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EECS Weekly News: December 13, 2016

IN THE NEWS

Rise of the Machines: A Futuretalk [Video]
At our latest FutureTalk event at our Portland, Ore., engineering headquarters, a pair of AI experts sought to answer those questions and more. Sergey Razin, chief technology officer at the software-optimization firm SIOS, introduced the audience to the concept of “the self-driving data center,” while Alan Fern, professor of computer science at Oregon State University, explained how an AI system finally became world champion of the ancient game Go—and what that victory portends. IoT Zone

Building gender-inclusive software
Margaret Burnett, professor of computer science, received an urgent email in May 2012 from a software product manager. Although the company’s all-male development team believed that the company’s flagship product was completely logical and intuitive, most of its female users strongly disagreed. Since 85 percent of the target users were women, he had a big problem. Momentum!

Channeling undergraduate enthusiasm
It is the rare undergraduate engineering student who knows what a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine is, let alone how to build one. But that is exactly the kind of experience the CreateIT Collaboratory brings to students at Oregon State. Jacob Dawes, Hayden Bialek, and Justin Martinez worked on a summer research project to build a PCR machine for Matthew Johnston, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. EECS

'Explainer in Chief' Retires
Over his career, Tom Dietterich obtained more than $30 million in research grants and created three software companies. He also co-founded two leading journals in his field and was elected the first president of the International Machine Learning Society. Dietterich is also one of the most highly cited scientists in his field with over 2,000 citations a year. His many accomplishments were recognized when he earned the rank of Distinguished Professor by Oregon State in 2013. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

The war for talent: Employers offer premium wages to draw skilled workers
Unemployment dipped to 4.9 percent last month, down by half since the end of the recession — a clear sign that Americans are back to work. With a tighter labor market, employers have begun to increase wages in order to attract and retain the best talent in their industries. Workers in the technology sector are poised to gain the most in wages as competition for talent heats up. Never before have businesses relied so heavily on computing and technology — and employers are increasingly willing to pay more to retain and attract top talent. Portland Business Journal

Community engineering
Giving students a deeper connection to the community is exactly the point of Humanitarian Engineering 310, a new course at Oregon State University that wrapped up last week. According to Kendra Sharp, who taught the class, it is part of the university’s Humanitarian Engineering minor, but it also helps students of all fields meet core requirements. “More of our students are coming in wanting to have a career that makes an impact,” she said. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Engineering Out Loud Episode 4: Inspection & Direction
In this episode, we find out how researchers are utilizing unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) to gather data. Dan Gillins, affiliated faculty member, along with his brother Matt Gillins, a graduate student at Oregon State, is conducting research on the feasibility of using UAVs to conduct bridge inspections. Gillins’ research seeks to determine if UAVs can help defray some of the cost and eliminate some of the risk involved with traditional bridge inspections. COE postdoctoral researcher Dr. Eric Becker developed a UAV-mounted Radiation Compass that maps radiation sources autonomously in real time. Engineering Out Loud

Costco, Microsoft, Zillow among Seattle-area companies on Glassdoor's list of best places to work
Eight companies headquartered in the Puget Sound region – Aegis Living, Chef Software, Concur, Costco, Docusign, Microsoft, RealSelf and Zillow – made the list, plus Facebook and Google. The latter two are Silicon Valley companies, but they have Seattle-area offices with more than 1,000 employees. Docusign has dual headquarters in Seattle and Silicon Valley. Puget Sound Business Journal

Amazon is changing the game on AI, startup investor says
Artificial intelligence has become an important part of the cloud computing race. Seattle-area cloud computing companies are helping customers collect and store massive amounts of data, but artificial intelligence and machine learning are necessary to analyze the data and create useful insights. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently revealed his vision for AI to become Microsoft's next frontier. Amazon, Dan Scholnick said, is empowering startups to play a big role in these and other technologies. Puget Sound Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator plans ‘Next Great Startup’
Developed in collaboration with several OSU colleges, the event will feature the first student-based, university-wide business competition. It will begin in January, 2017, and the finals will be held on March 9. The Next Great Startup goes beyond ordinary business plan or pitch competitions, organizers say. It’s about real, viable student startup ventures created in Corvallis, and each team will receive direct access to venture capitalist coaches, business mentors, and additional funding as they advance in all three rounds. The winning team will receive more than $10,000 in cash, goods and services.

Amazon Graduate Research Symposium Application 2017
The Symposium will be held on Amazon's campus in Seattle, Washington on January 26-27, 2017. At Amazon there are many applications for Research Science including Operations Research, Distributed Systems, Recommendation Systems, Storage, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Computer Vision. The symposium will feature lectures by Amazon researchers and PhD/graduate students, a poster session for students to exhibit their research and an opportunity for those interested to participate in interviewing sessions the following day. Application Deadline: December 16, 2016.

Computer Science Student Projects from MindSumo
Please review the latest computer science projects from MindSumo. MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to aaron@mindsumo.com.

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017: $100K Prize and Mentor Incentives
Team up with friends or fellow developers to enter your world-changing software innovations to the U.S. Imagine Cup - a global student technology competition presented by Microsoft. Win up to $100,000 in earnings, two all-expense-paid trips, and startup and technology mentorship for our 15th anniversary! You are not bound by categories so use this competition as a blank canvas to brainstorm a new tech project or build on a hack that you started developing with friends. Social networks, music services, photo apps, games, gadgets and robotics – the list goes on. Sign up to qualify by December 20, 2016 at 11:59pm (PST)!

2017 Graduate Research Showcase
Graduate students are invited to register for the 2017 Graduate Research Showcase on Feb. 17, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.
The Research Showcase is a daylong opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skills, and to network with industry partners, faculty, peers, and the community. There will be professional development workshops in the morning, poster presentations in the afternoon, and industry partners tabling at an Exhibitor Showcase throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided to registered attendees. All College of Engineering graduate students are eligible to attend the professional development workshops. Deadline: January 9.

Insight Artificial Intelligence Fellows Program
This program is an intensive, seven week professional training fellowship that bridges the gap between academic research or professional software engineering and a career in artificial intelligence. Based in Silicon Valley and New York City, the program enables scientists, researchers, and engineers to learn the industry-specific skills needed to work in the growing field of artificial intelligence at leading companies. This is a tuition free program, with need-based scholarships available to help cover living expenses. Meet dozens of top companies, present your work to teams you’re interested in, and interview immediately following the program. Deadline: January 9, 2017

Winter 2017 HWeekend - Gadgets and Gizmos!
HWeekend returns January 21-22! This free hardware development competition brings students of all levels and majors together with industry and faculty mentors to create something new. Students work together in teams to create a marketable project they can demonstrate and pitch to judges at the end of the weekend. The theme for this event is Gadgets and Gizmos! Come together with a group of friends to solve a real problem or just to have some fun. Some example projects could be: an automatic door control for the disabled, an anti-theft bike alarm, some cool lights for your skateboard, or a webpage that tells you if your house is unlocked. Application deadline: Wednesday, January 11, 2017. More info: webpage, video.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

URSA Engage: research opportunities for undergraduate students
URSA Engage is designed to provide first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Awardees are expected to spend an average of 5 hours a week for the 15-week duration of the project (mid-Winter 2017 to the end of Spring 2017). URSA Engage is designed to establish mentoring relationships for undergraduates early in their program at OSU. Application Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2017.

2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics at The Johns Hopkins University
The REU program is an intensive ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction. In the program, each REU student receives hands-on laboratory research experience under guidance from Hopkins faculty and graduate student mentors. Participants will also receive classes on ethics in research and technical communication. The students will have the opportunity to go on local visits to labs. Deadline: February 17, 2017.

EVENTS

Women + Tech Holiday Party
Thursday, December 15, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, New Relic, Portland (free)
This year's theme is Virtual Reality in Reality, where we will showcase leaders in the VR community giving lightning talks. Women + Tech's goal is to bring together and support careers for women in tech, as well as encourage attendance of advocates who also care about advancing women in Portland tech.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars 2017
The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE's mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will earn a competitive edge by familiarizing yourself with DOE functions while showcasing your education, talent and skills. To qualify for the DOE Scholars Program, you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria: U.S. citizenship (verification will be required if selected), and at least 16 years of age (no exceptions); undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Exceptions may be made on academic status on a case-by-case basis for summer appointments only. Application deadline: December 15.

AAUW Career Development Grants
Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2012. Deadline: December 15.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 180 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2017, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Deadline: December 9.

National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: Dec 31.

National Security Agency Electrical Engineering Student Scholarship
Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: Dec 31.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
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: Dec 31.

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
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: Dec 31.

Neuroscience Research Fellowship Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates
The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering four fellowships: the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, and the Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2017 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2017, and they are 2 years in duration. Deadline: Jan. 6, 2017.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Deadline: January 10, 2017.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs: architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics. Deadline: January 10.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate’s Resume
Students who want to impress employers via their resumes will emphasize their solid GPA, detail their abilities to work as part of a team and solve problems, and offer proof of their strong communication skills, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 report. National Association of Colleges and Employers

3 less awkward ways to start a networking email than 'hey, remember me?'
Aspiring to find this balance, many people begin networking emails with “Remember me?” or even, “You probably don’t remember me…” After all, why not begin with an honest admission so the other person knows you aren’t being fake? Well, unfortunately, this approach often backfires. USA Today College

JOBS

ECE TA - OSU EECS
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, grading, holding office hours, helping with recitation, and/or helping with 2 hour labs.

Student Systems Engineer - OSU Open Source Lab
The OSU Open Source Lab is looking for Student Systems Engineers. This position is part­-time during the academic year, and full­-time during the summer as long as the student is not taking any classes. Applicants must have at least four (4) terms remaining in their program and be able to work during summer 2017. We prefer students who have more time left in their program to help reduce graduate turnover, so freshman applicants are welcome. This position is only open to students attending a college or university in Oregon.

Summer programs staff - iD Tech
This summer, iD Tech will hire over 1,600 instructors and staff from across the world to show students, ages 6 to 18, firsthand how their interests in technology can turn into fun learning experiences. We have programs that emphasize tech education for girls, teens, tweens and younger children. We’re looking for energetic, tech-savvy, summer staff who understand the need for quality technology education for young students.

Computer science teaching assistant or instructor - Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) summer programs
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking instructors and teaching assistants for our summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. Positions are available at residential and day sites at colleges, universities, and schools on the East and West coasts, as well as internationally in Hong Kong.

Argonne National Laboratory Undergraduate Summer Internship Programs
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is seeking highly motivated and energetic undergraduate students for the 2017 summer internship and part-time work experience programs! Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where teams of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security. This environment makes Argonne a great place for undergraduates to participate in cutting-edge research and develop a skill set for the next stage in their career.

Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program
The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program aims to train undergraduate and graduate students studying ocean science, engineering and video/film in the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers. All of our interns spend their time on Nautilus working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators. Science interns learn how to make scientific observations and process digital data and physical samples. ROV interns learn how to maintain and operate our exploration vehicles and systems. Video engineering and film interns learn how to operate video for our ROVs and work with our communications team to share our Nautilus story. All interns gain experience in communications and leadership, including participating in educational outreach activities. Application deadline: January 20, 2017.

Electrical Engineer I (internship / part time and full time) - Landis Consulting
Landis Consulting is a small electrical and control systems consulting engineering firm. We provide engineering design and construction services for municipal wastewater & water facilities, health care facilities, higher education, K-12, and commercial projects. We have expertise in the design of medium & low voltage power distribution, lighting & lighting control, process & instrumentation, low voltage communication, fire alarm, and access control & security systems. We are fortunate to be growing, and are interested in hiring an entry level electrical engineer. We plan to invest significantly in developing strong technical skills and providing the opportunity to gain invaluable engineering experience.

LifeMap Enrollment QA Internship - Cambia
LifeMap is a life and disability insurance company which offers additional benefits such as dental, vision, and short term medical coverage to provide financial protection and access to care. We are looking for a current student or recent graduate to join our team as an intern to assist with quality assurance audits of varying complexity.

Web Developer - OSU Extended Campus
The Web Developer provides programming and multimedia support for OSU Extended Campus programmatic and course needs. This position works as part of the Course Development and Training team, collaborating with faculty, administrators and other clients to design and develop instructional technology and other web-based educational resources for courses and modules. This Web Developer designs, develops, tests, implements, and maintains web and multimedia applications. This position collaborates with colleagues in OSU Extended Campus and other partners to design and assemble the programming and media necessary to carry out design plans as conceived by assigned instructional designers.

Info Technology Consultant - OSU University Shared Services Enterprise
This is a professional level position, responsible for coordination and analysis related to administrative systems data consistency and software configuration for the shared Ellucian Banner ERP hosting environment. This position is responsible for coordinating the testing and upgrades of the software and hardware related to the USSE support of Oregon higher education institutions. This position is also responsible for analyzing business needs, gathering requirements and coordinating efforts to implement Banner ERP Applications. The Information Technology Consultant works directly with other individuals in the USSE and members of the regional and technical campuses to carry out responsibilities.

Systems Development Engineer - CASS
The Systems Development Engineering position will require interacting with, leading, mentoring, and bringing together a diverse group of community members, including a variety of student team members. CASS believes strongly in the power this diversity brings to the program as well as to the industry, and is committed to expanding and promoting it thru the leadership this position provides. Work is varied and highly technical, utilizing state-of-the-art tools and technologies. The position is intellectually challenging, requires integration of a variety of technologies and technical writing skills, including but not limited to technical designs, requirements, specifications and test cases. The Systems Development Engineer position often acts as a team lead on multiple projects simultaneously across all aspects of the software engineering practice.

Computer Science Faculty - Data Analytics (open rank) - Rowan University
The Computer Science Department at Rowan University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a primary specialization in Data Analytics to begin September 1, 2017. The rank for the position is open, commensurate with experience. Strong candidates from related areas will be considered. Candidates with significant experience leading a data analytics academic program and/or a background in industry are preferred.

Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity - Rowan University
The Computer Science Department at Rowan University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a primary specialization in Cybersecurity to begin September 1, 2017. Strong candidates from areas closely related to computer and information security will be considered.

Faculty Cluster Hire in Quantum Sciences and Technology - Duke University
As part of a new collaborative research initiative in quantum sciences and technology Duke University’s Quantitative Initiative, Department of Physics, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering seek up to three exceptional, collaborative, and creative scientists and engineers to join its faculty in tenured/tenure-track positions. We are particularly interested in scientists and engineers working in one or more of the following areas: (1) experimental AMO or condensed matter physics relevant to quantum sciences (2) technology development relevant to quantum information sciences, or (3) quantitative analyses of complex quantum systems, quantum algorithms or applications.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions at Penn State
The Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Penn State will be hiring tenure-track faculty in several areas this year, at all ranks. We are particularly interested in computer architecture/hardware systems, software systems, and data science. Additionally, we are coordinating with university-wide searches in security, data science and other areas, so there is flexibility in the areas we will consider.

Tenure-track faculty position - University of Cincinnati
The School of Information Technology (SoIT) at the University of Cincinnati seeks to hire one tenure-track Assistant Professor in the areas related to Information Technology including Software Applications, IT Infrastructure, Game Development, Cybersecurity, and Applied Machine Learning to start in August 2017.

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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