Hello Captains! OnThursday, October 6th, the PCSE department hosted Northrop Grumman for Pizza My Mind. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide. We were lucky to be visited by a former Christopher Newport alumna, Mandy Rogers and Vice President of the Intelligence Solutions Business Unit, Ms. Ginger Wierzbanowski.
Northrop Grumman is a very large defense contractor but they are also involved in their local community. Half of the company is based on technical work and the other half is focused on leadership. One of their biggest outreach missions was the creation of prosthetics for individuals who cannot afford them. They are also involved with gaming, cyber intelligence and biometrics. Northrop Grumman’s Biometric Ecosystem is a comprehensive range of biometric intelligence solutions currently being used for military, law enforcement, counterterrorism and border control. In addition, they work on collaborative projects partnering with over 60 different companies including Lockheed Martin, MITRE Corporation and BAE Systems just to name a few.
Mandy Rogers graduated in 2010 with a degree in Computer Science. She started interning at Northrop Grumman during her junior year. She became a part of a rotational program within the company and has worked in more than 10 different states. Teamwork, Mentors, and a little failure got her to where she is today. Mandy stated, “One has to embrace their failures in order to succeed”. What she valued most about CNU is her liberal arts education. She believes that is what makes her a better employee and critical thinker.
Ms. Wierzbanowski is the Vice President of Intelligence Solutions Business Unit. She has extensive expertise in both domestic, international space, defense policy, and military intelligence. Before working at Northrop Grumman, she served in the Air Force for 20+ years. She highlighted the importance of being a well-rounded individual and noted the importance of having communication skills. “Make sure you know how to communicate or no one will listen to your ideas if you can not sell them”.
Northrop Grumman is now accepting applications for summer internships and full-time jobs. If you are interested, students should go to: www.northropgrumman.com/Careers. Please come out to the next Pizza My Mind so you do not miss great presenters like Northrop Grumman! Pizza My Mind is hosted every Thursday at 12:20 p.m. this semester. See you there!