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Upcoming Events

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Pizza Suppers

Join us for our STEM Pizza Suppers

Where: SC 302

Price: $1 - all you can eat!

When: Last Wednesday of every month @ 5pm!

Additional Info: Grab a slice of pizza and a drink, and join your fellow STEM classmates in games and conversation. Instead of April 24th, get pizza on May 1st, last week of classes.

1st Place in Cyber Defense Competition


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NKU recieved first place at this weekend’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). NKU defeated 19 other KY, OH, IN, and WI teams. NKU's Cyber Defense Team will now advance to the Midwest Regional CCDC in Chicago this March!

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Student Spotlight

Nathanael

Nathanael Long

Major: CIT
Minors: Information Security & Information Systems
Graduation: May 2020
 
BIO

Favorite Features

I enjoy critical thinking, problem solving, learning about computers and making the world a safer place.

Experiential Learning

I have participated in 2 technology internships with the same company (Mubea) during the summers of 2018 and 2017. I have also participated in many CTFs that have been hosted by the informatics department and the Cyber Defense Club.

My participation in both these activities has given me valuable hands on experience as well as a drive to learn more about my field of study.

Recommendation

I would recommend that they do their best in their studies. Don’t lose site of the goal (graduation). Find your specialty within the major, choose whatever you like the most about CIT and study that as much as you can. The work force needs specialist in almost every area of CIT.

Future Plans

I plan on starting work full time in either a networking position or working for an information security company.

Past, Present, and Future Success
Tobel

Tobel Atnafu

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Graduation: May 2020
 
BIO

Why Computer Science?

I love that computer science has vast application and can be essential to other fields of study. Using my major, I can contribute to physics (as I did in my summer research) or health studies or finance or any other field I want. Having all these options means it will never get boring.

Experimental Learning

I have done work on research projects with faculty here on campus as well as attended multiple hackathons over the course of my college years. One of the research projects I have worked of is the ISS-CREAM (International Space Station – Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass) project. On this project, I worked on writing a C++ program that was used to basically clean up data that was received from the ISS. I also wrote several helper scripts in python and bash for the C++ program.

The hackathons I've attended have greatly impacted me in terms of changing my view on learning and shaping what I want to pursue as a career. I have attended different types of hackathons with different themes ranging from improving customer experience to data utilization. The biggest hackathon I have attended so far was GlobalHack VII. The theme of this hackathon was to make a product that improves the lives of foreign-born individuals. Inspired by NKU’s International Friendship Family Program, my team decided to make a web application that would connect migrants with volunteering individuals/families. Our project ended up coming in 2nd place out of 40+ teams and my team won $10,000.

Recommendation

My top recommendation for other students in my major is to get involved in computer science related activities outside of the classroom. Doing research is one great way to learn a lot of new concepts and technologies that will be very valuable skills in the future.

Another way to get involved is to attend hackathons. Several universities around the area (and sometimes companies) host hackathons throughout the year and these are exciting events to be a part of. In addition to the technical skill you will gain working on a project for 24 hours, you will also gain valuable skills such as time management, ability to work in teams and problem-solving.

After Graduation

Currently, my plan is to either go into industry as a software developer or go to graduate school to pursue higher education. I am leaning towards the latter.

Ariana

Ariana Lopez

Bachelor's Degrees:
Computer Science & CIT
Graduated: May 2011
 
BIO

Reponsibilities at GE Aviation
My current job title is Staff Software Engineer in the Digital Technology Solutions organization. For the last 4 years I have been working with cloud technologies, in particular, Amazon Web Services.  As of right now, my main focus is to create the strategy for our organization in the cloud space ie, what particular services we should be using and then working on proof of concepts.
 
Giving Back
When I first started at GE Aviation I was the only NKU alum and it was very lonely. I was a part of the Information Technology Leadership Program and when I found out we did recruiting I immediately raised my hand and started recruiting at NKU. I remember being at the STEM career fairs all by myself with no help, talking to a huge line of interested students eagerly wanting to pursue an opportunity as an intern. Since then we have 15+ people and a steady stream of NKU students joining GE Aviation either as an ITLP or as a direct hire.
 
Favorite NKU Memory
Being in the student lounge in the Math building working with other students. I really enjoyed my time collaborating with other students and working together to complete homework assignments.
 
Advice to Students
  •  The only limitation you have in life is the limitation you put on yourself. Believe in yourself and strive for the best. Don’t let your past mistakes determine your future.
  •  Determine the type of person you want to be. Will you be a person who is known for their integrity, their candor, and willingness to help others? Or will you be a person with questionable ethics, willing to do anything to get ahead?
  •  Stay humble
 
Words to Remember
When I was preparing to interview for Summer internships I sat down with Kevin Hardy from Career Development Services to do a mock interview. After our mock interview he gave me feedback, which I found invaluable, but then he changed our conversation to finances. He explained to me how the business world has 401k’s and gave me an overview of how it works and how it is important to save for the future. He also told me about the importance of a Roth IRA. He really wanted to set me up for success and I am extremely grateful for that. That conversation has stuck with me over the years and I always share that with new NKU recruits at GE.