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EECS Weekly News: February 29, 2016

IN THE NEWS

OSU joins world tech leaders to advance “Internet of Things”
Oregon State University is working with global technology leaders, including LG, Microsoft and Sony, to advance the “Internet of Things.” OSU’s College of Engineering’s Center for Applied Systems and Software is part of the 200-member nonprofit AllSeen Alliance, which is developing a common underlying technology for billions of devices made by different companies and Internet applications to talk to each other and work together. Eugene Register-Guard, OSU news release

Alumni Corner: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez
"Wow! That's quite the change…" Those words could summarize the typical reaction that I get when I've told my coast-to-coast story. After finishing up graduate school at the University of Vermont, I accepted a faculty position at Oregon State University and moved out West in 2012. University of Vermont

OSU to share $10 million grant for sustainability research
OSU and 11 other universities will share $10 million over five years. The grant renews a previous award which led to OSU research in wildfire management, precision agriculture and bird migration modeling. Tom Dietterich and four other professors will work on projects funded by the renewed grant money: Alan Fern, Xiaoli Fern and Weng-Keen Wong of the College of Engineering and John Selker of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Corvallis Gazette-Times, OSU news release

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Eugene game developer Pipeworks Studio grows with new Italian owner
Pipeworks was acquired in September 2014 by Digital Bros, a game publisher based in Milan, Italy. Since then, the Eugene studio has nearly doubled its workforce to 75, paid $2.5 million to buy the downtown Eugene building where it had been renting, and shifted its business model, enabling it to get more of its own games to players, president Lindsay Gupton said. Eugene Register-Guard

HP Inc. plans faster job cuts as printers, PCs struggle
Hewlett-Packard invented the inkjet printer in Corvallis and, despite years of downsizing, HP Inc. retains a substantial presence there -- perhaps around 1,800 workers altogether. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Configure, Design, and Promote a Successful Website Spring Term
CS 295 Web Management will focus on:

  1. Exploring Frameworks and Content Management Systems.
  2. Managing a domain and server account.
  3. Managing Google and Bing Webmaster tools.
  4. Promoting a site with rich content.
  5. Analyzing promotional campaign results.
  6. Learning responsive techniques using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.
  7. Designing with color and vector graphics.

CRN 57358, 4 Credits Prereqs: Experience with HTML and CSS.
Contact Pam Van Londen at vanlondp@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8627

OSU Free Virtual Networking Lunch
Beaver Nation is everywhere. The OSU Alumni Association has introduced a new virtual platform that allows you to connect with Oregon State alumni and friends no matter where you live. This real-time chat program will allow you to network and build connections from the privacy of your own computer. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16. Register here. Here is a demo of how the virtual platform works.

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.

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 Oral Preliminary Examination – Xinze Guan
Graphical Models for Multiple Instance Learning from Time Series Data with Applications to Activity Recognition
Monday, March 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 3114
Major Advisor: Weng-Keen Wong; Committee: Raviv Raich, Alan Fern, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: Cindy Grimm

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

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

Toward a Secure, Dependable Mobile Internet
Scott Tu, University of California, Los Angeles
Tuesday, March 1, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar
David Hendrix, OSU Depts of Biochemistry & Biophysics and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science will present a seminar “From Deep Sequencing to Deep Learning” on Wednesday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Scalable, Robust and Integrative Algorithms for Analyzing Big Network Data
Xiang Zhang, Case Western Reserve University
Thursday, March 3, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

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

Fractional-N PLLs for Frequency Synthesis
Friday, April 1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1003
Ian Galton, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, UCSD

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

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

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.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota
SPACT NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates provides undergraduate students a chance to conduct cutting-edge research focused on security printing and anti-counterfeiting technology. Counterfeiting is a growing issue in the U.S., posing serious economic, safety and national security concerns. The REU program is a interdisciplinary program with research opportunities in Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Computer Science.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Employers: Verbal Communication Most Important Candidate Skill
Employers rated verbal communication skills (4.63 on a five-point scale) highest this year, above teamwork (4.62) and the ability to make decisions and solve problems (4.49), the two skills that tied for the top spot last year. National Association of Colleges and Employers

3 Public Speaking Rules to Follow if You Want to Sound Like a Seasoned Pro
If you’re a bore to your audience, go slap yourself! Because it’s entirely preventable. Don’t overcomplicate your message, enlarge the brains of your listeners with context and insight, and show ’em how you really feel. Next thing you know, public speaking will be as fun for you as it is for the people listening, with one big added bonus—a boost to your career trajectory. The Muse

How to tailor your resume for an internship
A key part in applying for internships is the presence of a resume. This piece of paper will make you stand apart from other applicants. And, yes, there will be a lot of them. Where do you even start? Resumes can be scary. The format. What information to put on it. The process can be overwhelming. USA Today College

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.

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!

Pathways Recent Graduate positions (Information Technology Specialists) - U.S. Forest Service
Natural Resource Manager (NRM) is one of the leading application development groups in the U.S. Forest Service. The Application Development and Maintenance Office (ADMO) is the branch of NRM that is responsible for the software coding and architecture. The incumbent is an advanced trainee Information Technology Specialist. Work assignments are specifically designed to provide the incumbent with experience and training in a variety of well-defined tasks, to expose the employee to IT methods and practices, and to provide a foundation for more responsibility.

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.

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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