Posted by raherschbach on 16 Sep 2016

By Sarah Alspaw, Assistant Director of Career Services and Graduate Student Support

If you are a senior, you can register for the Fall Senior Etiquette event on September 27 from 11am-1pm. This will take place during the Career Conference, and attending students will be provided with a catered meal. To register/RSVP, please fill out this form by September 19:

We are going to stray a little bit off theme this month from our usual sports metaphor to talk about something that is VERY important for job seekers, new professionals, and even (perhpas especially) for seasoned professionals.

Etiquette is not restricted to knowing which fork to eat with or opening the door of the person entering behind you. There are many ‘unwritten rules’ of how to conduct yourself, how to interact with your coworkers, and how to react in particular situations.

We are going to cover just a few today, which will not even begin to scratch the surface. Often you are going to just have to watch and learn from your colleagues. Very few of these professional etiquette rules are spelled out for you.

Some seem to contradict things you may have been told to do growing up. For example, it is never appropriate to pull the chair out for a colleague at a meal.  Also, it is never appropriate to treat genders differently, by allowing women to walk through a door first, or by refusing to walk through a door being held by a woman.

At Capitol, we are extremely flexible when it comes to scheduling meetings. We strive to make it very easy for you to see us; a majority of the time you can just walk in and see an advisor, financial aid consultant, or account managers in the business office without an appointment.  However, this is not going to be the case with your colleagues or supervisor.  You will need to schedule appointments and meetings in advance, make sure to arrive on time (not too early or late), and cancel appointments with at least 24 hours notice.

In a professional setting, it is rarely appropriate to be emotional or act emotionally. You should act pleasant towards all coworkers, no matter however you feel about a particular employee. When receiving feedback or criticism from your supervisor, you should not get defensive or try to argue. Lastly, it is important to separate your personal and work lives as much as possible.

Keep an eye out for additional upcoming blogs with more information about professional etiquette. 

If you are a senior, you can register for the Fall Senior Etiquette event on September 27th from 11am-1pm. This will take place during the Career Conference, and attending students will be provided with a catered meal. To register/RSVP, please fill out this form by September 19:



Posted by raherschbach on 15 Sep 2016

An August 17 rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility carried student experiments from eight US universities and community colleges – and Capitol Technology University was among them.

The launch, capping this summer’s RockSat-X program at Wallops, took a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket to an altitude of 95 miles. Capitol students who had spent months building and testing their payload were on hand to see it lifted into space.

It was another milestone for the TRAPSat student team at Capitol, which has been experimenting with the use of aerogel to capture miniscule space debris. The team’s goal at RockSat-X was to provide a proof of concept for using aerogel as a debris removal tool, and to demonstrate that aerogel blanketing can be a viable alternative to Multi-Layer Insulation.

The TRAPSat payload included a camera used to record images of the debris and to provide the team with data. The team hopes to use this data as it continues refining the project ahead of a 2018 launch as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.

“The team was thrilled with the RockSat-X experience,” said TRAPSat’s lead engineer and principal investigator, Ryan Schrenk. “They were able to complete NASA’s review process, have their payload get on the launch pad, and see it actually launched into space. That says a lot. It says NASA had confidence that their payload would work, and that it wouldn’t cause interference with anything else.”

“NASA was happy with what we did, we were happy we were able to do it, and we appreciated being one of the few teams that was able to stay on schedule and within the restrictions provided,” Schrenk said.

Professor Angela Walters, chair of the astronautical engineering program at Capitol, said the review process – challenging as it is -- is one of the most valuable aspects of RockSat-X, since systems engineering is a way of looking at the “big picture”, and using systems engineering principles when making technical decisions and determining solutions to problems.

 “One of the benefits of the program is that the students get to go through these scheduled design reviews and have to meet the requirements. They’re required to pass those reviews in order to continue on in the program,” she said. “That’s great practical experience that students can use  in their post graduate careers.”

It also dovetails with the practical approach of Capitol’s AE program, Walters said. “Our focus is on systems engineering and processes,” she said. “We prepare them, over the course of their projects at school, for what they will encounter in real-world situations.”

Beyond that, she said, RockSat-X is just plain exhilarating.

“It’s cool to build something, have it placed on a rocket, and see it fly into space,” she said. “Lots of people dream about that kind of experience. Our students get to do it.”

Participating in RockSat-X were TRAPSat team members Christopher Murray, Zachary Richard, Robert Pierce Smith, Michael Strittmatter, Nathan Weideman, assisted by Zalika Dixon, Dan Whiteside, and Syiera Williams.


Posted by raherschbach on 14 Sep 2016

In today’s workplace, being able to move up the organizational ladder depends increasingly on the ability to understand data and use it effectively in making decisions. That’s true not only for management specialists but also for professionals in technological fields such as IT or engineering.

Adding data analytics expertise to technology knowhow makes for a powerful combination – and that’s one reason why Capitol is preparing to introduce new undergraduate analytics courses that will be available for all students to take, regardless of their degree program.

“We’re getting ready to roll out these courses during this school year,” said Dr. Helen Barker, dean of academics at Capitol. “While they’re focused on the business student, they’re open to students enrolled in any of our programs.”

The employment outlook in the analytics field is huge, Barker noted, with some projections estimating that around 40,000 positions will be available over the next few years. For those who wish to make analytics their main career specialization, the university will be offering a degree focus in that area.

Meanwhile, Barker said, “we’ll also be creating a certificate in the analytics area. That’s an exciting opportunity to add to any one of our technical degrees.”

Analytics is currently a central focus of two graduate degree programs at Capitol:  the master’s program in Information Systems Management, and a recently-launched PhD program in management and decision science. Both programs are based on the recognition that data is a core asset in almost any organization today, and that companies face an increasing need for personnel with the background and expertise needed to harness this asset effectively.

The new undergraduate course offerings will allow students to start building that expertise at an earlier stage in their career path, positioning them well for future advancement, Barker said.

“Helping people figure out how to make sense of that and turn the data into knowledge, thus allowing them to make better or higher level decisions, is one way in which people can move higher in an organization,” she said.  “The expectation is that higher level leadership needs to know how to make high level decisions – and knowing how best to use that data helps you do that.”

“It can  be a career booster for any of our degrees. All of them,” Barker said.


Posted by raherschbach on 29 Aug 2016

Are you a high school student making plans for your summer? How would you like to spend part of that time learning how to detect cyberattacks and foil those who try to carry them out?

For the third summer in a row, Capitol is offering a unique, week-long camp experience for high schoolers in grades 9-12 with an interest in computer networks and how to defend them.

The Capitol Cyber Challenge will be offered from  June 19-23. The program will include scavenger hunts and other cyber games; training in computer forensics; coding and scripting with Python and other languages; creating software robots; working with 3D printers; and other fun and informative activities. The program will run from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

The Capitol Cyber Challenge will be offered 

June 19-23, 2017

July 10-14, 2017

July 31-August 4, 2017

It's perfect both for students who are interested in cybersecurity but don't know much about it, and also for those who have had some cybersecurity experience during high school and want to increase their knowledge base.

There are only 24 spots available so this camp is first come first serve.

The Capitol Challenge will be hosted at the McGowan Academic Center on the University campus. To register click here.

Instructor: Rick Hansen

Contact Joy Exner at or (240) 965-2485, or Professor William Butler, Chair of Cyber and Information Security, at or 246-965-2458, for more information.


Posted by raherschbach on 29 Aug 2016

Are you a high school, community college, or Capitol student with an interest in cybersecurity? Would you like to test your skills in a fast-paced game environment? If so, one of Capitol’s upcoming Cyber Saturdays could be a great way to spend part of your weekend. The events reinforce the fundamentals of cybersecurity but are also designed to be fun.

Cyber Saturdays are from 10am to 4pm on the following dates: September 17, October 22, January 28, February 25 and April 15. To register, click here.

Cyber Saturdays are held in the McGowan Academic Center (M201) on Capitol’s campus; pizza and door prizes will be provided. Cyber Saturday activities exercise a number of skills that students must master in order to become effective network security professionals. Coordination, quick thinking, good time management, and the ability to work as part of a team are all needed in order to make it through the multiple rounds of each game. Most importantly, the games provide plenty of opportunities to test offensive cybersecurity skills.

Cyber Saturday events are part of a broad effort to help build the next generation of cyber-defenders and security professionals, a key need in today’s digital economy. Capitol students who attend will also receive an invitation to compete on the Cyber Battle Team for upcoming competitions such as MACCDC and other major competitions.

Instructor: Rick Hansen

Contact Joy Exner at or (240) 965-2485, or Professor William Butler, Chair of Cyber and Information Security, at or 246-965-2458, for more information.