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/

 

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Keith Bertolino addressing CNU students

Keith Bertolino addressing CNU students

Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind was hosted by the digital forensics and software development company Cipher Tech Solutions, Inc. Cipher Tech’s CEO and co-founder Keith Bertolino was the sole speaker for the presentation. The presentation consisted of example scenarios, with most real stories being classified government work, intended to represent how Cipher Tech would conduct its business.

The first story was that of a crime scene. In this scenario the goal was to extract video from a damaged SD card for use in the investigation. Bertolino emphasized how difficult it is to do so, very different than what is shown in tv shows like NCIS. If any data is found it is extracted and standard video software is used to test it. In most cases if the video doesn’t work then it is simply too damaged or jumbled to be of any use. But in some cases the code can be patched in some areas with the help of knowledge of the base working of the media format to recreate the missing sections of code.

The second story was a battlefield. Data from cellphones and apps can be invaluable in a battlefield situation. Recovered phones are connected to communication devices where they can attempt to extract data from various applications such as Facebook. This is also a very difficult process as apps are constantly updating with no clear indication as to what has changed on the non consumer side. APKs can often be downloaded from the internet in the right places and a large amount of testing data make some data discovery possible.

Bertolino ended with a brief discussion about the ease that social media sites can be manipulated and how to discover malware on possibly infected laptops.

Cipher Tech is currently hiring for full time positions in the MD and NoVA areas. Those hired have the ability to acquire high-level security clearances and do mission critical work. Potential positions include Web Developers, App Developers, and Forensic Examiners. Must have a clean criminal history and attend a technical interview.

For more information see the company’s site.

www.ciphertechsolutions.com

What You Missed At Pizza My Mind

Hello Captains! Before the break, the PCSE Department hosted Newport News Shipbuilding, a company that builds nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines for the US Navy. Many of you may already be familiar with NNS as they are the largest industrial employer in Virginia as well as the largest shipbuilding company in the United States.

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Newport News Shipbuilding offers a great Co-op and Internship Program that allows you to combine the knowledge that you learned in the classroom with real practical work experience. Even better, the hours are flexible because they want you to succeed.

The intern program is posted and the sooner students apply the sooner they hear back from the company. It is good to apply as soon as possible because some of the positions require clearance. The application is open until February 13th. One of the requirements for the interns is to obtain a 3.0 GPA. What they want on the applicants resume is : Name, contact information, expected graduation day, and if you have any app development experience.

If you are interested, go and apply!

 

Spotlight: Fabian Bouchal

Fabian Bouchal is an exchange student from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus who is currently studying abroad at CNU. He is a Computer Science major who is currently in the second to last semester of his Master’s program.

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1. What made you want to pursue studying abroad at CNU?
“When I made the decision to study in a foreign country for one semester I rather quickly made up my mind that I wanted to go to the United States. I had never left Europe for a long period of time, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity. I then looked into the universities in the US that had formed a partnership with my university in Austria, one of which was CNU. One of the major reasons why I choose to apply to CNU was the fact that it is a rather small university, compared to other ones in the US. Since my university in Austria is even smaller than CNU, I thought I would be able to settle in and adapt to a smaller university much faster and easier, and as it turned out, I was right.”

2. Did you have any difficulties during the application process?
“The fact that CNU is a partner university of my university in Austria made the whole application process significantly easier. Nevertheless, since everything was new here for me, there were some difficulties I had to face. The main problem was that I had to hand in so many different forms and certificates, like financial records, proof of insurance, etc. that it took me a long time to gather all the documents that I needed. Thankfully, Ms. Lyn Sawyer from the Graduate Admission and Records office, helped me out with all my problems and made my life a lot easier.”

3. Was the transition difficult? How do you feel about your studies here in comparison to Austria?
“Although I did not have any real struggles adapting to studying at CNU, there are a lot of differences to what I am used to from studying in Austria. The main difference is how the classes are scheduled. Here at CNU each class is scheduled two or three times a week for a period of 60 or 75 minutes. In Austria we usually have one block per class lasting three to four hours. Each day we have just one of these blocks and for every class we have about ten of these blocks in ten consecutive weeks.
Once we have had all blocks for one class we take a final exam which makes up around 60%-100% of the course grade, so that is another difference in that we do not have Midterms and Finals and potential other quizzes as part of our final grade.
I have not decided which “system” I like better yet. In my opinion the both have their advantages and disadvantages.”

4. Do you have any advice for students who are considering studying abroad themselves?
“The most important piece of advice is “do it”. I know it may seem scary at first moving to an unknown location for one or two semesters, and it might sometimes cause you headaches making all the arrangements but it is worth all that trouble once you are there. In my opinion spending some time abroad really broadens your horizon and lets you make experiences that are truly priceless.
Other than that, I think it is really important to start early with gathering information and start the application process for a semester abroad as early as possible. The sooner you start, the less stressful it will be towards the end.”

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Ellucian employee Jillian Terrill and intern Alec Keller speak to a student

Ellucian employee Jillian Terrill and intern Alec Keller speak to a student

Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind was presented by the worldwide software company Ellucian. Ellucian is the leader in education technologies and services with institutions in 40 countries and helping over eighteen million students. You may recognize them from their work on our very own CNU Live page! The company also deals in mobile apps, with a heavy emphasis on supporting students and educational systems, and cloud based infrastructure. Operational efficiency and student success are part of the core goals of Ellucian. Ellucian employee Jillian Terrill,
Assoc. Recruitment Coordinator for University Program, gave a brief intro before allowing others to speak.

Former Ellucian intern Alec Keller, a senior Computer Science major here at CNU, gave the bulk of the presentation along with fellow intern Logan Cook. Keller went into detail about the various projects that were worked on by various groups during the internship project. The projects included work with cloud based infrastructure, a virtual reality app, script writing, and other back end development work. Cook, a CNU psychology major and HR intern at Ellucian, added that interns are paid and exist in numerous fields including Computer Science, HR, RND, and Sales.

You must be enrolled in college in order to work as an Ellucian intern. If you have recently graduated from college then you will be considered part of the full time college hire program and be assigned a mentor. The company provides travel opportunities and training as well as an effort to balance the job while allowing plenty of time for a healthy home life. If any of the above interests you then positions are posted starting in January. Be sure to check them out and apply!

For more information check out the official site below.
http://www.ellucian.com/

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

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Sophomore, Drake Cole chatting with Thomas Hughes

Hello Captains!  Thursday, November 3rd, Marty Smith and fellow CNU alumni, Thomas Hughes from AMSEC came to present at Pizza My Mind.  AMSEC provides services to support the sustainment of the US Navy Fleet of ships and emerging commercial ships from conception to retirement.  In other words, they maintain US Navy Ships to increase their lifespan. AMSEC services offer Maintenance Modernization, Information Technology Services, Logistics, Engineering, and Training.  They are located in 35 places world wide!

What are the benefits of working for AMSEC?  According to Thomas, AMSEC is a great place to work for your first job.  They provide you with a security clearance and you can get your skills up to date if planning to apply to other companies.  There are many travel opportunities and the company is very fast paced so you will never get bored.  Marty believes that one of the best reasons to work at AMSEC is because the job is so consistent.  This means that it is very unlikely for people to get laid off because ships will always have to be maintained.  It sounds like AMSEC is a great place to work for a long term or to use as a gateway to other job opportunities.

What does AMSEC look for in an employee/intern when hiring?  AMSEC is looking for candidates that have excellent communication skills because a lot of projects are done in teams.  This means that you must be a team player and work well with others.  Other traits mentioned were being flexible, adaptable, creative, and innovative.  Also, listed under each job description on the website, is the certain technical skills one should have when applying to the position.

AMSEC is now hiring interns who are preferably rising seniors.  There are usually 2-4 internship positions each year.  To apply you must go to www.amsec.com/careers.  In addition to applying online, Marty suggested that you make a phone call to the HR department at AMSEC to better your chances.  They also do on-campus interviews here at CNU.  So get out there and apply so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

What you missed at Pizza My Mind!

Hello Fellow Captains!

Last week’s Pizza My Mind was presented by our very own Faculty and Students from CNU’s Five Year Master’s and NSF REU programs. I am sure you are thinking “why would I want to stay in school?!” Well fortunately there are a variety of benefits to furthering your education beyond your Bachelor’s Degree. Some of these benefits include: higher salary, lower unemployment rate, expand your knowledge (yes learning can be fun), work closely with your favorite faculty member, and just enjoying an academic schedule strictly focused on your area of interest.

Why choose CNU to further your education? CNU is located near many research facilities such as the Jefferson Lab and NASA. Also, CNU has a variety of options/topics that you can chose from to write your master’s thesis on. For example, cyber security, virtual reality, and nuclear physics. Also, earning your masters is a stepping stone towards your PH. D. During the presentation graduate students David Hamblin, Matt McCarthy, Tim Giles, and John Hayhurst shared with us some of their favorite parts of CNU’s program and how they are still involved with campus and would be great resources for any questions you may have!

The applications will become available December 1st for the Bachelor’s to Master’s students (CNU Juniors, only) and July 1st for the applicants applying to the Traditional programs. The deadline to apply to the graduate program per term can be found here! For addition information on the program as a whole, click here! Also, you can email Dr. Heddle (david.heddle@cnu.edu).

The National Scientific Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates is also another way to get involved with ongoing research. Through this program you can apply to a variety of different locations and research topics and the best part is that it is a paid position! For more information on where to apply and more specific details visit: https://www.nsf.gov/

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Hello Captains! Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind event was hosted by Midnight Status, a company that develops software and software solutions. The name “Midnight Status” refers to when gamers would attend a midnight release for video games. Great excitement and enthusiasm for entertainment is what fuels this company. They’re not just a gaming developer. They help clients with their IT needs and develop apps for business, government and entertainment purposes. Their services range from design work such as graphic design, 3D modeling and web development, to solutions such as cloud-based enterprise architectures, modeling/simulation and mobile advertising. They’re also pushing the envelope in innovations such as augmented reality and virtual reality.

Our host, Jeremy Alessi talked about a few of their successful accomplishments, in particular, the Tunnel Traffic app (2010) and Airspin (2012), a flight simulation mobile app game. You can find these apps in the App Store and at one time they were rated number one. Midnight Status also has a video chat where you can live stream gameplay. Interested in an internship or connecting with the Game Developing Community? Contact Jeremy at jeremy@midnightstatus.com

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Check out Midnight Status website for more information: midnightstatus.com

 

 

Spotlight: Adam Fendley

Adam Fendley, a junior Computer Science major and PLP ambassador here at CNU, will be spending the spring semester abroad, studying at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus. He is also the lucky recipient of the Ernst Mach Grant, which will help defray the cost of studying abroad.

Adam and his father in Rosenheim, Germany.

Adam and his father in Rosenheim, Germany.

How did you find out about the study abroad opportunity?

“I found out about the study abroad opportunity through the PCSE department last year, when there was an email sent out about the potential to study in either Rosenheim, Germany or in Hagenberg, Austria. I responded to the email and set up a time to meet with Dr. Riedl who has organized both of these exchange programs, and we thought that the opportunity in Hagenberg would be a good fit for my Computer Science studies.”

What was the application process like?

“The application process was very easy because the relationship between the two universities had already been established by Dr. Riedl, and he helped tremendously in guiding me through the process. Some of the more difficult aspects of the application were deciding what classes I could take and how they would apply to my progress at CNU.”

What made you decide to study abroad?

“I had known for a long time that I wanted to study abroad in college, and I have been particularly interested in the Germanic countries because my dad spent several years in Germany after graduating from college. Hearing what his experience was like I knew I wanted to do something similar, and having the opportunity to learn German here and then go spend a semester in Austria is amazing to me. I’m planning on using the full 6 months allotted on my visa to travel Europe, and I hope to have a lot of new experiences. While there’s a lot of things I’m missing here while I’m gone, I’m really excited to do something new.”

Can you tell me about the scholarship you’ve been awarded?

“The scholarship I was recently awarded is the Ernst Mach Grant, http://www.scholarshipportal.com/students/browse/scholarship/479/ernst-mach-grant-for-students-from-non-european-countries.html. I applied for the grant in March of last year, and got a lot of help from the university in Austria in the application process. Dr. Riedl and Dr. Flores were kind enough to write letters of recommendation for me, which was a huge help. In June I was notified that I had been awarded the grant, which will be a 940 Euro / month supplement to my studies there.”

Do you have any advice for others going through these application processes?

“I think the biggest thing is just to decide that you’re going to study abroad. I made that decision Freshman year and went looking for opportunities, and eventually came upon this one. CNU makes the actual paperwork pretty simple, so you don’t have to worry too much about the process. My next challenge will be transportation logistics, but as it gets closer it just gets way more real and exciting!”