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What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Happy Monday Captains!! I hope that everyone’s ready to get back into the swing of things after a cold weekend in. Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind seminar was presented by the MITRE Corporation. MITRE is a non- profit company that provides defense and intelligence, aviation, cyber security, homeland security solutions and much more!

MITRE’s Andreas Tolk, who is a liaison for the company came to give the presentation. He started off by talking about the company’s background. MITRE was established in 1958 to serve the public interest, meaning that they are a non profit organization Tolk mentioned the company’s spirit of innovation and their deep understanding of systems engineering.

After finishing up with what the company does and its background, he moved on to talk about the job openings. They currently employ 7,300 people. He continued to mention the types of characteristics that MITRE looks for in prospective employees. Some of the characteristics include: critical problem solving skills, a strong background in science, mathematics, social sciences and systems engineering.

Currently there are two programs within MITRE that have openings, the Internship Program and the Apprentice program. Those interested in the Internship Program will be happy to hear that the position is paid. The program offers interns to be members of a team within the company. The types of things that interns are involved with are sponsored or MITRE research programs. In addition, these intern teams eventually become part of project teams. The ultimate goal for these intern teams is to be evaluated for positions as MTS. He finished off this part of the presentation by mentioning that the summer Internship in Hampton has 8 or so positions currently available and that MITRE is soliciting for resumes now through April!

Well that’s it for now! Make sure to tune in for the following post about CNU’s newest organization, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). One last thing, if you’re interested in learning more about MITRE, they will be at the job fair on Wednesday, January 27th!

What You Missed At Pizza My Mind

Presenters Nicholas Casetta and Ian Marcelo

Presenters Nicholas Casetta and Ian Marcelo

Happy Friday and welcome back Captains! This year’s very first PMM was presented by Liebherr, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction machinery.

Nicholas Casetta, Senior Manager of the IT department kicked things off by telling the 128 CNU students that Liebherr is a family owned business that was founded in 1949 by Hans Liebherr. Currently, there is a 3rd generation Liebherr in charge of over 130 companies worldwide and over 40,000 employees! Casetta went on to mention how diverse the company is, it does everything from mobile cranes, mining equipment, domestic appliances and even hotels.

Casetta then focused on the mining division within the company because of the Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News co. (LME)was established in 1970. Its proximity to CNU is roughly about 10-15 minutes. Currently, the company produces over 50 trucks a year but the plan is to have that number double in 2016. The product range consists of hydraulic excavators, off highway trucks, dozers, wheel loaders, and mobile cranes. He mentioned the product range to show the audience that the business is evolving within itself and changing based off of customer demands.

The LME IT department currently employs nine people. These nine are split up into two groups, Infrastructure and Helpdesk, and Business Processes and ERP Support. Liebherr is looking to do a lot within the next few years, there are already significant projects defined. Casetta went on to talk about the current and future opportunities that are available within Liebherr. Some include the BI Migration Project, where there is a current opening and the PML Project, where there will be a future opening. He finished off his part of the presentation with mentioning that there are many other projects in line.

Ian Marcelo, who is a Senior System Analyst at LME came up to the microphone to specify what the BI Migration Project was. BI stands for Business Intelligence, their goal is to migrate the current BI environment from SL server 2008 to SQL server 2012. He strongly spoke about the hands on experience one would gain with the Microsoft BI stack of development tools and operational analysis. Marcelo finished up with mentioning that the internship being offered would be for 6 months. One would be provided training and would work alongside himself and Casetta.

To finish off the presentation, the floor was open to questions where someone asked about opportunities overseas. Although they are currently not looking for overseas assistance, they assured the audience that the project offered will have global impact!

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Happy Friday Captains, I hope that everyone had a great week! Can you believe that we’re only 4 days away from Thanksgiving break? This semester is quickly coming to an end and that means that the Pizza My Mind events are also dwindling down. We’ve only got one more left, so make sure to come out next Thursday!

Yesterday’s PMM was presented by Newport News Shipbuilding which designs, builds, and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. 115 CNU students came out to hear what Parnetha Callahan, Strategic Recruiter for NNS, had to say about the company. She started off the presentation by mentioning the full time jobs, level 1 jobs, and the internship program opportunities available.

She spoke about the full time and co-op opportunities, but the section of the presentation that received the most notice was the internship program! She mentioned that the company mostly takes Sophomores and Juniors but that they also take Seniors if they are going to Grad School. Students that enter the program should be prepared to commit at least 10 weeks of their summer vacation. It’s important to remember that when submitting your application, a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required, along with attaching your transcript and resume.


Another great highlight of the presentation was when she asked Professor Steven Ward to speak about his experience with NNS. Professor Ward has been an Adjunct Professor at CNU for a little over two years now! The first thing that he mentioned was that he has been with the company for 18 years and counting. He started off as a sailor in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate. After 8 years in this position, he began working for NNS. He started out as a Senior Engineering Analyst, and then moved onto being a Senior Operations Coordinator. After that he went from Test Engineering to Engineering, and now he is currently a Manager in the Secure Engineering Systems department. The reason for all that was to show how one person can grow within the company and that there is a job for everyone! He mentioned that part of what makes working there so great is that the shipyard is a city in itself. It has it’s own Fire Station, Police Station, Hospital, and Emergency Control Center. He mentioned that there are 1,100 CNU graduates currently working at the shipyard and that a number of those students are in management positions! He explained that if a person were to name a specific degree program here at CNU, that he could name its corresponding position at the shipyard. A tip that he mentioned for students that are interested in applying for positions is to check the site for potential jobs twice a week. The reason for this is that because the shipyard is constantly looking for people to fulfill all sorts of positions, jobs are only posted for five days. So, in order not to miss any positions, make sure to check twice a week!

Well that’s all for now Captains, hope everyone has an amazing weekend!!!

Meet Your Computer Science and Computer Engineering Tutors!

Steven Rosenahl Major: Computer Science and Math Year: Junior Why This Field?: "Computer Science because I really enjoy programming and Math because it constantly works my mind!"

Steven Rosendahl
Major: Computer Science and Math
Year: Junior
Why This Field?: “Computer Science because I really enjoy programming and Math because it constantly works my mind!”

Tim (last name?) Major: Computer Science Year: Senior Why This Field?: "I've been working with computers and technology since I was young. It made sense for me to go into this field, the job security doesn't hurt either!"

Timothy Giles
Major: Computer Science
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Why This Field?: “I’ve been working with computers and technology since I was young. It made sense for me to go into this field, the job security doesn’t hurt either!”

Dustin Smith Major: Computer Science and Computer Engineering Year: Senior Why This Field?: "I've liked computers for as long as I can remember, it's practically all I know!"

Dustin Smith
Major: Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Year: Senior
Why This Field?: “I’ve liked computers for as long as I can remember, it’s practically all I know!”

ACM Programming Competition

acmHappy Friday everyone! Today’s blog post will be all about last Saturday’s ACM ICPC. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then make sure to keep reading! I had the opportunity to talk to Professor Roberto Flores, who is the Site Director, Nigel Armstrong, member of Team Gamma, and Isaac Sutor, a volunteer. Check out what they had to say!

What is ACM?

The Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) is recognized worldwide as the first membership organization for computing professionals. If you weren’t already aware, CNU has it’s own ACM student chapter!

What is the ICPC?

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. It’s a network of universities all over the globe that host regional competitions that advance teams to the World Finals. All participating universities within a region compete the exact same day. CNU is part of the mid Atlantic region and within this region, there were 185 teams of three from 68 universities this year. There are only nine sites that host the regional competition and CNU happens to be one of those sites! This year’s regional competition was held last Saturday at CNU’s very own Hunter Creech lab. Our department hosted 16 teams from the College of William and Mary, Richmond University, the University of Mary Washington and Virginia Wesleyan College.

What does the competition consist of?

All nine sites are very well coordinated since all the teams in the region must start and end at the exact same time. That means that on November 7th, 185 teams were attempting to solve the seven programming problems presented by the ACM from noon to five pm. There was one computer provided to each team and the teams could only use printed material as reference to help them solve these problems. Once a team solves a problem, the solution is sent to an online judge. This judge immediately sends a response if the solution submitted was right or wrong. Once a team successfully answers a problem, a balloon is posted at their station. There is a different colored balloon for every problem, which allows other teams to see how far their competitors are.


Who’s responsible for CNU’s site?


Site Director: Roberto A. Flores (pictured in the blue shirt)
Alternative Judge: Keith Perkins (pictured in the red shirt)
System Administrator: Raymond Koehl (pictured in the green shirt)

Also pictured: Department Chair, Anton Riedl, coaches from other universities and the coach for CNU’s teams, Aaron Koehl.

CNU’s Team Gamma:

There were three CNU teams: team Alpha, team Beta and team Gamma. Out of the 16 teams that competed at Hunter Creech, team Gamma placed 4th! David Baker, Dan Ackerman and Nigel Armstrong were the three CNU students in team Gamma, pictured below:


I had the opportunity to talk to Nigel Armstrong about his experience with the ACM ICPC.

“I am a senior, but it’s only my third year at CNU. I’m majoring in Computer Engineering because I enjoy programming and building electronics, and this major falls right in the middle. This is my second year competing in the ACM ICPC for CNU. This year’s experience was amazing. It was a great way to apply the abstract concepts learned in class to challenging problems. Team Gamma had some basic strategies going in, some things we learned from past competitions. One important strategy we planned going in was to divide and conquer. One person immediately began coding the easiest problem, while someone else went off to devise a solution to a more difficult problem. This certainly allowed us to make the best use of the limited time given in the competition. Also, as a team, we planned who was best with what topics, and planned on assigning problems based on expertise in the competition. This year, the best time I had was in the last few minutes of the competition. We had correctly gotten two problems already and we were tantalizingly close on our third solution. With less than two minutes left in the competition we submitted four different solutions to the problem, hoping one would be correct. We never got an answer back from the judging server, but someone came and told us we had three points on the scoreboard. One of those last four submissions was the correct answer.”
CNU’s Volunteers:
There were 10 volunteers at this year’s competition. They were all CNU students who helped out with the logistics of the competition. They helped with getting everyone’s registration, handing out prizes, set up and clean up. I also had the chance to interview a volunteer. Isaac Sutor is a freshman majoring in Computer Science, pictured on the right.
“After hearing about the ACM ICPC, I first considered trying to join one of teams. However, I felt that I wouldn’t have enough time to fully commit to the competition. I was still really intrigued by it and still wanted to be a part of it somehow, so I decided to volunteer! After seeing how everything works, it’s definitely something that I would be interested in for next year. I found it awesome how all across the nation different teams were taking part in the competition. It was sort of a test of how the school stands against other universities in the nation. My favorite part of the day was seeing the balloons go up. It was interesting to see how quickly some teams got balloons compared to those that didn’t have any and how all of a sudden, those teams would get several at once. In addition, I also really enjoyed being able to meet new people from other departments in different universities. I got to talking to a few of the guys about how their department works and how it differs from ours.”

Meet Your Physics Tutors!

Mathew Major: Physics Year: Junior Why Physics?: ""Physics because all my teachers in high school said it would be waste of potential if I wasn't a physics or math major, and because I love it!"

Mathew Jackson
Major: Physics
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Why This Field?: “Physics because all my teachers in high school said it would be waste of potential if I wasn’t a physics or math major, and because I love it!”

Katie Krohmaly Major: Physics Year: Junior Why Physics?: "Physics because I really like math and physics is just applied mathematics. Also, because physics is phun!"

Katie Krohmaly
Major: Physics
Year: Junior
Why This Field?: “Physics because I really like math and physics is just applied mathematics. Also, because physics is phun!”

Maximilian Castelli Major: Computational Applied Math with a concentration in Physics Dynamics and Engineering Year: Junior Why?: "I love the concepts that come along with Physics and the certainty in Mathematics. Computer Science has always interested me and I enjoy all the courses I get to take with the concentration. Engineering allows me to work with more tangible things, with this major I get it all!"

Maximilian Castelli
Major: Computational Applied Math with a concentration in Physics Dynamics and Engineering
Year: Junior
Why?: “I love the concepts that come along with Physics and the certainty in Mathematics. Computer Science has always interested me and I enjoy all the courses I get to take with the concentration. Engineering allows me to work with more tangible things, with this major I get it all!”

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

130 PSCE students attended yesterday’s Pizza My Mind, presented by Swisslog. For those of you who were unable to attend, Swisslog “designs, develops and delivers best-in-class automation solutions for forward-thinking hospitals, warehouses and distribution centers.” The first person who presented was Mr. Steve Thorne, Director of Software Engineering.  Mr. Thorne shared the company’s overview, and explained to the CNU audience that Swisslog’s vision was to be recognized for outstanding expertise, service and quality, to improve the way how people do their work and to add value to their customers’ processes. As a part of his presentation he showed two videos. The first one was a short clip that showed the warehouse and how things are moved around using the technology that they have created. The second video was a commercial that aired on TV, the commercial showed the efficiency and quickness of Swisslog’s services.  Another slide that really stood out was when he was presenting the kinds of companies that Swisslog has done work for. There were a lot of name brand companies such as Target and Walmart. Once the company overview was done, it was finally time to mention the internship and job opportunities that Swisslog has to offer. “Swisslog is looking for interns as well as full-time employees. We’re looking for software Engineers, students in Information Systems, Controls Engineers, Computer/Electrical and mechanical Engineers”, said Mr. Thorne.  He also mentioned that there is a paid internship program offered and that 8 CNU students have already interned for the company. 5 of those interns ended up working for Swisslog full time! Louis Gomez, a current CNU student studying computer science came up to the stand to talk about his experience working for Swisslog. He said that he has been there since this past May and that it’s been a great experience. He continued to mention that he has been able to apply what he’s learned from CNU courses to his work. He finished his small speech with: “The stuff I do matters and that’s the best part of working for Swisslog.”

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Marty Smith

Thursday’s Pizza My Mind was packed full of 139 PCSE students attentive to what AMSEC had to present. For those of you that weren’t there, AMSEC provides services that “encompass a full range of hull, mechanical, and electrical systems; command, control, and communication systems; information technology; and engineering and design.” They employ over 2,000 people at 35 locations all over the world! Their core values are: integrity, safety, honesty, engagement, responsibility and performance. The presenter, Marty Smith, made a comment about looking for these values in prospective employees. AMSEC is CMMI Development Level 3 and 1SO 9001-2008 certified. A major recognition is that they received the Grace Hopper government technology leadership award.

Alongside the presenter, Mr. Marty Smith, Manager of Project Management was PCSE alumn, R. Adam White. White graduated last spring with a B.S. in Information Systems and is currently enrolled in the PCSE 5 year master’s program. After Smith finished up with an overview of the company, White stepped up and talked about his personal experience with AMSEC. He talked about the benefits that came along with working for AMSEC. When he first started working with the company, he was still working towards his diploma at CNU. He mentioned that a few of the benefits were: AMSEC’s closeness to campus, he was able to work from home when needed and they were understanding whenever he needed to focus on schoolwork. Although he was working for AMSEC, they emphasized that school came first. White finished up his part of the presentation by stating that “I feel like I make an impact in this organization.”

Engineering as Told by a Football Player

Darren Gary

Darren Gary

James Stinnett

James Stinnett











Can you believe that it’s already time for Homecoming Weekend? This year is really flying by! This weekend is packed full with all different kinds of events to attend. We have the 5th annual Golf Tournament, Glow in the Darcapella, Midnight Madness, the Family Field Festival, the tailgate and many more events all leading up to the Homecoming football game Saturday night. In honor of Homecoming Weekend, today’s blog post will be about two football players within our department. I got the chance the interview Darren Gary and James Stinnett earlier this week about what it’s like being a student athlete and striving to be an Engineer.

What was it like being recruited to play college football?

Darren: “It was a fun experience. I got the opportunity to tour many colleges and got free game tickets. It all got me really excited to come to play for CNU.”

James: “The process of getting recruited to play college football is a fun experience. As a high school football player you have dreams to play on the ‘next level’ and it’s a great feeling when you know you’re going to get the opportunity to do so.”

What position do you play on the field?

Darren: I play Running Back.”

James: “I am an Inside Linebacker.”

What are your predictions for this weekend’s game?

Darren: “We’ve been looking pretty good at practice and if we execute on Saturday like we have been, then I believe that we can take the win.”

James: “Frostburg State seems to have a solid football team. We feel they have yet to play a truly challenging opponent. We’re hoping to start off strong and set the tone of the game. If we play disciplined and limit mental errors, then we believe we will beat Frostburg State.”

What is your major, and when did you know you wanted to be an engineer?

Darren: “I am majoring in Electrical engineering. I knew I wanted to be an engineer early on. I used to always take things apart and always ask why something worked the way it did.”

James: “My major is computer engineering. I decided I wanted to be a computer engineer at the beginning of my senior year in high school.”

What is the hardest part of being a student athlete in the PCSE department?

Darren: “The hardest part is the time management. I always feel like I have no time to myself between practices, games, homework, projects, etc.”

James: “The hardest part of being a student athlete in our department, to me, is time management. It is very difficult to find time for our rigorous assignments after practicing for about 25 hours a week on average.”

Is it all worth it?

Darren: “It’s usually all worth it in the end.”

James: “I believe it is all worth it. It may be difficult however I believe it can be done. You have to work a little harder than everybody else as a student athlete which can be helpful as we get into the real world after college.”

Weekly Recaps of Pizza My Mind

pizzamymindlogoCNU’s Pizza My Mind gives employers the chance to showcase their career and internship opportunities to students within the PCSE department. Not only is this an opportunity for the employers, but for the students as well. We all know that we should attend as many Pizza My Mind’s as possible. There’s free pizza and drinks! But most importantly, Pizza My Mind offers free information and networking. Although there is no denying that going to Pizza My Mind is beneficial, attending becomes tricky as the semester progresses. There’s homework to be done, tests to study for and because of this, Pizza My Mind can at times be put on the back burner. That’s why someone suggested that I blog about the Pizza My Mind programs for those who didn’t have the chance to attend. Every Friday, I will post about that week’s Pizza my Mind, I will write about who presented, what information and opportunities they offered and pictures will be included! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and keeps an eye out for next Friday’s post about PMM.