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EECS Weekly News: January 11, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS

EECS now has a Google calendar that you can access and add events to your own calendar. From your Google calendar, just go to "Other Calendars" on the left panel and you have an option to type in the gmail address, osueecs@gmail.com.

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IN THE NEWS

How students can get started contributing to open source software
One thing to look out for if you're at university is to see if there are any associated open source clubs. For example, Oregon State University (OSU) has the OSU Open Source Club and even a OSU Open Source Lab. Opensource.com

Computing and Information Science receives $10M grant
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Jan. 7 announced a new $10 million award to Cornell University Computer Science Professor Carla Gomes, director of Cornell’s Institute for Computational Sustainability. (Professor Tom Dietterich is deputy director of the institute; professor Alan Fern is a member of the excutive council.) Cornell University

OSU Ecampus computer science students making a difference in Oregon tech companies
The Computer Science Career Showcase brings together more than 50 post-baccalaureate CS distance students and alums from across the country and world – most recently including students who live in Oregon, Florida, Texas and Japan – with potential employers for an opportunity to network in-person, gain insights and learn what it takes to enter the workforce. It features alumni and industry panels, tips from faculty and graduates, a networking luncheon and one-on-one interviews with employers. OSU Ecampus

OSU EECS Minute: CS Online Degree
The post-bacc CS online degree program is transforming lives of people from all 50 states and several countries. EECS YouTube

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Amazon, Microsoft make up 8 percent of Seattle-area job openings
The Puget Sound region had more than 88,000 job openings at the end of last year. Washington isn’t producing enough qualified workers to supply talent-starved tech companies. Amazon, Microsoft and other technology create more than 3,500 software engineer jobs each year, according to the Washington Technology Industry Association, but Washington state only graduates 500 workers qualified for those roles. Puget Sound Business Journal

What's Eating Silicon Valley
I’ve had several friends tell me that they’re leaving the Valley because they want to rejoin the real world. What are these people talking about? What are the things that are starting to freak people out about Silicon Valley? There are a few themes that come up again and again. LinkedIn

The 15 Highest-Paying Jobs for Young Professionals
Business Insider and Payscale recently put together a report of the 15 best-paying jobs for young professionals with a bachelor’s degree. While there are some themes (hint: engineers and developers are in serious demand), and some positions that require a specific skill set, plenty of these gigs could be yours with the right college classes or a bit of post-grad training. The Muse

OPPORTUNITIES

Humanitarian Engineering Receives Formal Approval; Ready for Enrollment
With the approval of the minor, course offerings in Humanitarian Engineering, Science and Technology will expand with several new courses such as “Engineering for Global Health Solutions,” “Household Energy in Guatemala,” and “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Case Studies” coming up in spring and summer 2016. Please see the HEST Undergraduate Program page for up-to-date information on the requirements for the minor, upcoming course offerings, and how to enroll.

Volunteers Needed for OSURC FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competitions
The OSU Robotics Club is hosting two FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competitions on Saturday and Sunday, January 30th, and 31st in Kelley Engineering. We need your help to make this competition a success! There will be 20 teams competing each day and we need judges, referees, inspectors, time keepers, and more. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, lunch, and snacks on the day of the competition. To register to volunteer please visit: FIRST Volunteer system and follow these instructions, or email Tim Lykins (lykinst@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

Applications for the NCWIT Collegiate Award are now open--apply today!
The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by HP and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of college women of any year of study. Conferred upon up to six students annually, the Award recognizes technical projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential societal impact. Each NCWIT Collegiate Award winner receives a $10,000 cash award, an engraved award, and a trip to the annual NCWIT Summit on Women & IT for recognition at an awards ceremony. Application deadline: January 25, 2016.

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.

MindSumo CS Projects
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

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). Application deadline: January 15, 2016.

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.

UMass Amherst 2016 Data Science Research Experience for Undergrads Program
Students will have the opportunity to work on projects touching multiple facets of data science including applications (computational social science, computational ecology and sustainability, health, and more), data analytics (machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, and more), and computational infrastructure for data science (databases, parallel and distributed systems, cloud computing, etc.). Applicaton deadline: January 29.

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.

GRADUATE EXAMS

MS Final Examination – Vishvas Chalishazar
Nano Structured Optical Device for Bio-sensing Applications
Friday, January 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007
Major Advisor: Larry Cheng; Committee: Alan Wang, Ted Brekken; GCR: Leonard Coop

EVENTS

Engineers Without Borders
Thursday, January 14, 6:00 p.m., KEAR 305
Dr. Nordica MacCarty from the MIME department will be speaking about rural energy system development at this week's Engineers Without Borders general meeting. Dr. MacCarty has extensive experience designing and working with energy systems for households in developing countries, particularly biomass cookstoves, and she has been recognized multiple times for her research and contributions to the field. Students from all majors are welcome to attend!

UO QuackHack
January 15-17, 2016, University of Oregon
A hackathon is prototyping event where people come together to build cool stuff. QuackHack is going to hack video games (from EdTech to E-sports), the gamification of industries, Internet of Things, board games, recreational games...anything game related. Meet & work with awesome people from around the US; build cool stuff to put on your portfolio and/or resume; network with tech firms; free food, free swag, free fun!

Hot Topics/Cool Talks: The Internet of Things: Success vs. Hype
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Portland (Location TBA)
The Internet of Things will have a huge impact on consumer behavior, the design of cities, new business development and more. Will Oregon take on the new frontier? Meet the innovators who are pushing the state's IoT agenda forward and hear about the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Why the time is now
  • Real life IoT applications
  • How other businesses can benefit from IoT

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited U.S. university. We encourage applications from students in engineering and the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences who meet the following eligibility requirements. The fellowship provides four years of support, but must be renewed each summer. Application deadline: January 19, 2016.

U.S. Department of Energy / Krell Institute - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
Provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited U.S. university. The following criteria will be used to determine the eligibility of those applying for DOE CSGF. At the time of application, eligibility will apply to: undergraduate seniors; applicants with no more than B.S. or B.A. degrees who are not enrolled in graduate school; first-year graduate students (M.S. degree or Ph.D. students without an M.S. degree). Application deadline: January 19, 2016.

2016 Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship
The OSU Alumni Association and the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement ‐ Center for Leadership Development are excited to accept nominations and applications for the Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship. The Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship Fund will award four (4) students a onetime scholarship in the amount of $1000. This fund was dedicated in order to provide scholarships for students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year who are actively involved with activities beyond class work, demonstrating they are well‐rounded, contributing members of the OSU community. Application deadline: January 25, 2016.

Ernest L. Baulch, W2TX, and Marcia E. Baulch, WA2AKJ, Scholarship
$3500 scholarship for a student with any active Amateur Radio License Class license who is studying at a four-year college or university. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Victor Poor, W5SMM, Memorial Scholarship Fund
$2500 scholarship for a student of electrical engineering, with a preference for concentration in digital communications. Must have a Technical Class or higher radio license. Application deadline: Jan 31, 2016.

Wilse Morgan, WX7P, Memorial ARRL Northwestern Division Scholarship Fund
$1000 scholarship for a student with a General Class radio license or higher who is a resident in the ARRL Northwestern Division (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington). Must be studying engineering, medicine, science, or business. Preference given to applicants with 3.0 GPA or higher for the academic year immediately prior to application (high school or college). Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Betty Weatherford, KQ6RE, Memorial Scholarship
$1000 award for a student with an Amateur Radio license in any class. Must be studying electrical or communications engineering. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

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.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Application Deadline: January 22, 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.

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.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

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

Are You Making One of These Handshake Mistakes?
While average handshakes usually don’t stick in our memories, bad handshakes, sadly, do. And, the last thing you want after leaving a job interview, a networking session, or even a family gathering is to be remembered as the one with limp noodles as fingers or bone-crushing lobster claws as hands. The Muse

5 Things Startups Want (That Aren't Work History or GPA)
Most job seekers spend a lot of time positioning their work experience just right—crafting their resume bullets so that their work experience sells them as the right candidate for the job. But here’s a secret: When it comes to startups, it’s not always what’s on your resume that matters most. The Muse

How Students Will Look For A Job In 2016
Employers used to flock to campus to recruit talent, but now have moved their job search online, often even refusing to accept resumes at job fairs when they do decide to attend. As students start looking for jobs, I thought I would take time to highlight how technology is changing their job search, and the steps a student should take to find a job in 2016. LinkedIn

5 things to consider before accepting a job offer
Sure the company likes you, but do you like the company? Emphasis on the word company — not position. No matter how much you’ll love your daily to-do list, if you don’t like the organization, your experience is going to be rough. And, why make the 40+ hours you’ll spend there each week rough? USA Today

JOBS

Student Programmers
The goal of this project is to significantly enhance existing educational tools – the Industrially-situated Virtual Laboratories (ISVLs) – by adding 3D interactive web-based interfaces. There are currently two ISVLs: the Virtual BioReactor and the Virtual CVD Reactor, each of which has been developed in-house by the OSU Engineering Education group. Over the past eight years, the ISVLs have been used in the capstone laboratory course in CBEE.

Student Videographer
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is hiring a student videographer to help create marketing and instructional videos. The position requires experience in filming and editing videos. Currently enrolled students who meet credit requirements (6) and in good academic standing (2.0 GPA) are eligible to apply. Experience with Cannon cameras and Adobe Premiere is a plus. For more information, or to apply, contact Rachel Robertson at rachel.robertson@oregonstate.edu. Please submit a cover letter, resume and links to samples of your work.

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 Software Engineer, OSU Open Source Lab
Designing, developing and maintaining open source projects in Python, PHP, Ruby, Java and other languages. Writing open source code, comprehensive documentation, and educational materials supporting the OSL's infrastructure and the world-wide open source community. Working with infrastructure maintainers on configuration management and deployment technologies for open source software. Communicating with peers, users, and the wider open source community via email, IRC and others as needed.

Student IT Assistant, College of Agricultural Sciences
This position's primary task is to provide hands-on and over-the-phone end-user support to Roots customers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Secondary tasks include assisting other support technicians, responding to tickets in the helpdesk ticket queue, system builds/rebuilds, and duties and projects as assigned by the helpdesk Manager.

Student Information Technology Pool, Univ Admin Business Ctr
Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance. Positions are typically found in central administrative IT departments, OSU Libraries, or individual academic or administrative units.

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 (RCRV IT Assistant), College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS)
The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) technical team (https://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/ships/rcrv/) and will have the opportunity to work on a variety of IT projects and activities. We seek an assistant who has an interest in scientific data management, data analytics, and visualization to assist our team in developing a prototype data system for the new research vessels. Generally, the IT Assistant will perform a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis.

Student Workers/Tutors, INTO OSU
Are you interested in learning about different cultures in the OSU community? Do you like helping people? INTO OSU is now hiring tutors and conversants for the Learning Center!

Student Information Technology (Report Reviewer), OSU Business Intelligence Center
Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance. Positions are typically found in central administrative IT departments, OSU Libraries, or individual academic or administrative units.

Student Information Technology (Computer Consultant), Community Network office
Independently researches and resolves unique computer problems through on-line resources and consultation with colleagues, service providers and vendors. Enter all support requests into Helpdesk software application. Answer support requests in a timely manner. Refer customers to proper support staff when issue cannot be resolved.

OSU TOUR Ambassador
The Office of Admissions is looking for candidates to fill positions as TOUR Ambassadors for the 2016-17 school year. U.S. News and World Report listed on-campus tour guide as the best college job to boost your resume! Ideal candidates: have a wide range of OSU experiences; enjoy working with people; have public speaking skills; are outgoing; are self-motivated.

McMinnville WORKS Summer Internship Program
To help our companies connect to people with the right skills, the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) offers the McMinnville WORKS Summer Internship Program. This award-winning program is a 9-week project-based, paid summer internship designed to connect the emerging workforce with career opportunities in the McMinnville, Oregon area. We have nearly 30 intern positions available at 14 host sites. Six of these positions are engineering specific. These interns will work with managers to gain real world experiences at companies such as Solid Form Fabrication, Cascade Steel, Meggitt Polymers and Composites, and City of McMinnville.

Oracle World Wide Operations is hiring
Oracle’s World Wide Operations team is a dynamic team of some of the brightest business, manufacturing, engineering and supply chain professionals in the world delivering Oracle’s portfolio of hardware products at the fastest rate and lowest possible cost. We are seeking qualified Buyers, Master Schedulers, Program Managers, Product Manufacturing Analysts, Process Manufacturing Analysts, Software Developers, and Hardware Developers. With our World Wide Operations team, you can manufacture the career of your dreams.

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.

Asst Professor - School of Information Technology, University of Cincinnati
The School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati seeks to hire one tenure track Assistant Professor in IT infrastructure to start in August 2016. Review of the applications will start on October 1, 2015 until this position is filled. Applicants should submit a CV, teaching and research statements, a list of at least three references and a self-reflection video on the School’s strategic plan, IT2019 (http://cech.uc.edu/it/it2019). The video should be no more than five minutes. Applicants should include the URL to the video in their cover letter. 

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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