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Pizza My Mind Presented by IDT

On March 21st, Pizza My Mind was presented by IDT. IDT hosts a wide variety of work for systems engineers, software engineers, and testers as it tries to innovate the entire design process.

One notable innovation is its ATRT automation methodology. ATRT is a combination of model-based engineering and automated testing to create a stronger overall testing environment. The methodology has been applied to every step of the development lifestyle and is a key part of the company’s efficiency. Programs that have benefited from the approach include Aegis weapon testing and tactical control systems.

Derek O’Connell, a new hire with IDT, stressed that the company was a very welcoming place to new workers that wasted no time getting him involved with meaningful projects. The company is eager to have new critical thinkers tackle their future projects. Possible jobs include test analysis, virtualization, and model based development. If you would like to be the next to benefit from the opportunity then look further into IDT at the link below:

http://www.Idt.net

Pizza My Mind Presented by ivWatch

On February 21st, ivWatch hosted Pizza My Mind. CNU alumni Matthew Alley, Director of Engineering at ivWatch, leds the presentation, joined by interns and current CNU students, Isaac Sutor and Austin Sutton.

(right to left) Matthew Alley, Austin Sutton, and Isaac Sutor

The goal of the company is to develop new ways to make delivering IVs to patients safer and ultimately save the patients and hospital money while protecting them from IV-related complications. When administered poorly, IVs can cause significant damage to a patient, making the work done at ivWatch very important. In order to combat the issue of IV-related complications, the ivWatch Model 400 is currently being developed to better monitor for proper IV application using sensors.

Both Isaac and Austin added that there are opportunities to work with data scraping and management as well. If you would like to learn more then see the site below:

ivwatch.com

Pizza My Mind Presented by M.C. Dean

Do you want to work for a company with a lot of variety? M.C. Dean just may be for you. The Pizza My Mind Presentation on March 28th, 2019 was hosted by Christian Davidson and Samira Rosado. Davidson, a CNU alum, began by explaining the vast amount of potential opportunities at the company.

Christian Davidson speaking to a student

M.C. Dean works with planning and building infrastructure, transportation solutions, software fixes, cyber security, power solutions, and more. The possibilities are endless and there is opportunity to change up what you work on daily. Opportunities in supporting previous work long-term are also available.

The company prides itself on hiring great employees to work with great customers and projects. Over 3,000 employees in over a dozen locations worldwide currently work at Dean. In addition, they are hiring right now!

For those who are considering applying, M.C. Dean offers competitive pay, insurance policies, and even potential tuition reimbursement. Check them out to learn more at the link below:

https://www.mcdean.com/index.htm

Do you want to work for a company with a lot of variety? M.C. Dean may be for you. The presentation was hosted by Christian Davidson and Samira Rosado. Davidson, a CNU alum, began by explaining the vast amount of potential opportunities at the company.

M.C. Dean works with planning and building infrastructure, transportation solutions, software fixes, cyber security, power solutions, and more. The possibilities are endless and their is opportunity to change up what you work on day to day. Opportunities in supporting previous work long term are also available.

The company prides itself on hiring great employees to work with great customers and do great work. Over 3,000 employees in well over a dozen locations worldwide currently work at Dean and they are hiring now.

For those who are considering applying M.C. Dean offers competitive pay, insurance policies, and even potential tuition reimbursement. Check them out to learn more at the link below.


https://www.mcdean.com/index.htm

Pizza My Mind Presented by Burlington Medical

Pizza My Mind on March 14th featured the return of Burlington Medical. Burlington Medical specializes in producing medical clothing, such as aprons, glasses, and caps, that protects from radiation.

The company prides itself on providing high quality custom products and service. The large majority of their products are custom measured for the customer to guarantee a comfortable fit. Most importantly, in addition to focusing on radiation protection from medical procedures such as X-rays, they also research preventative measures from pressure injuries such as bedsores. Future innovations and opportunities in infection control and and weight distribution for long term use are also being researched now.

Looking to apply? Innovation is the most important quality in a potential employee. New hires should also be humble, hungry for growth, and problem-solvers. Burlington is a market leader in its field and is seeking to double their growth in the next decade. Now is the the time to get in on the ground floor.

To learn more see their site below.
https://www.burmed.com/

Pizza My Mind presented by iDTech

On February 28, Pizza My Mind was hosted by ID Tech, led by Weston Lawrence. ID Tech runs technology based camps over the summer with the intent of teaching children and teens about various technologies. Programming concepts and early game design are major focuses for the camps.

Weston Lawrence leading the presentation.

Currently, they are looking to hire college students to work as instructors during the Summer.Instructors are required to lead a small class of children. The age range can be flexible depending on what ages the instructor prefers to teach and the chosen area of expertise. Instructors at the summer camps have the opportunity to meet coworkers and industry professionals which often leads to beneficial networking opportunities.

Although most of the time is spent inside the classroom. outside activities are encouraged. In addition, each camp has its own culture and recreational activities decided by the instructors. There are over 100 U.S. locations to choose from with potential to choose where to work. Travel opportunities are offered as well as competitive pay, internship credits, promotions, and lodging.
If you share the enthusiasm the presenters have for teaching and sharing your passions, then ID Tech may be the company for you. If you are interested, you can apply at idtech.com/jobs.

Instructors are required to lead a small class of children, age range can be flexible depending on preference, in the chosen area. Most time is spent inside the classroom but outside activities are also common and encouraged. Each camp has its own culture and recreational activities decided by the instructors as well. There are over 100 U.S. locations to choose from and there can be some choice of location for new hires when possible. Travel opportunities are offered as well as competitive pay, internship credits, promotions, and lodging.

If you share the enthusiasm the presenters have for teaching your skills then ID Tech may be the company for you. Instructors at the summer camps have the opportunity to meet coworkers and industry professionals frequently which often leads to new contacts. If you are interested
apply at idtech.com/jobs.

Pizza My Mind Presented by NSWC Dahlgren

NSWC Dahlgren is a Naval Surface Warfare Center focusing on weapon research, development, and testing. Daniel Ross introduced a unique Pizza My Mind featuring over a dozen employees of the company. It is clear they value the contributions of each employee.

The Dahlgren team assembles before the presentation

Weapons testing at Dahlgren covers a wide variety of disciplines. All weapons testers undergo stringent safety testing in order to ensure proper procedure and avoid harm. Possible projects include testing the railgun, a favorite among the employees, and multiple ammunition types ranging from handguns to AC130 rounds. Testers are not limited to working in one area. Travel to weapon sites or flying in the AC130 are possible opportunities at Dahlgren. Other technologies such as advanced radar software and electromagnetic interference’s impact on technology are also tested.

Benefits offered by Dahlgren are wide. CNU alumni Brian Kondor spoke of the company’s unique offer to drive employees to work and back each day. The company also offers to help cover graduate school costs when applicable to your present work. Finally, Ciro Alcoba-Serrate, who works in the Electromagnetic Weapons Systems division spoke of the company’s leniency in allowing workers to attempt new tasks. He was able to make a case for his desire to work more on simulations and as long as he showed results he was allowed to shift his work towards his interests.

Dahlgren is focused on making ships into warships with a key focus on creating and testing weapon systems. If you like what you have heard or you’d like to learn more you can follow the link below:

https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NSWC-Dahlgren/About-Dahlgren-Division/

Women in STEM

Fellow Blogger Cassidy Hill introduces the Women in STEM event,

On Saturday, February 9, the Department of PSCE at Christopher Newport University partnered with Newport News Shipbuilding to host the Women in STEM Exploration Day. This was an invitation only event for middle and high school young women who are interested in STEM-related fields in college and beyond. To help the event run smoothly, CNU STEM students volunteered to host exhibits and activities throughout the day.

Jessica Gomez, the Director of Engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding, kicked off the event with opening remarks to everyone. Gomez spoke about her own personal experience being a young woman interested in STEM and how her teachers and older brother inspired her to find her gift in STEM. She encouraged every young woman in the room to take advantage of the different demonstrations they would have the opportunity to experience throughout the day and find what gives them inspiration. She ended her opening statements by telling everyone, “You are a force to be reckoned with.”

After Gomez’s remarks, students were given the chance to experience what it is like to take a college-level physics lab. Students separated into two groups, one to go to the Geometric Optics lab and the other to go to the Projectile Motion Lab. In the Optics Lab, presented by Dr. David Gore, students investigated how light bends through materials of different shapes and sizes. They played with different angles of lights, curved materials, and even made their own miniature projectors. In the Projectile Motion Lab, presented by Dr. Robert Fersch, students were given two targets, one closer and one further away, and had to experiment with the force and angles to hit the targets. At the end of each lab, both Dr. Gore and Dr. Fersch led a discussion about the theory behind their respective labs, giving students a more in depth look into what a college lab and lecture is like.

Once students were finished with both labs, they ate a pizza lunch. During their lunch, they were able to speak with female STEM majors at CNU to talk about their passions, what college is like, and the opportunities that come with being a STEM major, including different internships and clubs they can be a part of.

The rest of the afternoon was set aside for an open house full of STEM exhibits and activities, predominately led by CNU female STEM student volunteers. Just a few of the exhibits that students could enjoy were autonomous robotics, making their own slime, two-point discrimination, and even an escape room puzzle. They also had the chance to talk to CNU students about their work outside of the classroom during poster sessions, including a botany internship with the Walt Disney Company and investigating healthy waters in Newport News. Newport News Shipbuilding hosted an activity that challenged students to create their own roller coaster with just straws and tape. The catch? The ball that rode their roller coaster had to stop in designated areas given to them.

At the end of the day, Regina Miller, radiation safety analyst at Newport News Shipbuilding, gave closing remarks. She thanked Clare Maliniak for planning the day and all of the CNU volunteers for helping encourage younger women pursue their passions. Miller ended the day by telling the young women that even though being in a STEM field will be hard, they should never give up because they will get through it and they will make a difference.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Marathon Consulting

Are you considering to work in the area after graduation and interested in IT work? Marathon Consulting may be the place for you. The company has an office in Richmond and is headquartered in Virginia Beach.

Marathon is a relatively small company, having been founded just over ten years ago. However, it has over ninety IT consultants that average fifteen years of experience. Turnover rate at Marathon is noticeably less when compared to the consulting field as a whole so it is a great place to being a potentially long career in IT.

Maintaining and helping improve the talents of its employees is a major principle at Marathon. The work done will be important and in service to clients who understand your value as a consultant and will understand what you are capable of as well as being referenceable. Clients of all sizes are available in a vast variety of industries from healthcare to Property Management. Consultants are expected to determine both what the customer needs and the best way to achieve that goal.

Employees of the company have their health insurance premiums covered in full as well as training and mentoring opportunities.


Non seasonal internships are offered at Marathon as well as full time positions. If you would like learn more check out the link below

https://www.marathonus.com/about/

Pizza My Mind Presented by Daniel H. Wagner and Associates

Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. participated in the Pizza My Mind program on Thursday, Jan. 31.  Senior Associate William VanDyke from the Hampton, VA office led the discussion with help from CNU alumni, William Drumheller, and HR representative, Teresa Lewis. Together they shared the company’s 50+ years of experience with CNU students.
Willian VanDyke speaking for the Wagner team
Wagner Associates focuses on operations research, mathematics and software development. This includes Data Fusion, where Wagner Associates, Inc. is working to make use of autonomous boats in order to detect submarines and other threats. In addition, they are focusing to create an efficient defense strategy based on sensor and location data. The company also works to find mathematical solutions to parallel computing, mission planning, and financial questions. William Drumheller described how his own internship was structured to give students an idea of what to expect. When he first started his internship, he worked on small projects around the office. Eventually, he had the opportunity to be placed on a larger project planning effective areas to be used as missile targets. Drumheller also discussed an application used to pull reliable weather information from multiple sources and compile it into one place. For the programming used on both of these projects, Java was the language of choice. Wagner Associates, Inc. offers flexible work hours within a casual work environment. Work is available in Virginia in Hampton and Vienna. If you wanted to travel outside of Virginia, there is also an office in Exton, Pennsylvania. Internships are paid and full-time employees get 89% of their health insurance premium covered. 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 jobs2019@va.wagner.com. For Vienna, VA email jobsNVA@nva.wagner.com.

Pizza My Mind as Presented by Genworth

On January 24, speakers from Genworth Financial Insurance came to present at Pizza My Mind. Genworth Financial Insurance is a company dedicated to helping people maintain financial security as they age. In addition, they also have numerous projects to work on developing new technologies. Throughout the presentation, opened by college relations officer Emma Duncan, the primary technological focus was RPA, or Robotic Process Automation.

The goal of RPA implementations is to get work done in a safer and more efficient way than humans can achieve. In the example provided, a human user took around five minutes longer to complete a simple web based task than their AI counterpart. The application of AI as a whole is a major part of RPA development and can lead to countless possibilities as developers are freed up to do more complex tasks. Some examples of RPA’s include self driving cars, pattern recognition, Google Maps, and Alexa. You can visit their website for more information if you are interested in the development and use of this technology.

Genworth hosts paid internships as well as a postgraduate six month rotational IT development program. The six month program is designed so new employees can experience a variety of different roles at the company. This allows them to find out what kind of projects they are passionate about and lets them decide which team they want to be a part of. Interns at the company will be working on full and critical projects that will provide valuable experience. Full time positions are also available.

If you would like to know more send an email to Perry.Lombard@Genworth.com or check out the site below for application information:
genworth.com/careers