IN THE NEWS

Margaret Burnett Makes Computers More Inclusive
Studies show that just 17 percent, or fewer than two out of 10, of computer science degrees were awarded to women in recent years. Even fewer women actually find jobs in related fields after graduation. What’s even more surprising is the existing software female computer scientists encounter is often riddled with built-in gender biases that make it more difficult for women to problem solve once they’re in these hard-to-get jobs, said Margaret Burnett, an Oregon State University distinguished professor of computer science. Rewire

Research vessel to launch balloon for eclipse images
In the wee hours of Monday morning — while most Oregonians and visitors here to view the solar eclipse were still sound asleep — a group of scientists and students from Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College were sailing westward on the OSU research vessel Pacific Storm. Their mission: To launch a balloon 80,000 feet into the air to record some of the first images of the historic solar eclipse and to provide NASA and the National Space Grant Program with images from a nearly out-of-space perspective. Levi Willmeth is a computer science student at OSU, who began designing instruments and software for the project when he was a student at LBCC. "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," Willmeth said. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Workshop on magnetic nanodevices sparks international collaborations
Researchers from universities, national laboratories, and tech companies came to Oregon State University this July to discuss needs and challenges in measuring the performance of magnetic nanodevices. This first-time workshop, called “Frontiers in Metrology Techniques for Magnetic Nanodevices” drew participants from as far away as Japan, Belgium and the United Kingdom. It was jointly organized by Pallavi Dhagat, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Thomas Silva at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. EECS News

Expo 2017: One Clock to Rule Them All
This project gives you the tools to create your own designer clock from scratch. The instructions for this open source 'DIY' word clock are available for free at github.com/kptristan24/oneclocktorulethemall." Team members: Tristan Hari, Tasman Thenell, Scott Metzsch. EECS (video)

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

The 10 best jobs in America right now
To find the best jobs in the US, the job site identified careers with the highest overall "job score," which is determined by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), job satisfaction rating, and number of job openings. Business Insider

More cuts at Simple as Portland company returns to tech roots
Online bank Simple has cut more staffers, including several executives, as it returns to its old business emphasis. In a blog post Tuesday, CEO Josh Reich characterized the move as getting “back to its roots” in technology after a detour into trying to grow as a bank. The company will look to hire in the product and engineering departments as needs arise. Portland Business Journal

Intel says next Core processor a 40% step up in performance
Intel, the biggest maker of semiconductors, said its new processors are going to deliver the biggest bump in performance that personal computer users have experienced in years. New laptops built on the chips will come to market in September. The Oregonian

'Not your father's Microsoft:' Halliburton deal shows pivot from the PC, analyst says
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a deal with Halliburton to provide machine learning, augmented reality and internet of things technology to the oil and gas industry. But the deal is the latest example that Microsoft is steering its long-term corporate strategy away from the PC business and toward new technologies. Puget Sound 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.

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 Hispanic Engineers Conference (SHPE) 2017 (Deadline: September 1, 2017)
  • Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS) 2017 (Deadline: September 10, 2017)

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Chen Huo
Wednesday, August 23 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | KEC 1007
Evaluating Clustering Techniques for Power System Resiliency
Major Advisor: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; Committee: Ted Brekken, Julia Zhang; Jinsub Kim; GCR: Adam Schultz

MS Final Examination – Ashwin Ramachandran
Thursday, August 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | KEC 1007
A New Data Encoding Scheme for Equalization - Integrated Pulse Width Modulation (iPWM)
Major Advisor: Tejasvi Anand; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Arun Natarajan; GCR: Joseph Louis

MS Final Examination – Anindita Borah
Friday, August 25 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | KEC 1005
Design and Analysis of an Optical Wireless Receiver for a Hybrid WiFi Free-Space Optical (WIFO) Communication Network
Major Advisor: Arun Natarajan; Committee: Tejasvi Anand, Alan Wang; GCR: Merrick Haller

EVENTS

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

One Behavior Separates The Successful From The Average
Most people only do what they are asked, doing only the minimum requirement. They need specific instructions on most things they do. Conversely, those who become successful are anxiously engaged in a good cause. They don’t need to be managed in all things. They don’t just do the job, they do it right and complete. Most importantly, those who become successful initiate. They reach out to people, ask questions, make recommendations, offer to help, and pitch their ideas. Thrive Global

Job Hunting: 10 Great Questions to Ask an Interviewer
A surprisingly large group of candidates applying for jobs lack a decent set of insightful questions to ask the Interviewer. According to Global Healthcare IT, Inc.’s CEO, Michael Williams – a 30 year veteran of the IT recruitment industry – many candidates have none, few, or bad questions they wish to ask an interviewer. Great questions can really set apart a good candidate from an average applicant. Global Healthcare IT

The 3 Rules of Addressing Your Cover Letter
You’ve found the perfect job and finally sat down to write that cover letter (good for you!), but immediately you’ve run into a roadblock. How do you even start the darn thing? Should you use Mr. or Ms.? Do you include a first name? And what if you’ve searched high and low, but can’t find the hiring manager’s name? The Muse

JOBS

Student Information Technology - OSU College of Engineering
This position is responsible for maintaining the workstations of various engineering staff members, managing surplus inventory, and other miscellaneous duties as assigned.

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.

Analog/mixed-signal design openings at Apple
We are looking for talented engineers to work on analog/mixed-signal circuit design. Our mixed-signal circuits are at the heart of Apple SOCs.

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.

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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