Archive for November 2017

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

The past Pizza My Mind featured the return of Canon Virginia for their second presentation of the year. Canon heavily emphasizes heavy community and environmental involvement. Canon’s Anne Goldberg led the presentation.

Anne Goldberg leads presentation

The American branch of Canon does not actually make cameras. Instead the branch refurbishes and repairs existing cameras. Production of copiers, laser printers, and toner cartridges also take place here. Plastic injection molding is another process now done at the Virginia plant.

The Virginia site is becoming the regional Technical headquarters for Canon. New major areas are targeted as focal points for the future of the site. These areas include Automation and Controls Engineering, Business Development Engineering, Tool Engineering, and Recycling/ Materials engineering. Medical supplies and Engineering are also growing in prominence.

Internships begin in May. Students are given a specific project to work on during their placement. While they will meet the other interns the projects themselves are separate. Interns must be working towards an undergraduate degree and be classified as a junior or senior credits wise. They must also be 18 years old.

Employees at Canon have a well defined path to advancement and the ability to rotate positions every 6 six months for 18 months as part of the Engineering Rotation Program in order to experience a wide variety of work.

Canon offers a relatively unique internship in terms of structure and a chance to work in an important industry with passionate professionals. The presenters were strong at answering questions and providing info. The interview process has begun so apply now.

The Canon team addresses student questions

If you would like to know more about Canon please visit their website.

wwww.cvi.canon.com

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Hello Captains,

Every so often Pizza My Mind offers a glimpse into our future as PCSE students in the form our very own alumni. On Thursday, October 26th, CNU graduate Kevin Somerville, a system manager at NASA, donated his time and energy towards informing the next generation of CNU students about NASA’s current ongoing projects.

Kevin Somerville addressing the crowd

CIRAS is an apparatus intended to be used as a way to build giant telescopes in space that are larger than what we can feasibly launch into space from land. It achieves this by building the objects in space instead. He also discusses a device created to redirect asteroids on a theoretical trajectory towards hitting Earth and a hyper sonic inflatable aerodynamic accelerator.

The decision to discuss specific projects really got students interested and asking questions. It is nice to learn directly from an expert what yype of work is being done at NASA that future employees could be a part of and develop.

NASA is unique in that all of its data is available to public. It is required by law that the information be released after a certain period of time. You will be able to work on projects will eventually have an impact on public developments. These projects usually involve future developments on space travel or managing time in space. How much more exciting can it get?

In order to apply for internships or full time positions you must go to https://www.usajobs.gov/. Inters will work alongside other interns as well as employees. Internships last 10 weeks in the summer and fall and 14 weeks in the spring.

Kevin Somerville speaking to students after the event

For more information go to the link below.

https://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/opportunities.htm

PCSE Mentorship Program Kick-Off Event

PCSE Department Mentorship Program professional mentors and students 2017-2018

Christopher Newport University’s Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering’s Mentorship Program held their Mentorship Program Kick-Off event on Monday, October 9, 2017 on campus in the CNU Freeman Center. Student and mentors came out to learn more about the program and to meet face-to-face for the first time. “We would like to thank all of our professional mentors for volunteering their time, talent and expertise to mentor our female students and for making a positive difference. Without them, this program would not be possible.”, said Dr. Anton Riedl, Chair.

Below is a list of the involved mentors.

Erica J. Alston
NASA
Deputy Program Manager for Aerospace Research and Career Development (ARCD)

Suzanne Beckstoffer
Bayport Credit Union
Chairman of the Board

Karen Berger
NASA
Facility Manager, Langley Aerothermodynamics Laboratory

Erin Burdick, P.E.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineer

Patricia L. Carbone
The MITRE Corporation
Director of Special Projects, Joint & Services Portfolio, NATO Portfolio Director

Dr. Nee-Yin Chou
CW Optics
President & CEO

Leah Colvin
Newport News Shipbuilding
Engineering Manager

Gabriella Dipini
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Packaging Specialist, North America

Julie M. Dobschuetz
Arcadis US, Inc.
CD High Performance Director

Belinda Donavant
Canon Virginia, Inc.
Dir, Product Engineering

Jennifer Haddox-Schatz
Daniel H. Wagner Associates
Software Engineer
Maria Herbert
MCH Consulting Services, LLC
Consultant, Supply Chain and Logistics

Stacey Hodges
Canon Virginia, Inc.
Quality Director, Medical Products Group

Katelyn Kimm
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Business Process Manager

Susanne Leonard
Newport News Shipbuilding
Mgr, Engineering

Lauren Matthews
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Operations Group Manager

Deborah Morewitz
Newport News Shipbuilding
Director, IT Solutions Development

Cynthia Popernack
Canon Virginia, Inc.
Senior Engineer

Elaine E. Seasly
NASA
Contamination Control & Planetary Protection Lead, Systems Integration & Test Branch

Jenifer Solomon
Newport News Shipbuilding
Dir, Engineering

Teresa Urbaniak
Newport News Shipbuilding
Systems Engineer

Mary Beth Wusk
NASA
Program Manager, Game Changing Development Program

For more information, contact Dr. Anton Riedl, Chair and Assistant Professor at Christopher Newport University. riedl@cnu.edu

What You Missed At Pizza My Mind

Last Pizza My Mind was hosted Randy Vickers and Steven Moxley, members of the computer response team for the United States House of Representatives. Randy Vickers is a former DOD employee who works to prevent breaches on the representatives systems and to protect the entire network from potential security risks. Steven Moxley is an application security analyst who works under Vickers.

Vickers (right) and Moxley (left) beginning the presentation

Both men, as well as their team, are responsible for the technical security of all 435 members of the House of Representatives individual applications as well as the backbone of the entire infrastructure used by all employees.

Unlike most security jobs, Representatives have a right to privacy even within the security team on a much higher level than a standard employee. Campaign information is specifically protected by the constitution as well as private data, and data on speeches and debates. As a result permission must be acquired specifically from the relevant representative in order to take data outside of the building. This is a layer of complexity most security jobs do not possess on the same level.

The most notable challenge is the maintaining of the right of petition. Anyone has the right to address their representative through email which creates a large number of emails that must be monitored to prevent malicious code from getting through. For example when the emails are gathered and sorted they must be careful to prevent attempts to access data during this time. If malicious code is missed or if a representative opens something hazardous to the network then the email or file is quarantined and the file is blocked by the firewall if possible. In more extreme cases then the computer will be taken off of the network temporarily.

Steven Moxley presented a map of activity to the representatives website from all over the world. He emphasized that uses in other countries can be suspect as well as US access as most competent hackers are able spoof their location when attempting to access the website. It is these challenges that set apart the position from others. The list of potential threats can be daunting as well as an intriguing challenge.

Moxley showcasing a map of site activity

The balancing act of so many different types of sensitive data combined with insight into how difficult it is to maintain a simple constitutional right that most people take for granted is something I had never considered. Vickers gives a very interesting perspective on the inner workings of his response team and the struggles they must deal with to keep the House of Representatives running. This is the first chance most students have likely had in understanding how the back end of such a team works. If this interests you then it might be beneficial to ask future employers about their contracts and whether or not they may be a way to experience work at the House of Representatives. The vast majority of their positions are contracted so this is the best way to approach the possibility.

No paid internships exist at the moment but unpaid internships do exist if you live in the D.C. area. You can also visit their office individually if you would like to learn more.

Follow the link below to see the site for House of Representatives.
https://www.house.gov/