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IN THE NEWS

D.B. Cooper 'secret ciphers' released, point to key suspect; cryptology experts say, Not so fast
Rick Sherwood, recruited by longtime Cooper-case investigator Thomas Colbert, spent last winter and spring examining apparent ciphers in decades-old "D.B. Cooper" letters sent to newspapers. Colbert has publicly released both the codes and Sherwood's decoding system to allow anyone who's interested to reach their own conclusions. "His decoding methodology allows too many totally arbitrary degrees of freedom," Oregon State University computer-science professor Mike Rosulek says. "So he is basically guaranteed to find anything he sets out to find." The Oregonian

Naked Labs raises $14M Series A led by Founders Fund for its 3D body scanning mirror
When it comes to measuring your fitness progress, there’s only so much your weight scale can tell you, actually there’s only one thing it can convey. Naked Labs (co-founded by alum Farhad Farahbakhshian) believes that body shape is a more important thing to measure and they’ve begun shipping their body-scanning mirror that builds a 3D model of users and alerts them where progress is being made and where there’s potential for more work to be done. TechCrunch

Naked Labs' 3-D Body Scanner Shows You the Naked Truth
Naked Labs makes a full-length mirror lined with 3-D cameras that capture a 360-degree image of your body. There’s also a weight scale involved, something that the company’s cofounder and CEO, Farhad Farahbakhshian (MSEE 2008), calls the turntable (more on that later). Farahbakhshian, a former electrical engineer and certified Spin instructor, first introduced the Naked 3-D Fitness Tracker to the world two years ago and crowdfunded it through the company’s website. Wired

Programmers need ethics when designing the technologies that influence people’s lives
Cherri Pancake writes about the importance of ethics for technological professionals
Technological professionals are the first, and last, lines of defense against the misuse of technology. Nobody else understands the systems as well, and nobody else is in a position to protect specific data elements or ensure the connections between one component and another are appropriate, safe and reliable. As the role of computing continues its decades-long expansion in society, computer scientists are central to what happens next. That’s why the world’s largest organization of computer scientists and engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, of which I am president, has issued a new code of ethics for computing professionals. And it’s why ACM is taking other steps to help technologists engage with ethical questions. The Conversation, Chicago Tribune, Scientific American

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

4,800 tech jobs open in greater Portland area
As many as 8 out of 10 jobs never appear on a job board. If you want a job in the tech industry, you can get it. It's a mistake to just apply online for that job you want; get out and meet people at the company where you want to get hired. KGW

How Oregon Works: Why automation is creating a bigger need for humans in the tech sector
The advent of smarter machines may be eliminating the need for some workers, but a wide range of tech executives, recruiters and educators interviewed by the Portland Business Journal agree it won't translate into a smaller technology workforce in the future. Oregon's tech workforce is instead projected to increase by 32.5 percent, or more than 7,000 jobs, by 2024, according to a 2016 State of the Workforce report. Innovation is creating entirely new categories of jobs. Already demand is high for workers with expertise in artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, user experience and other emerging technologies and skills. Portland Business Journal

The data: How far Oregon tech salaries have come and the jobs that could drive them in the future (Infographics)
Oregon is brimming with lucrative tech jobs. They make up roughly 8 percent of the state’s workforce, and 10 percent in the Portland metro area, according to the latest Cyberstates report by the Computing Technology Industry Association. What’s more, technology employment grew 2.3 percent statewide and 2.6 percent in Portland during 2017. And while automation and outsourcing have slashed positions in some industries like semiconductors, which lost nearly 5,000 workers since 2001, less labor-intensive industries like software have grown jobs more than 20 percent. Paychecks tell an even rosier tale. Portland Business Journal

How Oregon Works: Where tech companies find talent
Where do you find talent? We put that question to in-house recruiters Laura Stepp at Jama Software, Alexis Fink at Intel, Marcus Carter at Cloudability and Tanya Webb at Puppet. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

ENGR 101 Design of Coffee
Register Today
The greatest sentence ever written in a syllabus: “A large part of this course will involve the consumption of coffee.” Yes, this is a real engineering course. Yes, this will earn you Oregon State credits. Enroll in ENGR 101 online through Oregon State Ecampus and become part of a hands-on learning environment where you’ll explore the different factors that contribute to the taste of coffee.

BeaverHacks - Fall 18
Sep 6 – 9, 2018
Join us for OSU Hackathon Club’s online hackathon on Sep 6. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a team and build something amazing! You end up with an awesome project to add to your resume and also demonstrate that you work well with others and can meet tight deadlines. For more info or to sign up, visit https://beaverhacks-fall-18.devpost.com.

ASEE Video Contest
For ASEE’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, we are asking students to create a video that shows where engineering education will be in 25 years! Undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students are encouraged to submit a 90-second video where you creatively explore these topics. The winning video will be shown at the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference in Tampa and the winning team (up to two people) will win a trip to the conference, along with $3000. Register by December 1 and submit by February 1.

McAfee Advanced Threat Research Lab Opening
Wednesday, August 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm | McAfee ATR Lab, 5505 NE Moore Ct, Hillsboro, OR
The Advanced Threat Research (ATR) group is about to officially open their research lab here in Hillsboro, and wanted to extend an invitation for you to join them to see the work being done at the lab. Examples include Exploitation of Medical Devices; consumer electronics/IoT exploits; Adversarial Machine Learning, with a focus on vision based ADAS hardware; Cortana and Defender bypasses; Software defined radio based attacks on automotive systems; PLC and Industrial control system exploitation; soon to expand into full automotive research. All participants planning to attend should register with D.Kevin_McGrath@McAfee.com.

2018 Tech Tours: PDX Talent Match
Wednesday, Sept 19 | 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Portland | Job Seeker: FREE
The week of Tech Tours Technology Association of Oregon invites job seekers and tech companies to participate in PDX Talent Match, an exclusive hiring fair designed to initiate personal introductions between local talent and technology companies who are actively hiring in the Portland-Metro area. Interested job seekers should submit their information through the Talent Match: Job Seeker Resume Portal by Friday, August 31st. Should a job seeker be chosen by a participating company, TAO will forward along an invitation to attend the PDX Talent Match networking event. Submitting a resume through the Talent Match Job Seeker Resume Portal does not guarantee an invitation to the Talent Match Networking Event.

PhD Student/ Research Assistant openings in Northeastern's Energy Circuits Lab
Aatmesh Shrivastava, Assistant professor at Northeastern University specializing in ultra-low power circuit design and system architecture, has three openings for funded PhD students or Graduate Research Assistants. Selected students will get to work on next generation ultra-low power computing systems, self-powered implanted devices that can reside deep inside the body, etc.

Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
This exciting event will take place on September 13th, 2018 and is open to all undergraduates. Two presentation options are available: 3-minute lightning talks and poster presentations. Those selected to give 3-minute lightning talks will be required to attend a practice session on either September 6th or 7th between 9am-12pm. Additional details about this practice session will be distributed to those who are selected. The deadline to apply is August 21st at 11:59pm. Once we have received all applications, we will provide additional details about the exact timing and location of the symposium.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

AfterCollege Engineering & Technology Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in a field of engineering, technology and/or mathematics. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Application deadline: September 30.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: September 30.

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree (AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Application deadline: September 30.

Watershed Characteristics Web-based Tool Development and Support - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
As a part of the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources National Research Program, EPA researchers have developed the StreamCat and LakeCat datasets. These contain an extensive collection of landscape metrics for about 2.6 million streams and 378 thousand lakes and associated catchments within the conterminous US. StreamCat and LakeCat data are currently stored on an EPA ftp site as csv files and available to the public. While these two datasets provide an important tool for researchers and managers to understand and characterize the Nation’s rivers, streams, and lakes, there is no user-friendly interface and so data are not easily accessible to non-specialists. To make the data more accessible to both technical and non-technical users, EPA would like to develop web-based software applications that will allow for simple interactive queries, easy-to-use batch retrievals, and basic tools that could be used for data analysis. This would likely involve development and/or use of a server database and web services. This effort could make use of a variety of programming languages and platforms, so we are looking for a candidate with a broad range of skills and a willingness and desire to learn new ones, though knowledge of Python, Java, Javascript, and PHP is desirable.

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Final Exam – Peter Rindal
Thursday, August 16 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm | KEC 1007
Keeping your Friends Secret: Improving Private Set Intersection
Major Advisor: Mike Rosulek; Committee: Rakesh Bobba, Atilla Yavuz, Payman Mohassel; GCR: Clayton Petsche

EVENTS

McAfee Advanced Threat Research Lab Opening
Wednesday, August 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm | McAfee ATR Lab, 5505 NE Moore Ct, Hillsboro, OR
The Advanced Threat Research (ATR) group is about to officially open their research lab here in Hillsboro, and wanted to extend an invitation for you to join them to see the work being done at the lab. Examples include Exploitation of Medical Devices; consumer electronics/IoT exploits; Adversarial Machine Learning, with a focus on vision based ADAS hardware; Cortana and Defender bypasses; Software defined radio based attacks on automotive systems; PLC and Industrial control system exploitation; soon to expand into full automotive research. All participants planning to attend should register with D.Kevin_McGrath@McAfee.com.

BeaverHacks - Fall 18
Sep 6 – 9, 2018
Join us for OSU Hackathon Club’s online hackathon on Sep 6. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a team and build something amazing! You end up with an awesome project to add to your resume and also demonstrate that you work well with others and can meet tight deadlines. For more info or to sign up, visit https://beaverhacks-fall-18.devpost.com.

2018 Bend Tech Tour
Monday, Sep 17 | 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Downtown Bend & Beyond | Individual Tourist: $10; Student Tourist: $5
Tourists will wind their way through the city to find out what cool technology host companies like are working on, experience their company culture, network with other tourists, and find out about jobs available in the fastest growing industry in Oregon during our second annual event. The event will culminate with a Tech Tour party at 7:00 pm with more networking and prizes.

2018 Vancouver Tech Tour
Tuesday, Sept 18 | 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Vancouver, WA | Individual Tourist: $10; Student Tourist: $5
Tourists will wind their way through the city to find out what cool technology host companies like are working on, experience their company culture, network with other tourists, and find out about the 350+ jobs available at these companies during our second annual event. The event will culminate with a Tech Tour party at 7:00 pm with more networking and prizes.

2018 Tech Tours: PDX Talent Match
Wednesday, Sept 19 | 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Portland | Job Seeker: FREE
The week of Tech Tours Technology Association of Oregon invites job seekers and tech companies to participate in PDX Talent Match, an exclusive hiring fair designed to initiate personal introductions between local talent and technology companies who are actively hiring in the Portland-Metro area. Interested job seekers should submit their information through the Talent Match: Job Seeker Resume Portal by Friday, August 31st. Should a job seeker be chosen by a participating company, TAO will forward along an invitation to attend the PDX Talent Match networking event. Submitting a resume through the Talent Match Job Seeker Resume Portal does not guarantee an invitation to the Talent Match Networking Event.

2018 Eugene Tech Tour
Thursday, Sept 20 | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Eugene, OR | Individual Tourist: $10; Student Tourist: $5
Tourists will wind their way through the city to find out what cool technology host companies like are working on, experience their company culture, network with other tourists, and find out about jobs available in the fastest growing industry in Oregon during our second annual event. The event will culminate with a Tech Tour party at 8:00 pm with more networking and prizes.

JOBS

Student Information Technology - OSU College of Engineering
This recruitment will be used to fill two part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Information Technology positions responsible for helping students troubleshoot computer issues at a student run help desk. Troubleshooting computer issues; communicating technical problems; working in a team environment to resolve complex issues; learning new technical concepts.

Student Information Technology - OSU College of Engineering
This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Information Technology position responsible for the monitoring conditions of the computer labs, stocking and maintaining the printers, and enforcing lab rules. Doing rounds to monitor the state of the labs; interacting with students in need; stocking and maintaining printers; communicating with coworkers.

Academic Coach - OSU Academic Success Center
Academic Coaches work primarily one-on-one with students to define individualized academic goals and identify strategies and concrete action items to excel in those areas. In addition, they attend weekly staff meetings, regularly engage in professional development activities, participate in student outreach, and assist the coaching program with special projects.

Student Tutor - OSU-Cascades
Specific areas desired are: College Algebra and Calculus, English Composition, General/Organic Chemistry, Biology/Biochemistry/Genetics, Statistics, and Physics. Tutor students in one-on-one and small group settings, enrich student understanding of time management and campus resources, and foster an atmosphere of fun and learning, serves as a role model to students, always conducting him/herself in the utmost professional manner, and maintaining appropriate boundaries. Assist students with the development of study skills, teach study skills that assist students in preparation for course work. Mentor students in the areas of academics. Provide and maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and retaining material studied. Maintain accurate and timely records of student contact and maintain confidentiality.

Ecampus Tech - OSU Extended Campus
Course Development Student Worker works closely with various members of the Multimedia team of the Course Development and Training Unit of Ecampus to help with the process of creating and maintaining web multimedia resources for online courses through a variety of tasks. Evaluate and investigate web technologies, solutions, and vendors to create prototypes, and proofs-of-concept which could be used by the Multimedia team in courses and internal applications. Develop and maintain front-end web applications and services provided by the Multimedia team to Extended Campus.

Website and application development opportunity
Local entrepreneur who is currently building a brand needs some help with website and application development. The website is unique and would be a great challenge for students to take on such a project.

EECS TA (CS 16X) (Pooled Posting)
This recruitment will be used to hire a number of part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week for undergraduate students) Student Support Services positions for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU. This position preforms a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the university. Positions may include activities such as mentoring, checking off work, holding office hours, helping with recitation, and/or helping with 2 hour labs with direct guidance from the supervisor.

EECS TA (ECE 1XX/2XX) (ENGR 2XX) (Pooled Position)
This recruitment will be used to hire a number of part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week for undergraduate students) Student Support Services positions for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU. This position preforms a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the university. Positions may include activities such as mentoring, checking off work, holding office hours, helping with recitation, and/or helping with 2 hour labs with direct guidance from the supervisor.

MIME Student Information Support
Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance.

Student programmer/developer at Oregon State University
OSU Institutional Analytics & Reporting (IAR) team offers a unique opportunity for a student developer to work in a fast-paced environment to assist in further development of GRS which is the legacy OSU grant reporting system accessed by over 2,500 users. IAR is working on the development of new functionality for determining current and future funding status of grants. This is a production application intended for deployment to support Principal Investigators/researchers (PIs) and Co-PIs at OSU in fall 2018. Apply at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/61098.

Bridge Product Manager - OSU Academic Technologies
The Product Manager is a new position that is part of a team that provides operational support for Learn@OregonState, OSU’s integrated learning ecosystem for credit, professional, extension and open education. Product managers’ portfolios include one or more systems; their job is to advocate for the faculty, students and staff who use the system, understanding their needs and representing their interests. This position is responsible for an employee training management system (TMS) called Bridge that OSU is in the early stages of implementing. The Bridge product manager will establish new business processes for multiple groups and stakeholders. This position also gathers quantitative and qualitative information from the user base to identify and resolve issues, and to effectively leverage the platform. Based on feedback and analysis, this position recommends and executes strategies for improvement and optimization. The position plays a key role in evaluating campus-wide requests for features and functionality.

Analog/Mixed Signal IC Design Engineer - Voxtel
Voxtel is actively seeking an Analog/Mixed Signal IC Design Engineer to contribute to the research and development of integrated circuit solutions related to Voxtel’s innovative imaging technologies. This position requires participation in all aspects of sensor and readout integrated circuit design (ROIC) development including design specification, transistor level design, physical layout, top-level assembly/verification, and electrical/optical bench debug and characterization. Due to the nature of the Voxtel’s programs, US citizenship or legal permanent US residency status is mandatory for consideration.

Assistant Director of IT - District Office - West Linn - Wilsonville Public Schools
The Assistant Director of Information Technology (Front-End Engineer) uses current web technologies (HTML5, php, CSS, SQL, javascript, etc) and other coding technologies to create and manipulate systems and interoperability frameworks to best fit the needs of the school district. The Assistant Director also provides leadership to the district Information Technology (IT) staff, helping the CIO to coordinate on-site IT staff and associated communication. The Assistant Director helps in the maintenance and management of the district network systems. He/She will ensure that district websites and web-based tools meet web accessibility guidelines.

Middleware Systems Administrator (Information Systems Specialist 6) - Oregon Department of Justice
The Department of Justice, Child Support Technology Team has been charged with implementing and maintaining a new case management system that's based on a Java EE and IBM stack. This enterprise-level opportunity is currently in its Pre-Pilot rollout phase. You'll be asked to: Configure or modify Java application servers and other middleware applications to support changed or re-engineered business processes; Integrate business applications with the web; Diagnose and respond to information system failures; Collaborate with vendors and technology team members regarding system problems and resolve or escalate as needed; Monitor and evaluate application performance and implement modifications or adjustments; and, Perform Microsoft Active Directory administration.

Tenure-track assistant or associate professor - University of Iowa Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Iowa invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in the area of Cyber-Physical Systems or Internet of Things. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the university-wide multidisciplinary Informatics Initiative encompassing research and education. The faculty candidate will complement existing University of Iowa expertise and help form the core of this initiative. The University of Iowa offers an exceptional environment for interdisciplinary collaboration with centers and institutes that include the Iowa Informatics Initiative, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative/Center on Aging, Water Sustainability Initiative/IIHR – Hydroscience and Engineering, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and Prevention Research Center.

IT Systems Specialist - OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
The Information Technology (IT) Systems Specialist serves as a member of the core team of scientists and students studying the Earth as an integrated system through an interdisciplinary approach and state-of-the-art technology and facilities, field experiments, theoretical investigations, numerical modeling and simulations. The IT Systems Specialist has specialized Information Technology knowledge to make recommendations for the course of action in the College. This position conducts research on new and emerging technologies and their application to Earth System Science. Through management of research and instructional computing for the College, the IT Systems Specialist assists faculty, staff and students in the quest for scientific understanding of the Earth’s systems, environmental challenges, the study coastal zones, and ocean and atmosphere processes and interactions.


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