KUDOS

Bechir Hamdaoui Named a Distinguished Lecturer
Associate professor Bechir Hamdaoui was named a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society. IEEE Distinguished Lecturers are engineering professionals who help lead their fields in new technical developments that shape the global community. They travel to various technical and regional groups, such as Society and Technical Council Chapters, to lecture at events.

Margaret Burnett Elected to ACM CHI Academy
Professor Margaret Burnett was elected to the Association for Computing Machinery's CHI Academy for being a leader in the field of human-computer interaction. Burnett co-founded the area of end-user software engineering and conducts pioneering research on the gender inclusiveness of software.

Arun Natarajan Receives CAREER Award
Assistant professor Arun Natarajan received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his research to build efficient MIMO transmitters and receivers for future generations of high-capacity wireless networks. CAREER Awards are NSF′s “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

IN THE NEWS

OSU joins cybersecurity group for electric grid
Oregon State University is joining the fight to defend the nation’s electric system from hackers. The interdisciplinary team working on the problem at OSU will include experts in power systems, cybersecurity and applied cryptology. Among other things, they’ll work on ways to prevent the manipulation of sensors and equipment in the electric transmission grid that could lead to cascading power outages. “Being part of the consortium offers us more opportunities for collaboration and helps us transition our research into industry applications,” said Rakesh Bobba, an assistant professor of computer science at OSU. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Looking for Trouble
Maintaining weather station networks is a labor-intensive enterprise, says Tom Dietterich, professor in the Oregon State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an expert in artificial intelligence. With a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, he aims to automate part of the process by detecting bad data through software. Terra

Freshman Beavs Hack the Quack
Computer science freshmen, Brett Case, Logan Phipps and Taegan Warren had completed just one computer science class at Oregon State University, but their lack of expertise didn’t stop them from participating in QuackHack. The 40-hour gaming hackathon, held at the University of Oregon, challenged students to take an idea for a game and create a working prototype in a single weekend. EECS News

Writing Apps That Don’t Freeze
Danny Dig and his colleagues discovered widespread problems in mobile app development that can cause applications to be unresponsive and “freeze.” After looking at over 1,000 open-source mobile apps, they found two main problems — underuse and misuse of asynchronous programming. EECS News

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Tech sector cultivates vitality
Lane County’s growing tech industry became more organized, more networked and more visible last year, and it will build on that momentum in 2016, industry sources say. Several tech executives said their biggest challenge this year will be recruiting the talent they need to grow, given the high demand for computer programmers, Web designers and other technical workers. Eugene Register-Guard

The 25 Skills That Can Get You Hired in 2016
To find the answer, we analyzed all of the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on LinkedIn in 2015, and uncovered the 25 hottest skills in 2015. LinkedIn

OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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.

New MindSumo EE Projects
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.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the seven NIST laboratories. Application deadline: February 12.

The Cartoon Network wants Portland game developers
The Cartoon Network Game Jam will feature the cable channel’s characters and developers will be able to build video games using that intellectual property. Teams will have 48 hours to develop a game prototype. The results will be judged by Cartoon Network staff and the winning team will be offered the chance to negotiate a full time development contract to take the game from prototype to a mobile roll out. The event is slated for Feb. 12 to Feb. 14.

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 – Michael Starrett
Development and Experimental Hardware Validation of Novel Variable Speed Hydropower Control Schemes for Emerging Applications and Water Resource Paradigms
Monday, February 15, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, KEC 3114
Major Advisor: Ted Brekken; Committee: Annette von Jouanne, Julia Zhang, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; GCR: David Hackleman

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Inference and Learning with Deep Structured Distributions
Alexander Schwing, University of Toronto
Tuesday, Feb 9, 3:30pm, 220 Deschutes Hall, University of Oregon
Note: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Non-traditional DDoS Attacks and Defenses
Min Suk Kang, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, Feb 11, 3:30pm, 220 Deschutes Hall, University of Oregon
Note: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Distributed Fault-Tolerant Optimization
Friday, February 12, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Nitin Vaidya, Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society for Information Display Technical Talk
Flat-Panel Display Backplanes: Past, Present, and a Possible Future Option

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m., KEC 1126
John F. Wager, Michael and Judith Gaulke Endowed Chair, School of EECS, Oregon State University
Note: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Action, Gesture and Spoken Command Recognition in Human-Robot Interaction
Monday, February 22, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Petros Maragos, Professor, School of E.C.E., National Technical University of Athens

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

EVENTS

CoreOS Night | Hosted by the OSU Linux Users Group
Thursday, February 11, KEC 1003, 6:00 p.m.
LUG is hosting two speakers from the California-based tech company CoreOS as they tour the country recruiting for new employees and interns.
Complimentary food and drinks at 6pm; presentations start at 6:30pm; Q&A at 7:30pm; information about working at CoreOS at 8:00 pm

The Lifetime of a CoreOS Machine (Alex Crawford)
One of the tenets of CoreOS is that machines should be fairly ephemeral - it should be simple and straightforward to throw away a machine and bring up another in its place. This talk will cover the tools and techniques that make this possible; covering provisioning, in-place updates, coordinated reboots, and future work.

A Brief Introduction to Distributed Trusted Computing (Matthew Garrett)
This talk will discuss the technologies we're using at CoreOS to verify the state of a system, from the firmware to the filesystem. How do we ensure that a system only boots the OS we wanted it to boot? How do we prove that later components weren't interfered with? And how can we use the same technology to make it easier to deploy servers to untrusted data centres?

Engineers Without Borders
Thursday, February 11, 6 pm, KEAR 305
Dr. Stephen Good from the BEE department will be speaking about his work. Dr. Good earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering before pursuing advanced degrees in civil and environmental engineering. He worked with the Peace Corps as a water and sanitation engineer in the Dominican Republic, and has other experience working internationally, as well. Students from all majors are encouraged to attend!

TEDxOregonStateU
Thursday, February 11, 6 – 9 p.m., Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center
$15 students; $25 non-students
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At our TEDxOregonStateU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Scholarships
Provides funding to support the education of students working toward technical careers that are in short supply and high demand by electric utilities. Applicants must be full-time students attending school at an accredited college/university or vocational institution within the US and must not be graduating within 12 months of the application deadline. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.

SWE Scholarships
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2015, SWE disbursed approximately 220 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $660,000. Application deadline: December 1 - February 15.

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.

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.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Here You Go: Secrets From an HR Master on Getting a Job at a Hot Tech Company
We chatted with Kim Tran to get some insight into what she looks for in strong candidates, why you should consider working for a small tech company like Symphony, and—job seekers listen up—how you can land a great gig there. The Muse

A Simple Formula for Answering "Tell Me About Yourself"
What seems like such a simple question can really make you sweat, especially in an interview. What, exactly, should you share—not just to build rapport, but to show that you’re the perfect fit for the job? The Muse

8 college habits that will fail you in your career
I find these individuals to be highly talented and tremendously capable, on the whole, but see them consistently tripping over themselves with bad (but fixable) habits that impede their growth and credibility within the organizations in which they work. USA Today

JOBS

Student Tutor - College of Engineering
The College of Engineering is looking for tutors for CH 201/202, CH 231/232, and ENGR 112 (Matlab). Each tutor will work up to four hours a week in the evening, throughout winter term with the possibility of continuing through spring term. Spring term schedule can be flexible, but should be consistent throughout the term.

Student IT Support - Memorial Union
The purpose of this job will be to provide desktop support in the Memorial Union and Student Experience Center. Position Duties: installing and configuring Windows PCs and MACs and application software; printer setup and network configuration of computers and printers.

Undergraduate Student Position - OSU Social Mobility Lab
The purpose of this position is to work with the supervisor of the Social Mobility Lab (Dr. Sam Logan) within the kinesiology program to create a computer program that will measure and track a child’s movement within a defined space using an overhead video recording of play sessions. This is a short-term position. It is expected that the total number of hours spent to create the program will be approximately 30 hours (maximum).

Student Information Technology /IT-IS Support - OSU Motor Pool
Assist the Motor Pool Manager with design and implementation of process improvements utilizing a technology platform. Assist in designing, testing and/or implementing new programs to improve communication, interaction, acquisition and retention of customers. Utilize Microsoft office, PHP, Cold Fusion, SQL and other technological applications to find and implement improvements in current business practices. Find and implement technological solutions and make improvements to current technological practices.

Student Programmer - OSU Enterprise Computing Services
You will be working with an inclusive group of talented and passionate developers to implement web-based applications and APIs that serve various needs of the university. Your job responsibilities will include software development and testing. Position Duties: writing code to add features or fix bugs in APIs and web applications; writing automated tests for applications and APIs; testing applications and writing test cases; working with sql databases.

Engineering Intern - ARRIS Group
We’re looking for inquisitive students who are eager to roll up their sleeves and make a difference, students who love to learn and are passionate about technology. As an engineering intern, you will be exposed to a variety of technologies and methodologies such as PeopleSoft and SalesForce reporting, Microsoft SharePoint and InfoPath forms and data, Microsoft Excel automation and charting, business reporting analysis, and business operations goals and metrics. You must be Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at minimum pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a graduation date on or after December 2016.

Student Analyst/Programmer
Information Services seeks to fill two student positons to assist with development of business applications using the Salesforce platform to serve all of Oregon State. We are looking for students who can make a long term (1-2 years) commitment at approximately 20 hours per week. Candidates must be interested in developing their professional skills - we will train as necessary - and willing to commit to brief daily stand-up meetings.

TekBots/Collaboratory Intern - School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
A TekBots/Collaboratory Intern is an individual dedicated to the creation of new projects and processes in an industry like environment. These positions are highly project driven and employees are expected to achieve a project on deadline. The majority of work involves new development of tools and software for the School of EECS and external industry sponsors.

Student Developer - Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS)
Students are hired and trained, by full time developers or student managers, to perform computer hardware and software testing, and/or development projects. Student internships average 1-3 years in length and most graduates are hired by technology companies. In addition to the technical and development skills students gain, they also learn how to work as a member of a team, gain an appreciation of the importance of deadlines, and other facets of running a business such as planning, budgeting, resource allocation, documentation and communication.

Student Information Technology (Computer Consultant) - OSU Community Network
Independently researches and resolves unique computer problems through on-line resources and consultation with colleagues, service providers and vendors. Platforms: Windows, Apple OS X, Linux, Mobile (Apple iOS, Android, Windows). Software: MS Office, Internet applications (Email, Web browsers, Cloud applications, OSU enterprise applications. Other: Malware protection, OSU network connections, file management.

Student Administrator/Business Analyst - OSU Graduate School Administration
Information Services seeks students to assist with development of business applications using the Salesforce platform to serve all Oregon State. We are looking for students who can make a long term (1-2 years) commitment at approximately 20 hours per week. Candidates must be interested in developing their professional skills - we will train as necessary - and willing to commit to brief daily stand-up meetings.

Engineering Intern: Industrial Energy Efficiency - Energy Trust of Oregon
Energy Trust of Oregon’s Industry and Agriculture group is seeking an intern to support the technical management functions of the Production Efficiency program in 2016. This position will appeal to undergraduates with a desire to work in energy engineering, energy efficiency, renewable energy, or other sustainability related fields. Through the internship, the intern will gain a detailed knowledge of industrial energy efficiency equipment and practices, make connections and gain experience in the energy engineering and energy consulting industries.

Engineering Intern: Planning and Evaluation - Energy Trust of Oregon
The Engineering Intern position is designed for graduate students or undergraduate students in their junior or senior year with a desire to gain knowledge about energy efficiency, building science and experience with data collection and analysis that informs organizational decision-making. The Engineering Intern will assist Engineering, Planning and Evaluation staff with a wide range of data collection and data analysis tasks.

User Experience Design Intern, Summer 2016, North America - Google
Design and user experience (UX) are at the forefront of everything we do. The job of a Designer is to envision how people experience our products and bring that vision to life in a way that feels inspired, refined and even magical. In a Designer role, you’ll tackle complex tasks and transform them into intuitive, accessible and easy-to-use solutions for billions of people around the world—from the first-time user to the sophisticated expert. Must be currently pursuing a BA/BS or MS in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Fine Arts Design, or related field, and graduating in December 2016, 2017 or 2018.

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Education Alliance and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Internships for Graduate Students
Selected Intern Scholars will pursue innovative research in semiconductor manufacturing at GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ state-of-the-art facilities. See detailed descriptions of available internship positions.

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.

Analyst Programmer - OSU Specialized Administrative Services
This position will work collaboratively with departmental stakeholders, the IT manager, and IT staff to analyze departmental needs and convert those needs into effective solutions. Duties will also include support and development of relational databases, web applications, mobile application, and reports. The Analyst Programmer supports the Vision and Mission of Oregon State University and the Division of Finance and Administration through: development, maintenance, and support of custom applications, third party applications, and application interfaces; development of reports and data models to facilitate analysis; identification and development of data collection tools; management of strategic and long-term projects.

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.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst - OSU Student Health Services
This position provides Information Technology services to the employees of SHS. The SHS departmental Information Services includes numerous servers, an electronic health record (EMR), numerous ancillary clinical systems and a building wide wireless network with a complex firewall system. This position will analyze and develop systems and technology-based solutions to meet user needs including application databases and related systems. The core functions of the position are: systems analysis and development; applications programming; database analysis. The SHS network consists of application or database servers along with related wireless networking and security/firewall systems The position responds to the users’ request for training and assistance with the hardware, software, and designs application programs.

Machine learning opening - Datalogic
We are in the process of recruiting top students that have recently graduated from Oregon State University with a high GPA to come work in our DL LABS in Pasadena. We are looking for candidates that are wanting to be a part of the Machine learning environment. The following skill set is what we are looking for. Experience developing scientific/mathematical software. Proficient with C/C++, excellent programming practices, and software development tools and techniques (version control, unit testing, code refactoring, bug tracking). Strong theoretical background, able to read, understand, and implement algorithms described in CV/ML scientific papers.

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.

Test Lab Engineer - Center for Applied Systems & Software (CASS)
This position organizes, manages and runs product tests for technology vendors and oversees student efforts in performing such. This person has primary responsibility for conducting and reporting the results of product tests back to the technology vendor projects to which they are assigned. This responsibility shall include all aspects of testing including installation, configuration, compatibility testing, interoperability testing, updates, daily/weekly reports to vendors, and communication to vendors whose products may be impacted by new systems being tested. Often the work is on products that do not yet exist in the commercial market.

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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