Archive for October 2015

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.

From Rosenheim to Newport News

Hey there Captains! Hope everyone enjoyed their Fall Break and is ready to get back into the swing of things. Today’s blog post is about the foreign exchange students that CNU is hosting this semester. Florian Schauer and Johannes Muehlthaler are from Rosenheim, Germany and I had the opportunity to interview both of them about what it’s like to be a foreign exchange student here at CNU!

Johannes Muehlthaler and Florian Schauer

Johannes Muehlthaler and Florian Schauer

What classes are you taking this semester?

Florian: “I’m taking five classes this semester: CPSP 270 with Dr. Siochi, CPSC 427 with Dr. Perkins, CPSC 480 taught by Dr. Lamber, MATH 335 with Dr. Wrayno, and PHYS 341 taught by Dr. Brash.”

Johannes: “I’m taking four classes: PHYS 341 Design of Experiments, MATH 335 Applied Probability 1, CPSC 471 Applied Artificial Intelligence, CPSC 480 Software Design and Development.”

Which classes do you enjoy the most?

Florian: “It’s hard to say. Each class is different in its topics and the way it’s presented. However, if I had to choose I would pick PHYS 341 which is taught by Dr. Brash. I like his Canadian style.”

Johannes: “I have to agree with Florian on this one, PHYS 341 is my most enjoyable class this semester.”

Are the classes different here at CNU than what you’re used to back home?

Florian: “Definitely! First off, the sizes of the classes are smaller than at home. Another big difference is how everything is graded. In Rosenheim, we only have one shot on the final exam. The first two or three weeks at CNU, the system made me struggle a little bit, but now I’m used to it and I enjoy it more than at home. It keeps you working on the material and you have more than one chance to earn points for the final grade.”

Johannes: Yes, in Germany we got no homework or tests during the year. There is only one big final at the end of the semester, which is much different than here.”

How do you like the professors here?

Florian: “I like all of them. Within the first few weeks every professor knew the names of all the students. This makes my classes personal and it encourages me to go to office hours and ask questions.”

Johannes: Most of them are really good and know a lot about their classes. Some are confusing, but that’s the case here or in Germany.”

Do you have any plans after graduation?

Florian: “I’ll first write my bachelor thesis in fall/winter 2016. After doing such I wish to earn my master’s degree.”

Johannes: “Not as of right now.”

What will you tell your friends and family about your trip when you go home?

Florian: “Everything I accomplished and experienced, the differences between America – Germany as well pros and cons.”

Johannes: “I’ll tell them that it was really interesting, and that I learned a lot. Also, that I really enjoyed being part of the football team here at CNU.”

Have you had the chance to travel outside of campus yet?

Florian: “Not yet. Except necessary trips to Walmart. Without a car it is very hard to travel around. Maybe I‘ll make a trip over Thanksgiving. But I‘m staying at CNU for the spring term as well, so I have enough time to discover the landscape around me.”

Johannes: “Not really, I’ve only had the chance to go to some nearby restaurants.”

There you have it Captains, until next time!

Meet the Freshmen

Jon Hill, De'Shawn Maynard & Drake Cole

Jon Hill, De’Shawn Maynard & Drake Cole

A little over a week ago, I received an e-mail “From the desk of the President” and as I read about the class of 2019, an idea sparked. The e-mail read: “With an average high school GPA of 3.8, this is the strongest class to ever enter CNU. The SAT middle percent range is 1080-1230. The GPA middle 50 percent range is 3.5-4.0. That means 25 percent of the class has a high school GPA above 4.0 and an SAT above 1230.” Basically, these new freshmen bring some of brightest minds that CNU has ever seen. So I figured that it’s in our best interest to get to know them.

Starting off with the basics, what is your major and when did you know you wanted to be an engineer?

Jon: “I’m majoring in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. I knew I wanted to be an engineer while taking my STEM classes and programming classes in high school. I realized that creating applications and computer components was something I really enjoyed.”

De’Shawn: “As of right now I am majoring in Computer Engineering. I knew I wanted to be a Computer Engineer since I first started learning about computer hardware and building a computer. Since I was young, I always liked building things and tinkering around with whatever I was given in order to see what new things I could create. That is literally what an engineer does so I figured, why not?”

Drake: “My intended major is Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I decided to become an engineer my junior year of high school when I was repairing some toy helicopters and their wiring when I found that I really enjoyed putting it back together.”

How does the content and workload of the classes compare with your high school classes?

Jon: “It has increased significantly but is manageable with a lot of late nights in the library and in my dorm room.”

De’Shawn: “The workload and difficulty of the classes are very similar to the AP courses I took in high school. However the responsibility and time management of college courses is substantially different from high school work.”

Drake: “It’s much higher and twice as difficult. However, I do enjoy the work more because it’s not just busy work like it was back in high school.”

What types of activities are you getting involved with outside of your classes and what are your expectations for your Freshman year?

Jon: “I am planning on joining the USA team and the Swimming club in the following semester. Expectations? I hope to keep solid grades within my classes and to try and explore new things to do around campus.”

De’Shawn: “I am trying to play Rugby, emphasis on the trying. Currently, I am struggling with managing my time between classes so I’ve decided to focus on them as of right now. The year has already been loads of fun and can only get better. I expect there to be lots and lots of stress this year, bug I also expect it to be a big learning curve and a great experience to look back on in the following years.”

Drake: “Currently, I have not joined any clubs or programs on campus. I honestly have no idea what to expect, I just hope to succeed and do well in all my classes and make great new friends along the way.”

Well there you have it Captains, a small peak into the talented minds of CNU’s class of 2019. That’s all for now, until next time!