Archive for February 2021

Pizza My Mind Presented by Newport News Shipbuilding

On November 5, 2020 Newport News Shipbuilding presented Pizza My Mind. Morgan Edwards joined students and professors to discuss what the Shipyard has to offer. Newport News Shipbuilding, located here in Newport News, designs, builds, and refuels ships for the US Navy as well as commercial business. They are the biggest shipbuilding company in the United States. 

There are many internship opportunities available at Newport News Shipbuilding. Interns can expect to work on a project as a part of a team. They will get hands on experience and the opportunity for a full time offer following the internship. Students can get assistance with housing, and these positions are open to graduate students as well as undergraduates.

Full time positions at Newport News Shipbuilding include benefits, paid time off, paid holidays, and community outreach. Their Covid-19 response has allowed employees to work from home. There is more time between shifts for sanitation, and all employees are required to wear masks. They are keeping a close eye on the situation as it evolves. 

Applying for a position at Newport News Shipbuilding is as simple as submitting your resume and transcript. Interns are not expected to have extensive prior experience as they will be paired with a mentor and taught on the job. Applicants are encouraged to highlight experience related to their studies like academic or personal projects.


See https://careers.huntingtoningalls.com/ for more information on open positions. 

Thank you to Morgan Edwards and Newport News Shipbuilding for the presentation!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Canon Virginia

Canon Virginia, Inc presented Pizza My Mind for the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering department on October 29, 2020. Canon Virginia is a global manufacturer located in Newport News, Virginia. Their innovative and efficient production methods along with their environmental commitment make them a leading global manufacturer. CNU Alumni Griffin Tritaik and Ben Gendell joined presenters Bryan Forrest, David White, and John Brownfield to discuss Canon and the career and internship opportunities available. 

Canon Virginia works with copiers, printers, cartridge manufacturing, and toner cartridge recycling. They utilize many technologies including augmented reality, collaborative robots that safely work side by side with humans, deep learning vision, and autonomous mobile robots. Canon is focused on being green and participates in recycling, a zero landfill policy, and green procurement. They are ISO 14001 Certified and R2 Certified. 

Canon is a great company to work for with a good benefits package, good work life balance, and opportunities for upwards movement. They are the fifth largest company in the area and are continuing to grow. 

Griffin Tritaik and Ben Gendell shared about their experiences as interns and now full time employees. During his internship with Canon, Ben worked with no-touch automation and HMI and PLC programming. Griffin worked with collaborative robots, deep learning, and ViDi. Both came into their internship with no prior knowledge of the tools and technologies they were working with. They learned as they went, and both eventually got an offer to continue full time. Ben now works on an industrial internet of things as well as ViDi, deep learning, and AutoCAD design. Griffin now works with CV2 and 3D Vision, collaborative robot applications, and smart manufacturing. They offered advice to current students to “ask questions and be willing to learn. Go into everything with an open mindset.” 

Internship and other opportunities can be found at cvi.canon.com
It is okay to not know everything, Canon is looking for people who have a good attitude and a willingness to learn!

Thank you to Bryan Forrest, David White, John Brownfield, Griffin Tritaik and Ben Gendell for your wonderful presentation!

Tuesday Tea with Dr. Lynn Lambert

Dr. Lynn Lambert joined students and fellow professors October 27 for Tuesday Tea. Dr. Lambert is a computer science professor as well as the Interim Director for Graduate Student Studies here at Christopher Newport University. 

Dr. Lynn Lambert

Dr. Lambert grew up in Florida, but applied to two schools in vastly different parts of the country. She had spent about a year near Chicago and loved the city, so applied to the University of Chicago. Her older sister wanted to go to Wellesley College, but couldn’t. Dr. Lambert applied and ended up studying at Wellesley, an all women’s college in Massachusetts and the sister school of MIT. Dr. Lambert majored in Latin, but also took the two computer science courses that were offered and several math courses during her undergraduate studies. 

After graduating, Dr. Lambert applied for various jobs and got hired as a Payroll Programmer for the Navy. There were few computer science degrees at the time, so major didn’t matter as much for programming jobs. She began taking graduate level courses that segued into teaching.

Dr. Lambert traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand. There, she taught at the University of Canterbury, gave talks, and spent time touring New Zealand. In research universities such as Canterbury, most professors taught only one class a semester and were quite removed from the students. Her time in New Zealand gave Dr. Lambert an appreciation for what it’s like to teach at one such research institution. She gave talks about computer science education in the United States. The New Zealand Secretary of Education attended one of her talks.

Dr. Lambert arrived at Christopher Newport almost by accident. She applied to over 100 universities around the United States. Christopher Newport gave her a call, and despite this school being nothing like what she was familiar with, she came for a campus visit. Upon arriving here, she realized that the faculty were incredibly welcoming and the environment was upbeat and exciting.

Now, Dr. Lambert is the Interim Director for Graduate Student Studies and oversees the four graduate programs at Christopher Newport University. This is her “favorite thing [she’s] done at CNU.” She offered advice for students about to graduate, “As much as you can, be curious. The more curious you are, the more opportunities you will find.” She also advised students to “try new stuff,” because that is how she got where she is. 

Thank you to Dr. Lynn Lambert for sharing her wisdom. Hopefully we can be inspired by her curiosity to all explore the world ourselves and be open to new opportunities.