Griffin Tritaik and Elliott Armstrong, members of Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at Christopher Newport University, attended the annual IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conference in Boston, MA. This conference is held yearly for engineering students in leadership positions in their IEEE-HKN organizations. It is a great networking opportunity as students from all across the country attended.
At the conference, Elliott and Griffin had the opportunity to attend workshops to discuss ways to improve local organizations. Workshops offered information on student opportunities to get money for service based projects. Others provided potential capstone project ideas students may not have otherwise thought of. There they also met students from many other universities including Mississippi State, UCLS, Northeastern, NC State, and many others. Graduate Schools also had a presence at the conference where they gave information about what graduate school has to offer and the benefits of going.
Elliott and Griffin talked about their favorite parts of this conference that included the opportunity to meet industry professionals who shared real life experiences. There were also many other students who shared similar interests and were excited to connect with other members of IEEE. In addition, there were many fun activities including a robot competition. The competition required the building of Texas Instrument robots to navigate a maze using touch and light sensors as well as race in a relay race.
Notably, CNU’s HKN-IEEE organization was recognized as a Key Chapter for following the best practices of a successful chapter. Based on their amazing experiences, Elliott and Griffin recommended that those that have the opportunity in the future take advantage of it and attend this year’s conference in San Diego.
On February 13th, UiPath presented Pizza My Mind. UiPath is the fastest growing Enterprise Software company in history. Based in New York, UiPath has locations all around the world. This company offers software that automates processes so that real people can get more relevant work done in the time that is freed up. The software uses RoboticProcess Automation (RPA) that offers automated solutions for less cost and cuts down on the amount of time the process takes. To simplify, the software is a robot that makes life easier and saves you time.
UiPath offers an Academic Alliance Edition of the RPA program to universities. This program is available for students to make robots to execute simple tasks for them. There are also platforms people can go to view other robots that other students have created and share their own robots with other students.
UiPath does offer summer internships, but they are a small company so these positions are limited and competitive. Good ways to stand out are showing experience in automation and RPA. Having experience with the tools offered by UiPath is also a great way to stand out to other companies or partners of UiPath.
Booz Allen Hamilton presented Pizza My Mind on January 30th. Based out of Norfolk, Va, Booz Allen Hamilton is a digital tech solutions company that provides digital solutions, consulting, and analytics. Alongside presenters Aaron Harris (Lead Technologies) and Ryan Adair (Senior Lead Technologist), there were many CNU alumni including Technologists Colton Derr, Matthew Honecker, Ian Miller, Tyler Smith, Lead Technologist Jackie Fernandez, and Staff Technologist Adam White. All the presenters that joined us came from the Norfolk location, but Booz Allen Hamilton is a global company with locations in Europe, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and more.
The presenters talked about the benefits of working for Booz Allen Hamilton. These benefits include the ability to guide your career track. You decide what you want to do or learn and the company will work with you to help you learn and switch positions. It does not matter what degree you have going in, you are encouraged to pursue the path you’re interested in. The work at Booz Allen Hamilton is project based, so there is a lot of variety in what you can do from project to project which is great if you are a person who likes variety.
The internship offered at Booz Allen Hamilton is called the summer games program and offers interns exposure to real projects and the ability to work alongside full time employees. There is a lot of freedom in the way you can go about the project, and at the end of the internship you present to company higher ups in DC. Interns have a high likelihood of receiving a job offer after the internship. The community is really supportive and questions are encouraged so that everyone can work together to solve problems.
There are positions available for internships and full-time positions. They are looking for strong problem solving skills and a well-rounded skill set.
Presenters Charlie Black, Simon Baar, and current CNU student Emery Weist from HyperSizer hosted Pizza My Mind on January 23rd. HyperSizer is actually software that the Collier Research Corporation uses to analyze and optimize structures for customers such as NASA, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. They are headquartered right here in Newport News.
Hypersizer would be super cool to work with. The software is used to model planes, rockets, and drones. Another perk is the small company environment. The office is a big open room which allows and encourages open communication between all members of the company. In this setting, it is very easy to talk to coworkers about problems and ask questions. The company encourages learning as well and offers financial support to employees to take classes and pursue learning opportunities. Another perk is the flexible schedule allowed as long as you’re getting your work done.
Candidates for internships or full time positions should be willing to take on a challenge. Things HyperSizer are looking for include proficiencies in C# or Java, C++, 3D graphics development, experience with UI frameworks, and relational database management systems. They are looking for juniors and seniors to fill open summer internship as well as full time positions!