Archive for September 2016

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind

Hello Captains! Last Thursday we had MITRE come and speak to us about the opportunities within the company. Internships at MITRE will have you working side by side with other interns and full-time staff. Interns will do direct sponsor work and be full team members. Prime candidates are not only computer science majors. They are looking for problem solvers, someone with a diverse background, someone that is part of extra curricular activities, and has passion for technology.

What is MITRE? MITRE was established in 1958 to serve the public interest. They are a not-for-profit which means the organization uses its surplus revenues to further achieve its purpose or mission, rather than distributing its surplus income to the organization’s shareholders. They work in partnership with the government,applying systems engineering and advanced technology to address issues of critical national importance.They focus on innovation, collaboration and results.



SArah Clark, a junior, electrical engineering major, interned with MITRE this past summer. Her internship was very hands-on. SArah said she was given a project and a due date to complete her assignment. Along the way, she had mentors,project leaders and co-workers that she could turn to when she had a question or was not understanding something. She also got a chance to travel to Boston and present her work to professionals. “This job opened my eyes to what a professional environment could look like. I also enjoyed the fact that my work was going to actually be used and be helpful to future programs.”, SArah said. If you have any questions or would just like to talk to SArah about her MITRE internship, please email her directly

As of right now, MITRE Corporation is accepting resumes. If you are interested in applying or want to find more information about MITRE, contact Justin F. Brunelle at or Carlton Northern at

What You Missed At Pizza My Mind

Soozie Darling speaking with CNU students after presenting IPPON

Soozie Darling speaking with CNU students after giving her presentation

Greetings Captains! The PCSE Department hosted IPPON for Pizza My Mind on September 1, 2016 and welcomed back their very own alumna, Susannah (Soozie) Darling. Darling graduated from CNU in May 2015 with a degree in Applied Physics and has been with IPPON since December 2015. IPPON Technologies USA is a global company which delivers innovative digital, big data and cloud application services. They employ consultants who provide critical recommendations and guidance at any time during the lifecycle of a customers project.

Soozie began her presentation with a quick background on IPPON and how they first began. “What does IPPON stand for?” was my first initial thought. IPPON isn’t an acronym for anything, it actually means, “one full point.” According to Darling, the company was founded in 2002 in France as a Java consulting company and has grown to become one of the largest software companies. Since it was so successful, a USA branch was opened in 2014. It started with 3 employees and now, as of April 2016, they have grown with 22 Engineers and 4 staff members. This rapidly growing company hopes to have 20 US offices by 2026!

Darling shared the company’s vision, which is “to bring together people with the brains and the brawn to serve the technology needs of customers. IPPON pioneers the concept of HumanIT, where technology is evaluated in terms of what scaled levels of changes it can make in everyone’s everyday life.” She then went on to talk about the company’s values, which are passion, courage, dependability, open-mindedness and personal growth. In conclusion, Darling spoke highly of IPPON’s global diverse culture. This is something she cares deeply about because everyone brings in different perspectives. They believe in a work hard/play hard dynamic where everyone collaborates. She finished with saying that everyone has fun together, there’s always a good feeling coming into work, and it becomes a place that’s hard to leave after the day is over.

Well there you have it Captains, IPPON is an upcoming company to definitely keep an eye out for and recommended by a CNU grad!

What You Missed at Pizza My Mind


Nicole W. Baab, University Relations Coordinator, getting to know the CNU students after the seminar

Hello Captains!  Last Thursday we were lucky to have one of the largest energy providers in the world. Dominion Power presented at Pizza My Mind.  Dominion Power values its company on safety, ethics, excellence, and teamwork. They are located in 47 different locations throughout the country with their headquarters located in Richmond, Virginia.  Forbes has ranked them as one of the best places to work offering the strongest opportunities for employees.

So, what exactly does Dominion Power do?  The company is built on public service, innovation, and community involvement.  In addition to their core energy production, transportation and storage businesses, they invest in communities where we live and work.  They also practice responsible environmental stewardship wherever they are located.

Towards the end of the presentation, the representatives from Dominion shared information about internship opportunities for 77 different majors including Business, Info-Tech, Chem, and Engineering.  There are 8 states that they provide internships in and they pay their interns up to 22 dollars an hour.  75% of interns get hired to work for Dominion.  That is 190 interns per year!

Christine Simon sharing about her internship

Christine Simon , a senior, computer science major, is one of the lucky interns that got offered a job at Dominion.  She commented on all the skills she learned through her internship, “I developed a lot of skills while at Dominion.  I learned time management, how to be a good employee, and I had opportunities to work on a lot of different projects within the plant”.  Christine interned at the North Anna Nuclear Power Station her first year.  She managed the plant computer systems and worked on four different teams.  Her second year she interned at the Surry Power Station and was involved with their cyber security team.  She will continue her career at the Surry Power Station in the spring as an official employee.

If you have a 2.5 GPA or higher, start applying for a summer internship at Dominion. Applications are accepted now up until December.  8 lucky Captains had internships last year, so get out there and apply now!

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Spotlight: Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson, an Applied Physics major who’s also doing the Five-Year Master’s Program in Computer Science spent his summer in Guanajuato, Mexico as a part of the Veranos UG Program. This is a 7 week program where students conduct research and publish a written technical report. There’s a conference at the end of the program where students present their research, Eric’s was titled “Designing a Small Scale Cyclotron Accelerator for Teaching Purposes.”

How did you hear about the program?

“I’ve worked at the Jefferson Lab for almost two years, and I expressed interest in wanting to live in a Spanish speaking country. Turns out that a researcher there is Mexican, and he was able to put me in contact with one of his colleagues from the University of Guanajuato. That colleague was the one who told me about the Veranos UG program. I applied, was accepted, and so I flew down to Leon, Mexico in June!”

Eric with all of his coworkers and mentor (pictured in the middle.)

What was the most interesting part about your time in Mexico?

“I pretty much had no idea what was going on, at all! I never studied Spanish in school, and the only practice I got before going to Mexico was what I was able to do on my phone. I figured I could understand enough to survive, but I found out VERY quickly how wrong I was. When I arrived, my phone no longer worked and I couldn’t understand a single person. I knew nothing about the city of Leon, or Guanajuato, I didn’t know where I was half the time and finding my apartment was close to impossible. My mentor left for two weeks only two days after I arrived, and I was more or less left completely on my own to figure everything out.

Another interesting part of my time in Mexico is that I got the opportunity to visit a friend I met last summer working at the Jefferson lab! I took a 5 hour bus ride to go see him in Mexico City and was able to stay with his family for a few days.”

Eric and friend in Mexico City

What did you take away from the experience?

“I learned a lot about accelerators and how they work during my time abroad. I can say confidently that I now have a very intimate understanding of them! I wrote my technical report and delivered my presentation entirely in Spanish. I found out after the conference that I was the only foreign student who presented in Spanish, everyone else delivered their presentation in English. I was able to learn the language in 7 weeks and even consider myself fluent now! I got so much out of my time in Mexico. I learned the ins and outs of accelerators, learned an entirely new language, created connections and became friends with some amazing people.”

Eric delivering his final presentation

Did you document your time in Mexico?

“Yes, I had so many people ask me about my trip and how I was doing each day that I started keeping a journal of my experiences. I basically wrote an entry each night about all the crazy, new, or exciting things that I came across in Mexico. The final journal ended up being 164 pages single spaced! Another way I documented my time abroad was through pictures. Since I wasn’t really able to shave my beard, I thought it would be a cool idea to make a flip-book of the selfies I took in random places all over Mexico that showed my hair and beard getting continuously longer!”

If anyone has any questions or wants to know more about Eric and his experience in Mexico, feel free to send him an e-mail him at