IN THE NEWS

High winds may have dashed space team's eclipse video hopes
The balloon may have been damaged as the team filled it with helium on the ship’s deck under extremely windy conditions. It rose only to about 19,000 feet and the photographic payload could not be found after splash-down. Team member Levi Willmeth was stationed on shore in case he needed to make emergency contact with the payload computer, but could not communicate with the ship. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Expo 2017: IoT Mail Sensor
You’ve got mail! Know when mail arrives in your mailbox or your doorstep with an email alert or by checking your home system website. Team members: Katelyn Willis, Jonathan Shurygin, and Quentin Luvaas. EECS (video)

Industry-University Collaboration: Multimedia Streaming
Thinh Nguyen and Hiroshi Nishida (ASUSA) collaborated on a project to improve multi-media streaming. EECS (video)

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Amazon builds up engineering talent in new Portland office
The staff of AWS Elemental are in their new digs in downtown Portland and they aren't the only employees of internet juggernaut Amazon getting used to the new 101,000 square foot space. Not only is the new office home to employees of the former Elemental Technologies, which Amazon acquired in 2015, but as many as 20 percent of the people working in the new office work for the parent company and not Elemental. Portland Business Journal

AWS Elemental's Sam Blackman dies at 41
Sam Blackman, one of Portland’s highest-profile tech executives, died over the weekend. A Portland native, Blackman had deep ties to the community and built Elemental Technologies into one of the city's biggest startup successes. Blackman had been a cheerleader for the city’s tech scene throughout his career and was a firm believer in its ability to compete against bigger tech hubs. Portland Business Journal

The biggest Portland-area tech companies that are hiring
Many are, indeed, hiring, as evidenced by the region's 4.5 percent unemployment rate. The largest 25 firms on the software firms list employ more than 23,000 people. That figure jumps to 25,000-plus on the top hardware companies list. Portland Business Journal

Oregon State receives high “Cool School” ranking from Sierra Club
The award honors more than 200 colleges that are helping to solve climate problems and making significant efforts to integrate sustainability into their teaching, research and engagement and to operate sustainably. Life@OSU

OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

MS Final Examination – Phylicia Cicilio
Wednesday, August 30 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | KEC 3114
Dynamic Load Modeling and Microgrid Control
Major Advisor: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; Committee: Ted Brekken, Rakesh Bobba; GCR: Brady Gibbons

MS Final Examination – Ragda Abuhadra
Wednesday, August 30 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM | KEC 1114
Proactive In-Network Caching for Mobile On-Demand Video Streaming
Major Advisor: Bechir Hamdaoui; Committee: Jinsub Kim, Rakesh Bobba; GCR: Leonard Coop

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

Making a first impression that lasts
Quite possibly, one of the most important and terrifying times to make a spectacular first impression is when you are interviewing for or starting a new job. The first day of a new job can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. There are some guidelines for relieving some of that stress on day one that you should keep in mind. Portland Business Journal

10 things you should always bring to a job interview—and 5 things you should leave behind
You should start preparing for your interview as soon as a company gets in touch with you about your candidacy. Use this comprehensive checklist to make sure you have everything you need to make a good first impression in the job interview. This way you'll show up prepared 100% of the time. Monster

A Wall Street Executive Reveals How to Answer 6 Tricky Interview Questions
If you think the most common interview questions are often the most difficult to answer, then you’re not alone. More people trip up on things like “tell us about yourself” and “what is your biggest weakness?” than questions about their skills. Money

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.

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
The Information Technology Consultant promotes and delivers the overall operation of the CDC information technology and services that includes oversight and maintenance of multiple software systems, webpage management, and IT computing and equipment support.

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:

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students:

 


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