Archive for February 2017

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Alex Lawrence and Matt Rutherford speak to CNU students


Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind was hosted by the cyber security company FireEye. Technical Recruiter Alex Lawrence and Software Engineer Matt Rutherford discussed the way in which FireEye works to protect their clients from cyber attacks and how they formulate solutions to fight them in the future.

When working with a client FireEye will write a report on any detected problem and then either leave it to the client or tackle the issue themselves. Potential risk areas are discovered using a virtual machine based execution system that can look at several problem areas at once and analyze each individual factor within. Once a problem area is discovered they work to provide “end to end solutions,” to the issue that their competitors cannot provide.

A video featuring FireEye’s CEO Kevin Mandia was shown as he spoke in support of the company’s internships and encouraged CNU students to apply. The company guarantees “impactful,” work for its interns as well as access to community outreach and executive engagements. It was recommended by Rutherford that prospective interns or employees should learn to read API and source code as it would be a major part of their future job.

If you would like any further information please see FireEye’s website linked below.

www.fireeye.com

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Victoria Meadows, Applied Physics, Class of 2014

Hello Captains!  Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. for Pizza My Mind.  We were excited to welcome back PCSE alumni, Victoria Meadows and Dorion Jackson who joined the group of presenters.  Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. is headquartered in our own back yard, Newport News, Virginia and is the largest plumbing wholesaler in North America.

Dorion Jackson, Information Systems, Class of 2014

Ferguson is a supplier of commercial and residential plumbing supplies.  However, their expertise goes beyond plumbing.  They are a diverse distributor that has multiple businesses including HVAC/R, waterworks and industrial that includes services for aerospace, automotive, energy, health care, technology and transportation industries.

Ferguson grew from a local supply company to now having over 23,000 employees and they take pride in their Training Program which is designed for employees to really learn the Ferguson business from the ground up.

Ferguson is a good corporate company that supports many local programs that adds positively to the community. Check out the Ferguson Cares webpage for more information https://www.ferguson.com/content/ferguson-cares and their Careers page https://www.ferguson.com/content/careers.  Ferguson is looking to expand their workforce and they have opportunities for interns and soon to be graduates!

Spotlight: Niki May

Niki May at the Google Head Quarters in Israel

Over Christmas break Niki had the opportunity to take a trip through birthright with her Rabbi to Israel.  Birthright Israel is a unique, historical partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and The Jewish Agency for Israel), and leading Jewish philanthropists. Birthright Israel provides a gift of peer-group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. (information found here)

Lucky for Niki, her Rabbi had a few connections at google headquarters and provided her with the opportunity to visit Google following her Birthright trip.

What Google projects did you get to see while you were on your trip?

“I went to the research and development headquarters and was able to talk with some employees and see the not- so- top secret stuff that they were doing. For example, I got to see some of the integration of Waze and Google Maps that they had been working on. I went into this room and it was like a 4D google earth. All four walls around you were like a virtual google earth, you could zoom in, turn and navigate the maps.”

 

Did they give you any advice on applying for internships/ jobs?

“Google internships are highly competitive and their main advice was to maintain a high GPA, gain experience through other well-known companies prior to applying”

More information about applying to specific jobs at google can be found by clicking Here!

What other interesting things did you learn about on your visit?

“I learned a lot about cloud computing, incorporating other applications to their products for example Waze and google maps. By integrating the two you will be able to find the fastest route and have a larger amount of analytical data collected to find the best route of travel. ”

What are your plans for this summer?

“I am interning with Booz Allen Hamilton this summer. I am on a  task force of programmers who are given a project by the military and we have the whole summer to create a program to do whatever they need. The task force I am on is work through the military and I applied last summer and found out in the fall. I have a few connections with people in research and development at Google so I am hoping to use the experience I gain there to get an internship or job there in the future.”

 

 

 

What You Missed At Pizza My Mind

Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind was hosted ASM Research presented by Christina Neiduski and Vincent Tchong. ASM has been at the forefront of providing technology solutions for the U.S military and government. The main focus is Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS), which is the system of record for management of personnel input for training for the U.S. Army. ATRRS produces mission and resourcing documents that provide training requirements and approved training programs.

David Hamblin talking to Christina Neiduski.

 

The challenge started in 1970, which included some things like account for alignment of manpower and personnel need, account for filling resourced training seats, and track individuals through the training base. The solution was ATRRS, which is still in operation today. ATRRS expanded to its current capacity to provide training management system for over 600 schools and 1.2 million training seats. Some of the results are: ATRRS is a world-class Army training management system, fully capable and ready to support today’s dynamic and complex DoD environment, and increases in training seat fill. Those are just some of the results!

Some of their locations are in Chantilly and Fairfax but are also outside of Virginia. They hire in the fall for internships but do offer jobs all throughout the year. Citizenship and security clearances are not required. This company expressed they offer a balanced work life and an opportunity to grow within your role.

If you are interested in a fall internship or in a career with ASM go to https://www.asmr.com/careers/careerop/