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EECS Weekly News: December 20, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS

EECS Weekly News on Winter Break
The Weekly News will not be published for the next two weeks; the next issue will be out on January 10th.

IN THE NEWS

Garage Project Garners $1.5 Million Energy Award
There have been several popular companies spawning from garages. Engineers Alex Hagmuller and Max Ginsburg (2010 BS ECE) hope to join the likes of Apple and Hewlett-Packard in taking their garage company AquaHarmonics to the next level. AquaHarmonics recently won the US Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize. To be selected, they were one of nine finalists and had to be among the top three entries for cash earnings. The duo hopes to use the money and scale up their industry. Interesting Engineering

Also: Ginsburg’s controls constantly tune the mechanism of the energy-absorbing buoy to the highly variable rise and fall of ocean waves, a capability considered a major breakthrough for the early-stage industry. Engineering News-Record

Ripples upon ripples
Researchers in electrical and computer engineering at Oregon State University recently completed a year-long experimental testing project to create a simulation software tool to advance wave energy research. Although other simulation tools exist, they are proprietary and not designed specifically for wave energy converters. The open source code that the team developed is called WEC-Sim (for wave energy converter simulator). The Oregon State team involved with tank testing and data collection of the scale model (1/33 size of a full wave energy converter) included Asher Simmons and Ratanak So, graduate students in electrical and computer engineering advised by Professor Ted Brekken, and Bret Bosma, who was a post-doc at the time but is now a faculty research associate. EECS

Finding tech opportunities in rural Oregon
Cattle and computer science — it was a combination that David Martinez could not necessarily imagine, but it was exactly what he was looking for. A former newspaper reporter and photographer, Martinez switched careers via Oregon State University’s Ecampus online program in computer science. Although he is still a student, he landed a job as a web applications developer at HerdDogg, a Colorado company with a shop in Medford, Oregon that develops technology for agricultural applications. EECS

An unexpected dream
Nadia Payet did not expect to find herself at Google when she was growing up in Réunion, a French island near Madagascar. But Oregon State University expanded her vision of what she could become. Her story is one she hopes will inspire others, especially other women in technology fields and young people from her home town. EECS

The Mix offers northern Chinese food, private karaoke rooms
The Mix Asian Bistro in downtown Corvallis specializes in northern-style Chinese food, which is rare on menus in this area, said owner Yi Zhao. This is the second Corvallis eatery for Zhao, an Oregon State University student double-majoring in computer science and innovation management. (Some of his close friends know about his entrepreneurial ventures, but he said he’s generally kept a low profile on campus.) Corvallis Gazette-Times

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. Application deadline: January 16, 2017 at 8:00am.

NEW SEMINAR SERIES: The Business of Technology-Based Startups: Experiences of Engineer Startup Co-Founders
NSE Professor Todd Palmer and Director of College of Business Center of Excellence for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Sandra Miller
Tuesdays, Winter Term from 4-4:50 pm
CRN 407/40255, 507/33051, 607/33052
This seminar will explore a variety of strategies early-stage technology-based startup founders have used to leverage the respective strengths of startup co-founders with engineering expertise. Guest engineer startup co-founders will be interviewed to present their approach to starting and growing their companies. Particular emphasis will be placed on approaches to manage the business-related aspects of the startup. Some co-founders begin as the CEO, some have a business co-founder, some hire an experienced CEO. All approaches are valid. During the seminar, guests will share successful strategies, founding team-related failures and lessons learned. The seminar is specifically oriented towards engineering and business students, however all OSU students are welcome to enroll. Preference will be given to Junior, Senior students and graduate students.

Willamete Valley SWE Section Banquet
Wednesday, February 8, at 6:00 pm, CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Due to the generous support of individuals and corporations, we expect to have somewhere between 10 and 30 sponsored tickets available to OSU engineering students to attend the upcoming Willamette Valley Engineers Week Banquet. A networking hour will be from 5-6 pm in the lobby, followed by dinner, awards, and our keynote speaker. We are excited to host Dr. Margaret Burnett, a Distinguished Professor at OSU in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. To sign up to receive a ticket, please complete this form by January 18th. Tickets will be issued first-come, first-served basis. All students, graduate and undergraduate, are welcome to sign up. If you are interested in volunteering at the event in exchange for free registration, contact Desiree Tullos.

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.

NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advance Self-Powered Systems of Intergrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) - North Carolina State University
The summer REU program offers research opportunities for domestic undergraduates from institutions outside of the ASSIST center. The program is open to any student who is majoring in a science or engineering-related field. REU students will be immersed in a 10-week intensive research experience at one of ASSIST’s partner institutions where they will experience the various aspects of university research. Students will be partnered with a faculty mentor based on their interests, they will conduct a research project, and they will present their work at a student symposium at the end of the summer. Application deadline: February 15, 2017.

Interdisciplinary Micro/Nano-manufacturing Program Addressing Challenges Today (IMPACT) - University of Louisville
The goal of IMPACT is to recruit and train next-generation students into the interdisciplinary field of advanced micro/nano-manufacturing through exciting hands-on research projects which demonstrate how this remarkable miniaturization technology can be used to create new devices and systems capable of "impacting" the grand challenges of today in energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, security and the environment. Although the field of micro/nanotechnology has been around for several decades, its commercial successes have been primarily limited to the fields of semiconductors and microelectronics. Only recently have researchers begun to expand the application areas of this attractive manufacturing technology from the 2.5D field of semiconductors to the true 3D world of MEMS, microfluidics, sensors and other non-semiconductor disciplines. Application deadline: 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.

QESST Engineering Research Center - Arizona State University
The QESST Engineering Research Center offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in solar energy research. Bridge the gap between the typical “research” devices and commercial solar cells, allowing fabrication and analysis of technologies on commercial-size devices and commercial equipment. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least one year completed by June and at least one more semester before graduation after the summer. (Graduating seniors are not eligible.) Application deadline: March 1, 2017.

Solid-State Devices for Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetics Technology - Clemson University
The SURE program will provide students the opportunity to pursue ten weeks of directed research in the areas of electronic, photonic, and magnetic devices, including material and device design, processing, characterization, and modeling. Faculty members on the REU team currently conduct independent, interdisciplinary, and industry-coordinated studies ranging from fundamental materials and physics to functional devices, circuits, and systems. This has been facilitated by linking physics and materials processing programs to integrated multifunctional devices and circuits at the micro and nanometer scale. Thus our underlying research paradigm of materials-to-devices will be adopted in this program. Application deadline: March 3, 2017.

Entrepreneurship REU - University of Connecticut
Have you ever considered starting your own business, seeking a patent for one of your ideas, or are interested in cutting edge research and translating those ideas to the marketplace? If so, UConn’s Entrepreneurial REU is for you! The aim of this E-REU is to provide students with a truly integrated research and entrepreneurship training experience, giving them both depth in fundamental engineering research, as well as breadth in entrepreneurial skills. As part of this REU, you will take part in cutting edge research on commercializable ideas with UConn faculty, as well as participate in an entrepreneurship program developed by co-PI and UConn’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh. Application deadline: March 15, 2017.

Nano-Research Experience for Undergraduates - University of Connecticut
To realize the scientific advances promised by a new era of atomic-level control over materials and devices, expertise from interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds will not only be required, but will remain a significant issue of national importance. This REU site will initiate a school of engineering-wide program at the University of Connecticut to engage talented minority and community college undergraduate participants in cutting edge experimental and computational nanotechnology research. This highly interdisciplinary research is centered at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering and Institute of Materials Science. Application deadline: March 15, 2017.

Innovative Engineering Using Renewable Resources - University of Alabama
This REU Site at The University of Alabama involves research projects on renewable resources, with a particular focus on bamboo. All student research projects will involve bamboo. This theme was chosen because of the interest and activities centered around bamboo at UA and in Alabama over the past few years. A wide spectrum of project topics will allow undergraduate students from multiple engineering disciplines to work together on problems with broad societal impact. While the project topics will engage students in multiple disciplines, the theme is focused and allows students to work collectively on exciting and relevant problems. Students will also participate in Crimson Startup, a six-week entrepreneurship training program. Application Deadline: March 22, 2017.

Summer Engineering Research Experiences in Transportation Electrification - University of Maryland
The University of Maryland’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, with support from the National Science Foundation is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the broad area of electrical engineering. The Transportation Electrification program combines cutting-edge, team-based research with technical and educational seminars. Students are supervised jointly by faculty members and graduate students. For Summer 2017, we were pleased to offer students research experiences under Transportation Electrification, an NSF-funded REU. Selection of Transportation Electrification REU participants will be announced no later than April 1, 2017.

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Michael Hilton
Thursday, December 29, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 2057
Understanding and Improving Agile Practices
Major Advisor: Danny Dig; Minor Advisor: Margaret Burnett; Committee: Carlos Jensen, Ron Metoyer; GCR: Todd Palmer

PhD Final Oral Examination – Majid Alkaee Taleghan
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1114
Simulator-Defined MDP Planning with Applications in Natural Resource Management
Major Advisor: Thomas Dietterich; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Xiaoli Fern, Rebecca Hutchinson; GCR: John Dilles

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

3 ways volunteer work will further your career
What do employers value on résumés that separates future leaders from the rest? Eighty-two percent of the 2016 Impact Survey from Deloitte survey respondents, which included hiring influencers from 13 major metropolitan areas across the United States, reported that they are more likely to choose a candidate with volunteer experience. Yet, despite positive sentiment towards volunteerism, the survey found that only one in three résumés actually include volunteer work. Portland Business Journal

9 Killer Questions Candidates Ought to Ask the Interviewer
You’ve made it to the interview and you’ve prepared for all the questions they are supposedly going to ask you. They start asking you questions about your background and life stories to illustrate your unique character. You dabble in to your past work experiences, and personal events that define your leadership skills and qualities that make you a perfect fit for the position. The interview is almost over and then they ask you the last question that you forgot about – Do you have any questions for me? Undercover Recruiter

How to Handle Multiple Job Offers
Having multiple job offers on the table is not a bad problem to have! However, you do need to handle the situation with care and ensure that you deal with both employers involved in a professional manner while giving yourself the time to properly weigh up your options. CareerExperts

JOBS

Student Developer - Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS)
You will be working in a development environment. Each day, students receive their assignments from the full-time development staff mentor. These assignments are relative to the projects currently being done by the CASS. Students are expected to keep up with these assignments and to be able to finish them in a reasonable amount of time.

Web Developer - AgBiz Logic
A mix of frontend and backend web development. Work in a small team with a startup style environment. Work on campus or remotely via github.

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.

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.

Analyst Programmer - OSU Graduate School
The Business / Systems Analyst will act as project manager and work with Graduate School leadership, staff and stakeholders to assess, define and recommend improvements to existing processes, identify project priorities and determine the best tools meet process requirements. The Business / Systems Analyst will work with the Graduate School IT team and other OSU IT teams to implement projects to implement and maintain projects in Salesforce and other University systems as well as train and support users and maintain system documentation.

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.

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.

Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor - University of Washington
Invites applications for multiple positions at the level of tenure-track assistant and associate professor in electrical and computer engineering. In particular, we are looking for outstanding candidates in the following areas:

  1. Power systems, power electronics, cyber-physical systems, IoT, smart and connected communities.
  2. Chip-scale integration of electronics and photonics, nanophotonics, and devices made with novel optical materials. Candidates’ research should address application-relevant technological requirements and device specific performance parameters.
  3. Advanced Wireless Network Platforms: Broadband Transceivers, Software Defined Radios/Networking, Programmable Embedded Systems/Devices, Convergence with Cloud Computing for 5G Architectures.

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.

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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