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Pizza My Mind Presented by Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc.

Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. joined the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering department to present at Pizza My Mind on April 1. Daniel H. Wagner Associates is a company that focuses on applying mathematics and technology to solve difficult problems such as multi-objective optimization, data fusion, mission planning, and more. They work alongside NASA and the US Air Force and Navy on projects involving unmanned systems, artificial intelligence, cloud computing using platforms like AWS or GovCloud, and modeling and simulation. The software created by Daniel H. Wagner Associates is widely used on systems such as Navy helicopters and guided missiles. Presenters James Eanes, Vice President, Teresa Lewis, Human Resources Administrator, Wiliam VanDyke, Associate, and Kyle Wagner, Software Analyst joined us to share about the culture and opportunities available at Wagner Associates. 

Working at Wagner Associates is challenging, but rewarding. The tools they develop go on to be used in military and commercial applications by organizations like the Air Force, NASA, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Office of Naval Research (ONR). Wagner offers benefits including competitive pay, a 401k, paid time off, an expense account, tuition reimbursement, professional leave, and a casual work environment. They also offer employees health insurance, an employee assistance plan, family and medical leave, legal resources, and a retirement plan. 

Wagner Associates is looking for interns as well as full time employees for virtual and in person positions. Interns have the opportunity to get an offer for full time employment after their internship. Internships begin in June 2021 and give students the opportunity to contribute to their team as well as learn, gain experience, and network. Applicants must be US Citizens and are encouraged to highlight their strong academic record and problem solving skills. 

Please visit http://www.wagner.com/research-software-careers/ for more information.

Thank you to James Eanes, Teresa Lewis, William VanDyke, and Kyle Wagner for your informative and interesting presentation!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Dominion Energy

On March 25, the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering department hosted Dominion Energy for Pizza My Mind. Dominion Energy is a company that provides energy and power as well as natural gas to several states within the United States. They are headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and have offices all around Virginia. Dominion has the third largest solar fleet in the United States, and has their goals set to reduce their carbon emissions to zero! Presenters Hillary Hall, Staffing Specialist –  Talent Acquisition, Trey Shuford, Engineer and Christopher Newport University Alum, and Lauren Lemelin, Student Ambassador and current Christopher Newport University student shared more about Dominion’s culture and opportunities. 

Dominion Energy’s core values focus on safety, ethics, excellence, embracing change, and being one cohesive company. With customers in 16 states, they work to bring energy to homes, businesses, and vehicles with electricity or natural gas. Dominion hopes to build a clean future. Diversity has always been a priority at Dominion, not only in the workplace, but with suppliers as well. Community involvement is encouraged, and resources are provided to employees to participate in diverse interest groups and volunteer. 

Interns at Dominion are offered many benefits and opportunities to grow. Not only are they paid for the 10-12 week internships, but interns may qualify for housing stipends to assist with relocation. Interns can work on professional development, shadow other departments or positions, and get involved in volunteer products. Internships are available to all different majors. In order to stand out, applicants should show off all the things they do like sports, extracurriculars, projects, interests, etc. on their resume. Part of the application process involves a series of short answer questions. Hillary Hall recommended putting effort into your answers, because these questions are read. 

Trey Shuford started as an intern at Dominion and transitioned into his full time position after graduating from CNU in May 2020. He encourages students to apply as he has had a great experience with Dominion! 

Employees at Dominion Energy receive full medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401k, a non-traditional pension, flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement options, and the opportunity to engage in volunteer hours.  If you’re interested in becoming a part of Dominion Energy, check them out here: careers.dominionenergy.com

Thank you to Hillary Hall, Trey Shuford, and Lauren Lemelin for presenting at Pizza My Mind!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Verisign

On March 4, Verisign joined the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering department to present Pizza My Mind. Verisign is a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure. With the mission to “enable the world to connect online with reliability and confidence, anytime, anywhere,” Verisign enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign’s main office is in Reston, Virginia, and they have data centers across the country as well as server spaces around the world. Presenter’s Sean Mountcastle (Vice President Engineering, Technology Services Group), Hari Sola (Sr. Engineer — Software Engineering), Dave Carney (Human Resources Specialist), and Kelly Donnelly (Senior Recruiter) shared more about the culture at Verisign as well as opportunities they have available.

Verisign’s core values include passion for the pursuit of continuous improvement, respect for others, integrity, taking responsibility for actions, and holding themselves to a higher standard. With many technologies worked on within the company, there are a variety of diverse rolls available. Verisign engineers strive to develop solutions, ensure reliability of key infrastructure, and drive innovation. These tasks are accomplished in an agile working environment. Interns can hope to accomplish the same goals. 

Interns are expected to be passionate about technology, willing to learn quickly, and have good programming skills. Verisign offers a lot of support for their interns and full time employees. Interns receive mentors and are given tasks that have a real impact on the company. To stand out, applicants can highlight personal projects and hackathon participation, demonstrate interest in the subject, and show curiosity and willingness to learn as well as attention to detail. US Citizenship is a requirement. 

Verisign is engaged in community outreach to promote diversity, and they are looking for diversity in applicants for both internships and full time positions. Once hired at Verisign, there is a focus on promoting from within as well as internal mobility. Benefits to working for Verising include tuition reimbursement, education reimbursement, and support for employees. Verisign reacted quickly to concerns for COVID-19 by switching to work from home, increasing mental health benefits and PTO accrual, giving employees more holidays, encouraging time off, and supporting their employees in a multitude of other ways. 

To learn more about Verisign’s opportunities, please visit verisign.com/en_US/company-information/verisign-careers/index.xhtml

Thank you, Sean Mountcastle, Hari Sola, Dave Carney, and Kelly Donnelly for joining us at Pizza My Mind for the first time. We hope to see you again!

Pizza My Mind Presented by IBM

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering had the pleasure of hosting IBM for Pizza My Mind on March 11. IBM is headquartered in New York, and has offices across the United States. Their work includes artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, hybrid cloud, and other services. As a large company, IBM strives to make an even larger impact by combining people and technology to help out communities in need. They work to aid those impacted by natural disasters, as well as help to provide education, food, and health services. Presenter Tom McCreary, Client Technical Manager at the IBM Federal Office in McLean, Christopher Newport University Alum, and Chairman of the PCSE Industry Advisory Board, joined us to talk about the opportunities available at IBM.

A career at IBM allows you to experiment with technologies, industries, roles, and locations all without having to leave the company. IBM prioritizes diversity and inclusion. There are early career opportunities available for developers, designers, data scientists, and more. 

The IBM internship is a 10-week program in Washington DC with 50 positions available. Applications open in the fall, and applicants are expected to express interest in learning new things. The Internship program for Summer 2021 is full at this time, but they will begin taking applications for the Summer 2022 internship program in September. Interviews begin in January and include a trip to DC to meet other potential interns and give a presentation. 

To learn more about IBM, please visit www.ibm.com

Thank you, Tom McCreary for taking the time to talk about IBM with us.  We hope to see you again next year!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Collier Research Corporation

On February 25, Collier Research Corporation presented Pizza My Mind. Collier Research Corporation is an aerospace engineering software company based in Newport News. Their flagship product is the HyperSizer software that is used for structural design in the aerospace industry. Additionally, they contract for companies like Blue Origin, Boeing, Bell Helicopter, and more. Presenter Charli Black (aerospace engineer) was joined by current Christopher Newport University Students and HyperSizer interns Emery Weist and Peter Glenn.

The HyperSizer software uses many technologies including Microsoft Access (Database), Fortran (Analysis Code), VB6 (Graphics), C++ (Plugins), and many other languages. Collier Research Corporation is currently in the process of porting the database to SQL as well as the analysis code to C# and C++. They are currently looking for software engineers proficient in C# or Java, WPF/Swing/other UI frameworks, 3D graphics development, Relational Database Management Systems, and/or C++. 

There are openings available for summer interns as well as full time candidates. Collier Research Corporation is a small company, so each employee has an important role and can see their impact. The atmosphere is relaxed, and everyone cares about their work. 

Emery and Peter have interned during their summers, and have both accepted full time positions with Collier Research Corporation. Emery shared that as an intern, his work had a big impact. He spoke of his experience sharing what he was working on with the CEO as he walked around the office. Peter shared a long list of things he appreciates about working at Collier Research Corporation including the small company size, the importance of his work, the atmosphere of collective success, and the supportive environment. Peter also gave advice to stand out as an applicant by linking your GitHub page or referencing personal projects you have worked on to show passion and initiative. 

For more information visit hypersizer.com.

Thank you to Charli Black, Emery Weist, and Peter Glenn for your excellent presentation!

Pizza My Mind Presented by Kimley-Horn

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. 

Kimley-Horn is currently hiring for internships and full time opportunities. For more information please visit kimley-horn.com/join-our-team/working-at-kimley-horn/

Thank you for the fun, information filled presentation Ben Priddy, Victoria Holmes, and Jon Chambers.

Pizza My Mind Presented by General Dynamics Information Technology

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.

For more information visit gdit.com/careers/

Thank you Jay Powell and Amira Nguyen for your wonderful presentation!

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.

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.