Archive for January 2019

Pizza My Mind Presented by Langley’s Software Dev Team

Flight Commander of the 10th Intelligence Squadron’s Cyber Flight at Langley Air Force Base, 1st Lt. Jason Rimer, visited students last Thursday to tell them about possibilities in Cyber Intelligence. Although student visits are available, the 1st Lt. recommended the internship as an opportunity to get practical experience in the field. While the internships are not yet approved to be a paid position, his Cyber Flight team is committed to making each intern feel valuable. He promised that interns are considered equals among regular employees and their voice would be considered just as important.

Jason Rimer showcasing his tips for success

In addition to speaking on internship opportunities, 1st Lt. Rimer also provided tips to students that will help them once they enter the professional workforce, no matter the field they choose. These tips include focusing on small iterations of projects that will grow as more feedback is acquired, staying organized, and if a problem is found, seeking a solution that is positively valued by getting feedback from colleagues and considering the financial benefits.

The end of his presentation featured an example of his team’s first work The Black Pearl, an application that was designed to help support staff on missions. The main feature of The Pearl allowed staff to take advantage of an improved interface that enabled them to easily access tools necessary for their mission. In order for 1st Lt. Rimer’s team to improve the interface, they interviewed hundreds of crew members and asked them to provide feedback about their work environment. By receiving feedback from colleagues, the Cyber Flight team was able to figure out which problems needed to be solved. Over time, the primary features changed heavily in favor of what the employees wanted, which allowed staff members to thrive. Given the success of the project, The Pearl serves as a strong example of processes that CNU students could benefit from learning about and reflecting on as they start to join professional workforces.

If you would like to learn more about opportunities with the Cyber Flight team, check out the following link or email them at

Pizza My Mind Presented by Canon

If you think Canon only made cameras, then you are in for a surprise. Canon is a global company with branches across the world, including numerous sites within the Continental United States. The main branch of Canon Virginia primarily focuses on automated ink cartridge and printer toner manufacturing, the medical products group, and administrative and engineering support. Canon Virginia presented Pizza My Mind on November 8, 2018 and employees David White, Ty Nelson, and CNU alumni Paul Risque all took part in this discussion.

The Canon team

Canon emphasized their positive environmental practices and how their operations are meant to protect the environment, despite being a factory. There are few companies that are as environmentally friendly as Canon, making them unique against other global business. Canon Virginia discussed future goals which included their passion in environmental sustainability.

Employees at Canon have a well-defined path to advancement in multiple skills with the ability to rotate positions every 6 months for 18 months as a part of their Engineering Rotation Program. This allows employees to experience a wide variety of work and determine what job best fits their interests and skills.

Internship positions are posted regularly and traditionally take place in the Summer. Interns will be given real projects and gain experience in Canon’s unique culture. Risque expressed genuine excitement about all the interesting projects he was able to work on as an employee of Canon, including the secret projects only meant for Canon Virginia employees.

CNU alum Paul Risque addresses the crowd

If you are interested in what Canon Virginia has to offer, you can find out more information on their company and employment opportunities at the following link:

Pizza My Mind Presented by United States Strategic Command

Have you heard of the United States Strategic Command? If you haven’t, then you are missing out on amazing opportunities. Civilian workers and CNU alumni, Chris McDaniels and Frank Zarzour, lead a presentation on the possibilities of working with the United States Strategic Command. Despite being civilian workers, both McDaniels and Zarzour work directly with military personnel in addition to working with other civilians on a daily basis.

McDaniels and Zarzour

The purpose of this group is to guarantee the security of the United States and its allies. Their responsibilities include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, intelligence analysis, space operations, and missile defense. A wide variety of positions and leadership opportunities are available to those interested in getting hands-on experience in those fields.

Normally, employment processes are restrictive and highly preferential to veterans and civil service workers. However, it is possible to get into these programs, especially into programs focused in cyber security, through their available internships. Interns are allowed to bypass many of the obstacles in the hiring process. To become an intern, a student is required to have a 2.0 GPA and the ability to work up to 40 hours a week on breaks from school. A strong knowledge of programming and networking services is preferred, though not required.

Mcdaniels addressing a student question

If you can fulfill those requirements, there are internship opportunities available now. You can find out more at the following link:

Pizza My Mind by HyperSizer

James Ainsworth, Director of Engineering Services at HyperSizer, spoke about employment opportunities and expectations at Pizza My Mind on November 29, 2018. HyperSizer is an engineering company that works to provide software solutions, training, and new engineering methods primarily within the aerospace industry.

James Ainsworth

Ainsworth opened the discussion with a description of what the company is looking for in terms of new hires and what the company can offer in return. Software developers skilled in coding languages such as C#, C++, WPF, and Python are preferred, but it is not a requirement to have those skills right away. Since the company is small, junior HyperSizer employees are given a chance to improve on their coding skills and become closer to their colleagues by being mentored by senior employees. The company office is located in the Newport News City Center, only minutes away from CNU. Given that HyperSizer is in such a convenient location for students, they should consider the opportunities that HyperSizer may have for them.

Potential projects available with the company include launch technologies and structure design. These projects allow employees to work with a variety of high-tech materials as well as updated 3D graphical UI’s in order to show off new designs and make it easier to create new ones. In addition, HyperSizer also has work with relational databases and software scripting readily available.

If you are interested in the opportunities HyperSizer may have for you, the following link will help you learn more about what is available to you: