What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

The last Pizza My Mind was hosted by SPAWAR or Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Senior project supervisor Jonathan Wells led the presentation. Wells has worked on the systems that led to chips in credit cards and on new medical systems that are implemented by the government.

Senior project supervisor Jonathan Wells leads the presentation.

The opportunity to work on potentially important new technological developments is an exciting one!

SPAWAR is of course a navy contractor primarily. Wells describes the role as an employee at SPAWAR as a way to work on projects with a tangible impact on how the navy develops in which you can see the effect your actions have had unlike in many larger companies. An employee may work in software development, engineering, or help with facilitating communication between two subs while underwater for example.

The “competency alignment” system is intended to guarantee that each employee works in the area that best suits them. Employees also have travel opportunities, 10 paid holidays, assistance towards a master degree, and flexible hours. SPAWAR also has a stem program focused on teaching high school students robotics that employees can take part in.

Jonathan Wells speaks to a student

SPAWAR has an intern program where interns could work on rewriting legacy systems, creating a new maintenance app, or helping develop connectivity processes for marine corp laptops. Interns must be eligible for security clearances in order to apply.

Send an email to jobs.spawar.navy.mil to apply or give your resume to Wells. For more info go their site below.

http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Pages/default.aspx

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Last week’s Pizza My Mind was hosted by the Rotary and Mission systems branch of Lockheed Martin in Manassas, VA. Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that focuses on the research, design, development, manufacture, and integration of advanced technology systems and services.

Dennis Coo leads the presentation

The company has undergone a few changes since their last Pizza My Mind. There are now four main groupings within the company. The groupings are Aeronautics, Missiles and Fire Control, Rotary and Mission Systems, and Space Systems. The technologies group has now mostly been sold off and refolded into the other groups.

Lockheed Martin employees Dennis Coo and Amy Nandy led the presentation. They focused on possible opportunities and positions in Manassas, VA where they work but many of these details apply to the other locations across the country as well. There are sites all over the world and over a dozen throughout the US. Positions at the Manassas site include a Prime system engineer who oversees the entire product life cycle, systems engineers, software engineers, and electrical and mechanical designers.

CNU alumni Colin Framinan is a system integrator at Lockheed Martin. He spoke of his work on the sonar of submarines and experiences with the mentor system. New employees or interns are provided a mentor in order to help them function within the company.

Prompted by a question from Tanner Reed, intern and CNU student David Kroell took a moment to say that all CNU classes in the field help to prepare students for working at Lockheed Martin. He suggested a focus on OS learning and Information Systems to be better prepared.

This was followed by a thorough explanation of why the company isn’t called Martin Lockheeed thanks to a student question. Apparently it is a merger between two companies and Coo had no idea why the order was chosen.

Lockheed Martin employees also average 1.2 million volunteer hours in the last decade. Educational outreach programs in STEM fields and robotics are available as well as standard donations and customer outreach.

Dennis Coo revealed about 20% of the work they do is international. For the Manassas site, this is primarily helping modernize the royal Australian navy.

Amy Nandy speaks to a student

The recruiting cycle begins in September and goes through December so feel free to start applying. If you would like more info on possible job opportunities please check out their website.

http://lockheedmartinjobs.com/college-students.aspx

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Perfect Commerce hosted a Pizza My Mind. Senior employee Barclay Shell, director of the Perfect Procure project, and recent CNU grad Elliot Rieflin guided the presentation. Both men are part of a six person team following an agile development approach which currently includes for CNU grads and one CNU intern so keep an eye on this company future CNU grads.

Perfect Commerce employees Barclay Shell and Elliot Rieflin

The Perfect Procure project is a cloud based procurance software. Coding within Perfect Commerce is primarily in c++ or Java with rare Visual Basic. Elliot focused on java coding in the back end and on upgrading the ui of Perfect Procure. It is stressed that each ui is intended to be as similar to others in the company as possible including a mandatory navigation bar. Current CNU intern Nick works primarily on localization of the new ui and bug fixing.

Perfect Commerce works with large companies such as IBM and Campbell’s. The goal of Perfect Procure is to create a library of base Angular components that can be used to create multiple different products off of a similar base in future projects.

Angular is a web framework used to build applications on top of back end code. It is the primary way for the company to streamline its ui.

Perfect commerce began using Angular almost immediately after release so they will take the chance to try new technology. If you are a student interested in trying out new things and working out challenges then consider Perfect Commerce. Elliot refers to how difficult it was to find Angular info when Angular js was still heavily in use. Just a reminder of how quickly technolo

The work culture is relaxed and focused on interaction during coding. There is no GPA requirement to apply. If you wish to apply then email Barclay Shell at barclay.shell@perfect.com

Learn more at http://www.perfect.com/

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Last week’s Pizza My Mind was hosted by CVP. CVP is a company focused on delivering tech solutions and innovative strategies to solve the needs of its clients. Big Data is a large focus of the company as well as cyber security, BizDevOps, and Secure Cloud.

Ralene Wagoner introducing CVP

CVP’s CEO Anirudh Kulkarni left a message that applies to all students. “Change Happens. Continuously.” He believes CVP is a company capable of evolving with its employees and the world in order to continue to succeed. They want to hire students who agree with this.

Francis Townsend, one of CVP’s presenters, focused on CVP’s business with the Department of Homeland Security. The company provides interfaces with several other government agencies and reports data directly to Homeland Security. CNU graduate Louis Gomez took over to discuss serverless functions with Amazon Lambda. Lambda is a step towards no infrastructure management of databases. Louis worked with this technology as well as on creating a door greeter for Amazon Echo that receives data and returns it to the CVP host. These are examples of the type of work a full time employee will take part in.

Francis Townsend addressing the crowd

CVP employees are placed in “module” or area of focus in which their projects take place in. However, moving between modules and projects is encouraged. Each employee also possesses a PDP or Performance Development Plan. The plan works on a points system with a certain amount required to be in the plan. Elements include performance reviews, project goals, and training. A mentor is assigned in order to help every employee reach this goal as well as recognition awards.

CNU Alumni Louis Gomez talking to students

A program known as CVP Cares Initiatives allows CVP employees to get paid for a day of service to the community and spruce up the work week occasionally.

The presentation ended as usual with a Q and A session. All three presenters were personable and answered questions excellently. They seemed passionate about their jobs and that passion will transfer well as employers. Check out CVP.

If you would like to apply or learn more go to www.CVPcorp.com or apply for an interview with CVP in the campus Career Center on November 2nd.

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind was hosted by Daniel H. Wagner Associates, INC. Senior Associate James Eanes from the Hampton, VA office led the discussion along with help from CNU masters student William Drumheller and CNU intern Jack Luft. Wagner Associates focuses on Operations Research, Mathematics and Software Development.

Senior Associate James Eanes beginning the presentation

Areas of interest include Data Fusion where Wagner Associates is working to make use of autonomous boats in order to detect submarines and other threats as well as create an efficient defense strategy based on sensor and location data. Cloud computing is a key element for future employees as a tool. The company will also be working with mathematical solutions to parallel computing, mission planning and financial questions.

William Drumheller described one of his days working on a military boat, intended to be autonomous eventually, all day after being asked by another student if he ever got to see the boats. His day sounded very hectic but also engaging and interesting. The entire day is spent gathering data on the systems and working with others. I am personally very interested in an opportunity to to work hands on with new technology and learn how the military works. If you are too, then consider applying to Wagner.

Wagner offers flexible work hours within a casual work environment. Work is available in Virginia in Hampton, VA and Vienna, VA as well as Exton, PA. Full time employees will have 89% of their health insurance premium covered. Interns will be paid.

It is required that applicants be a US citizen preferably with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering. Degrees in mathematics or engineering will be considered. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.3. Applications can be sent in now.

For more info on opportunities in Hampton, VA email jobs2017@va.wagner.com
For Vienna, VA email jobsNVA@nva.wagner.com

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Welcome back to CNU Captains! This weeks Pizza My Mind served as an introductory session for those who are new to the department or just want to know more about what it can offer.

The crowd waiting for the event to start


For those freshman who are unaware: Pizza My Mind is a weekly event held in the first floor lecture hall in Luter. Each Thursday a spokesman from a company will speak about their company and possible opportunities they offer as well as offering free pizza. Extra credit is also available to those who attend the majority of the events.

Several PCSE club leaders introduced their clubs briefly in order to gauge interest. If you are interested in learning more about any PCSE club then please go here and select the clubs you are interested in. From there the clubs will contact you themselves through email.

President Jordan Hines and VP Miya Washington of the Society of Women Engineers.

Look out for emails by Clare Maliniak and Dr. Lambert about potential help for events, tutoring positions, and other jobs as they become available. Your professors will also hold information on research opportunities for students. If interested please talk to your professors about what they are working on.

The CNU PCSE blog will be updated weekly with info on Pizza My Mind as well as other interesting information. Please check back or follow the CNU PCSE department Facebook page and twitter account @cnuPCSE for information on upcoming events and other news.

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Hello Captains! We were very excited to host a new company this past Thursday called ivWatch. IvWatch is a local medial company located in Hampton, Virginia. Their goal is to advance patient safety in infusion therapy and vascular access.

 

Students listening to ivWatch present

 

Peripheral IV’s are a common procedure that comes with common problems. About 90% of hospital patients get an IV but the current IV failure rate is 50%, 23%. These failures are due to infiltration. IvWatch has come up with a product for early detection of IV infiltration. The ivWatch Model 400 is a patient monitoring device that uses a reusable sensor cable with a visible and near-infrared light that looks for changes in the optical properties of the tissue near the PIV insertion site. If infiltration is detected, the ivWatch monitor will provide audible and visible notifications, alerting clinicians of an infiltration event. The benefit of this device is that it offers an affordable solution and immediate improvement in patient safety.

IvWatch is looking for internships and full positions to be filled. They do not require a security clearance. The positions are not specific and experience is not as important but if you are smart and are willing to work they will find a place for you. They want a resume and a cover letter and they do check social media.

If you want more information or just want to visit the website, check them out at ivwatch.com

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Jonah Lazar speaking on behalf of TMA. President Matt Jones and Kate Shirley listen on the left.

Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind was hosted by Technology Management Associates Inc., (TMA). TMA is a DOD contractor and part of the intelligence community focusing almost exclusively on government contracts. Company President Matt Jones and Kate Shirley led the presentation with help from current TMA intern Jonah Lazar. “Interning at TMA was an extremely rewarding experience. I learned a lot about professional software development practices, and felt like my work and input was valued and productive. I look forward to going back to TMA this summer”, said Jonah. Jonah is currently a junior double majoring in computer science and computer engineering.

Mr. Jones considers TMA a “mission first” company which focuses on developing solutions and then moving on to new problems after properly implementing them. TMA does not specialize in long term support of its projects which allows its employees to experience a varied work environment. One of the companies’ notable projects is Note Shark, a project focused on utilizing automated money counters to read OCR serial numbers on money used in police drug buys so that it can tracked.

Working at TMA requires U.S. citizenship and the ability to be eligible for security clearance. Employees receive a large number of benefits however. 17% of their income is offered to an employee’s 401k each year with an additional 1% in company stock. Due to TMA being entirely employee owned, there is also profit sharing at the end of each year. Other benefits and flexible employee time off are also available throughout the year. Finally every employee at present has their own office and the potential for off-site work.

TMA offers summer internships where you will have the opportunity to develop projects on flexible hours that matter to the company. If you would like to know more about the extensive benefits offered then check out their site below.

https://www.tmamission.com/

Research Spotlight: Dr. Monaghan

Dr. Peter Monaghan (center), Ralph Marinaro, and Katie Whitcomb

Dr. Peter Monaghan’s research program is based at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab for short) which is a located on Jefferson Avenue, a short distance from campus. JLab is an electron accelerator facility; electrons are accelerated to higher energies and then “shot” at the nucleus of an atom (the “target”) in one of four experimental halls – A, B, C or D. Research performed at JLab is in the field of fundamental nuclear physics – fundamental or pure science as the researchers are studying how protons and neutrons interact within the nucleus, what the building blocks of protons and neutrons are and how those building blocks interact with one another. Dr. Monaghan’s research is based in halls A and C and each experiment at JLab is a multiyear project; from the initial experimental proposal being approved, detectors being constructed, the experiment running and taking data, the data being analyzed to the final journal publications, can take from 5 to 10 years!

One particular project with which Dr. Monaghan is involved is the SuperBigBite Spectrometer (SBS). This is a large magnetic spectrometer which will be used for a series of experiments in hall A at JLab, hopefully, beginning in late 2018. For the last year, Dr. Monaghan has been working on the construction and commissioning of one of the detector systems for SBS – the Coordinate Detector (CDet). This is a scintillator based detector which will provide supplementary particle trajectory data for the SBS experiments. As a charged particle passes through a scintillator, it interacts with the atoms in the scintillator material; the charged particle loses energy in the scintillator which is re-emitted as light in the scintillator. The coordinate detector consists of a total of 2352 scintillator bars, separated into six “modules” each with 392 scintillators. By measuring the light collected in each scintillator, one can determine if a charged particle went through the detector and using the location of that scintillator bar, one can then add to the trajectory information of the charged particle. Naturally, with that many scintillators in one detector, there are a lot of cables connected up to it!

Currently, there are two PCSE students working with Dr. Monaghan – Ralph Marinaro and Katie Whitcomb. Ralph, a current sophomore, majoring in Applied Physics and minoring in Leadership Studies and Mathematics, has been working on the project since the summer and his input is below. Katie is a current junior, double majoring in Applied Physics and Mathematics, and she has recently started training for work at JLab. She has spoken, albeit briefly about her opportunity.

Ralph Marinaro presenting his work

Ralph:
1. How did you decide to take part in student research? How did you begin working with Dr. Monaghan?
“Taking part in student research is not really a decision you make by itself. When you choose a major in any STEM related field, you have already decided to participate in research because research is crucial for an undergraduate student’s development/education, and on a resume in preparation for a future career.

I began working with Dr. Monaghan at the end of my freshmen year. I had applied to many different programs and asked Dr. Monaghan to write some recommendation letters for these programs in regards to my strong academic performance in my physics and math classes. When none of these programs I applied to came through, I informed Dr. Monaghan of this, and, knowing that I was interested in doing research, Dr. Monaghan offered me a position as a student research on the Coordinate Detector Project(C-Det) at Jefferson Labs.”

2. How would you describe your experience? What is your job on the research team or rather what do you spend your time doing?
“My experience over the past year has been extremely educational. I have learned an incredible amount of practical and factual information about nuclear/particle, detector, and accelerator physics that has set a great foundation and will last me for the rest of my life.

I have worked on almost every part of the C-Det Project. In the Summer of 2016, I began preparing, testing, and analyzing individual scintillating bars that comprise the six modules of C-Det in a cosmic ray test setup to establish a solid base of quality control data. I also worked in parallel to this on the construction of the six modules as the individual bar tests slowly came to an end. So far during my sophomore year, I have moved on to working on a half-module data acquisition system and running tests/analysis on modules one half at a time. So in a few words, I work anywhere I am needed relating to constructing, testing, and analyzing the different components of C-Det.”

3. Do you have any advice or comments for others who may want to take part in student research?
“My advice to anyone wanting to participate in research is that the first step is getting good grades. Before you can do anything, you have to prove yourself academically. The second step is letting employers and professors know you are interested/motivated by networking with them. If you do not tell people what you want, then you will never get it.”

Katie:
1. How did you decide to take part in student research? How did you begin working with Dr. Monaghan?
“I was pursuing a double major at the time and wanted to experience the physics side of research. I approached Dr. Monaghan about research opportunities and he invited me to help with his research at JLab. ”

2. What is your job on the research team or rather what do you spend your time doing?
“I have only recently started training at JLab so currently I am helping polish some of the required components for the experiments and helping with tests and other small tasks with my supervisor when Dr. Monaghan is not present.. I will begin more in depth work with Dr. Monaghan in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to beginning more work on the project now that I am prepared for work at Jlabs. ”

Research Spotlight: Dr. DeJong

Jameson Horn presenting his work on Dr. Dejong’s research project.


Dr. Anna DeJong has recently received a three year NSF grant to pursue her research based on the role of the Earth’s ionosphere and its effect on the Earth’s magnetosphere, the Earth’s electric field, with a specific focus on the Aurora Borealis.

The magnetosphere and ionosphere are impacted by solar wind, a stream of charged particles coming towards the earth from the sun. The experiment looks at the conductance or how much the aurora allows through it and the makeup of the aurora as seen through satellite imagery directed towards the North Pole. The goal of the experiment is to research how or why the ionosphere changes and impacts the magnetosphere’s ability to maintain a steady state despite similar conditions each time. This is similar to dropping an identical mug multiple times from the same height and yet the mug does not break in the same way every time.

Dr. DeJong is currently working with two students, Jameson Horn, who is pursuing his master’s degree in Applied Physics and Computer Science and Samuel Porter, also pursuing his master’s degree in Applied Physics. I have interviewed both students and have asked them to share their thoughts and experiences. My hope is to inspire perspective students looking to explore research opportunities or perhaps persuade them to consider this topic of research for themselves.

Samuel Porter.

1. How did you decide to take part in student research? How did you begin working with Dr. DeJong?

“As a graduate student I decided to take the route of writing a thesis to complete the graduate program and earn a master’s degree. I felt that by doing research and writing a thesis I would be better prepared for future careers and what I will be required to do. I also liked the idea of doing new research and trying to answer questions that either had not yet been answered or were still unresolved and being able to contribute to new ideas.
When I set out to find a topic to research as well as an advisor, I went around and talked to various professors about what kind of research they were doing and what kind of opportunities they might have for me to participate. I decided to work with Dr. DeJong because the topic of her research was related to space which is something I find fascinating and I believed I would enjoy it the most.”

2. How would you describe your experience? What is your job on the research team or rather what do you spend your time doing?

“I started off by reading a lot of papers and books about space weather and Earth’s magnetosphere so that I would be able to better understand things that were related to what I would be researching. Now, I am writing codes to analyze data to look for connections between different things and drawing conclusions about the results and what they mean. I find it enjoyable to try and come up with new ideas and ways to look at data and to be able to see and understand the results of those ideas, especially when they provide good results.”

3. Do you have any advice or comments for others who may want to take part in student research?

“My advice to any students that want to take part in research is to simply talk to your professors and ask them about what type of research they’re doing and if there is any way you can help. The professors are more than happy to have the help and at the same time, help students grow in their knowledge and abilities. If you want to participate, you should also be ready to do a lot of independent studying to learn about what you’re doing and to be pushed to expand your abilities.”

Jameson Horn:

1. “I decided to take part in student research because it interested me and I believe that it is a great way to gain experience in the fields that I see myself working in later in life. I had expressed my desire to conduct student research with some members of the PCSE department, primarily in a way the combines physics with computer science, and was eventually contacted to see if I would like to work with Dr. DeJong on her research. I, of course, eagerly accepted.”

2. “My experience working with Dr. DeJong has been terrific. My role in the research has primarily been to refurbish and augment a program developed by Dr. DeJong that removes dayglow (sunlight) from satellite images of the aurora so that accurate data can be taken from the aurora throughout the year as the amount of dayglow changes.This experience has been great for me and it is just what I was looking for. It perfectly mixes physics with computer science. This internship has actually grown into my senior physics capstone and could become a possible thesis project for my computer science master’s degree.”

3. “My advice for any students looking to take part in student research is to go out and seek opportunities! Ask the professors of the PCSE department if they or a colleague have a project that they could use your help on or search for student research opportunities outside of CNU. Pizza My Mind is an excellent place to do so.”

Be sure to talk to professors in your field if you would like to know more about research opportunities.