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Sept. 24: Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute, Alta Associates Announce 2008 Scholarship Winner


Chriss Swaney                    

Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute,
Alta Associates Announce 2008 Scholarship Winner

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute (INI) and Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy presented Tyelisa Shields with a scholarship to continue her studies in the university's Master of Science in Information Technology-Information Security (MSIT-IS) program. Tyelisa ShieldsShields received the award at a forum conference Sept. 16 in Phoenix.
"I'm extremely excited about this award as I plan to work in the field of digital forensics," Shields said. "I celebrate my birthday a day after the infamous 9/11, and that has made me never forget the need for security."
Under the university's partnership agreement with Alta Associates, a senior-level EWF participant in the information security field will mentor the scholarship recipient. The EWF ( is an elite group of the nation's most influential female executives specializing in the areas of information technology, risk management and privacy. It is hosted by Alta Associates, a national recruiting firm specializing in placement of top-tier executives and their teams in a variety of information technology, risk management and information security venues.
"The Executive Women's Forum goal is to provide opportunities for women to develop their careers in the field of technology risk management in an environment that enriches their lives and the lives around them," said Joyce Brocaglia, CEO of Alta Associates' Executive Women's Forum. "We want to help women reach their potential and investing in future leaders like Tyelisa Shields will motivate other women to join this innovative career path."
Carnegie Mellon already has an active mentoring program between the EWF and the university's newly formed Women@INI student organization to provide growth opportunities for all women enrolled at the INI.  
"This scholarship is extremely important in attracting and retaining highly qualified women to careers in information networking and security," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI and of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon Cylab. "We need talented leaders for our global workplace, and this outstanding program provides the best combination of technological talent to get the job done."