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EECS Weekly News: December 6, 2016


EECS faculty and students win software engineering awards
Oregon State University faculty and students were well represented at the premiere software engineering conference, ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2016) in Seattle November 13-18, 2016. Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett gave a keynote address, and five of the 74 papers presented there were from Oregon State. Two of those papers were selected to receive Distinguished Paper Awards. EECS News

Graduate student wins computer security competition
Graduate student Peter Rindal was on the winning team at an international computer security competition hosted by iDASH, a National Center for Biomedical Computing. The team members were interns and postdocs at Microsoft Research competing against seven other groups from around the world to win the “Secure Outsourcing” challenge. EECS News

OSU sailing club sets sails on Northwest, West Coast domination
Michael Levy and teammate Quanah Green competed in the men’s singlehanded division in the competition in Washington, in which they received first and fourth respectively. The Daily Barometer

Honors students bring their classroom to London during OSU Summer Session
More than 20 students received a once-in-a-lifetime experience traveling around London with Oregon State faculty members visiting museums, a medieval cathedral, historic sites and other significant locations to learn about the city’s rich past from an interdisciplinary perspective. “I really liked that we were able to learn things in a classroom and then actually go see the places or objects that we were talking about in class,” says Cory Brown, who is studying electrical and computer engineering with minors in business and entrepreneurship, and computer science. “I was motivated to sign up for this trip because it seemed like a great opportunity to travel, get 6 credits in a short time and to make friends before college,” says Ian Paul, a first-year electrical and computer engineering student. OSU Summer Session

Engineering Out Loud
Engineering Out Loud is a brand new podcast from the College of Engineering telling the stories of how our research and innovation are helping change the world. The first season is all about data science and engineering. Listen now at engineeringoutloud.oregonstate.edu or find us by searching “Engineering Out Loud” on iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence
In a fascinating bit of silicon serendipity, it turns out that the same technology that can conjure up a gorgeous alien landscape or paint a picture-perfect explosion is also nearly optimal for the hottest area of AI: deep learning. Deep learning enables a computer to learn by itself, without programmers having to code everything by hand, and it’s leading to unparalleled levels of accuracy in areas like image and speech recognition. “At no time in the history of our company have we been at the center of such large markets,” Jen-Hsun Huang ('84 BS EE) says. Forbes


Microsoft is becoming more male despite diversity efforts
Despite repeated calls on technology companies to help make the industry look like America, Microsoft's workforce has become slightly less diverse for the second year in a row. Women make up 25.8 percent of Microsoft's total employees, down from 26.8 percent last November. The share of women at Microsoft dropped 2 percentage points between 2014 and 2015. Puget Sound Business Journal

Facebook’s advice to students interested in artificial intelligence
Math. Math. Oh and perhaps some more math. That’s the gist of the advice to students interested in AI from Facebook’s Yann LeCun and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

 who run the company’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Applied Machine Learning group respectively. eyond math, the two say more math engineering, computer science, economics and neuroscience are also important subjects in today’s economy. TechCrunch


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. More info: webpage, video.

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.

It’s never too early to plan for summer!
Dreaming of warmer and drier days? It’s not too early to make summer plans to travel, work, study and play. This summer, you can do it all when you enroll in summer classes at Oregon State. Classes range from one to 11 weeks, and summer courses help you stay on track for graduation. Don’t forget, everyone pays in-state tuition.* Plan today with your family, friends and academic advisor and discover how you can make this summer your best! Learn more: summer.oregonstate.edu.
*Not eligible for OSU Ecampus, VetMed or PharmD classes or INTO students.

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.

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.

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.

Mental Fitness Movement
The Mental Fitness Movement is an online challenge that encourages students to practice and adopt healthy behaviors that promote mental well-being. Each week has a new challenge topic as well as providing bonus points for attending events or participating in additional activities on campus tied to the challenge topic. Activities are logged each day and the top participants will win prizes. The Mental Fitness Movement kickoff event will be taking place on Tuesday, January 10th at noon in the MU Horizon Room and will include an overview of the challenge, free food, and an introduction to our first challenge topic.


PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Jason Muhlestein
Wednesday, December 7, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007
Power Efficient Analog-to-Digital Converters Using Hybrid Voltage and Time Domain Quantization
Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Kartikeya Mayaram, Arun Natarajan, Gabor Temes; GCR: Leonard Coop

MS Final Examination – Ridwan Azam
Wednesday, December 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007
Comparison of Direct Drive Hydraulic and Permanent Magnet Linear Generator Machines for Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
Major Advisor: Ted Brekken; Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Annette von Jouanne; GCR: Christopher Parrish

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Mahmoud Sadollahi
Wednesday, December 7, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1126
Power Efficient Architectures for Medium-high Resolution Analog-to-Digital Converters
Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Kartikeya Mayaram, Huaping Liu, Matthew Johnston; GCR: William Warnes

MS Final Examination – Andrew Ferrara
Wednesday, December 7, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 2114
Signal Generator Output Stage and Mixed Signal System
Co-Major Advisors: Andreas Weisshaar, Don Heer; Committee: Roger Traylor

MS Final Examination – Lakshman Madhav Kollipara
Thursday, December 8, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 4107
Design of High-Performance NoCs for GPGPUs
Major Advisor: Lizhong Chen; Committee: Bechir Hamdaoui, Anita Sarma

PhD Final Oral Examination – Hyuk Sun
Thursday, December 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1005
A Wide and PVT-Tolerable Spread-Spectrum Modulation Clock Generator
Co-Major Advisors: Un-Ku Moon, Tejasvi Anand; Committee: Gabor Temes, Kartikeya Mayaram; GCR: William H. Warnes

MS Final Examination – Tingzhi Li
Thursday, December 8, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 2057
Energy-aware Gossip Techniques for Wireless Broadcasting
Major Advisor: Bechir Hamdaoui; Committee: Alan Wang, Lizhong Chen; GCR: Nathan Gibson

PhD Final Oral Examination – James Cross
Thursday, December 8, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007
Parsing with Recurrent Neural Networks
Major Advisor: Liang Huang; Committee: Xiaoli Fern, Prasad Tadepalli, Alan Fern; GCR: Brett Tyler

MS Final Examination – Laxmi Ganesan
Friday, December 9, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 2057
Features for Debugging in a Visual Dataflow Environment for End-user Programmers
Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi; Committee: Mike Bailey, Anita Sarma

MS Final Examination – Jun He
Monday, December 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1087
Variation Annotation
Major Advisor: Stephen Ramsey; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Molly Megraw


2017 Symantec Fellowships
Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowships to outstanding students pursuing innovative research in security, cryptography, machine learning, data mining, and information security. The fellowship provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student's tuition fees and to reimburse research expenses incurred by the student. In addition, we plan to award all fellowship recipients a separate salaried internship with Symantec. The application deadline is December 9, 2016.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance). Deadline: December 9.

PepsiCo And 21st Century Fox Announce "The Search For Hidden Figures" Contest To Discover Emerging Female Visionaries In Science, Technology, Engineering And Math (STEM)
The program is inspired by the highly-anticipated feature film "Hidden Figures," that tells the 'untold' story of three African American female NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960's. This contest will support today's emerging STEM visionaries by awarding over $200,000 in scholarships and other prizes to over 20 winners. Beginning today through December 10, 2016, online entries will be accepted directly at www.SearchforHiddenFigures.com.

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.

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.

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.


5 Great Tech And Engineering Internships For 2017
We took Vault’s top five ranked tech and engineering internships and folded them into a slideshow, complete with feedback from former interns. One of the top internship programs on offer for 2017 is Garmin’s International Program. Those who make the cut are promised opportunities like working side-by-side with the company’s engineers – including a dedicated mentor – to develop, test, design and create software and hardware features for use in Garmin products. Forbes

3 Real Thoughts the Hiring Manager Has When You’re Negotiating Salary
In almost every case, the company expects you to negotiate and it’s in your best interest to give it a shot. In fact, a study by Salary.com found 84% of employers expect job applicants to negotiate salary during the interview stage. The Muse

3 Not-So-Obvious Signs Your Communication Skills Might Need Work
As humans, we often default to the path of least resistance—for just about everything we do. Unfortunately, if you opt for that with your communication skills—assuming they’re as good as they’re going to get—you risk holding yourself back in your career. Not only does it prevent you from being a better co-worker, but it also might stop your chances of showing your boss that you’re a leader, a leader who happens to deserve a promotion. The Muse


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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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