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EECS Weekly News: February 22, 2016

Happy Engineers Week! The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills. Watch this Engineers Week message from the International Space Station.

IN THE NEWS

OSU recognizes climate scientist, computer expert with Distinguished Professor awards
Oregon State University has named Peter Clark and Margaret Burnett as its 2016 Distinguished Professor recipients, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member. “Both Peter Clark and Margaret Burnett are visionary scientists whose careers are affecting people all over the world,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president. Corvallis Gazette-TimesOSU press release

The Best AI Program Still Flunks an Eighth-Grade Science Test
A contest organized by researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), invited programmers to create a program capable of taking a modified version of a conventional eighth-grade science test. The results of the competition were announced Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Thomas Dietterich, a professor at Oregon State University, and president of AAAI, says the AI2 contest is a useful exercise. MIT Technology Review

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Amazon recruiting heavily for Echo and Alexa engineers, hosts big invite-only event to find talent
Amazon, which competes with companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft that are also developing virtual assistants, is certainly on a hiring spree for Echo and Alexa teams — a search on its jobs site for “Echo” shows 569 open positions, while a search for “Alexa” shows another 241 positions. GeekWire

The Software Industry’s Cabin in the Woods
Portland is drawing talented Silicon Valley types looking for a less crazed pace. It’s also attracting tech companies seeking alternatives to the Bay Area’s rocketing costs. That includes startups as well as bigger companies such as EBay, Airbnb, and Salesforce.com, which have all opened Portland-area satellites since 2010. In that time, the technology workforce in the city’s surrounding Multnomah County has grown 82 percent, to more than 13,000, compared with a 29 percent gain nationwide in the same period, according to market researcher EMSI. Bloomberg

OPPORTUNITIES

Grand Team Challenge for Student Scholars Program
The Division of Undergraduate Studies is launching a new Grand Team Challenge for Student Scholars Program to engage undergraduate students in team projects of local to global relevance. The goal is to engage undergraduate students in activities beyond the classroom for building capacities in critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork while addressing community issues and developing skills that many employers seek in today’s graduates. Undergraduates will work in teams of 4-6 members, develop a meaningful mentoring relationship with a faculty member, gain presentation and communication skills, and obtain an “OSU Undergraduate Research Fellow” or “OSU Undergraduate Arts Fellow” notation on their transcript upon completion of the project. The program will provide opportunities for faculty, and potentially for graduate students, to mentor undergraduates in majors beyond their discipline. The program encourages participation by a diverse group of students with a variety of abilities. Students across all disciplines/colleges/units/majors at OSU are eligible. No prior experience is required. Application deadline: March 18.

Grace Hopper Celebration Call for Participation & Scholarships
Are you ready to share your knowledge, lead a discussion or engage the community at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston October 19-21? Submit your proposal for #GHC16. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, we are offering #GHC16 Scholarships to enable students and faculty to attend the celebration in October. Apply for a scholarship today.

Shark Tank – Pitch Your Idea!
Tuesday, March 8, 6 PM to 8 PM, Sunnyside Up Cafe, Corvallis
Do you have an idea worth sharing? Pitch at Shark Tank for a chance to meet investors and mentors. The best idea will automatically be a finalist for acceptance into the 2016 Willamette Angel Conference.

Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program
The Insight Data Engineering Fellowship is open to anyone with a strong background in math, computer science and software engineering fundamentals, coming from positions in industry or directly from Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs. Insight Data Engineering Fellowship: 7 week, full-time professional training Fellowship. Learn new cutting-edge open-source technologies with mentorship from industry data scientists and data engineers. Gain access to industry mentors and meet with data engineers from leading companies. Join our active community of over 500 Insight alumni. Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process. Deadline: March 28.

Computer Science Coding Competition Kicks Off
The "Dream it. Code it. Win it." contest is an international student coding competition that rewards and promotes creative problem solving, diversity, and literacy in the field of computer science. High-school and college students worldwide can begin to submit their solutions to compete for $80,000 in prizes. Dream it. Code it. Win it. differs from traditional coding competitions or hackathons, which focus on coding alone, because entries are judged on both the quality of the problem and solution. Entries will be accepted until midnight on April 3, 2016.

Green Energy Challenge
The Green Energy Challenge is an annual national competition in which OSU students, usually CEM, have participated in many recent years. I’d like to make participation on our team open to EECS students to help boost our competitiveness and to increase our overall participation level. The project has a sizable design component, so the EE’s and CEM’s could complement each other nicely. Most of the work for the project takes place during the Winter term with pre-proposals due on Feb. 26 and final proposals due on April 4.

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)
June 2-4, University of Maryland, College Park
AAUW Oregon is offering two scholarships to help with the expense of attending. Details here: http://aauw-or.aauw.net/files/2015/12/NCCWSL-app.pdf. Deadline to apply is March 1. More information about the conference is available on the national web site: https://www.nccwsl.org/. ALL who attend return with improved leadership skills, professional contacts, and life-long friendships.

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Final Oral Examination – Saeed Pourbagheri
Noise and Blocker Cancellation Techniques for Power and Area Efficient Wireless Receivers
Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Weniger 285
Co-Major Advisors: Kartikeya Mayaram, Terri Fiez; Committee: Huaping Liu, Arun Natarajan; GCR: Brian Paul

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

University of Oregon CIS Colloquium
Tuesday, Feb 23, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon
Cornelia Caragea, University of North Texas
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

University of Oregon CIS Colloquium
Thursday, Feb 25, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon
Bin Li, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Magnetics + Mechanics + Nanoscale = Electromagnetics Future
Monday, February 29, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Greg P. Carman, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, UCLA

Digital Transmitter Revolution: From Polar to Multiphase SCPAs
Monday, March 28, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Jeffrey Walling, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah

A System of Systems Framework for Autonomy, Big Data Analytic, and Cloud Infrastructure
Monday, May 2, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Mo Jamshidi, Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, San Antonio

EVENTS

JR Simplot Company Meet and Greet
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12:30-2:30, Strand Hall 148
Kristin McGee, Recruiter
Engineering, Business, Agriculture and Plant Sciences students: Please join us for lunch and a chance to learn more about the JR Simplot Company and our internship and new grad career opportunities.

16th Annual Industry Reception
Wednesday, February 24, starts at 4:45 pm, Kelley Engineering Center
Whether you are looking for an internship or a job or just want to learn more about your career options, this event is for you! The reception gives you a place to meet potential employers, ask questions about the current job market, and get your resume out there. Pre-registration is required.

Engineering & Technology Career Fair
Thursday, February 25, 11:00am-4:00pm, CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Attend the Career Fair to meet over 100 employers interested in hiring OSU students and alumni! Need some practice with your networking and interviewing skills? Check out Speed Mock Interviews and Mocktails under the Career Events tab to register for these great practice events the day before the Career Fair.

Graduate Research Expo
Tuesday, March 1, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Portland Art Museum, Mark Building
This Engineering Graduate Research Expo is one way we demonstrate the contribution our graduate students make toward advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Our graduate students will share their work through poster presentations with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, their peers, other academic institutions and more.

Trust: The Core Catalyst for Collaboration
Wednesday, March 2, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
As a word, trust evokes powerful emotions in people, often stemming from a mixture of experience, societal standards, and individual risk sensitivities. As a concept, trust has many colors and variations that are not well calibrated across individuals. Despite this, trust is critical to positive human relationships and crucial to successful organizational endeavors. In this workshop, we will point out the myths and truths associated with trust — a complex duality that provides a rich area for exploration! Participation will dramatically increase one's awareness of how trust works in the real world, particularly in organizational (business) settings, and how the level of trust can impact probability of positive progress. Details and required event registrations are available in the Leadership Academy Portal for members.

Pitching
Thursday, March 3, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Ever watched the show Shark Tank and wondered what it would be like to pitch? Whether you are interested in being an entrepreneur running your own business or excelling with an established company, your ability to communicate your ideas/products/services to others in an inspiring way that generates buy-in is critical. This seminar with Caroline Cummings will provide a great opportunity to learn the dos and don’ts of pitching. Leadership Academy members must register through the Portal to complete one requirement of the COLLABORATIVE pillar.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Iberdrola USA Foundation 2016/2017 Energy & Environment Scholarships
The Iberdrola USA Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for master’s studies in energy and/or the environment at Binghamton University, Oregon State University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Connecticut, the University of Maine, and the University of Rochester for the 2016/2017 academic year. The Iberdrola Scholarship is open to U.S. nationality students wishing to pursue master’s level work with an emphasis on sustainable energy, energy efficiency and climate-related areas of study in addition to more specific business areas. The grants cover full tuition, fees and health insurance, and provide a $25,200 annual stipend for other expenses. Application deadline: February 26.

National Society of Professional Engineers Steinman Fellowship
The Steinman Scholarship is awarded annually to two (2) current undergraduates entering the junior year in a four-year ABET-accredited engineering program. The awards are for $5000 each. Applicants must be students who: are currently enrolled in good standing in a four-year ABET accredited engineering program; will be entering the junior year in the fall; are U.S. citizens. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

AVANGRID Foundation International Energy & Environment Scholarships
The AVANGRID Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for master’s studies in energy and/or the environment at ICAI, School of Engineering at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain and at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for the 2016/2017 academic year. The AVANGRID Foundation scholarship program is open to students of US nationality to pursue master’s-level work with an emphasis on sustainably energy, environmental science and climate-related areas of study, in addition to more specific business areas. The grants cover full tuition, fees and health insurance and a monthly stipend of €1200 at Universidad Pontificia Comillas and £1200 at the University of Edinburgh for other expenses. Application deadline: March 29, 2016.

NSA Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship
$500 - 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. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Application deadline: March 31.

NSA Electrical Engineering Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Application deadline: March 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: March 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. Application deadline: March 31.

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship
ExxonMobil has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Hispanic college students. The Fellowship consists of: five 1-hour meetings with mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to the organization and company career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. Application deadline: April 17, 2016.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Scholarships and Fellowships
The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to offer scholarships and fellowships for community college and undergraduate students in the STEM fields and graduate students enrolled in an MAT program in STEM education. Scholarships and fellowships are open to students attending OSGC member institutions. Application deadline is May 20.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

12 job interview moves that will cost you the job
Curious about which job interview mistakes are truly unforgivable, we asked 12 entrepreneurs and members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share how a potentially great candidate can ruin his or her chances. USA Today

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions
While we don't recommend having a canned response for every interview question (in fact, please don't), we do recommend spending some time getting comfortable with what you might be asked, what hiring managers are really looking for in your responses, and what it takes to show that you're the right man or woman for the job. The Muse

Nail your phone interview with these 10 tips
Phone interviews are a nightmare to the inexperienced and unskilled in phone etiquette. Should I be loud? How long will it be? Will the interviewer hear how nervous I am? There are three basic steps in the process: preparation, interview, and follow-up. All three are extremely important to having the best phone interview. Within each step, I’ve laid out more specific tips to help you land a second interview. USA Today

JOBS

Software Development Engineer Intern - HP
The Software Development Engineer Intern position (SW Dev) analyzes, designs, programs, debugs, and modifies software enhancements in developing and integrating new data streams on a project-by-project basis. They are also responsible for assisting with the management of the data flow, data quality, usability, performance and the integrity of the information. Using current programming language and technologies, writes code, completes programming, and performs testing and debugging of applications as well as completes documentation and procedures for installation and maintenance. Interacts with users to define system requirements and/or necessary modifications to new or existing software. The intern will interface with other Software Developers and Architects in implementing Big Data solutions that enable the business to be data driven.

Crew Leader (Summer Internship) - Traffic Tech Services
Traffic Technology Services is a technology company specializing in data content and information offerings for connected vehicle applications. Our ideal candidates are college seniors or graduate students in engineering or other technical disciplines. Candidates should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and general engineering/scientific practices. Knowledge of traffic signal timing and operations is preferred, but not required. Responsibilities will include: field testing (topology, signal phasing, and signal latency), scheduling and overseeing crew members, quality control, and report writing.

Crew Member (Summer Internship) - Traffic Technology Services
Traffic Technology Services is a technology company specializing in data content and information offerings for connected vehicle applications. Our ideal candidates are college students in engineering or other technical disciplines. Candidates should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Good communication skills are required. Selected candidates will work on a team of six crew members at one of our field deployment locations. Responsibilities will include: field testing (topology, signal phasing, and signal latency), corrections, and report writing.

Graduate Interns - Mediatek
3 Interns are needed who are Msc. or Phd. candidates for the following job description: Research and evaluate new transceiver architectures for next generation 100+Gbps PHYs. Collaborate and possibly take ownership of challenging building blocks in state of the art high speed PHY transceivers, that includes receiver front end, VGA, ADC, DAC, PLL, global clock distribution, serializer and de-serializers, etc. Verification of transceivers operation and response under stringent channel requirements. The project is in early stages of development, so interns will get a great opportunity to learn and gain experience through the difference design phases and interaction with industry veterans and expertise.

Multiple full-time and internship positions available at robotics startup Maidbot
Maidbot (http://www.maidbot.co) is a Cornell University supported robotics startup founded by Cornell and Georgia Tech graduates. We are building autonomous mobile robots for the hospitality industry. We have multiple job openings for software and electrical engineers that we are looking to fill as soon as possible. In addition, we are conducting pre-interviews for full-time positions that will become available around May 2016. We will also be launching a (paid) summer internship program. So if you love robots but are still a student, consider these opportunities!

Computer Administration Engineering Intern - HP
Are you a highly motivated, innovative person who wants to work on the cutting edge of the commercial printing industry? The Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions team is driving the transition from traditional offset printing to digital. Expectations: Ability to apply intermediate level of subject matter knowledge to solve technical issues around our Product Life Cycle. Work on problems/projects of moderately complex scope. Exercises independent judgment within defined practices and procedures to determine appropriate action.

Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst Intern - HP
The BI Analyst Intern will conduct deep-dive ad-hoc analyses for the purpose of identifying new trends and opportunities to improve key business processes and decisions. Expect to work on several projects over the course of your internship, with varying degrees of complexity. Some of the key aspects of the role include: Identify the appropriate research source, analytical methods and tools required to achieve the objectives or complete the project. Organize the data gathering process and analytical approach. Develop and/or enhance existing financial and statistical models to explain the results. Synthesize the key information and conclusions. Contribute to the set of comprehensive recommendations for optimizing the business and financial performance based upon the conclusions. Independently draft and present the deliverables to clients and senior leaders.

Information Technology Development Program - Precision Castparts Corp.
PCC’s Information Technology Development Program is a two-year rotational program designed to develop the future IT leaders of our business. The IDP is designed to teach members the critical aspects of PCC’s business so they can effectively influence the future direction of the company. PCC is seeking qualified graduates who generate energy and enthusiasm and have the desire to win. The IDP is designed to enable such individuals to accelerate their career growth as they increase their value to PCC. In just two years, those selected will be immersed in four cross-functional rotations. The rotations include on-the-job assignments that provide maximum exposure to PCC's operations.

Analog Design Engineer - Analog Devices
Design, development, and debug of Mixed Signal Integrated Circuits within a team developing highly integrated RF-to-bits transceivers. Strong baseband analog circuit skills required. RF circuit knowledge not required but is a plus. Applicants must be capable of growing their skills to encompass the wide range of circuits and systems included in these products.

Entry Level Electrical Engineer - National Center for Atmospheric Research
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory’s (EOL) In‐Situ Sensing Facility (ISF) seeks a full‐time entry level Electrical Engineer to join a technical team of engineers, scientists, and technicians to support the development and deployment of advanced instrumentation for meteorological research. Electrical engineering design. Development of atmospheric instruments. Field deployment and operation of EOL atmospheric instruments, primarily the dropsonde systems.

Robotics Software Engineer - Marble
You are joining very early and will have a huge amount of responsibility, impact, and growth. Don’t worry about being relegated to only one particular area of our stack, holed away in some cubicle - we’ve got a lot of software up and down the stack to write together. Expect to be mostly in ROS writing C++ with a healthy amount of scripting in python and/or node. You must be able to move fast and get things done. Experience with field-deployed robots is a huge plus - expect to spend a fair bit of time in the streets with us (and the robots, of course).

Entry Level Programmer Analyst - Maxim Integrated
Develop, program, and implement software solutions to enhance test engineers productivity, enable business processes, and improve manufacturing efficiency. Much of the work is conducted in a cross- functional environment that requires solid communication and project management skills. Implement tools, business processes, and reports to enable resource capacity planning, test system utilization, and performance reporting. Coordinate with other teams, stakeholders, and 3rd Party vendors on outsourced projects. Co-Design and improve existing/new models/tools. Create, implement, enforce, and improve work flows. Work in cross-functional environment with Test Development Engineering, Supply Chain Management, and Manufacturing IT.

Sr. Hadoop Engineer - Nike
As the Sr. Hadoop Engineer, you'll work with a variety of talented Nike teammates and be a driving force for building Business Intelligence and Analytics solutions for Nike digital. You'll be responsible for the delivery of solutions on top of Hadoop Big Data Platform implementation. These solutions powers critical business decisions and personalized experiences for our consumers. Requires MS/BS degree in Computer Science or related discipline; 6+ years’ experience in large-scale distributed application development.

Lead Hadoop Engineer - Nike
As a Lead Hadoop Engineer, you will be working with our highly motivated application engineers and data scientists to provide consumer insights that drive Nike to new heights. You will be building our next generation analytics platform in the cloud using mature and emerging Big Data technology and tools. Here are some highlights of the responsibilities for this critical role: Design and develop data ingestion, aggregation, integration and advanced analytics in Hadoop. Develop architecture and design patterns to process and store high volume data sets. Build continuous integration and test driven development environment. Research and deploy new tools, frameworks and patterns to build a sustainable big data platform.

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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