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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 the FBI

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. 

Students gather to ask questions

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.

Faculty Spotlight- Dr. Samuel Henry

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 visualizes machine learning for his eager student researchers.

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.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Marathon Consulting

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.

Pezzella and Marsden Present at Pizza My Mind

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.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Kinsale Insurance

On February 3rd, the CNU department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of welcoming representatives from Kinsale Insurance to present at Pizza My Mind. Kinsale is a Richmond based insurance company that specializes in policies standard carriers won’t cover, such as coverage for ax throwing ranges or drones.

Kinsale’s recruiting manager, Corky Ford, and technical lead, Kevin Mark, came from Richmond to discuss how Kinsale uses IT as a strategic advantage in the insurance industry. The IT department at Kinsale is composed of Infrastructure, Data, Architecture, Product and App Development. All developers are full stack, meaning that they work both backend (Java) and frontend development.

Corky Ford presents on behalf of Kinsale

Pizza my Mind also welcomed two CNU students who spoke about their experiences as interns at Kinsale. Santi Vallejo was part of a team of application development interns and Sarah Benton worked as a product intern where she was able to iteratively develop a new knowledge management system. Both interns spoke in depth about the friendly atmosphere and the impact of the agile environment at Kinsale.

Kinsale is looking to hire 5 interns to work in person during the summer of 2022. There are internship opportunities in app development (Java), infrastructure (Windows and Sharepoint) and business analysis. Eligible interns should ideally be upcoming spring 2023 or December 2022 graduates. Kinsale was able to offer all five interns from the summer of 2021 full time positions upon their graduation! Visit https://www.kinsaleins.com/ for more information. 

Thank you to Corky Ford, Kevin Mark, Sarah Benton, and Santi Vallejo for taking the time to speak with us about opportunities at Kinsale Insurance.

Pizza My Mind Presented by Amazon

Amazon presented Pizza My Mind on September 24th. Brian Riley (Head of Talent Acquisition HQ2), Michael Johnson (CNU alum and Software Engineer, AWS Key Management Services), and Sarah Newell (CNU alumna and Tech Recruiter, AWS) joined the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering department virtually to talk about Amazon’s culture and student hiring. Amazon focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. Many things fall under the Amazon umbrella including the well known amazon.com, amazon prime, amazon fresh, amazon alexa, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Amazon proudly stands by their leadership principles: customer obsession, ownership, invent and simplify, are right a lot, learn and be curious, hire and develop the best, insist on the highest standards, think big, bias for action, frugality, earn trust, dive deep, have backbone – disagree and commit, and deliver results. These principles are a big part of the culture at Amazon as reported by Mr. Riley.  

Amazon has a lot of job openings, especially with the construction of their new location HQ2 in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. They are a large and fast growing company looking to hire people from a variety of backgrounds that are passionate about invention. There are full time and internship opportunities available for recent graduates and current students. Amazon employees receive many benefits including competitive pay, relocation assistance, housing stipends, and mentors to guide them. Many events are held for interns to encourage community and connections. Employees get excited about intern projects; they attend the final presentations of the interns, and often the projects are turned into a real product used by Amazon.

Mr. Johnson’s recommendation for students is “study whatever your passion is.” He advised those looking to apply to follow the advice of the recruiters in the interview process. They send you links to prepare and tell you what the process will be. He also suggested that students “take an interest in technologies above and beyond what you see in the classroom.” Success requires a drive to learn.

Thank you to Amazon and our three presenters Brian Riley, Michael Johnson, and Sarah Newell for joining us.

To learn more about the Amazon internship process, visit: http://amazon.jobs/interviewing-at-amazon.

To apply for a job with Amazon, visit: https://www.amazon.jobs/.

Pizza My Mind Presented by NASA DEVELOP

Pizza My Mind was presented by NASA DEVELOP on September 17th. Presenter Adriana Le Compte is a NASA DEVELOP Fellow at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. DEVELOP is part of the Earth Science Division at NASA. This program enables participants to collaborate with NASA researchers, partner organizations, and state and local governments on a research project. Participants use data from NASA Earth observations in research projects to address local issues. There are 11 locations across the country, each with different focuses and different projects available. 

NASA DEVELOP core values include collaboration, service, passion, and discovery. Participants will work a 10 week term in which they research and study data to give meaningful feedback about the issue addressed in their project. Project examples from past years include a Massachusetts water resources study on the effect of beaver reintroduction to certain areas and flooding and a project in Philadelphia on health and air quality. 

To be eligible, you can be a current student or a recent graduate with a minimum gpa of 3.0 and interest in remote sensing, science, and a desire to learn. All majors welcome! There are three terms throughout the year in spring, summer, and fall. The deadline to apply for the spring term is October 9th!


Benefits of participating in NASA DEVELOP include growth in technical skills, experience in a professional workplace, team collaboration experience, and networking opportunities. Applicants can set themselves apart by showing passion and interest in the project they are applying to work on. 

Thank you to NASA DEVELOP and to Adriana Le Compte for presenting!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies presented Pizza My Mind on Thursday September 10th. Presenters Dr. Harry Johnson and Krystal Finch shared some information about their cool company and what opportunities they have available. Raytheon is an aerospace defense company that deals with a broad spectrum of technologies and subjects such as space, quantum computing, and all kinds of engineering. 

The company values trust, respect, accountability, collaboration, and innovation. Dr. Johnson was proud to talk about just how much Raytheon cares for its employees. Beyond caring for its own employees, Raytheon supports the broader community with volunteering opportunities for employees and support for non-profit organizations working to feed the hungry and bolster education. 

Raytheon responded to the changing work environment due to Covid-19 adeptly. The company switched to work from home and provided work chairs to employees to foster a comfortable experience for employees. They also have measures in place to keep employees that must return to working in person safe. 

Good news! Raytheon offers opportunities for recent graduates as well as internships and co-ops for current students. With locations all over the United States, there are opportunities to travel for those who are interested. Another benefit is potential student loan repayment. Raytheon is looking for all different majors, and internships often lead to offers for full time positions. The best ways to set yourself apart from other applicants are to network, know about the company and position you’re applying for and why you want to work for them, and have a high quality resume with a GPA of at least 3.0. 

Here is where to apply: https://www.rtx.com/careers/overview

Thank you to Raytheon Technologies for presenting at Pizza My Mind!

Pizza My Mind Welcome to the Department

On Thursday September 3rd, we welcomed everyone back to Christopher Newport University with an introduction to the clubs and organizations in the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering Department. Each club president gave a little introduction to what they do and how to join. The PCSE department has many different clubs to offer from official organizations like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to clubs like the Linux User Group (LUG), the Cybersecurity Club, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Team (UAS) and many more!

The PCSE department also has the pleasure of welcoming new faculty members this semester. 

Dr. Samuel Henry, Dr. Mike Lapke, and Dr. Nazli Siasi have joined our wonderful faculty.

Several students paired up with professors this summer to do research as a part of CNU’s summer scholars program. Samith Chowdhury, Jack Lynam, Audrey Lawton, and Kyle Werntz shared about projects they got to research.

For the rest of the year, Pizza My Mind will be presented by guest speakers from various companies, so make sure you tune in every week to learn about different companies and job opportunities.

Thank you to everyone who presented!

Pizza My Mind Welcome to the Department

Welcome back to CNU, Captains. Last week’s Pizza My Mind kicked off an exciting new year with an introduction to the department for all students, new and returning. Each organization and club was introduced, and we had the honor of welcoming a few new faculty members to the department. Additionally, the mentorship program for women in PCSE as well as study abroad, research, and service opportunities were discussed.

If you’re interested in getting involved in any of these fun things, you can get more information by filling out this survey:

bit.ly/pcse2019

For the rest of the year, Pizza My Mind will return to weekly presentations given by companies. Each Thursday a new company will come to discuss what they do and what sort of job and internship openings they have. They will answer student questions and often collect resumes, so don’t forget to bring a few copies. Pizza My Mind provides an excellent opportunity to talk one on one with the presenters, have your questions answered, and give you a good shot at being considered for open positions. 

Not only could you potentially get a job by attending Pizza My Mind, but the department sweetens the deal by offering extra points based on your attendance each Thursday. This year, the system has changed to make it easier for students to earn points. You accrue 5% of a point each time you attend, with special bonuses for the 10th, 12th, and 14th event attended. You can earn up to 2 points to apply to any one PCSE class at the end of the semester before finals. These points can make a huge difference, so make sure you come to as many of these events as you can!

This is an exciting year, and we hope to see all of you in future Pizza My Mind presentations and other department events.