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EECS Weekly News: December 7, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduate Research Expo
Tuesday, March 1, 1 – 4 p.m., Portland Art Museum
Grad students: Submit your abstracts to present your research at the College of Engineering's Graduate Research Expo. Share your work through poster presentations with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, peers, other academic institutions and more. Spaces are limited. Deadline to submit abstracts is December 11, 2015.

IN THE NEWS

Photonic 'sintering' may create new solar, electronics manufacturing technologies
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental breakthrough in understanding the physics of photonic "sintering," which could lead to many new advances in solar cells, flexible electronics, various types of sensors and other high-tech products printed onto something as simple as a sheet of paper or plastic. Collaborators at OSU include Rajiv Malhotra, Chih-hung Chang, Alan Wang and Greg Herman. phys.org, Science Daily, Gizmodo, Photonics Online, Daily News & Analysis, New Electronics, The Engineer Photonics.com, T3, tce today, I-Connect007, Printed Electronics World, Energy Harvesting Journal

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

How a Portland engineering team is seizing a global stage
In London this week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled two networking products designed for the buzzy Internet of Things market. What’s interesting for the Portland tech community is that one of these products — Aruba Sensors — was developed right here by a team of 26 engineers, designers, customer support and quality assurance employees. Portland Business Journal

nLight ups its laser game with major expansion
Six months after it announced it had raised $25.3 million to expand its operations and build a new factory, Vancouver-based nLight Photonics has signed on for additional space near its headquarters. Portland Business Journal

Tektronix's new parent company gets a name: Fortive
The East Coast conglomerate Danaher Corp., which acquired Tektronix in 2007, announced in May that it will split in two. One company will keep the Danaher name and its highest growth businesses. The other, Fortive, will take the more mature instrumentation and industrial businesses. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
URSA Engage provides support ($1,000) for undergraduate engagement in research/creative activity under the guidance and mentorship of an OSU faculty member. An incentive ($250) is also provided to OSU faculty members to take on relatively inexperienced students who may not have been previously exposed to, or be aware of, the research/scholarship enterprise. Under the new model, faculty mentors and undergraduate mentees have to ‘find each other’ and submit one ‘joint application.’ OSU undergraduates must be in their first year or second year of their undergraduate program, and transfer students in their first year (at the time of application).

Please review the latest electrical engineering 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

CS312: Linux System Administration
Winter 2016, MWF 1600-1650
It's that time of year again for anyone interested in learning more about Linux system administration. CS 312 will be available winter 2016 so be sure to sign up. To learn more, visit our website at http://osuosl.org/students/cs312.

BB485/585-Applied Bioinformatics
Winter 2016, MWF 4:00-4:50 pm, Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough 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, microRNA discovery using small RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Students will gain familiarity with BioPython and the Unix command line interface.

Cognitive Computing Challenge
This is a $200,000 USD incentive prize to build a cognitive system that can read a document, then accurately load a database with what it finds. Essentially, to teach a computer to mimic the human brain. Currently, a huge amount of information is locked in written documents which is read and analyzed manually by humans. The solution to this challenge will eliminate repetitive tasks, reduce time and minimize errors. This world-wide challenge is sponsored by Dynamic Risk, whose focus is to improve pipeline safety and reduce environmental impact. However, this technology has broader applications across industries such as healthcare, security and emergency response. Submission deadline: January 11, 2016.

GRADUATE EXAMS

MS Final Examination – Kendall Bailey
Tuesday, December 8, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1114
Issue Tracking for Dummies: An Empirical Study of Developer Responses to Feedback in Mobile Application User Reviews
Major Advisor: Danny Dig; Committee: Mike Bailey, Scott Sanner; GCR: Kyle Niemeyer

PhD Final Oral Examination – Arash Shamaei
Thursday, December 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 3114
Interconnection Networks Based on Gaussian and Eisenstein-Jacobi Integers
Co-Major Advisors: Bella Bose, Mary Flahive; Committee: Ben Lee, Lizhong Chen; GCR: Ross Hatton

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

National Security Agency Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship
$500 - 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: December 31.

AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS,AAS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application 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. Application deadline: December 31.

U.S. Department of Energy / Krell Institute - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
The DOE CSGF program funds students pursuing a Ph.D. in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. This research is conducted at DOE National Laboratories, which has high-performance computing programs in combustion, climate change, nuclear stockpile stewardship, materials sciences, resource recovery, health issues, fusion energy, DNA sequencing, and protein structures, among many others. The Fellowship is for four years, renewed annually. Application deadline: January 19, 2016

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

5 Major Networking Flops (and How to Fix Them)
Networking events can be awkward and nerve-wracking, to be sure. But rather than avoiding them entirely, you should find comfort in knowing that most everyone in the room experiences similar anxiety and uncertainty in these forced social situations. And you should keep these tips handy for when a graceful rebound is required. The Muse

5 Small Things That Make Recruiters Leave Your LinkedIn Profile (and Never Come Back)
LinkedIn can make or break your chances of getting an interview—you probably already know this. But just like with your resume, what you leave off your profile is just as important as what you keep on it. The Muse

It's not just the tech — What region's innovators look for in job candidates
The Puget Sound area is home to more software engineers than any other major technology hub, according to an analysis released this week, but local companies still struggle to fill out their ranks. In Washington state alone, more than 25,000 technology jobs are unfilled for at least six months. Puget Sound Business Journal

How to Do a Video Meeting or Skype Interview Without Feeling Totally Awkward
Top companies are picking up the trend and harnessing the power of video to screen, interview, and connect with top talent. Short of hopping into a time machine, there is no avoiding the video-centric communication as a modern job hunter, so kill the camera-shy nerves and nail four of the most common video-related career scenarios. The Muse

JOBS

Student Web Programmer, CB Distributing
We are interested in bringing a web programmer onboard for a limited duration project lasting up to approximately 80 hours. The work schedule can be customize to fit the student lifestyle. The project will encompass working with existing PHP scripts that are integral to our eCommerce presence. We have multiple web sites that are interdependent. The code that will be targeted handles inventory, customer, and order management systems. The original programmer relied heavily upon procedural PHP using versions 4 & 5 but did not systematically implement error checking. Documentation of existing code and systems is severely lacking and would be a focus for the initial project.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Teaching Assistant
This position performs a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the university. Positions include activities such as mentoring, grading, holding office hours, and/or helping with 2 2-hour labs.

Student Project Manager, OSU Open Source Lab
At the OSU Open Source Lab, we have many projects, with competing deadlines and dependencies. Your job is to keep track of those projects. You will track deliverables for projects, and follow up to keep an accurate picture of the pace of projects. You will facilitate communication between internal teams and with external stakeholders. Additionally, you'll closely manage project scope, help develop user stories, keep a pulse on the project schedules, and participate in long and short-term planning.

AppleCare College Program
As an AppleCare College Advisor, you’ll work from home and help customers have the best experience possible. You’ll be provided with comprehensive paid training, a network of peers, and all kinds of resources to promote your career development. And even while working part-time, you'll be eligible to receive full corporate benefits like tuition reimbursement, paid time away, charitable matching, and the potential to grow in a career at Apple. No experience is required! All majors enrolled at Oregon State University through May 2017 are encouraged to apply today!

BPA Student Pathways Vacancies
BPA has posted Engineering vacancies on USAJobs. These positions are for the upcoming summer interns.

Design Automation Engineer, Intel
We bring innovative technologies to the most complex microprocessor and SoC products on the planet. In this role, you will be a part of developing new and creative methods to increase efficiency and reduce time to market for these designs, helping to increase Intel's lead in computing. You will combine knowledge of logic and circuit design with software development techniques to deliver cutting edge solutions, shaping the way these products come to life. Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to: Deploying software tools to the design team, creating and delivering effective documentation and training, and providing support. Support and maintenance of design environment infrastructure components. Automating design tasks in order to complete the product design in the most efficient fashion possible. Developing solutions to problems utilizing formal education and judgment.

Assistant Professor, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
Candidates specializing in Business Intelligence, Information Science, Health Informatics, Enterprise Systems and Business Process Management, Information Management, or Web Science will be considered. In addition to these specific areas, outstanding candidates in any Computer Science area will receive full consideration.

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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