IN THE NEWS

Oregon State Explores Drone Swarms For War
We admit to being just a little uneasy in a recent discussion of artificial intelligence, especially when the talk turned to autonomous weapons. But we explore it further with the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute at Oregon State University, which is working on drone swarm technology, along with other projects. Electrical Engineering professor Julie Adams visits with details. Jefferson Public Radio (podcast)

Hansel, Gretel, and Computer Science
In this episode Martin Erwig show us how we can find computational concepts inside some of our favorite stories. They discuss, among other things, the target audience of the book, why computation is often misunderstood, and why the book discusses languages in addition to algorithm. MIT Press (podcast)

Plans change. Your career goals don’t have to.
Kristen Dhuse discovered the importance of parental improvisation as soon as she and her husband, Ryan, learned they were expecting a child in 2014. Kristen was a successful engineer in the greater Seattle area and had devised a plan to put her professional life on hold while she returned to school in hopes of becoming a software developer. She found ample support from her husband, Ryan, and their 3-year-old daughter, Grace, while pursuing her computer science degree online with Oregon State. Ecampus

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

C.O. tech companies look to hire hundreds in 2018
Good news if you plan on job hunting in 2018 -- it looks like many new tech jobs will be available in Central Oregon. The Technology Association of Oregon put out a survey last month to Central Oregon tech companies, asking about their hiring plans. The results show they're looking to hire more than 800 employees in 2018, 450 of whom would work specifically in the tech sector, mainly as web and software developers. KTVZ

Hillsboro-based Fortior, formerly called SureID, files for bankruptcy
Fortior Solutions, the Hillsboro company known as SureID during better times, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing Friday capped an awful year for the company, once among Oregon's most highly touted tech businesses. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

A Robot Walks into a Bar: The comedy and social lives of machines (Science Pub Corvallis)
Monday, January 8 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis
Robots will increasingly rub shoulders with people at home and in the work place, so machines need social attributes: humor, personality and body language. Heather Knight, an assistant professor in computer science at Oregon State University, aims to develop machines that use their social qualities to empower people, not replace them. She directs the CHARISMA Lab (Collaborative Humans and Robots: Interaction, Sociability, Machine Learning, and Art) at OSU.

Spinning Into Butter
The OSU College of Engineering is sponsoring “Spinning Into Butter,” a play by Rebecca Gilman, produced by Bag&Baggage Productions, that explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America. Show times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in room 200 at the Learning Innovation Center on OSU’s Corvallis campus. Tickets are free but required and can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis at http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/community.

AAUW 2018 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders Scholarship
May 30 - June 2, 2018 • University of Maryland, College Park
Addressing important and contemporary leadership issues, building leadership, advocacy and networking for the next generation of women leaders. Skills, networking, and resources are provided that are necessary to lead change on your campus and in your community. AAUW of Oregon will award up to $1200 in scholarship funds to attend this conference for 2 eligible student leaders who are currently enrolled in college full time. Electronic applications must be received by January 15, 2018.

The Next Great Startup is taking applications now!
NGSU is a campus-wide competition beginning in January where student-led teams compete to win cash prizes, in-kind services and the chance to turn a startup idea into a real company. Open to all teams led by a currently-enrolled OSU student. (Last year's winner was computer science student Gabriel Kauffman, who developed a game based on a neural network.) For more information and to apply: http://nextgreatstartup.oregonstate.edu/. Application deadline: January 16, 2018 at noon.

Course Announcement: Applied Bioinformatics BB485/585
MWF 11:00-11:50 am | MF BEXL 416, W BEXL 324 | Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough, hands-on introduction to the problems and methods of the bioinformatics of nucleic acid sequences and proteins. The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of bioinformatics and enable you to understand and employ software and methods used in answering contemporary questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as sequence alignment, BLAST, motif finding, databases, phylogenetic tree construction, GO Terms, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Students will gain familiarity with BioPython and the GNU/Linux command line interface. Now with supplementary video lectures!

Super Model Design Competition
Tech Soft 3D wants YOUR best 3D assembly to be the poster model for Tech Soft 3D products! Contestants are required to submit an original 3D mechanical part or assembly that will be judged according to overall quality and model complexity. Winning contestants will receive recognition and cash, with the first place prize of $1500. The submission deadline is March 15, 2018.

URSA Engage - Call for Student Applications - Undergraduate Research
The goal of URSA Engage is to provide first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Students who are selected will receive an award of $750 and their faculty mentors will receive $250 in development funds. The program is available to undergraduates across all academic disciplines. Projects will take place from the middle of winter term 2018 through the end of spring term 2018 (15 weeks at 5 hrs/week). Applications due January 15, 1028.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Argonne National Laboratory Internship Opportunities
Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where teams of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security. This environment makes Argonne a great place for undergraduates to participate in cutting-edge research and develop a skill set for the next stage in their career. Argonne offers a number of internship programs across various science and technology disciplines that range from a seasonal appointment to a co-op experience. Applications deadlines: January 12 - February 1.

2018 Summer Repperger Program
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program. This civilian research opportunity is a 10-week summer program intended for MS/PhD candidates pursuing degrees in STEM. Each year the laboratory will appointment a couple exceptional undergraduate students into the program. There are 36 posted opportunities, once the application January 21, 2018 deadline passes, each application will be reviewed and AFRL will fund 15 participants for the summer period. To qualify, applicants must be pursuing their Master or PhD (some outstanding bachelor students will be considered as well), have a minimal 3.2 GPA in a STEM discipline and be a U.S. citizen. Application deadline: January 21, 2018.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for master’s programs in architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, and mathemathics/statistics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Application deadline: January 10, 2018.

Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program
Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date. Applicants must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals. The Mensa Education & Research Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need. Application deadline: January 15, 2018.

Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship Award
In 2006, the Board of Directors of the Energy Telecommunications & Electrical Association (ENTELEC; www.entelec.org) established the Wayne V. Black Scholarship Award. Through its strategic plan, ENTELEC is committed to providing quality educational programming for all levels of energy professionals from novice to executive. The Applicant must be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following curricula: Engineering/ Engineering Technology, Computer Science/MIS, Pre-law, Political Science, Telecommunications/Information Technology. The Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen. Application deadline: January 26, 2018.

Idaho National Laboratory Graduate Fellowship
The INL Graduate Fellowship program is designed to identify exceptional talent in research areas aligned with INL's strategic agenda to enable the current and future mission of the INL. The program, a collaboration between INL and universities, provides mentoring and financial support for outstanding students who plan to enroll in graduate degree programs. The posting will close February 1, 2018.

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security
The SWSIS program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for women studying for their Bachelors and Masters degrees in fields relating to information security. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields. Application deadline: February 1, 2018.

L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowships
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Applicants must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by February 2, 2018; must maintain the status of postdoctoral researcher throughout the fellowship year; must be American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident; must be affiliated with a U.S. based academic or research institution; must plan to conduct their postdoctoral studies and research in the U.S. Application deadline: February 2, 2018.

Microsoft Tuition scholarship
Microsoft awards tuition scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. You must be enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted. The scholarship is open to students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM degree. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0. Application deadline: Feb 9, 2018.

SPIE Scholarship Program
The Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships are available to SPIE student members located anywhere in the world, in high school (pre-university/secondary), undergraduate and graduate programs, who are studying in optics, photonics or a related field. The key criterion in evaluating and ranking applications is the "prospect for long-term contribution that the granting of an award will make to the field of optics, photonics or related field." Need, in and of itself, shall not be considered as a criterion. Application deadline: February 15, 2018.

Apriorit Computer Science Scholarship Program for College Students
Apriorit offers a $1000 educational technology grant for high school seniors and college freshmen who have been enrolled at a college or university for a computer engineering or computer science program this year. We want to support young people passionate about IT and planning to build their career in this field. Application deadline: July 1, 2018.

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

First-order Optimization Methods for Large-scale Problems
Monday, January 8 | 4:00 - 4:50 p.m. | LPSC 125
Hoi-To Wai, Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University

EVENTS

A Robot Walks into a Bar: The comedy and social lives of machines (Science Pub Corvallis)
Monday, January 8 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis
Robots will increasingly rub shoulders with people at home and in the work place, so machines need social attributes: humor, personality and body language. Heather Knight, an assistant professor in computer science at Oregon State University, aims to develop machines that use their social qualities to empower people, not replace them. She directs the CHARISMA Lab (Collaborative Humans and Robots: Interaction, Sociability, Machine Learning, and Art) at OSU.

Martin Erwig Book Signing
Monday, January 8 | 7:30 PM | Powell's City of Books, Portland
Picture a computer scientist, staring at a screen and clicking away frantically on a keyboard, hacking into a system, or perhaps developing an app. Now delete that picture. In Once Upon an Algorithm, Martin Erwig explains computation as something that takes place beyond electronic computers, and computer science as the study of systematic problem solving. Erwig points out that many daily activities involve problem solving. Getting up in the morning, for example: You get up, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast. This simple daily routine solves a recurring problem through a series of well-defined steps. In computer science, such a routine is called an algorithm.

Spinning Into Butter
The OSU College of Engineering is sponsoring “Spinning Into Butter,” a play by Rebecca Gilman, produced by Bag&Baggage Productions, that explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America. Show times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in room 200 at the Learning Innovation Center on OSU’s Corvallis campus. Tickets are free but required and can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis at http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/community.

2018 Graduate Research Showcase
Thursday, February 8 | LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center
The 2018 Graduate Research Showcase is a daylong opportunity for graduate students to advance their professional knowledge and skills, network with industry partners, and share your research with industry, faculty, peers, and the community. We are also pleased to welcome  Jorge Cham, who will be giving the keynote at a luncheon exclusively for College of Engineering graduate students who present a poster and/or attend the career panel. Please read the schedule and details regarding the Graduate Research Showcase, and learn what last year’s graduate students had to say about the event.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

College of Engineering Career Drop-In Hours
Mondays 10AM-11AM | Fridays 3PM-4PM | 122 Johnson Hall
Have a quick career development question? Come by our fall drop-in hours to get pointed in the right direction.

How to Make Your Resume Shine in 2018
When it comes to your resume, it isn’t just what you say — it’s equally about the presentation. Even when you’re applying for jobs that you might be highly qualified for, you have to sell yourself as the ideal candidate. If you fail to do that, it doesn’t matter how good you’d be at the job — you'll never get the chance to prove it. Work + Money

These 7 work skills can make you more marketable to employers in 2018
Monster spoke with experts to determine the top seven skills employers will be looking for in 2018 hires. Here’s your chance to get an edge in the job market. Monster

JOBS

AppleCare College Advisor
Discover a college job that fits schedules and exceeds expectations. Apple has always done things differently, including customer support. As an AppleCare College Advisor, you’ll work from where you live and work around your class schedule, helping customers have the best experience possible. And like college itself, working with Apple can take you where you want to go — and where you never imagined.

OSU MIME IT Student Support Specialist
Do you enjoy meeting new people and helping to solve problems? We're looking for students to help support the OSU School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering with technology-related needs. Duties include assistance with computer operations and installation, user support, classroom technology, programming and analysis, network support, and installing and configuring applications. Please apply to posting number P02518SE https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/45990 or send your resume and cover letter to lori.burgeson@oregonstate.edu.

CBEE Info Tech
This recruitment will be used to fill multiple part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Information Technology position for the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). Managing windows computers and applications in the College of Engineering. Assist in automation of operating system deployment and software using Microsoft Systems Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Windows ADK, and other tools. Building of operating system images and silent software installations of engineering applications. Hardware and software trouble shooting, and maintaining an accurate inventory.

Software Engineer - AddiTec
The Software Engineer is responsible for developing, maintaining, testing, and controlling acquired or developed software used by AddiTec or software used in products designed and manufactured by AddiTec. The successful incumbent will utilize coding skills to actively support AddiTec product innovation on a real-time, fast prototyping basis. In addition, this position will manage the software development life cycle for in-house developed software and will ensure that software configuration items are controlled.

Analyst Programmer - OSU Web and Mobile Services
Web and Mobile Services (WAMS), part of the Information and Technology Division at Oregon State University, invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE) , 12-month Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, positions. WAMS provides systems and services in support of Oregon State University instruction, research and administration functions. WAMS hosts and develops content for external and internal web visitors. Staff are directly responsible for the daily operation, administration, and welfare of systems hosting OSU web pages and associated databases that provide access to research and other information for users on campus, in Oregon, and around the world.

Bioinformatics Analyst - OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing
This position will provide bioinformatics consulting and analysis services, and participate in collaborative bioinformatics research. Responsibilities and duties include analysis of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data sets, development of new tools in bioinformatics and computational biology, and assistance with the preparation of publications and grant proposals.

Assistant Computational Scientist - OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing
This position will work closely with CGRB staff and the OSU research community to provide a high quality of service and promote the CGRB’s mission of bioinformatics education and research. The successful candidate will (1) Research, develop, and maintain a next-generation software stack for the ACTF, specific to the needs of data science education and practice, and (2) Provide training and support to users of the CGRB computational infrastructure.

Assistant/Associate Professor position in Computer Engineering - University of Central Arkansas
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Arkansas is seeking exceptional candidates for a tenure-track Assistant /Associate Professor position in Computer Engineering beginning in August 2018. The position requires a doctorate degree in Computer Science/Engineering or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in Computer Engineering.

Assistant Professor position at Westminster College in SLC, Utah
With an average class size of 17 and a commitment to active learning in the classroom, Westminster College offers faculty a chance to get to know all your students. We are excited to announce a search for a new Computer Science Assistant Professor. This is full-time, continuing faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. All candidates should have some level of prior teaching experience. While a PhD in computer science is preferred, candidates with an MS in computer science (or related area) and teaching experience are encouraged to apply as well. We will begin reviewing applications on December 19, 2017.

Assistant/Associate Professor - Computer Engineering - University of Central Arkansas
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Arkansas is seeking exceptional candidates for a tenure-track Assistant /Associate Professor position in Computer Engineering beginning in August 2018. The position requires a doctorate degree in Computer Science/Engineering or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in Computer Engineering. Duties include teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, research, and professional service.

Lecturer in Computer Science - Emory University
Emory University’s Mathematics & Computer Science Department invites applications for a full-time faculty position as Lecturer in Computer Science, to begin in Fall 2018. Appointments are for an initial period of three years with possibilities of renewals and promotions within the lecture track, which includes Senior Lecturer and Professor of Pedagogy, Practice and Performance. Applicants must have a PhD in Computer Science or a related discipline and will be expected to provide outstanding teaching, advising, and service related to the undergraduate programs. All areas of specialization will be considered.

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