Archive for April 2018

Pizza My Mind Presented by Riverside Medical

Riverside Health System presented Pizza My Mind on Thursday, March 22nd. Located just a few minutes away from campus, Riverside has evolved into a flagship regional medical center with several other affiliates in the Virginia Peninsula area.

Dennis Loftus, Sr. Vice President and CIO, beginning the presentation

The most prominent focus of this presentation, provided by Dennis Loftus, Sr. Vice President and CIO, was on the company’s cyber security methods and checks. Mr. Loftus explained that a few weeks ago the company distributed a fake email to simulate phishing efforts carried out by hackers to test employee response. A total of 20% of employees opened it and the majority of those entered credentials. This test predated a very recent real phishing attack in which a doctor added their credentials to the fake url. Riverside has since then implemented new training programs and put in hundreds of hours of work in order to guarantee that these phishing attempts are less successful in the future.

The long process of updating legacy systems to a new and more modern technology was also discussed. Students were given a very in-depth account of the efficient processes the Riverside follows. The company presents a very strong case for competent cyber security so give them a chance as opportunities arise in the future. Interested at working at Riverside? Riverside is currently seeking candidates to join their web development team.

Dennis Loftus and David Key speaking to students

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IEEE Nasa Trip

The IEEE club recently hosted a trip to NASA Langley that allowed students in the club and PCSE department to tour the campus and meet numerous researchers and engineers.

CNU students preparing for the NASA trip

Each student was provided NASA security badges and bused around the many sections of campus. The first stop was the aviation research facility where NASA engineers show off multiple planes and the research conducted towards improving flight. Students were able to learn about the collection of atmospheric data in the arctic, attempts to improve supersonic flight, and reduction of supersonic noise pollution.

Next, the students were taught NASA’s history and allowed to learn a few details about current NASA projects. A highlight was a project to develop decelerators for space missions. The materials used and some prototypes were made available for the students to interact with and study. Afterwards, students were able to see the systems used to communicate with the International Space Station and sit in seats used by actual researchers in mission control. Projects involving drones, earth science, and robotics were explained as well.

Michael S. Wusk, NASA Engineer speaking with students and faculty.

Overall, the tour provided a cool and unique opportunity to learn more about current research and cutting-edge technologies at NASA. Interested in more opportunities like this? Consider joining IEEE. For more information contact: IEEE Club