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Pizza My Mind Presented by L2T

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming Bryan Hughes, Kelley Fitzgerald, and CNU alumna Amanda Norloff from L2T to present at Pizza My Mind on March 24th. L2T is a full-service IT engineering and solutions provider that provides secure networking, virtualization and remote access and custom software for their customers.

A small company based out of Herndon, L2T is a rapidly growing government contractor looking for fresh college graduates. New employees at L2T will have ample opportunities both inside and outside of the company: they can be more than just a face in the crowd, which will lead to faster promotion. L2T is also more than willing to provide tuition assistance for further education and is highly flexible for career path changes.

L2T has a unique office dynamic in that, rather than working in large teams, new employees spend most of their time with an assigned mentor who helps to train them. Once a new employee has been with the company long enough, they then are assigned their own mentee.

When applying to L2T, be it for an internship or full-time position, it helps to have skills in Java, Python, and Linux. With that being said, it is more important to demonstrate a good work ethic, positive attitude, and willingness to learn. Any students or recent graduates looking to secure an internship or job at L2T should apply online on Handshake or reach out to recruiting@layer2-tech.com

Thank you to Bryan Hughes, Kelley Fitzgerald, and Amanda Norloff for such an informative presentation on L2T.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Swisslog

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 michael.brogan@swisslog.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.

Pizza My Mind Presented by AUVSI Hampton Roads

The Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering department had the pleasure of hosting the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Hampton Roads on April 15. The AUVSI is a global, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. The department was joined by presenters Daniel Wolfe, Chapter President in Hampton Roads, and Scott Bellows, Chair, Education and Outreach Committee.

The AUVSI partners with NASA and other professional organizations to work with unmanned air, land, and sea systems. Unmanned systems is a growing industry that is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s world. Membership at AUVSI offers direct access to industry professionals to build connections and find internship and employment opportunities. 

AUVSI has a parent organization in northern Virginia that hosts informational webinars for free or a low cost. The Hampton Roads chapter hosts meetings with industry and government professionals who present about interesting and relevant topics. These resources and more are available to members of AUVSI. Students can get full membership with access to all the same resources as industry professionals and can also attend webinars and events.

Scott Bellows is the creator of CSIIP, a program to connect students with paid internship opportunities. The process involves a free one-time application that will allow students to be informed year round about opportunities until they graduate. For more information about the AUVSI Hampton Roads chapter please visit: https://www.auvsi.net/hamptonroads/homeand for more information about the CSIIP program, please contact Scott Bellows.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Marathon Consulting

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. 

Visit www.marathonus.com for more information.

Thank you to Harris Pezzella, Tom Marsden, Katie Keene, and Lindsey Mashburn for your informative presentation!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Booz Allen Hamilton

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.

Tuesday Tea with Dr. Farideh Doost Mohammadi

On December 1, 2020, Tuesday Tea featured Dr. Farideh Doost Mohammadi, a professor here in Christopher Newport University’s department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Mohammadi is from Tehran, the capital of Iran. She got her BS in electrical Engineering at the Iran University of Science and Technology, her MS in Electrical Engineering at the Amirkabir University of Technology, and she came to the United States to get her Ph D in Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. 

Dr. Farideh Doost Mohammadi

Dr. Mohammadi reminisced about the differences between life in Tehran and here in the United States. Once a year in Iran, there was an entrance exam (students choose between engineering, medicine, or law) held for all students who wanted to attend university. All students who took the entrance exam were ranked, and this determined what universities they would be able to attend. Dr. Mohammadi chose to pursue engineering, because there were more options within the field and many of her family members are in electrical engineering. 

The difference between Iran and the United States extends beyond education. Dr. Mohammadi shared that she was shocked by the change of pace from Tehran where “everyone is running,” to the United States where things are calmer. She also spoke fondly of holidays she celebrated with family in Tehran like the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  She spoke of how mothers in Iran have a great skill for cooking, and when she was a kid her family always ate food at home rather than going out. Iran is famous for hospitality, and she shared that people will welcome you into their homes.

Dr. Mohammadi worked as a teaching assistant during her bachelors and masters program and found that she enjoyed teaching and wanted to stay in academia. However, becoming a university professor in Iran is much more difficult for women, so she came to the United States. Dr. Mohammadi likes Christopher Newport University for the connection between the university and industry and the focus on experimental and practical learning.  Dr. Mohammadi’s studies focus on power system controls and renewable power. 

Thank you to Dr. Mohammadi for sharing about her life and experiences.

Pizza My Mind Presented by NAVSEA

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) presented Pizza My Mind on November 19, 2020. The Dahlgren Division protects the nation by designing and developing warfare systems and technologies. Dahlgren often teams with academia on research and supports continued education. Presenters Debbie Bardine and Barry Mohel shared about what Dahlgren has to offer.

There are many departments within Dahlgren including the Gun and Electric Weapon Systems Department. Within this department, there are opportunities to work with a variety of technologies like high energy lasers, an electromagnetic railgun, hyper-velocity projectiles, gun fire control software, and projectile fuzes. 

Dahlgren offers the ability to directly impact the lives and safety of our Nation’s military. They also bring great pay and benefits, flexible schedules, family friendly environments, and paid opportunities to continue your education, alongside a myriad of other benefits. The presenters were excited to share that they can go home every night knowing they are directly helping someone else’s life. 

Applicants to Dahlgren should showcase previous experience they have in the form of internships, projects, and leadership experience. At least a 3.0 GPA is expected, along with motivation and a good work ethic. No previous work experience is required, just a passion for learning.

For more information on career opportunities with NAVSEA, please visit https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Careers/NAVSEA-Careers/

Thank you so much to wonderful presenters Debbie Bardine and Barry Mohel.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Facebook

On November 12th, 2020, Sean McHugh, Software Developer at Facebook and VT alum, joined the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering Department to talk about the opportunities available at Facebook. Facebook consists of several apps including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Facebook is headquartered in California, but has locations all around the world (including here in Virginia).

Sean McHugh interned at NIST, PolyTech, Amazon, and then Facebook. He has been a software engineer at Facebook since 2019. Sean works in Seattle on the payments care team. Facebook offices come with a lot of cool features including a rock climbing wall, a music room, three meals a day, and so much more.

Facebook offers internships in the spring, summer, and fall. The interview process consists of 3 phone interviews. Good ways to stand out in the interview process are showing off personal projects and research, prior internship experience, clubs, and school projects. Sean shared tips on interview success. To prepare for interviews, students should do practice problems. These can be found on FireCode.io, LeetCode, and in books. Mock whiteboarding is another good way to prepare and practice answering questions. 

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/careers/

Thank you to Sean McHugh for his informative presentation!

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!