Archive for October 2019

Pizza My Mind Presented by Newport News Shipbuilding

The Physics Computer Science and Engineering department had the honor of having Newport News Shipbuilding’s Dept E44 – Networks, Communications, & Automation group to present at Pizza My Mind. Newport News Shipbuilding is located in Newport News only 15 minutes down the road from Christopher Newport University. The Shipyard is responsible for building and updating ships for the United States Navy. They have the prestige of being the only U.S. shipyard to design and construct nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Newport News Shipbuilding has built more than 800 ships since their founding in 1886.

The presenters, Stephen Jelf and Gabriella Bishop (a Christopher Newport University alumna),  talked about their experiences working at the Shipyard and all the cool opportunities within their group. Because they are working on designing and building real ships, employees often get to go aboard ships to see designs and applications of their work. This helps to make improvements as well as keep ships and the models of them up to date as things on the ship may have moved or changed from the original design. There are opportunities to not only change departments if you aren’t enjoying the work you’re doing, but also to move up to project management positions, so you won’t be stuck in one spot. 

At the shipyard, there are positions available for all majors and interests. Not only that, but there are internship positions for summer or co-ops that run during the school year. These internships can lead into full time positions. There are also full time positions that do not require interning beforehand. Things the presenters mentioned that can set you apart from other applicants are strong problem solving skills and a well rounded skill set. Head to to see job openings. There are internships available now that close November 29th, so don’t wait!

Thanks to Newport News Shipbuilding for presenting!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Raytheon

Last week Raytheon presented Pizza My Mind for the Physics Computer Science and Engineering department here at Christopher Newport University. Headquartered in Maryland, Raytheon is a large defense contractor in the United States. They work on exciting projects like missile defense, cybersecurity, and mission control just to name a few. 

Our presenters, Dave Erickson, Ken Young, Krystal Finch, and Elliot Rieflin, are from the Hampton location. They shared the many great reasons to work at Raytheon. If you’re looking for travel, Raytheon has many opportunities to travel to many different places. They even have jobs in Antarctica! If travel isn’t for you, they also have jobs right here in the Hampton area. Alongside the many locale options, Raytheon offers jobs for all majors and interests. Each project has many different areas, and more than likely there will be a position that fits with everyone’s interests. 

Raytheon offers internships for the summer as well as co-ops for during the school year. If you’re graduating they also most likely will have job openings or internship to job paths available. Jobs are opening and closing all the time, so make sure to keep an eye on for updates. There is a notification feature so you can be the first to know about new jobs.

The presenters shared their experiences in the company and how much they enjoy their jobs. One of the presenters even talked about how they work on projects using pair programming all the time so you aren’t alone on projects. It’s a real thing! So next time you have to pair program in one of your classes, remember that this is useful in the working world.

Thank you to Raytheon for joining us for Pizza My Mind!