Grounding AI: Artificial Intelligence is Closer -- and Less Awesome -- than Most Realize
AI can augment any endeavor, but it thrives where human expertise is scarce. Computer science and ornithology teams at Oregon State University and Cornell University are using AI to make predictions about continental bird migration patterns, a field with relatively few experts. Originally funded by a National Science Foundation grant in 2008, the team’s algorithms and processing capabilities are approaching the first opportunity at which the system could be used for decision-making, said Thomas Dietterich, Oregon State University distinguished professor of computer science and director of Intelligent Systems. Government Technology

Turning a Startup-Weekend Project into a Business
At Willamette Startup Weekend, computer science graduate student Vahid Ghadakchi and three business students came up with an idea of developing an app that restaurants could use to help bring in business during slow times. Their project won second place in the competition and the team is planning to apply to the OSU’s Advantage Accelerator to help develop their idea into a business. They are looking for more engineers to join the team to make the business a reality. (Contact Ghadakchi at if you're interested in joining the team.) EECS News

UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good announces 20 semi-finalists for AED 4.67 million award
A group of Oregon State robotics students (William Curran, Benjamin Narin, Austin Nicolai, Nicholaus Perry) is developing a self-driving wheelchair for people with severe motor disabilities. Their project is one of 20 semi-finalists worldwide competing for a $1 million prize. Learn about and vote for their project. Learn more about the competition.

Amorphous? Again??
(Guest editorial by John Wager)
In the beginning, there was amorphous hydrogenated silicon. That is the gospel; at least with respect to the materials aspects of flat-panel-display backplane technology. More recently, there are amorphous-oxide semiconductors. Information Display


Puppet Labs plots Portland expansion, but now says IPO not imminent
With the financial markets in turmoil, Portland technology company Puppet Labs has pressed the pause button on its plans for a public stock offering – but it's preparing a substantial expansion nonetheless. Puppet is the city's biggest and most watched technology business, with 420 employees – 330 in Portland. The Oregonian

Microchip buys Atmel for $3.6 billion
"As the semiconductor industry consolidates, Microchip continues to execute a highly successful consolidation strategy with a string of acquisitions that have helped to double our revenue growth rate compared to our organic revenue growth rate over the last few years," Microchip Chief Executive Officer Steve Sanghi said in the statement. Microchip has a large factory in Gresham. The Oregonian

The 25 Best Jobs in America: Tech gigs dominate Glassdoor’s annual ranking
Data scientists top the list of best jobs, with mobile developers, solutions architects, and software engineers all scoring high. UX designer, engagement manager, and analytics manager are new additions that weren’t present on last year’s list. GeekWire


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.

Diversity Career Symposium 2016
Oregon State University and University of Oregon are hosting a day-long career development event on Friday, Jan. 29th in Salem, for students who identify with communities who are traditionally underrepresented on campus and in professional settings. Students, alumni, and employers will engage in professional development workshops, hear from inspiring speakers and connect with each other through several networking opportunities. The symposium is free for students and we have extended the numbers of spots for students to register. Transportation will be provided.

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.

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: Deadline to apply is March 1. More information about the conference is available on the national web site: ALL who attend return with improved leadership skills, professional contacts, and life-long friendships.


MS Final Examination – Pooria Azimi
Scheduled and Real-time Communication Sub-system in WAVE Health Study
Thursday, January 28, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007
Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi; Committee: Mike Bailey, Siew Sun Wong


Dynamic Control of Software-Defined Networks
Thursday, Jan 28, 3:30pm, Deschutes 220, University of Oregon
Xin Jin, PhD Candidate, Princeton University
Note: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Engineering an Actuator
Monday, February 1, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Jonathan Lee, Electromechanical Engineer
Triumph Aerospace Systems, Seattle

Probabilistic (Logic) Programming: Concepts and Applications
Monday, February 8, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Luc De Raedt, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Leuven

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


Diversity Career Symposium
Friday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial Street SE, Salem
Lunch is provided
DCS is a day-long career development event for students who identify with communities who are traditionally underrepresented on campus and in professional settings. Throughout the day, students, alumni and employers will engage in professional development workshops, hear from inspiring speakers and connect with each other through several networking opportunities. The Diversity Career Symposium is free for all students, and transportation from Corvallis will be provided.


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.

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.


7 Things Startups Want in Engineers (Besides Knowing How to Code)
The engineering skills and personality traits that make you successful in a more traditional career path aren’t necessarily the ones that will entice a startup to hire you. While technical talent is in high demand, startups are (rightfully) cautious about hiring just anyone. The Muse

LinkedIn: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet
Great infographic on how to set up your LinkedIn account. TFE Times

4 Moves You Didn't Realize Make You Look Unprofessional in an Interview
By this point, you know not to apply to any jobs with an email address that screams, “I created this in the eighth grade!” So, you’re no longer as far as your prospective employers are concerned. You also know not to show up late for the interview. And you have a firm grasp on the importance of making eye contact and delivering a solid handshake. The Muse


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 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 ( 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 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.

Current Internships and Permanent Hire Positions, PG&E at Diablo Canyon
We are actively hiring summer interns - with a couple openings remaining. We are still looking for electrical engineers at the junior level, as well as sophomores of all engineering disciplines. They will start June 20.

Technology Services Manager, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments
With this position, we would be looking for a candidate who has completed their undergraduate program, so mostly graduate, post-bacc, doctoral, or alumni interested in the position would be more than welcome to apply. Provides management and overall direction for agency technology, telephony, data, and information systems. Duties include maintaining and evolving the technology capacity of the agency and contracting to similarly assist member governments and others within the Cascades West region. This position is exempt from FLSA and is not eligible for overtime.

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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