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Pizza My Mind Presented by Jefferson Lab

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.

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:

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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.