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 email@example.com
Thank you to Bryan Hughes, Kelley Fitzgerald, and Amanda Norloff for such an informative presentation on L2T.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On February 13th, UiPath presented Pizza My Mind. UiPath is the fastest growing Enterprise Software company in history. Based in New York, UiPath has locations all around the world. This company offers software that automates processes so that real people can get more relevant work done in the time that is freed up. The software uses RoboticProcess Automation (RPA) that offers automated solutions for less cost and cuts down on the amount of time the process takes. To simplify, the software is a robot that makes life easier and saves you time.
UiPath offers an Academic Alliance Edition of the RPA program to universities. This program is available for students to make robots to execute simple tasks for them. There are also platforms people can go to view other robots that other students have created and share their own robots with other students.
UiPath does offer summer internships, but they are a small company so these positions are limited and competitive. Good ways to stand out are showing experience in automation and RPA. Having experience with the tools offered by UiPath is also a great way to stand out to other companies or partners of UiPath.