Director, Information Networking Institute
Barbara Lazarus Professor in Information Networking and Founding Director, Education, Training and Outreach, CyLab
Carnegie Mellon University
4616 Henry St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Dena Haritos Tsamitis has led the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute (INI) as
Under her direction, the INI has spanned globally to offer programs in Greece, Portugal
A student advocate and mentor of women in technology, Dena is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM fields. In 2005, she co-founded the student organization, Women@INI (WINI), to address the unique challenges faced by women in the male-dominated field of engineering. To extend WINI’s influence beyond the INI, she established a partnership with the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy. In addition to providing scholarship funds, the partnership offers invaluable networking and mentorship opportunities to develop women leaders in information security and privacy. Dena’s efforts have impacted INI students and alumni alike; in 2008, she established Graduate Organization@INI (
Dena led efforts in Carnegie Mellon attaining three distinct federal designations as a National Center of Academic Excellence for its merits in information assurance and cyber defense (CAE-IA/CD), research (CAE-R) and cyber operations (CAE-Cyber Ops). Through these efforts, Dena is the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP
Dena is a founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, for which she spearheaded efforts in cybersecurity education, training
Dena has served on a number of college and university-wide committees, including Carnegie Mellon’s strategic planning committee for the previous three strategic plan cycles. She currently co-chairs the College of Engineering Global Campus committee. As a guest speaker, Dena has presented on the topics of cybersecurity and transnational university partnerships at numerous events and conferences. Dena has also served on several advisory councils, including the Education Advisory Council for the U.S. Air Force's Cyber Innovation Center and the Advisory Board for the Master of Software Assurance Curriculum, and was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Executive Doctorate at University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.Currently, Dena is a member of the American College of Greece Board of Trustees. She also serves on the board of advisors for the RSA Conference, EWF, RedMarlin, Inc., Prime Tech Partners and the Norfolk State University Information Assurance Research, Education and Development Institute.
For her achievements in information security and education, Dena received the 2008 Women of Influence Award, presented by Alta Associates and CSO Magazine. Carnegie Mellon honored Dena with the 2012 Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring in recognition of her leadership promoting equality and inclusion and her long-standing commitment to mentoring graduate students and faculty. In 2017, Dena was named as the first recipient of the Barbara Lazarus Professorship in Information Networking at Carnegie Mellon University.