On March 17th, the CNU department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming representatives from Kimley-Horn to present at Pizza My Mind. Kimley-Horn is a civil engineering and environmental consulting firm that works in both the public and private sectors. Speakers Kodi Berger, Caroline Odell, and Jon Chambers have a combined 34 years of experience in the Transportation Systems and Environmental sector of Kimley-Horn.
Since Kimley-Horn is a multidisciplinary company, employees have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, including but not limited to aviation, community planning, and energy. If an employee doesn’t like any of the projects offered at their nearest office, they can shift to another office for an extended period of time. Thanks to this policy, employees can stay continuously employed and fulfilled with their work.
Kimley-Horn is actively hiring interns and recent graduates for a wide variety of positions in technology, data science, and engineering. Since Kimley-Horn provides in-depth training on both the technology and consulting sides of the business, it is more important for future employees to demonstrate their work ethic and passion for the subject rather than any particular skill.
With locations in Richmond, NOVA, Virginia Beach, and Newport News, Kimley-Horn is accessible to most CNU students for internships or full-time employment. Any students or recent graduates looking to intern or work full time at Kimley-Horn should apply online at https://www.kimley-horn.com/careers/
Thank you to Kodi Berger, Caroline Odell, and Jon Chambers for taking the time to speak with us about opportunities at Kimley-Horn.
On March 8th, the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering welcomed representatives from Swisslog to present at Pizza My Mind. Swisslog is a global logistics company headquartered in Switzerland that specializes in intralogistics, the moving of products and other items inside warehouses and distribution centers. As a logistics company, Swisslog works with a wide variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and retail. Speakers included Mike Brogan, David Bates, Ayush Khandelwal, Leslie Bailey, and Whittany Bayse.
Due to the diverse nature of intralogistics, Swisslog works with a wide range of technologies that help to automate material handling capabilities in the warehouse. In order to design and operate those tools, technology employees at Swisslog work in agile teams that include 4 software engineers and 2 software quality assurance engineers.
While many companies struggled during the COVID pandemic, Swisslog has thrived thanks to the automated nature of their products. As a result, Swisslog is able to offer a wide variety of benefits to their employees and seeks to promote within. For new hires, Swisslog has an outstanding training program, the Global Software Trainee Program, that allows new Swisslog employees to spend 6 weeks training in Germany.
Swisslog is currently hiring recent college graduates to their local agile teams. Candidates should have experience with web interface basics, Java and Eclipse as well as Oracle and SQL Server Management systems; however, the most important quality they are looking for is the ability to be a self-starter and willingness to learn. Anyone interested can reach out to email@example.com or check the Swisslog website for more information.
Thank you to Michael Brogan, David Bates, Ayush Khandelwal, Leslie Bailey, and Whittany Bayse for taking the time to speak with us about opportunities at Swisslog.
The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming CNU alumni Michael McFarlane, James Klingenberg, and Curtis Thomas from the Electronic Device Analysis Unit of the FBI, to present at Pizza My Mind on February 24th.
The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. In order to uphold those missions, the FBI has a wide variety of technology positions to assist in conducting investigations. These technology experts must be comfortable with software engineering and be able to build things up and tear them apart.
Members of the electronic device unit are challenged daily to reverse engineer a variety of electronic devices, including but not limited to cars and cell phones. Using their analysis of those devices, they must then design creative solutions to solve complex problems. Their work has made a big impact on cases such as the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Pulse Nightclub attack.
The FBI has open positions right now for graduating seniors. Students interested in an internship can apply for their Honors Internship Program in August. Anyone looking to work for the FBI as an intern or after graduation should apply at www.fbijobs.gov.
Thank you to Michael McFarlane, James Klingenberg, and Curtis Thomas for the informative and unique presentation on technology at the FBI.
Bringing Science Fiction to Reality with Natural Language Processing
For the first in a series of professor and student spotlights in the Department of Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering, I interviewed Dr. Samuel Henry. Dr. Henry has been a professor of computer science at CNU since 2020 and we are so happy to have him as a recent addition to the PCSE team.
A Richmond native, Dr. Henry always enjoyed coding, even spending his math classes programming his TI-83 calculator. This led him to pursue an undergraduate degree and career in computer science, but he soon found himself missing academia and wishing to work on his own research. For this reason, he returned to school to get a PhD in computer science from VCU. In 2020, Dr. Henry joined CNU as a professor of computer science, and he enjoys working at a school where he can focus on both education and research, while still being close to his hometown.
Dr. Henry’s current project aims to integrate biomedical knowledge bases into natural language processing systems that were originally meant for general language. The field of biomedicine creates a particularly exciting challenge for natural language processing due to the domain specific languages, chemical names, drugs, and various medical jargon. Ideally, the work being done in machine learning, AI, and natural language processing will eventually bring technology to a level where someone can communicate with an intelligent computer that is capable of understanding our language. This bridging of reality and science fiction is one of the many things that drew Dr. Henry to the field of natural language processing.
For any students looking to study natural language processing, machine learning, or AI, Dr. Henry recommends starting with Python, since that is the most commonly used language in this domain. Some classes offered at CNU that will be useful for pursuing natural language processing include DATA201 and 301- since machine learning is a subfield of data science- and CPSC471, an artificial intelligence class. Dr. Henry hopes to see more machine learning undergraduate classes offered in the future.
On February 10th, the Department of Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering welcomed Marathon Consulting to present at Pizza My Mind. Marathon Consulting is a small company headquartered in Virginia Beach with additional offices in Richmond. Unlike many consulting firms in the area, Marathon is not a federal contractor: they provide consulting services in virtually every industry. Speakers included President Harris Pezzella, Vice President Tom Marsden, and senior recruiters Kate Keene and Lindsey Mashburn.
Marathon prides themselves on hiring the best and brightest and retaining those employees. In fact, the presenters made it clear that the best asset at Marathon is the employees. This employee-first emphasis makes it so Marathon has a great workplace culture in addition to the high quality services provided.
Projects at Marathon fall under two categories; Marathon-managed and client-managed. Marathon-managed projects require teams to assist the client in defining business requirements as well as providing estimates of cost, schedule, defined deliverables and a plan. In client-managed engagements, Marathon provides consultants to meet client defined skill and experience requirements while the clients fill the project management responsibilities.
Marathon has 4 different IT divisions; digital marketing, application development, data solutions, and IT advisory. This provides opportunities for just about anyone pursuing a career in IT; each of the divisions have positions of varying seniority starting at the internship level and extending through senior leadership. Being a small company, Marathon often chooses to promote leaders within, making it an ideal company to begin your career.
Students can visit www.marathonus.com or Handshake to learn more about career and internship opportunities at Marathon Consulting.
Thank you to Harris Pezzella, Tom Marsden, Kate Keene, and Lindsey Mashburn for such an informative presentation on Marathon Consulting.
On January 27th, the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering welcomed Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) to present at Pizza My Mind. Jefferson Lab is a world leading facility that uses the unique particle accelerator known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) to study one of the most significant problems in physics today: “Can we quantitatively understand quark and gluon confinement in quantum chromodynamics?”
Latifa Elouadrhiri, Senior Staff Scientist at Jefferson Lab, explained how the particle accelerator works as part of Jefferson Lab’s two-part mission to understand the fundamental structure of matter and where the origin of matter comes from. In order to deliver on this mission, Jefferson Lab will provide an excellent scientific program with 12 GeV upgrade. They will also push new developments such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
CNU is lucky to have several faculty members that perform research at Jefferson Lab. These faculty members participated in a panel following the Pizza My Mind presentation. Panel participants included Dr. David Heddle, Dr. Peter Monaghan, Dr. Robert Fersch and Dr. William Phelps. These professors detailed the research they conduct at Jefferson Lab. Their research covers a wide range of topics from AI to building particle accelerators. Students interested in conducting research at Jefferson Lab should reach out to the above-mentioned professors via their CNU emails.
Thank you to Latifa Elouadrhiri, David Heddle, Peter Monaghan, Robert Fersch, and William Phelps for taking the time to speak with us about Jefferson Lab.
Kimley-Horn presented Pizza My Mind on February 18. Headquartered in North Carolina, this growing company now has more than 90 offices across the country. Kimley-Horn is a multidisciplinary consulting firm with a wide range of services including aviation, energy, environmental planning, forensics, parking, water, and many more. Presenters Ben Priddy (College Recruiter), Victoria Holmes (Environmental Analyst), and Jon Chambers (Electrical Engineer) joined us to talk about what Kimley-Horn has to offer.
At Kimley-Horn “teamwork is paramount to success.” There are numerous opportunities for employees to be challenged and grow. Kimley-Horn has a unique “shifting” program that allows employees to travel to other offices for short periods of time to help on projects where help is needed. New hires at Kimley horn are offered training and boot camps followed by professional development training opportunities for the next 6 years.
Kimley-Horn offers bonuses, paid time off, retirement contributions, health and wellness perks, ownership/stock opportunities, and many more perks. During COVID-19, Kimley-Horn has supported employees by shifting to work from home. Employees are offered flexible schedules to accommodate for things like kids participating in school from home as well. Each employee is supported to make sure they are comfortable and accommodated in these unprecedented times.
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) presented Pizza My Mind on February 11. GDIT is a subsection of General Dynamics, a company with locations all across the globe. GDIT serves as a defense contractor working in many areas such as artificial intelligence and applied machine learning, enterprise IT, cyber, cloud, application development, and more. Presenters Jay Powell (Chief Technology Officer) and Amira Nguyen (Early Career Recruiter) joined us to talk about what GDIT does and what opportunities they have available.
One of GDIT’s initiatives is equality, inclusion, and diversity. They are actively working to foster a diverse culture within the workplace. GDIT offers a ten week paid internship program that will be 100% virtual this summer due to COVID-19. GDIT hires all skill levels and features a supportive training program for new hires.
GDIT responded to COVID-19 by immediately sending everyone that could to work from home. Employees were supplied with ample collaboration tools, laptops or remote desktop access to their work environment. Meetings of more than 4 people were prohibited, and those in the office are expected to wear masks and social distance to keep everyone safe. They have worked to continuously support their employees through uncertain times.
For those interested in cybersecurity, there are many opportunities available at GDIT including pen testing, computer network defense, attack, and exploit, and many more areas of focus.
On February 4, Marathon Consulting presented Pizza My Mind. Marathon is a consulting company headquartered in Virginia Beach. They have been voted one of the best places to work in Virginia since 2011. They serve private industries rather than the federal government and work in fields from healthcare to finance to education and many more. Marathon strives to recruit and retain the best of the best. Presenters Harris Pezzella (President), Tom Marsden (Vice President), Katie Keene (Senior Recruiter), and Lindsey Mashburn (Senior Recruiter) joined us to talk about the opportunities available at Marathon.
The culture at Marathon is very social, and the company has taken great care to keep this culture alive in the virtual environment we find ourselves in today. Marathon focuses on nurturing the professional and personal growth of each employee as well as maintaining a balance between life and dignity. Employees at Marathon receive healthcare, paid time off, paid premium overtime, a competitive 401k, professional development training, health and wellness benefits, among other benefits.
In recent years, the company focus has shifted from senior level consultants to identifying less senior talent who can learn and develop skills. Marathon offers an internship program with the chance to transition to full time employment. In particular, Marathon is looking for interns interested in web development, application development, mobile development, and quality assurance. All students who are interested should keep an eye out on Handshake for upcoming summer positions.
Booz Allen Hamilton presented the first Pizza My Mind of the semester on January 21. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Booz Allen is a consulting firm whose purpose is to empower people to change the world. The firm is organized into several groups: global defense, national security, civilian services, strategic innovation, and enterprise services. CNU Alumni Adam White (Lead Engineer), Robert Caine (Staff Engineer), and Tyler Smith (Staff Scientist) presented with Heather Holdaway the University Recruiter for the East Coast.
Booz Allen Hamilton offers locations all over the world. There are many opportunities available for employees to engage in community outreach and volunteering. In addition, Booz Allen offers a good work-life balance. Heather Holdaway was eager to share about the company culture. Booz Allen is purpose-driven and values based with focuses on leadership and a team environment. Employees are given resources and encouraged to continue to learn through benefits like tuition reimbursement and a program to pay back pre existing student loans. These benefits can be used to pursue graduate degrees, gain certifications, take classes and boot camps, and attend conferences.
Adam, Tyler, and Robert all shared about their experiences as Booz Allen employees. Adam spoke eagerly of Booz Allen’s commitment to his personal and professional growth. He shared that the most rewarding part of his job is the benefit his work offers to real people. Tyler has loved Booz Allen since being hired, and spoke fondly of the time he had to learn the tools available before being assigned to a project. Robert said “It has been great working here” at Booz Allen, because the company is very understanding and accommodating of your circumstances.
Booz Allen Hamilton has both full time positions and summer internships available. Interested students are encouraged to apply at careers.boozallen.com/University. Heather Holdaway advised that if you are interested in a position, you should apply for it as soon as possible.
Thank you to presenters Heather Holdaway, Adam White, Robert Caine, and Tyler Smith for your informative and engaging presentation.