silicon Valley Campus:

 Alin Nagraj and Vibha Iyengar

first ice cream social

When Dena Haritos Tsamitis joined the INI as associate director in 2002, not even one in 10 students were female. She founded WINI in 2005 to create a nuturing and inspiring learning environment that celebrates gender and cultural diversity. 

t-shirts of wini

WINI plans networking opportunities, social events and community service. Members walk away with lasting friendships. In addition to gaining confidence, members are equipped with tools for success through workshops, speaker series and mentorship opportunities.

hiral shah alumna

WINI helped make the INI feel like home when Hiral Shah (2009) first came to the U.S. from India. The positive experience inspired her to cofound a similar organization during her time at Apple. Other alumna have done the same at Salesforce and YP. 

Graduate Organization@INI (GOINI)

Nurturing the leadership and networking skills of all INI students.

GOINI spring picnic

GOINI MS29 Officers

Pittsburgh Campus:

President  Jay Powser
Vice President Alex Fulton
Treasurer Rachel Eaton
Events Co-Chairs Sam Dlinn
Meenakshy Balachandran

Silicon Valley Campus

SV Vice President

Nishchala Tangirala

SV Co-Chairs

Ginger Yu
Chris Hensler

GOINI MS28 Officers

Pittsburgh Campus:

President  Pouria Pezeshkian
Treasurer Jaideep Joshi
Events Co-Chairs Sudarshana Narendiran
Adam Tse

Silicon Valley Campus

SV Co-Chairs Vibha Iyengar
Alin Nagraj

end of semester celebration

GOINI works with its members to instill an ideal blend of professional values and social networking skills in student life at the INI. We strive to build a local and global community and to foster an awareness of the INI identity.

We also aim to create a safe, comfortable environment for INI students, helping them to be more productive, and to create stronger bonds between students that will last well beyond their time at the INI.

food bank

GOINI offers students a number of chances to take leadership roles, explore the city and region, network with other students, engage in community service and deepen their relationships with each other.

Our goal is to make everyone feel not just welcomed but also excited to participate.


Don't Struggle Like I Did (DSLID) is a workshop series led by GOINI to assist incoming students with acclimating to grad school life, including positives and negatives to stress, different ways of dealing with stress reactions, and how to evaluate and improve your environment and study time.