IN THE NEWS

Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI
Then there’s the surgical approach, “which lets us actually look into the brain of the AI system,” says Alan Fern, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Oregon State University, who is leading one of 12 projects funded under Gunning’s program. The trick is getting what he sees to make some kind of sense. “An honest-to-goodness explanation would trace every single firing of every node in the network,” creating a long, convoluted audit trail that is “completely uninterpretable to a human,” Fern says. Scientific American

A View Of The Solar Eclipse From The Edge of Space
The team of scientists and students are using weather balloons to livestream and capture images of the eclipse from the edge of space. Physicist Angela Des Jardins, leader of the NASA Eclipse Ballooning Project, and computer science student Levi Willmeth, who is part of the Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College Eclipse Ballooning Team, discuss the engineering behind the balloons and what data they hope to collect from the project. Science Friday

Want To Do More Than Just Watch The Eclipse? Become A Citizen Scientist
A team from Linn-Benton Community College will launch the first in the balloon series from an Oregon State University research vessel roughly 50 kilometers off the Pacific Coast. Eclipse photographers can upload pictures of the total solar eclipse with location coordinates. The University of California-Berkeley and Google will stitch those together into what they're calling a crowdsourced "Eclipse Megamovie." (EECS students have been involved in developing these projects.) Spokane Public Radio

Levi Willmeth and Delphine Le Brun Colon
Willmeth, Colon and a team of Linn-Benton and Oregon State University students launch a high-altitude balloon from an OSU research vessel, the Pacific Storm, about 30 miles off the coast to view the first solar eclipse to run from the Pacific to Atlantic since 1918. “Our goal is to be right on the coastline to get video of the shadow on the water and as it first touches down on land. It’s pretty exciting,” says Willmeth, who graduated from LBCC in computer science. He is now an undergraduate in the College of Engineering at Oregon State and a software developer in OSU’s Open Source Lab. Linn-Benton Community College

Microsoft Previews Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows Server
"If you're a server engineer that needs to run node.js, Ruby, Python, Perl, Bash scripts or other tools that expect Linux behaviors, environments or file system-layout, the ability to install and run Linux with WSL expands the tools at your disposal on Windows Server," explained Microsoft program managers Sarah Cooley ('11 CS) and Rich Turner, in a joint blog post. eWeek

Expo 2017: Eclipse Megamovie Project
This team worked with Google on part of the Eclipse Megamovie project. This includes developing a web-based eclipse simulator to drive public engagement, as well as image processing applications that will aid in the assembly of the Megamovie. EECS (video)

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

These 13 Portland companies are hiring like crazy
The job market continues to bustle in a state where the number of nonfarm workers jumped by 3 percent year-over-year in June. It's, obviously, good to have available jobs. We took a look at 13 companies to see whether they're hiring, and to what degree. See who's adding positions in the current fertile economy. Portland Business Journal

Intel completes massive deal as it looks to rock autonomous driving market
Intel on Tuesday completed its second-largest acquisition to date, bringing Israeli computer vision company Mobileye into the chip giant's fold. Intel paid $15.3 billion for the company, which will help push its strategy beyond the traditional PC market and into other compute-heavy places. In this case, it's autonomous driving. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Intelligence Community Student Opportunities Virtual Career Fair
Thursday, August 24 | 2 p.m. -  8 p.m. ET (11 a.m. - 5 p.m. PT)
The United States Intelligence Community (IC), an integrated network of agencies that work together to protect our nation's security, has internship, co-op and scholarship opportunities for current students. Most of these programs have fall application deadlines! This August, the IC will be hosting a unique online event for students to learn more about these programs and how to apply. Internship and co-operative education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in majors such as: business, communications, data science, foreign language, human resources, intelligence, STEM and more!

IEEE Maker Project
This is your opportunity to show the world the work that has been keeping you up at night. So, if you are tirelessly tinkering with a tech project that solves complex problems and has applications to benefit society, and want to win great prizes, we want to hear from you. Finalists in each category will receive a US $50 Amazon gift card and have their project featured in a spotlight on IEEE Transmitter, The Institute, and in IEEE Potentials magazine. The First Prize winner will receive a $500 Amazon Gift Card and a 1-hour mentoring session with an IEEE member about their project The Second Prize winner will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card. Entry deadline: October 17.

American Vacuum Society Symposium
The 2017 Symposium of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Vacuum Society will be held Sept. 7–8 at the LaSells Stewart Center. A free workshop on ambient pressure XPS and STM techniques will be held from 1:30-5:30 on Wednesday, Sept. 6, in 102 Johnson Hall. Registration is $200 (students $40). More information: http://cbee.oregonstate.edu/PNWAVS-2017.

REU Summer Grad Info Session
Wednesday, August 16 | 2:30-3:30 PM | Furman Hall 101
Is an advanced degree right for you? Join the Graduate School and fellow classmates for ice cream and a presentation covering: What is graduate school? Is an advanced degree right for me? What are the basics admissions processes and requirements? How do I pay for my graduate education? Plus time for Q&A! If you plan to attend this event please RSVP to graduate.inquire@oregonstate.edu.

ChickTech 2018 ACT-W National Conference
April 10-13, 2018 | Phoenix Arizona
Our main focus is to truly create a sense of community and offer engagement for all experience levels, diversity groups, and tech professionals. We are combining the benefits of our regional ACT-W Conferences to open it up to our thousands of ChickTech members! This conference is packed with motivating sessions, our largest career/exhibit fair, formal training, and tons of networking. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with WIT and professionals from every corner.

Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium
Thursday, September 14
If you have done or are doing research, this is a great opportunity to present! The symposium is open to OSU undergraduates in all academic colleges and of all class standings. We welcome first year students to apply! We also encourage students to apply who are conducting research this summer or have conducted research prior to this summer. The deadline to apply is August 21st at 11:59pm.

CS 446/546 – Networks in Computational Biology
MWF 1:00–1:50 PM | Weniger 201 | Fall 2017 | Instructor: Stephen Ramsey
Are you interested in computational biology?
Check out CS 446/519! In this course you will:

  • get to do a research project related to analyzing a large network
  • learn about tools for analyzing and modeling networks
  • use Python and R packages for data & network analysis
  • improve your skills in data science
  • learn about networks in biology – no biology background required

Non-CS students who are proficient in programming are welcome!

Google Actions Challenge
Turn inspiration into action by building apps for the Google Assistant on Google Home, select Android devices, and the iPhone. Enter to win more than 20 prizes including a trip to Google I/O 2018. Your app must be approved by August 31 to be eligible, so start building! Entry info and contest guidelines are at g.co/actionschallenge.

LGBT Engineering Conference
October 20-22 | Palo Alto, CA
LGBTQ Engineering student? You can attend the Out for Undergrad: Engineering Conference in Palo Alto. The due date for the priority round of applications is April 28, but applications will be accepted until May 14. Each year, we select a diverse class of top-performing LGBTQ students from around the country. We invite them to attend our industry-focused conferences: weekend-long summits where we work with LGBTQ professionals to educate students about job opportunities in highly competitive industries — and inspire them to pursue challenging, ambitious careers.

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. 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. 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. Deadline: September 30.

Google Travel and Conference Grants
To help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups in computer science from attending leading tech conferences, we're excited to offer Google Travel and Conference Grants for selected conferences in Computer Science and related fields. Grants are available in North America for all traditionally underrepresented groups in technology (including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, women and veterans). Upcoming deadlines for North America:

  • Society of Women Engineers - WE 17 (Deadline: August 18, 2017)
  • O'Reilly Security Conference 2017 (Deadline: August 18, 2017)
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers Conference (SHPE) 2017 (Deadline: September 1, 2017)
  • Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS) 2017 (Deadline: September 10, 2017)

GRADUATE EXAMS

MS Final Examination – Charles Hill
Tuesday, August 15 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | KEC 1007
The Sum of its Parts: Investigating the Component Pieces of GenderMag
Major Advisor: Margaret Burnett; Committee: Carlos Jensen, Anita Sarma; GCR: Bryony Dupont

PhD Final Examination – Islam Almusaly
Thursday, August 17 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | KEC 1005
Custom Keyboards for Inputting Programs on Touchscreen Devices
Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen; Committee: Ronald Metoyer, Eric Walkingshaw, Kenneth Funk; GCR: Len Coop

EVENTS

REU Summer Grad Info Session
Wednesday, August 16 | 2:30-3:30 PM | Furman Hall 101
Is an advanced degree right for you? Join the Graduate School and fellow classmates for ice cream and a presentation covering: What is graduate school? Is an advanced degree right for me? What are the basics admissions processes and requirements? How do I pay for my graduate education? Plus time for Q&A! If you plan to attend this event please RSVP to graduate.inquire@oregonstate.edu.

2017 EcoInformatics Summer Institute Symposium for research seminars on pollinator and river networks
Thursday, Aug. 17 | 2-4pm | LINC 268
The EISI is an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that supports students from computer science, mathematics, ecology, earth science, engineering, and statistics. Students work in interdisciplinary teams to conduct field work at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. The students then analyze the “big data” developed at the Andrews to apply cutting-edge methods and models for investigating the dynamics of plant-pollinator networks and of river networks. Learn about the students' projects at this symposium.

Ignite TAO: Bend v1
Thursday, Aug 17 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | OSU Cascades | TAO Member or Non Member - $5; Student - $3
Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global - Ignite is all of these and more. Ignite TAO: Bend will focus on topics around all kinds of tech. What new products, services or research can really take technology to the next level?

Portland Mini Maker Faire
Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17 | 9:30am-5:30pm | OMSI, Portland, OR
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Ignite TAO: Southern Willamette Valley
Friday, September 29 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Symantec, Springfield, OR | TAO Members - $5; Non-Members - $5 (early-bird through Aug. 31); $10 (as of Sept. 1)
Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global - Ignite is all of these and more. Ignite TAO: SWV will focus on topics around all kinds of tech. What new products, services or research can really take technology to the next level?

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The top 4 myths about public speaking
As a speaking coach, I’m dedicated to helping my clients develop the skills and confidence they need to speak with power and purpose in any situation. Sometimes, that means giving them tools they’ve never thought of using before. But just as often, I need to work to undo bad habits — habits that often come from well-meaning people with unfortunately poor advice. The Business Journals

How long should you wait for a job offer?
A number of things can delay a job offer. Some are tied to how large a corporation is and how elaborate the hiring chain of command is. If you're applying to a Fortune 500 company, the process, as a whole, may take longer than at a small startup. However, job offers can fall apart at anytime—and at any size company. Monster

Yes, Your Employer Knows Exactly What You're Doing Online
If you're using a company computer (or wifi connection), your employer can not only monitor your work email and projects, but they can log your key strokes, including on "private" sites like Facebook or your personal email account. This is also true of company-provided cell phones (employers can even track your whereabouts given your phone's GPS). Money

JOBS

AppleCare College Advisor
Apple has always done things differently, including customer support. As an AppleCare College Advisor, you’ll work from where you live and work around your class schedule, helping customers have the best experience possible. If you’re a student at a participating university, you can apply to become an AppleCare College Advisor, working from where you live. When customers contact Apple for help, an Advisor often answers the call. You’ll be their human connection to Apple: friendly, thoughtful, and real. You’ll answer questions about our products and services, enriching customers’ lives by helping them access the wonder they’ve come to expect from Apple.

Intelligence Community Student Opportunities Virtual Career Fair
Thursday, August 24 | 2 p.m. -  8 p.m. ET (11 a.m. - 5 p.m. PT)
The United States Intelligence Community (IC), an integrated network of agencies that work together to protect our nation's security, has internship, co-op and scholarship opportunities for current students. Most of these programs have fall application deadlines! This August, the IC will be hosting a unique online event for students to learn more about these programs and how to apply. Internship and co-operative education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in majors such as: business, communications, data science, foreign language, human resources, intelligence, STEM and more!

Systems Engineer Co-Op - Rockwell Collins
Are you ready to be a part of this team and to help lead them to success in their vision? Rockwell Collins is looking for an engineering co-op to work with a team of system and software engineers primarily located in Cedar Rapids, IA in the development development of display application software for the avionics on US DoD rotary-wing and/or fixed wing aircraft platforms. The assignment will require the verification of software requirements by creating and running functional tests in a laboratory test facilities utilizing a combination of simulations and interfacing subsystems. In addition, the assignment may require assisting in other elements of the system engineering process such as requirements analysis and capture, system/sub-system design, software requirements definition, and software/hardware integration.

Information Technology Consultant - OSU Career Development Center
This position serves as part of the office digital and print communications team. The position prepares and distributes digital communications that represent the office to the public in web management and design, database maintenance, as well as to oversee technology and telecommunications needs. This position is responsible for collaborating with office staff on the creation and implementation of marketing/communications projects.

Process Control Engineer - MLD Technologies
The Process Control Engineer is a member of the MLD Engineering Group, reporting to the company’s Engineering Manager. Core activities include the automation of computer controlled coating deposition process equipment and related metrology instruments, the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of coating process and performance data, and the support of networking assets needed to continue growing our enterprise. In addition, the Process Control Engineer works closely with the Thin-Film Coating Engineer, and supports Application Engineering, Program Management, and the Production Group with technical guidance on assigned projects.

Thin-Film Coating Engineer - MLD Technologies
The Thin-Film Coating Engineer is a member of the MLD Engineering Group, reporting to the company’s Engineering Manager. Core activities include multilayer coating design and analysis, substrate cleaning and deposition process development/qualification, post-coating inspection and data analysis, process documentation, and supervision of a junior-level process engineer and process technicians. In addition, the Thin-Film Coating Engineer works in close collaboration with the Engineering Group’s Process Control Engineer, and proactively supports Application Engineering, Program Management, and the Production Group’s with technical guidance on new and current projects.

iOS Software Engineer - Hestan Cue
To be successful in this role you should be passionate about building intuitive, visually engaging iOS experiences for a diverse user base. You should have experience writing production-quality Objective-C code and be able to point to examples of apps that you have worked on. If there is a new technology out there that could make our product better, you are eager to learn it and figure out how to apply it.

Mobile UI/UX Designer - Hestan Cue
While you will spend much of your time designing and perfecting the user experience and interaction in our mobile apps, you also realize that on a small team you will wear a lot of hats and work from initial storyboarding to pushing final pixels and everything in between. You should be prepared to present a portfolio of live apps running on Android and/or iOS. Furthermore, you should be able to discuss the design decisions you made, and those you wish you had made, and how they impacted the final product.

Android Software Engineer - Hestan Cue
To be successful in this role you should be passionate about building intuitive, visually engaging Android experiences for a diverse user base. You should have experience writing production-quality Java code and be able to point to examples of apps that you have worked on. If there is a new technology out there that could make our product better, you are eager to learn it and figure out how to apply it.

GGR Analyst Programmer 1 INT/LD - Portland State University
This 1-year position is for a .5 to 1.0 FTE developer/programmer to assist with software maintenance and enhancements related to FIA BioSum. FIA BioSum is a Windows application written in C# that guides a complex analysis workflow that transforms forest inventory data into estimates of management costs and the quantities and value of wood products produced. After many years of development by the USFS PNW Research Station and partners such as PSU, the software is being rolled out to a broad user base of consultants, academics and agency planners/managers this year in the west coast states, and being modified to make it suitable for national application.

Electronics Engineer - Naval Sea Systems Command
Keyport provides engineering and technical support for a variety of systems used by, or in development for, the Navy. Although the specific tasks vary by assigned projects, the duties are typical for an engineer: Perform engineering calculations, analyze data and use engineering techniques to draw conclusions in the performance of engineering-related tasks, conduct tests or quality assurance reviews of electronic and mechanical systems to support production acceptance testing or system validation efforts.

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed). Sample jobs:

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