October 2, 2000
The Carnegie Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University's engineering college, is expanding its Information Networking Institute to meet the demands of growing Internet technologies, including high-speed networking, Internet security and wireless mobile computing.
To accomplish this new expansion objective, the Information Networking Institute will be housed in the Engineering School's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department under the direction of Dowd Professor Pradeep K. Khosla. During the past year, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has hired new faculty in the areas of networking and wireless, two strategic areas of interest to the Information Networking Institute.
"The Information Networking Institute has grown to be a very important component of education in information technology, and its integration of engineering, computer science and business makes it a unique program at a national level," said John L. Anderson, dean of the engineering college.
The institute was established in 1989 by the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the School of Computer Science and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration. The institute awards a master's degree in information networking to about 30 students a year.
"We have found just the right place for the Information Networking Institute," said Ben Bennington, institute director since 1992. "We continue to work to make the institute one of the premier places for research and education."
The Information Networking Institute developed the wireless Andrew system. It also has been a leader in developing mobile applications for emergency response, health care and systems for the mining and construction industry. Some of the institute's work and research has been sponsored by a variety of information technology providers, including AT&T, Digital Equipment Corp., Nippon Mining, Lucent Technologies, Caterpillar and Daimler-Chrysler.