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The paper, "The Data Interaction Game," authored by Ben McCamish, Vahid Ghadakchi, Arash Termehchy, Behrouz Touri and Liang Huang, was named one of the best papers at the ACM SIGMOD 2018 conference and was invited for submission at the ACM Transaction on Database Systems. Each year, up four candidate invited SIGMOD papers are selected by the SIGMOD PC chair, on the bases of quality and perceived feasibility of being extended into submissions to TODS.

IN THE NEWS

Why does AI stink at certain video games? Researchers made one play Ms. Pac-Man to find out
Artificial intelligence (AI) can kick butt in games such as Pong and Space Invaders, but it comes off like a common n00b when playing Ms. Pac-Man. Now, by making AI play six classic arcade games, researchers are closer to figuring out why thinking machines excel at some games and stink at others. Science

Who is the NVIDIA founder and CEO?
The current CEO of NVIDIA is Jen-Hsun Huang, better known as Jensen Huang, who along with Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem is one of the three founders of NVIDIA Corporation. Huang earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 1984, then earned his masters in the same field from Stanford in 1992. Shacknews

Expo 2018 - Navigation Assistance for the Vision Impaired
This senior design team (Jacy Barr, Samuel Lee, Sean Sylwester) in electrical and computer engineering has developed a technology to help people sense objects they cannot see. Sensors on a headband transmit a signal to a belt worn around the waist which vibrates to notify the user of nearby objects. EECS YouTube

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Cities where young entrepreneurs find success
When it comes to generational differences, Lending Tree found that Gen Xers started nearly 42 percent of new businesses founded in the last five years, followed by Millennials who founded almost 38 percent. Bizwomen

7 Reasons to Move to Corvallis Right Now
Home to Oregon State University, smack dab in the middle of one of the most beautiful regions of the U.S., and boasting fantastic job growth, it’s no surprise that Corvallis is ranked third in Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live. There are a million reasons to love it here, but below, let’s start with just a few reasons why Corvallis is a great place to call home. Livability

McAfee opens threat research lab in Hillsboro
Called the McAfee Advanced Threat Lab, it sits inside the local office of cybersecurity company McAfee and provides research and demonstration space for the company’s Advanced Threat Research team. The researchers are examining potential attacks related to autonomous driving and industrial controls, which run the country’s infrastructure and manufacturing facilities. They're also exploring machine learning, a type of software that's increasingly deployed in more devices and services. Portland Business Journal

Which College Campuses Have the Fastest Wi-Fi?
According to Ookla, the average Wi-Fi download speed in the US was 81.91 Mbps during Q1 to Q2 of 2018. The top-three fastest tested schools came in well above that. Oregon State University was the winner with a download speed of 128.90 Mbps. PC Magazine

OPPORTUNITIES

Microsoft AI Idea Challenge Contest
The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is a competition for developers, students, professionals and data scientists seeking innovative, breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Preference will be given for solutions developed on Microsoft AI Platform and services. The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is looking for AI solutions across all use cases. The top three ideas will each receive prizes (please see below for the prizes), plus an opportunity to present the idea with Microsoft on AI Lab. The Microsoft AI Challenge is accepting submissions between August 13th– October 12th, 2018. Individuals or teams are required to submit a working AI model, test dataset, any demo app and a demo video (max. three minutes long) to qualify for the competition.

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.

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.

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.

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Final Exam – Akash Kannegulla
Thursday, August 30 | 10:00am to 12:00pm | KEC 1007
Quantum dot-plasmon Coupling: Fundamental Study and Applications
Major Advisor: Li-Jing Cheng; Committee: Matthew Johnston, John Labram, Chih-hung Chang; GCR: Jimmy Yang

MS Final Exam – He Zhang
Thursday, August 30 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm | KEC 1007
RNA secondary structure prediction using deep learning
Major Advisor: Liang Huang; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Amir Nayyeri

MS Final Exam – Abhishekh Devaraj
Thursday, August 30 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm | KEC 1005
A Switched Capacitor Multiple Input Single Output (MISO) Energy Harvester (Solar + Piezo) Achieving 74.6% Efficiency
Major Advisor: Tejasvi Anand; Committee: Arun Natarajan, Matthew Johnston; GCR: Sharmodeep Bhattacharyya

MS Final Exam – Vedanth Narayanan
Friday, August 31 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Robot Operating System Anomaly Detection Module
Major Advisor: Rakesh Bobba; Committee: Jesse Walker, William Smart, Committee: Yeongjin Jang

PhD Final Exam – Mohamed Grissa
Friday, August 31 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm | KEC 3057
Location Privacy-Preserving Strategies for Secondary Spectrum Use
Major Advisor: Bechir Hamdaoui; Co-Major Advisor: Attila Yavuz; Committee: Lizhong Chen, Mike Rosulek; GCR: Maggie Niess

EVENTS

9th Annual PDX TechCrawl 2018
Thursday, September 6 | 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM | $10
For one evening, PDX tech companies open their offices to (tech) crawlers who eat and drink their way from office to office. It's a great way to learn about all the awesome work happening with tech companies in Portland, check out their offices, learn about their jobs.

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.

PDX Women in Tech: How to Study for a Technical Interview
Tue, September 11 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT | AWS Elemental, Portland | Free
Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful proposition. It is hard to know what to expect and even harder to prepare for it. Each company evaluates its candidates differently. Luckily, some upfront investment and preparation can really go a long way in helping you distinguish yourself from the rest of the candidates. In this seminar guided by an engineering leader at Elemental, we will cover some common interviewing practices for technical interviews and what you may be able to do to get ready.

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

EECS Student Career Development Mentor
This position performs a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department online Post-Baccalaureate degree program. As a Student Career Development mentor the student will be expected to assist the program coordinator with the technical support and career development for the online Post-Baccalaureate CS students.

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.

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.

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.

Margaret Ingels Engineering Development Program
United Technologies Corporation (UTC) was founded by some of the world’s greatest inventors. We helped build the second industrial revolution and brought about a century of urbanization and globalization. Today, we are the world’s leading aerospace supplier, maker of elevators and escalators, and developer of intelligent building systems. We need your help to build the smart city and air transportation systems for the next century. UTC’s Ingels Engineering Development Program is an entry-level rotational program for top engineering students around the world sponsored by the UTC Chief Technology Officer. You will be working with a passionate, diverse group of people who share a common ambition to change the world for the better. The goal of this two-year rotational program is to expose you to the immensely broad array of products and technologies that comprise UTC’s portfolio, put you on the front line of business-critical assignments to stretch your capabilities and build your real-world knowledge, and give you the opportunity to build some of the most complex and most impactful products that our society makes. Through this program, we seek to identify and prepare the next generation of top technical talent at UTC.

Analog Mixed-Signal Circuit Design Engineer - Ferric
As a Ferric Design Engineer, you contribute to building the most advanced cutting edge integrated voltage regulators, leveraging Ferric’s industry-leading on-chip inductor technology. These products have applications ranging from high-power modern SoCs to ultra-low power Mobile platforms including wearable devices.

Development Engineer - OSU Department of Chemistry
The Electrical/Electronic Development Engineer provides support in maintenance, repair, materials, and calibration of scientific instruments in the instructional and research laboratories or Oregon State University, Chemistry Department, and other Departments within the University. The Development Engineer has a diverse understanding of electronics in both Analog and Digital Devices. The teaching labs utilize 50-year-old, tried and true, electrical devices as well as modern analytical equipment. The position involves standard tasks such as replacing power cords and fixing hot plates. In addition, they will be required to troubleshoot and repair analytical equipment such as Gas chromatography, x-ray analytical tools, and Mass spectrometry, Atomic Force Microscopes, and other high tech equipment and components.

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.


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