Archive for December 2019

Pizza My Mind Presented by Ockerman Automation

Ockerman Automation presented Pizza My Mind on November 7th. Ockerman Automation is an automation and naval architecture company based right here in Newport News, VA. They work with VR or virtual reality to design and construct ships before the physical construction. This technology is also useful for demoing construction on a ship before doing the real thing. Using VR, people can gain experience doing their job without the risk of actually messing something up that exists in the construction of a real ship. The VR is a great training aid. Ockerman also deal with AR or augmented reality that exists to aid those in actual construction of a ship. This AR can show the worker things inside the ship or hidden parts they wouldn’t otherwise see.

Ockerman Automation is looking for interns specializing in electrical and computer engineering, computer science, information technology, and other areas. Their internships offer incredible first hand experience working with these cool VR and AR systems. Interns will gain experience in their field and work alongside experienced professionals who can pass on their knowledge.

Thank you to Ockerman Automation for presenting at Pizza My Mind!

Pizza My Mind Presented by NASA DEVELOP

NASA DEVELOP presented Pizza My Mind on October 31st. Many people probably think NASA only works on projects involving space. Presenter, Sydney Neugebauer was very excited to share that NASA does many other cool things like earth science. This is where NASA DEVELOP comes in. DEVELOP is a national program that specializes in projects involving water resources, forestation, urban development, agriculture, and energy just to name a few topics. 

Good news, NASA DEVELOP is looking to hire summer interns! They are looking for candidates with good collaborative skills, a 3.0 or higher gpa, any major, and a passion for earth science. If this sounds like you, they have an easy two step process to apply. This process involves submitting essay questions, a resume, transcript, and two letters of recommendation. More good news: there is plenty of time to start this process as the internships for summer are open for application from January 20, 2020 to February 28, 2020. There are also opportunities to work in the fall if summer doesn’t work for you.

More reasons to apply to NASA include many benefits like touring the awesome Langley center, technical skills and experience, a good work environment, personal development, and the personal connections that can be formed throughout the summer. Another really cool feature of this internship is the payoff of presenting your work at NASA headquarters at the end of the 10 weeks.

Thank you to Sydney Naugebauer from NASA DEVELOP for presenting at Pizza My Mind.

Pizza My Mind Presented by CNU’s 5 Year Graduate Program

On October 24, Dr. Peter Monaghan presented Pizza My Mind on behalf of Christopher Newport University’s PCSE 5 year graduate program. This program is, as it suggests, a 5 year program with 4 years of undergrad and 1 graduate year. It is an accelerated program that allows students to start taking graduate level classes during undergrad to graduate with a bachelors in four years and a masters degree in just 1 extra year. It is not required to complete the program in 5 years; there is a lot of flexibility in how the requirements are met.

There are many reasons to apply to this program and zero reasons not to! For CNU students, there is no application fee, and you don’t have to take the GRE if your SAT score is good enough. Other benefits to being in the grad program include being allowed to take graduate level courses during undergrad and the ability to connect with nearby companies like Jefferson Labs, NASA, and the National Institute for Aeronautics (NIA) to do research. There are opportunities for funding in the form of lab assistantships and lab assistant positions. These are positions for graduate students to teach labs to undergraduate students and get paid! Dr. Monaghan also claims that graduate school is fun, so that’s a plus.

You can apply to the graduate program on CNU Live, and it you have any questions seek out Dr. Monaghan. The deadline to apply is February 1st. Thank you to Dr. Monaghan for presenting. Thanks also to the graduate students who spoke about the cool research they’re doing and how awesome it is to be a graduate student.