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Pizza My Mind Presented by L2T

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming Bryan Hughes, Kelley Fitzgerald, and CNU alumna Amanda Norloff from L2T to present at Pizza My Mind on March 24th. L2T is a full-service IT engineering and solutions provider that provides secure networking, virtualization and remote access and custom software for their customers.

A small company based out of Herndon, L2T is a rapidly growing government contractor looking for fresh college graduates. New employees at L2T will have ample opportunities both inside and outside of the company: they can be more than just a face in the crowd, which will lead to faster promotion. L2T is also more than willing to provide tuition assistance for further education and is highly flexible for career path changes.

L2T has a unique office dynamic in that, rather than working in large teams, new employees spend most of their time with an assigned mentor who helps to train them. Once a new employee has been with the company long enough, they then are assigned their own mentee.

When applying to L2T, be it for an internship or full-time position, it helps to have skills in Java, Python, and Linux. With that being said, it is more important to demonstrate a good work ethic, positive attitude, and willingness to learn. Any students or recent graduates looking to secure an internship or job at L2T should apply online on Handshake or reach out to recruiting@layer2-tech.com

Thank you to Bryan Hughes, Kelley Fitzgerald, and Amanda Norloff for such an informative presentation on L2T.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Kimley-Horn

On March 17th, the CNU department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming representatives from Kimley-Horn to present at Pizza My Mind. Kimley-Horn is a civil engineering and environmental consulting firm that works in both the public and private sectors. Speakers Kodi Berger, Caroline Odell, and Jon Chambers have a combined 34 years of experience in the Transportation Systems and Environmental sector of Kimley-Horn.

Since Kimley-Horn is a multidisciplinary company, employees have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, including but not limited to aviation, community planning, and energy. If an employee doesn’t like any of the projects offered at their nearest office, they can shift to another office for an extended period of time. Thanks to this policy, employees can stay continuously employed and fulfilled with their work.

Kimley-Horn is actively hiring interns and recent graduates for a wide variety of positions in technology, data science, and engineering. Since Kimley-Horn provides in-depth training on both the technology and consulting sides of the business, it is more important for future employees to demonstrate their work ethic and passion for the subject rather than any particular skill.

With locations in Richmond, NOVA, Virginia Beach, and Newport News, Kimley-Horn is accessible to most CNU students for internships or full-time employment. Any students or recent graduates looking to intern or work full time at Kimley-Horn should apply online at https://www.kimley-horn.com/careers/

Thank you to Kodi Berger, Caroline Odell, and Jon Chambers for taking the time to speak with us about opportunities at Kimley-Horn.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Swisslog

On March 8th, the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering welcomed representatives from Swisslog to present at Pizza My Mind. Swisslog is a global logistics company headquartered in Switzerland that specializes in intralogistics, the moving of products and other items inside warehouses and distribution centers. As a logistics company, Swisslog works with a wide variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and retail. Speakers included Mike Brogan, David Bates, Ayush Khandelwal, Leslie Bailey, and Whittany Bayse.

Due to the diverse nature of intralogistics, Swisslog works with a wide range of technologies that help to automate material handling capabilities in the warehouse. In order to design and operate those tools, technology employees at Swisslog work in agile teams that include 4 software engineers and 2 software quality assurance engineers.

While many companies struggled during the COVID pandemic, Swisslog has thrived thanks to the automated nature of their products. As a result, Swisslog is able to offer a wide variety of benefits to their employees and seeks to promote within. For new hires, Swisslog has an outstanding training program, the Global Software Trainee Program, that allows new Swisslog employees to spend 6 weeks training in Germany. 

Swisslog is currently hiring recent college graduates to their local agile teams. Candidates should have experience with web interface basics, Java and Eclipse as well as Oracle and SQL Server Management systems; however, the most important quality they are looking for is the ability to be a self-starter and willingness to learn. Anyone interested can reach out to michael.brogan@swisslog.com or check the Swisslog website for more information.

Thank you to Michael Brogan, David Bates, Ayush Khandelwal, Leslie Bailey, and Whittany Bayse for taking the time to speak with us about opportunities at Swisslog.

Pizza My Mind Presented by the FBI

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming CNU alumni Michael McFarlane, James Klingenberg, and Curtis Thomas from the Electronic Device Analysis Unit of the FBI, to present at Pizza My Mind on February 24th. 

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. In order to uphold those missions, the FBI has a wide variety of technology positions to assist in conducting investigations. These technology experts must be comfortable with software engineering and be able to build things up and tear them apart. 

Students gather to ask questions

Members of the electronic device unit are challenged daily to reverse engineer a variety of electronic devices, including but not limited to cars and cell phones. Using their analysis of those devices, they must then design creative solutions to solve complex problems. Their work has made a big impact on cases such as the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Pulse Nightclub attack. 

The FBI has open positions right now for graduating seniors. Students interested in an internship can apply for their Honors Internship Program in August. Anyone looking to work for the FBI as an intern or after graduation should apply at www.fbijobs.gov.

Thank you to Michael McFarlane, James Klingenberg, and Curtis Thomas for the informative and unique presentation on technology at the FBI.

Faculty Spotlight- Dr. Samuel Henry

Bringing Science Fiction to Reality with Natural Language Processing

For the first in a series of professor and student spotlights in the Department of Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering, I interviewed Dr. Samuel Henry. Dr. Henry has been a professor of computer science at CNU since 2020 and we are so happy to have him as a recent addition to the PCSE team.

A Richmond native, Dr. Henry always enjoyed coding, even spending his math classes programming his TI-83 calculator. This led him to pursue an undergraduate degree and career in computer science, but he soon found himself missing academia and wishing to work on his own research. For this reason, he returned to school to get a PhD in computer science from VCU. In 2020, Dr. Henry joined CNU as a professor of computer science, and he enjoys working at a school where he can focus on both education and research, while still being close to his hometown.

Dr. Henry visualizes machine learning for his eager student researchers.

Dr. Henry’s current project aims to integrate biomedical knowledge bases into natural language processing systems that were originally meant for general language. The field of biomedicine creates a particularly exciting challenge for natural language processing due to the domain specific languages, chemical names, drugs, and various medical jargon. Ideally, the work being done in machine learning, AI, and natural language processing will eventually bring technology to a level where someone can communicate with an intelligent computer that is capable of understanding our language. This bridging of reality and science fiction is one of the many things that drew Dr. Henry to the field of natural language processing.

For any students looking to study natural language processing, machine learning, or AI, Dr. Henry recommends starting with Python, since that is the most commonly used language in this domain. Some classes offered at CNU that will be useful for pursuing natural language processing include DATA201 and 301- since machine learning is a subfield of data science- and CPSC471, an artificial intelligence class. Dr. Henry hopes to see more machine learning undergraduate classes offered in the future.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Marathon Consulting

On February 10th, the Department of Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering welcomed Marathon Consulting to present at Pizza My Mind. Marathon Consulting is a small company headquartered in Virginia Beach with additional offices in Richmond. Unlike many consulting firms in the area, Marathon is not a federal contractor: they provide consulting services in virtually every industry. Speakers included President Harris Pezzella, Vice President Tom Marsden, and senior recruiters Kate Keene and Lindsey Mashburn.

Marathon prides themselves on hiring the best and brightest and retaining those employees. In fact, the presenters made it clear that the best asset at Marathon is the employees.  This employee-first emphasis makes it so Marathon has a great workplace culture in addition to the high quality services provided.

Pezzella and Marsden Present at Pizza My Mind

Projects at Marathon fall under two categories; Marathon-managed and client-managed.  Marathon-managed projects require teams to assist the client in defining business requirements as well as providing estimates of cost, schedule, defined deliverables and a plan. In client-managed engagements, Marathon provides consultants to meet client defined skill and experience requirements while the clients fill the project management responsibilities. 

Marathon has 4 different IT divisions; digital marketing, application development, data solutions, and IT advisory. This provides opportunities for just about anyone pursuing a career in IT; each of the divisions have positions of varying seniority starting at the internship level and extending through senior leadership. Being a small company, Marathon often chooses to promote leaders within, making it an ideal company to begin your career.

Students can visit www.marathonus.com or Handshake to learn more about career and internship opportunities at Marathon Consulting.

Thank you to Harris Pezzella, Tom Marsden, Kate Keene, and Lindsey Mashburn for such an informative presentation on Marathon Consulting.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Kinsale Insurance

On February 3rd, the CNU department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming representatives from Kinsale Insurance to present at Pizza My Mind. Kinsale is a Richmond based insurance company that specializes in policies standard carriers won’t cover, such as coverage for ax throwing ranges or drones.

Kinsale’s recruiting manager, Corky Ford, and technical lead, Kevin Mark, came from Richmond to discuss how Kinsale uses IT as a strategic advantage in the insurance industry. The IT department at Kinsale is composed of Infrastructure, Data, Architecture, Product and App Development. All developers are full stack, meaning that they work both backend (Java) and frontend development.

Corky Ford presents on behalf of Kinsale

Pizza my Mind also welcomed two CNU students who spoke about their experiences as interns at Kinsale. Santi Vallejo was part of a team of application development interns and Sarah Benton worked as a product intern where she was able to iteratively develop a new knowledge management system. Both interns spoke in depth about the friendly atmosphere and the impact of the agile environment at Kinsale.

Kinsale is looking to hire 5 interns to work in person during the summer of 2022. There are internship opportunities in app development (Java), infrastructure (Windows and Sharepoint) and business analysis. Eligible interns should ideally be upcoming spring 2023 or December 2022 graduates. Kinsale was able to offer all five interns from the summer of 2021 full time positions upon their graduation! Visit https://www.kinsaleins.com/ for more information. 

Thank you to Corky Ford, Kevin Mark, Sarah Benton, and Santi Vallejo for taking the time to speak with us about opportunities at Kinsale Insurance.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Jefferson Lab

On January 27th, the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering welcomed Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) to present at Pizza My Mind. Jefferson Lab is a world leading facility that uses the unique particle accelerator known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) to study one of the most significant problems in physics today: “Can we quantitatively understand quark and gluon confinement in quantum chromodynamics?”

Latifa Elouadrhiri, Senior Staff Scientist at Jefferson Lab, explained how the particle accelerator works as part of Jefferson Lab’s two-part mission to understand the fundamental structure of matter and where the origin of matter comes from. In order to deliver on this mission, Jefferson Lab will provide an excellent scientific program with 12 GeV upgrade. They will also push new developments such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

CNU is lucky to have several faculty members that perform research at Jefferson Lab. These faculty members participated in a panel following the Pizza My Mind presentation. Panel participants included Dr. David Heddle, Dr. Peter Monaghan, Dr. Robert Fersch and Dr. William Phelps. These professors detailed the research they conduct at Jefferson Lab. Their research covers a wide range of topics from AI to building particle accelerators. Students interested in conducting research at Jefferson Lab should reach out to the above-mentioned professors via their CNU emails.

Thank you to Latifa Elouadrhiri, David Heddle, Peter Monaghan, Robert Fersch, and William Phelps for taking the time to speak with us about Jefferson Lab.

Pizza My Mind Presented by the US House of Representatives

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming Randy Vickers (Chief Information Security Officer) and Matt Norris (Security Operations Center Manager) from the US House of Representatives, to present at Pizza My Mind on January 20th.

The US House of Representatives faces many cyber threats which the team must routinely monitor for. These threats range from information gathering to the disruption of the legislative process, but the vast majority involve phishing, a form of information gathering that involves sending legitimate looking emails with the hopes of someone unknowingly opening corrupted files.

United States House of Representatives

The large incidence rate of phishing attacks makes it difficult for representatives to open emails from their constituents, as it is difficult to tell the difference between innocent and malicious emails. It is essential that the representatives and their interns refrain from clicking on unknown links or downloading anything from unknown sources. With that being said, there is a high insider threat from those that struggle to tell the difference between genuine emails and phishing emails.

It is imperative that the cybersecurity team at the US House of Representatives is ready to face any and all future cyber threats. They must continuously monitor for current and future threats while also keeping those working for the House updated on the current security protocols.

Unfortunately, no paid internships exist at the moment, but unpaid internships do exist if you live in the D.C. area. For more information, reach out to the House Cybersecurity office Cybersecurity@mail.house.gov to learn more.

Thank you to Randy Vickers and Matt Norris for an informative presentation on the security threats faced by the US House of Representatives.

Pizza My Mind Presented by AUVSI Hampton Roads

The Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering department had the pleasure of hosting the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Hampton Roads on April 15. The AUVSI is a global, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. The department was joined by presenters Daniel Wolfe, Chapter President in Hampton Roads, and Scott Bellows, Chair, Education and Outreach Committee.

The AUVSI partners with NASA and other professional organizations to work with unmanned air, land, and sea systems. Unmanned systems is a growing industry that is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s world. Membership at AUVSI offers direct access to industry professionals to build connections and find internship and employment opportunities. 

AUVSI has a parent organization in northern Virginia that hosts informational webinars for free or a low cost. The Hampton Roads chapter hosts meetings with industry and government professionals who present about interesting and relevant topics. These resources and more are available to members of AUVSI. Students can get full membership with access to all the same resources as industry professionals and can also attend webinars and events.

Scott Bellows is the creator of CSIIP, a program to connect students with paid internship opportunities. The process involves a free one-time application that will allow students to be informed year round about opportunities until they graduate. For more information about the AUVSI Hampton Roads chapter please visit: https://www.auvsi.net/hamptonroads/homeand for more information about the CSIIP program, please contact Scott Bellows.