Nicholas Lee is a freshman here at CNU intending to major in computer engineering. He spent this past summer as a technology intern for Fairfax County Public Schools, working in Fairfax, Virginia from June to August. While working as a tech assistant during the prior school year, he was asked to stick around to help during the summer.
Nicholas was responsible for accounting for, setting up, and distributing about 2,750 laptops to high schoolers in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) system. This was all part of an initiative called FCPSOn. FCPS are acting to equip every student with their own laptop in an effort to improve education and teach students relevant skills they will need as adults in the working world.
Nicholas reported that his favorite part of the internship was the opportunity to help his high school and future students. The biggest challenge he faced was the time constraints placed upon him. Each computer had to be imaged and processed before distribution to students. With the distribution deadline looming, this task was daunting, but Nicholas overcame this obstacle. Overall, he spoke of this internship experience as a positive one.
Last week, we welcomed CNU’s IT Services to Pizza My Mind. IT Services has a staff of about 70 employees with approximately 40 of those being students. These are the people who work to maintain CNU’s internet, phone, apps, websites, etc. They work at data centers in Ratcliffe and Luter and can also be found at the IT Help Desk in the 24 Hour room in the Trible Library.
During their presentation, led by Mr. Andrew Crawford, the CIO, they talked about a few of the projects they work on including updating CNU WiFi in residence halls across campus. They also shared some entertaining stories of massive failures like when servers had to be shut down to avoid heat damage, because an animal nested in the cooling unit and broke it.
This was a fun presentation close to the interests of students. The IT Service department speaks our language, both regarding CNU and the bigger Technological scope of things. Their ability to understand CNU and the students makes them a great employer for a job during the school year.
There are occasionally on campus job opportunities with IT Services, so keep an eye out on Handshake for future openings. One great thing about working for them is that you get to work among and for fellow students. Additionally, as they are an on campus organization, they are very flexible with hours and understand that students have classes and other activities to attend.
Thank you to CNU IT Services for joining us last week.
Welcome back to CNU, Captains. Last week’s Pizza My Mind kicked off an exciting new year with an introduction to the department for all students, new and returning. Each organization and club was introduced, and we had the honor of welcoming a few new faculty members to the department. Additionally, the mentorship program for women in PCSE as well as study abroad, research, and service opportunities were discussed.
If you’re interested in getting involved in any of these fun things, you can get more information by filling out this survey:
For the rest of the year, Pizza My Mind will return to weekly presentations given by companies. Each Thursday a new company will come to discuss what they do and what sort of job and internship openings they have. They will answer student questions and often collect resumes, so don’t forget to bring a few copies. Pizza My Mind provides an excellent opportunity to talk one on one with the presenters, have your questions answered, and give you a good shot at being considered for open positions.
Not only could you potentially get a job by attending Pizza My Mind, but the department sweetens the deal by offering extra points based on your attendance each Thursday. This year, the system has changed to make it easier for students to earn points. You accrue 5% of a point each time you attend, with special bonuses for the 10th, 12th, and 14th event attended. You can earn up to 2 points to apply to any one PCSE class at the end of the semester before finals. These points can make a huge difference, so make sure you come to as many of these events as you can!
This is an exciting year, and we hope to see all of you in future Pizza My Mind presentations and other department events.
On March 21st, Pizza My Mind was presented by IDT. IDT hosts a wide variety of work for systems engineers, software engineers, and testers as it tries to innovate the entire design process.
One notable innovation is its ATRT automation methodology. ATRT is a combination of model-based engineering and automated testing to create a stronger overall testing environment. The methodology has been applied to every step of the development lifestyle and is a key part of the company’s efficiency. Programs that have benefited from the approach include Aegis weapon testing and tactical control systems.
Derek O’Connell, a new hire with IDT, stressed that the company was a very welcoming place to new workers that wasted no time getting him involved with meaningful projects. The company is eager to have new critical thinkers tackle their future projects. Possible jobs include test analysis, virtualization, and model based development. If you would like to be the next to benefit from the opportunity then look further into IDT at the link below:
On February 21st, ivWatch hosted Pizza My Mind. CNU alumni Matthew Alley, Director of Engineering at ivWatch, leds the presentation, joined by interns and current CNU students, Isaac Sutor and Austin Sutton.
The goal of the company is to develop new ways to make delivering IVs to patients safer and ultimately save the patients and hospital money while protecting them from IV-related complications. When administered poorly, IVs can cause significant damage to a patient, making the work done at ivWatch very important. In order to combat the issue of IV-related complications, the ivWatch Model 400 is currently being developed to better monitor for proper IV application using sensors.
Both Isaac and Austin added that there are opportunities to work with data scraping and management as well. If you would like to learn more then see the site below:
Do you want to work for a company with a lot of variety? M.C. Dean just may be for you. The Pizza My Mind Presentation on March 28th, 2019 was hosted by Christian Davidson and Samira Rosado. Davidson, a CNU alum, began by explaining the vast amount of potential opportunities at the company.
M.C. Dean works with planning and building infrastructure, transportation solutions, software fixes, cyber security, power solutions, and more. The possibilities are endless and there is opportunity to change up what you work on daily. Opportunities in supporting previous work long-term are also available.
The company prides itself on hiring great employees to work with great customers and projects. Over 3,000 employees in over a dozen locations worldwide currently work at Dean. In addition, they are hiring right now!
For those who are considering applying, M.C. Dean offers competitive pay, insurance policies, and even potential tuition reimbursement. Check them out to learn more at the link below:
Do you want to work for a company with a lot of variety? M.C. Dean may be for you. The presentation was hosted by Christian Davidson and Samira Rosado. Davidson, a CNU alum, began by explaining the vast amount of potential opportunities at the company.
M.C. Dean works with planning and building infrastructure, transportation solutions, software fixes, cyber security, power solutions, and more. The possibilities are endless and their is opportunity to change up what you work on day to day. Opportunities in supporting previous work long term are also available.
The company prides itself on hiring great employees to work with great customers and do great work. Over 3,000 employees in well over a dozen locations worldwide currently work at Dean and they are hiring now.
For those who are considering applying M.C. Dean offers competitive pay, insurance policies, and even potential tuition reimbursement. Check them out to learn more at the link below.
Pizza My Mind on March 14th featured the return of Burlington Medical. Burlington Medical specializes in producing medical clothing, such as aprons, glasses, and caps, that protects from radiation.
The company prides itself on providing high quality custom products and service. The large majority of their products are custom measured for the customer to guarantee a comfortable fit. Most importantly, in addition to focusing on radiation protection from medical procedures such as X-rays, they also research preventative measures from pressure injuries such as bedsores. Future innovations and opportunities in infection control and and weight distribution for long term use are also being researched now.
Looking to apply? Innovation is the most important quality in a potential employee. New hires should also be humble, hungry for growth, and problem-solvers. Burlington is a market leader in its field and is seeking to double their growth in the next decade. Now is the the time to get in on the ground floor.
On February 28, Pizza My Mind was hosted by ID Tech, led by Weston Lawrence. ID Tech runs technology based camps over the summer with the intent of teaching children and teens about various technologies. Programming concepts and early game design are major focuses for the camps.
Currently, they are looking to hire college students to work as instructors during the Summer.Instructors are required to lead a small class of children. The age range can be flexible depending on what ages the instructor prefers to teach and the chosen area of expertise. Instructors at the summer camps have the opportunity to meet coworkers and industry professionals which often leads to beneficial networking opportunities.
Although most of the time is spent inside the classroom. outside activities are encouraged. In addition, each camp has its own culture and recreational activities decided by the instructors. There are over 100 U.S. locations to choose from with potential to choose where to work. Travel opportunities are offered as well as competitive pay, internship credits, promotions, and lodging. If you share the enthusiasm the presenters have for teaching and sharing your passions, then ID Tech may be the company for you. If you are interested, you can apply at idtech.com/jobs.
Instructors are required to lead a small class of children, age range can be flexible depending on preference, in the chosen area. Most time is spent inside the classroom but outside activities are also common and encouraged. Each camp has its own culture and recreational activities decided by the instructors as well. There are over 100 U.S. locations to choose from and there can be some choice of location for new hires when possible. Travel opportunities are offered as well as competitive pay, internship credits, promotions, and lodging.
If you share the enthusiasm the presenters have for teaching your skills then ID Tech may be the company for you. Instructors at the summer camps have the opportunity to meet coworkers and industry professionals frequently which often leads to new contacts. If you are interested apply at idtech.com/jobs.
NSWC Dahlgren is a Naval Surface Warfare Center focusing on weapon research, development, and testing. Daniel Ross introduced a unique Pizza My Mind featuring over a dozen employees of the company. It is clear they value the contributions of each employee.
Weapons testing at Dahlgren covers a wide variety of disciplines. All weapons testers undergo stringent safety testing in order to ensure proper procedure and avoid harm. Possible projects include testing the railgun, a favorite among the employees, and multiple ammunition types ranging from handguns to AC130 rounds. Testers are not limited to working in one area. Travel to weapon sites or flying in the AC130 are possible opportunities at Dahlgren. Other technologies such as advanced radar software and electromagnetic interference’s impact on technology are also tested.
Benefits offered by Dahlgren are wide. CNU alumni Brian Kondor spoke of the company’s unique offer to drive employees to work and back each day. The company also offers to help cover graduate school costs when applicable to your present work. Finally, Ciro Alcoba-Serrate, who works in the Electromagnetic Weapons Systems division spoke of the company’s leniency in allowing workers to attempt new tasks. He was able to make a case for his desire to work more on simulations and as long as he showed results he was allowed to shift his work towards his interests.
Dahlgren is focused on making ships into warships with a key focus on creating and testing weapon systems. If you like what you have heard or you’d like to learn more you can follow the link below:
Fellow Blogger Cassidy Hill introduces the Women in STEM event,
On Saturday, February 9, the Department of PSCE at Christopher Newport University partnered with Newport News Shipbuilding to host the Women in STEM Exploration Day. This was an invitation only event for middle and high school young women who are interested in STEM-related fields in college and beyond. To help the event run smoothly, CNU STEM students volunteered to host exhibits and activities throughout the day.
Jessica Gomez, the Director of Engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding, kicked off the event with opening remarks to everyone. Gomez spoke about her own personal experience being a young woman interested in STEM and how her teachers and older brother inspired her to find her gift in STEM. She encouraged every young woman in the room to take advantage of the different demonstrations they would have the opportunity to experience throughout the day and find what gives them inspiration. She ended her opening statements by telling everyone, “You are a force to be reckoned with.”
After Gomez’s remarks, students were given the chance to experience what it is like to take a college-level physics lab. Students separated into two groups, one to go to the Geometric Optics lab and the other to go to the Projectile Motion Lab. In the Optics Lab, presented by Dr. David Gore, students investigated how light bends through materials of different shapes and sizes. They played with different angles of lights, curved materials, and even made their own miniature projectors. In the Projectile Motion Lab, presented by Dr. Robert Fersch, students were given two targets, one closer and one further away, and had to experiment with the force and angles to hit the targets. At the end of each lab, both Dr. Gore and Dr. Fersch led a discussion about the theory behind their respective labs, giving students a more in depth look into what a college lab and lecture is like.
Once students were finished with both labs, they ate a pizza lunch. During their lunch, they were able to speak with female STEM majors at CNU to talk about their passions, what college is like, and the opportunities that come with being a STEM major, including different internships and clubs they can be a part of.
The rest of the afternoon was set aside for an open house full of STEM exhibits and activities, predominately led by CNU female STEM student volunteers. Just a few of the exhibits that students could enjoy were autonomous robotics, making their own slime, two-point discrimination, and even an escape room puzzle. They also had the chance to talk to CNU students about their work outside of the classroom during poster sessions, including a botany internship with the Walt Disney Company and investigating healthy waters in Newport News. Newport News Shipbuilding hosted an activity that challenged students to create their own roller coaster with just straws and tape. The catch? The ball that rode their roller coaster had to stop in designated areas given to them.
At the end of the day, Regina Miller, radiation safety analyst at Newport News Shipbuilding, gave closing remarks. She thanked Clare Maliniak for planning the day and all of the CNU volunteers for helping encourage younger women pursue their passions. Miller ended the day by telling the young women that even though being in a STEM field will be hard, they should never give up because they will get through it and they will make a difference.