IN THE NEWS

A VALUE-ADDED MATERIALS RESEARCH STORY—Transparent Transistors to Flat-Panel Displays to Integrated Circuits?
John Wager’s INTERSECTIONS article on Value-Added materials science features yet another success story. The article highlights how investments in materials science pay-off in ways that the general public and especially our elected officials can appreciate. Materials Research Society

A Vision of Clean Water for Everyone
A $3.28 million commitment from Jon and Stephanie DeVaan has allowed OSU to launch the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative. The effort, led by Lewis Semprini, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering , will build on the university’s strengths to become a national leader in designing, building, and testing systems-level approaches to the problem of access to clean water. Jon DeVaan graduated from OSU in 1985 with degrees in mathematics and computer science, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Computer Science from OSU in 2011. OSU Foundation

OSU researcher part of DARPA grant for autonomous drone swarms
Julie A. Adams of OSU’s College of Engineering is on one of two teams of “swarm systems integrators” whose job is to develop the system infrastructure and integrate the work of the “sprint” teams that will focus on swarm tactics, swarm autonomy, human-swarm teaming, physical experimentation and virtual environments. Robotics Tomorrow

Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing- Book Review
Throughout the book, [Martin] Erwig references popular culture, including the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, the movie Groundhog Day and the Harry Potter books. As such, this work delightfully differs from the standard introductory textbook in computer science as well as manuals designed to teach specific programming languages, such as the ‘For Dummies’ series (e.g. Data Science for Dummies; Coding for Dummies). Although the majority of these books do tend to clearly explain and introduce the most important concepts, they do not use such memorable examples. LSE Business Review

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city
Microsoft has announced a major renovation of its Redmond campus that will take seven years to complete, completely overhauling the look and feel of the place to introduce a "more open and less formal" working environment. A video of the transformed campus shows that the future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people, retail space, new jogging and walking trails, two soccer fields, a cricket field, and its own light rail station. ZDNet

OPPORTUNITIES

AAUW 2018 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders Scholarship
May 30 - June 2, 2018 • University of Maryland, College Park
Addressing important and contemporary leadership issues, building leadership, advocacy and networking for the next generation of women leaders. Skills, networking, and resources are provided that are necessary to lead change on your campus and in your community. AAUW of Oregon will award up to $1200 in scholarship funds to attend this conference for 2 eligible student leaders who are currently enrolled in college full time. Electronic applications must be received by January 15, 2018.

The Next Great Startup is taking applications now!
NGSU is a campus-wide competition beginning in January where student-led teams compete to win cash prizes, in-kind services and the chance to turn a startup idea into a real company. Open to all teams led by a currently-enrolled OSU student. (Last year's winner was computer science student Gabriel Kauffman, who developed a game based on a neural network.) For more information and to apply: http://nextgreatstartup.oregonstate.edu/

FIRST® LEGO® League Tournaments
OSU Robotics Club is hosting FIRST® LEGO ® League Local Tournaments on December 9th and 10th. FIRST® LEGO ® League is a program where 4th-8th grade students build, test, and program a robot to solve a series of missions in a robot game. This will require a lot of volunteer help! There are many positions available from single day positions as simple as security up to trained positions as referees or judges. If you are interested in volunteering please use the following website to sign up (you will need to make an account first). https://my.firstinspires.org/Volunteers/Wizard/Search/2?EventId=29749

Course Announcement: Applied Bioinformatics BB485/585
MWF 11:00-11:50 am | MF BEXL 416, W BEXL 324 | Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough, hands-on introduction to the problems and methods of the bioinformatics of nucleic acid sequences and proteins. The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of bioinformatics and enable you to understand and employ software and methods used in answering contemporary questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as sequence alignment, BLAST, motif finding, databases, phylogenetic tree construction, GO Terms, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Students will gain familiarity with BioPython and the GNU/Linux command line interface. Now with supplementary video lectures!

Super Model Design Competition
Tech Soft 3D wants YOUR best 3D assembly to be the poster model for Tech Soft 3D products! Contestants are required to submit an original 3D mechanical part or assembly that will be judged according to overall quality and model complexity. Winning contestants will receive recognition and cash, with the first place prize of $1500. The submission deadline is December 31, 2017 so get designing!

Basketball Coach - Corvallis Parks & Recreation
Do you love basketball? Help a child learn to love the game the way that you do. Share your skills with the youth of Corvallis by becoming a Parks & Recreation volunteer youth basketball coach! Coaches are needed for boys and girls in grades 2 - 8 from mid January - mid March. Training and Practices begin the week of January 8, 2018. One or two afternoons each week with games on Saturdays through mid March.

URSA Engage - Call for Student Applications - Undergraduate Research
The goal of URSA Engage is 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. Students who are selected will receive an award of $750 and their faculty mentors will receive $250 in development funds. The program is available to undergraduates across all academic disciplines. Projects will take place from the middle of winter term 2018 through the end of spring term 2018 (15 weeks at 5 hrs/week).

Social Justice Retreats at OSU: Applications Now Open
There are several retreats that support social change offered at Oregon State: Racial Aikido, Multiracial Aikido, International Student Social Justice Retreat, Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World, and Examining White Identity for Faculty and Staff. As a partnership between Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), these weekend long retreats promote a campus dialogue about race and racism. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

2018 Summer Repperger Program
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program. This civilian research opportunity is a 10-week summer program intended for MS/PhD candidates pursuing degrees in STEM. Each year the laboratory will appointment a couple exceptional undergraduate students into the program. There are 36 posted opportunities, once the application January 21, 2018 deadline passes, each application will be reviewed and AFRL will fund 15 participants for the summer period. To qualify, applicants must be pursuing their Master or PhD (some outstanding bachelor students will be considered as well), have a minimal 3.2 GPA in a STEM discipline and be a U.S. citizen. Application deadline: January 21, 2018.

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Montana
The active research groups of the Montana State University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will offer 8 – 10 REU positions during summer 2018. Most projects in this program involve developing and using optical and acoustic techniques to understand the world around us. Participants must be full-time undergraduates, typically finishing their freshman, sophomore or junior years. Applicants from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Participation is limited to US citizens.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Predoctoral application deadline: December 14, 2017. Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines: December 7, 2017.

Google Lime Scholarship
We’ve partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers, to help university students with disabilities work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD for the 2018-2019 school year and will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2018. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have, or consider themselves to have, a visible or invisible disability. Application deadline: December 10, 2017.

Generation Google Scholarship
The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD for the 2018-2019 school year. Current undergraduate or graduate students will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2018. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Filipino/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Female, or a Person with a Disability). Application deadline: December 11, 2017.

AfterCollege Scholarships

  • 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: December 31.
  • 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: December 31.
  • 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: December 31.

Apriorit Computer Science Scholarship Program for College Students
Apriorit offers a $1000 educational technology grant for high school seniors and graduate students in USA, who have been enrolled at a college or university for a computer engineering or computer science program this year. We want to support young people passionate about IT and planning to build their career in this field. Application deadline: July 1, 2018.

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Karl Smeltzer
Tuesday, December 5 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | KEC 1005
Effective Use of Variation in Data Structures
Major Advisor: Martin Erwig; Committee: Eric Walkingshaw, Eugene Zhang, Mike Rosulek; GCR: Yelda Turkan

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Vishvas Chalishazar
Tuesday, December 5 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | KEC 1007
Modeling Power System Buses Using Performance Based Earthquake Engineering Methods
Major Advisor: Ted Brekken; Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, David Bernell, Armin Stuedlein; GCR: Roberto Albertani

MS Final Examination – Parisa Sadat Ataei
Wednesday, December 6 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | KEC 1007
Principles of Variational Databases
Major Advisor: Arash Termehchy; Committee: Eric Walkingshaw, Martin Erwig, Alan Fern; GCR: Abi Farsoni

PhD Final Examination – Spencer Leuenberger
Thursday, December 7 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | KEC 1007
Design Techniques for High-Resolution and High-Speed Ring Amplifiers
Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Gabor Temes, Arun Natarajan, Karti Mayaram; GCR: David Hackleman

MS Final Examination – Hui Zhang
Thursday, December 7 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | KEC 1005
Hybrid Analog to Digital Converter Architecture for Sensor Network Applications
Major Advisor: Terri Fiez; Co-Major Advisor: Karti Mayaram; Committee: Un-Ku Moon; GCR: Jimmy Yang

MS Final Examination – Deepthi Satish Kumar
Thursday, December 7 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | KEC 1126
A language for querying source code repositories
Major Advisor: Martin Erwig; Committee: Eric Walkingshaw, Anita Sarma; GCR: Matt Campbell

EVENTS

Corvallis ChickTech Benefit Night
Stop by Chipotle (2501 NW Monroe) December 6 from 5:00 to 9:00pm to support your local ChickTech chapter! Mention ChickTech to your cashier, and 50% of your proceeds will be donated toward our workshops and programs that seek to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls in technology. You can learn more about ChickTech's impact and how you can make a difference at our website.

Bend Hack for a Cause 2018
Friday 01/12/18 4:00PM – Sunday 01/14/18 3:00PM | OSU Cascades | $10 students, $20 professionals
Theme: Downtown Livability
Attention students, developers, and professionals with any type of talent you would like to share with the world: we're challenging you to use your powers for good and improve downtown livability in the most creative way possible.

2018 Graduate Research Showcase 
Thursday, February 8 | LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center 
The 2018 Graduate Research Showcase is a daylong opportunity for graduate students to advance their professional knowledge and skills, network with industry partners, and share your research with industry, faculty, peers, and the community. We are also pleased to welcome Jorge Cham, who will be giving the keynote at a luncheon exclusively for College of Engineering graduate students who present a poster and/or attend the career panel. Please read the schedule and details regarding the Graduate Research Showcase, and learn what last year’s graduate students had to say about the event.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

College of Engineering Career Drop-In Hours
Mondays 10AM-11AM | Fridays 3PM-4PM | 122 Johnson Hall
Have a quick career development question? Come by our fall drop-in hours to get pointed in the right direction.

Should you send a thank-you note after your interview?
Sending a thank-you note after an interview should be an important part of any job-hunting strategy. Whether or not you send a thank-you note could actually determine if you get the job. Monster

On the Job Hunt? These Updates to Your Professional Profile Could Help You Stand Out
Imagine this: you just found a listing for your dream job. It’s so perfect, you can already see yourself in the role. So you polish your resume, attach a killer cover letter, and send that application on its way. Forgetting something? We’re talking about your professional profile. If a potential employer read it, would it help you shine? WayUp

What To Research About The Company You Want To Work For: A Seven-Point Checklist
Employers and recruiters are impressed when a candidate has done research in advance and has knowledge of the company s/he is applying to. Just like a personal relationship grows when you take time and effort to learn about the other person, when you take the time and effort to learn about a company, you demonstrate a genuine interest in the company. You also prove you take a proactive approach to finding things out. Forbes

JOBS

OSU MIME IT Student Support Specialist
Do you enjoy meeting new people and helping to solve problems? We're looking for students to help support the OSU School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering with technology-related needs. Duties include assistance with computer operations and installation, user support, classroom technology, programming and analysis, network support, and installing and configuring applications. Please apply to posting number P02518SE https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/45990 or send your resume and cover letter to lori.burgeson@oregonstate.edu.

Student Computer Lab Assistant - OSU College of Engineering
This position is 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.

CBEE Info Tech
This recruitment will be used to fill multiple part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Information Technology position for the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). Managing windows computers and applications in the College of Engineering. Assist in automation of operating system deployment and software using Microsoft Systems Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Windows ADK, and other tools. Building of operating system images and silent software installations of engineering applications. Hardware and software trouble shooting, and maintaining an accurate inventory.

Student Technical Assistant (Shuman) - OSU Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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 (EECS) at Oregon State University (OSU). 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.

Network Operations Student Field Technician - OSU IT Infrastructure Services
Installation and upgrading of various network related devices such as UPS, Switches, Routers, etc. around campus. Patching, switch installations, occasional basic configuration of a variety of network gear around campus. Data closet maintenance, and remote end troubleshooting in data closets around campus. Wireless network related work, such as coverage walk throughs, remote end troubleshooting, configuration of monitoring tools, and possibly some design tool usage. Very limited amounts of Linux work; Network Operations uses some open source tools, but there is not a lot of effort required at this time.

Software Development Intern - CDK Global
As a Software Development Intern you will help to engineer the next generation of enterprise class software solutions at CDK utilizing a broad range of the latest technologies. The intern's primary responsibilities include development of services and components (design, coding, testing). The internship will provide hands-on technical experience and will work with other team members, architects and product owners in the early and continuous delivery of high quality software products that delight our customers. Student must be a results oriented individual, who can use agile software development principles to achieve the desired business outcome.

Developer Interns - CBT Nuggets
Our Bend team is currently looking to hire 1 - 2 Developer Interns to work in a temporary capacity up to 40 hours a week at our Bend office. As an Engineering Intern, you will work closely with a mentor as well as a group of other engineers and CBT staff. You will work on a common project with your mentor as well as any miscellaneous tasks that may arise. By completing these tasks you will gain valuable experience using the latest development trends while practicing agile methodologies in an engaging and exciting environment.

Bioinformatics Analyst - OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing
This position will provide bioinformatics consulting and analysis services, and participate in collaborative bioinformatics research. Responsibilities and duties include analysis of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data sets, development of new tools in bioinformatics and computational biology, and assistance with the preparation of publications and grant proposals.

Assistant Computational Scientist - OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing
This position will work closely with CGRB staff and the OSU research community to provide a high quality of service and promote the CGRB’s mission of bioinformatics education and research. The successful candidate will (1) Research, develop, and maintain a next-generation software stack for the ACTF, specific to the needs of data science education and practice, and (2) Provide training and support to users of the CGRB computational infrastructure.

Assistant Professor - Computer Science - Oregon State University – Cascades
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in Computer Science. The applicant should be able to teach a broad range of undergraduate computer science courses including, but not limited to, introductory computer science, data structures, analysis of algorithms, web development, and database management systems. Applicants should hold a doctorate degree in computer science or a closely related field. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research, obtain grants, and collaborate with existing research programs in the School and the College of Engineering at OSU-Corvallis and local industry.

Electrical Designer - Samata Consulting Engineers
We are Consulting Engineers who provide Electrical Engineering services with technical expertise and excellent client satisfaction, located in Portland, OR. Responsibilities: Creates electrical schematics, layouts, and other grid plans for clients. Develop effective, safe electrical diagrams. Provides assistance in the installation of equipment and systems. Perform design computations. Works with Project Engineer and Clients.

Web Project Coordinator/Dev - OSU College of Business
This position is responsible for planning and project management for the development and technical maintenance of the College’s web presence. The individual reports to the Director of Marketing, and should have an artistic sensibility, as well as the technical skills to maintain a dynamic, compelling and functional website. The incumbent will collaborate with the marketing and communication team as well as leadership in the College of Business.

Electrical Engineer - OS Engineering
OS Engineering is a hands-on electrical engineering firm, offering services from feasibility analysis to commissioning and beyond. The Electrical Engineer is responsible for designing, repairing, maintaining, modernizing, and delivering control systems, which are systems that uses sensors and detectors to measure the output performance of the process being controlled; these measurements are used to provide corrective feedback helping to achieve the desired performance.

Electrical Engineer - OS Engineering
OS Engineering is a hands-on electrical engineering firm, offering services from feasibility analysis to commissioning and beyond. The Electrical Engineer is responsible for designing, repairing, maintaining, modernizing, and delivering reliable, stable sources of power to customers ranging from industrial manufacturing facilities to utilities. The goal is the efficient use of energy to create and distribute power.

Design & Development Component Engineer - Micro Systems Engineering
Micro Systems Engineering, Inc (MSEI) is a pioneer in developing innovative technologies and medical devices that save and enhance the quality of life for millions of individuals living with cardiovascular disorders. This position works to specify, develop and evaluate electronic components and systems in package for use in high-reliability and high quality implantable medical assemblies. Lead development of new components in a cross-functional team for new product applications. Work with internal partners and suppliers to identify electronic components to be used in the BOM and the schematic. Lead testing and validation of components for implantable medical applications, by performing appropriate electrical and environmental stress tests. Work directly with the suppliers and the Supply Chain department to resolve any technical issues with components.

Become a Cyber Officer - US Army
Army Cyber Command is interested in applicants with a four-year degree, master’s degree, or doctorate in a computer science or related field. Are you a programmer, web developer or data scientist? Do you enjoy solving a challenge with a innovative tool, script, program, or reverse engineering a piece of equipment? Qualified civilians can now directly apply for a commission as an officer in U.S. Army Cyber. That means you could join the Army at the rank of First Lieutenant or higher, and start building the future of Army Cyber warfare.

Faculty Positions in Autonomous and Connected Systems - Michigan State University
The College of Engineering at Michigan State University invites applications for multiple tenure‐system faculty positions in the area of autonomous and connected systems. These positions are part of a major MSU initiative, CANVAS (Connected and Autonomous Networked‐Vehicles for Active Safety), which focuses on conducting advanced research in the area of autonomous and connected vehicles. As the nation’s pioneer “land‐grant” university and the largest academic institution in the state of Michigan, MSU has a long tradition of partnering with public and private enterprises in automation and major companies in the automotive industry. The CANVAS initiative at MSU aims at creating a close partnership between MSU and the automotive industry to enable advanced technologies and provide educational and student engagement opportunities in support of the most transformational period in mobility.

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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