IN THE NEWS

Would You Feel Safer If Your Self-Driving Car Could Explain Itself?
With each passing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, we’re asking our machines to make increasingly complex and weighty decisions. Trouble is, AIs are starting to act beyond our levels of comprehension. In an effort to bridge the growing gap between man and machine, the Pentagon is launching a new program to create machines that can explain their actions in a way we puny humans can understand. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is giving $6.5 million to eight computer science professors (Alan Fern [PI], Margaret Burnett, Tom Dietterich, Martin Erwig, Liang Huang, Fuxin Li, Prasad Tadepalli, Weng-Keen Wong) at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering. Gizmodo

DARPA wants to give you a glimpse inside the AI brain
The biggest issue behind the lack of trust is that programmers cede some aspects of control with automated learning as the neural networks train themselves, making them a so-called "black box" — in other words, they're tough to understand. Rather than being programmed for specific responses to commands, there's a potential that the system could act in ways no one can predict when asked to make a choice. Mashable

Rearchers use $6.5 million to study artificial intelligence
Their goal is to make robots more trustworthy by asking one big question: "Why is it making the decisions it's making?" "If we're using these things for important applications we better be sure that they're safe and to be sure that they're safe we have to be able to understand why they're doing what they're doing," professor Alan Fern said. KVAL

DARPA Is Working to Make AI More Trustworthy
When it comes to AI, however, there’s a certain “black box” behind decisions that makes it so that even AI developers themselves don’t quite understand or anticipate the decisions an AI is making. We do know that neural networks are taught to make these choices by exposing them to a huge data set. From there, AIs train themselves into applying what they learn. It’s rather difficult to trust what one doesn’t understand. Futurism

Sensors from the Sea
Biosensor technology is used to detect a wide variety of substances — from drugs, to cancer biomarkers, to chemical contaminants in our food and drinking water. Diatoms — tiny, single-celled plants found in water all over the planet — are playing a big role in a new type of biosensor being developed by Alan Wang at Oregon State. The new technology has a high selectivity and sensitivity, and is much less expensive than traditional methods of detection. Engineering Out Loud (podcast)

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

These tech companies made the PBJ's Fastest-Growing list this year
The technology sector in Oregon and Southwest Washington is well represented on this year’s list of the 100 fastest-growing private companies list. Overall, 31 tech-related companies made the list this year, including legal software maker Zapproved, digital archiving firm Smarsh and business intelligence firm DiscoverOrg. Portland Business Journal

SureID upheaval continues with dozens more layoffs
A week of upheaval continued Thursday at SureID as the Hillsboro company laid off at least 60 more employees, a day after it cleared out many of its top executives. The latest cutbacks suggest the company has eliminated close to half of its workforce this spring. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer for ChickTech: High School
ChickTech, a nonprofit that encourages girls and women to pursue careers and higher education in STEM, is still looking for drivers and general volunteers to help out at its June 24 workshop event! The event goes from 8:00 AM through 8:00 PM and will be held at HP's Corvallis campus. To learn more or to sign up for an activity/time slot, please send an email to anne.lei@chicktech.org or corvallis@chicktech.org.

ACT-W Technical Conference
June 15-17 | Portland, OR | $60, $35 student
ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) is a conference on June 16-17 put on by the Portland chapter of ChickTech, a national organization dedicated to helping talented women and individuals build skills, grow their community, and accelerate their career paths in tech. The conference includes speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, career fairs, and so much more. This is the perfect opportunity for OSU students and new graduates to meet potential Portland employers, network, and learn valuable new skills. The cost is $35 for students and $60 for non-students, and includes lunch. All the proceeds from the conference go directly towards introducing young girls to STEM-based activities and careers through ChickTech Portland.

Code Jam Kickstart
These single, online rounds of algorithmic puzzles are designed by Google engineers specifically for students. Kickstart is a great opportunity for students to develop their coding skills, get acquainted with the Code Jam competition arena, and potentially get noticed by Google recruiters, too. (Top participants may be contacted by a Google recruiter.)

Google Actions Challenge
Turn inspiration into action by building apps for the Google Assistant on Google Home, select Android devices, and the iPhone. Enter to win more than 20 prizes including a trip to Google I/O 2018. Your app must be approved by August 31 to be eligible, so start building! Entry info and contest guidelines are at g.co/actionschallenge.

LGBT Engineering Conference
October 20-22 | Palo Alto, CA
LGBTQ Engineering student? You can attend the Out for Undergrad: Engineering Conference in Palo Alto. The due date for the priority round of applications is April 28, but applications will be accepted until May 14. Each year, we select a diverse class of top-performing LGBTQ students from around the country. We invite them to attend our industry-focused conferences: weekend-long summits where we work with LGBTQ professionals to educate students about job opportunities in highly competitive industries — and inspire them to pursue challenging, ambitious careers.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

AfterCollege Engineering & Technology Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in a field of engineering, technology and/or mathematics. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Application deadline: June 30.

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: June 30.

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: June 30.

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Final Examination – Yuanli Pei
Tuesday, June 13 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | KEC 1007
Learning with Partial Supervision for Clustering and Classification
Major Advisor: Xiaoli Fern; Committee: Raviv Raich, Sinisa Todorovic, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: Byron Marshall

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Lei Zheng
Tuesday, June 13 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM | KEC 1005
Modeling and Design of Interconnects and Passive Components for Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuit in Silicon
Major Advisor: Andreas Weisshaar; Committee: Arun Natarajan, Gabor Temes, Karti Mayaram; GCR: Yun-Shik Lee

MS Final Examination – David Stuve
Tuesday, June 13 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | KEC 2114
Visualizaing the Spread of Fracking Wells in Texas with EventMap: an Application for Exploring Geolocated Time Series Data
Major Advisor: Mike Bailey; Committee: Eugene Zhang, Perry Hystad

MS Final Examination – Xu Xu
Tuesday, June 13 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | KEC 1007
Reasoning about 3D Shapes of objects and Synthesis of 3D Shapes from 2D images via Deep Neural Network
Major Advisor: Sinisa Todorovic; Committee: Fuxin Li, Alan Fern; GCR: Henri Jansen

MS Final Examination – Trevor Fiez
Wednesday, June 14 | 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM | KEC 2057
An Analysis of Training Methodologies for Deep Visual Tracking
Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Co-Major Advisor: Sinisa Todorovic; Committee: Fuxin Li; GCR: Yelda Turkan

MS Final Examination – Elliott Jackson
Wednesday, June 14 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | KEC 1005
A Cost Benefit Analysis and Hardware Validation of Synchronous and Variable Speed Small Scale Hydropower Systems
Major Advisor: Ted Brekken; Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Kyle Niemeyer; GCR: Enrique Thomann

PhD Final Exam – Jason Muhlestein
Wednesday, June 14 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | KEC 1114
High Efficiency Analog-to-Digital Conversion Using Time-Based Encoding and Digital Synthesis Techniques
Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Gabor Temes, Arun Natarajan, Karti Mayaram; GCR: Len Coop

MS Final Examination – Srinivasan Subhash Sundaram
Wednesday, June 14 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | KEC 1007
Development Of An Integrated Generator Power Take-Off Strategy Using Model Predictive Control (MPC) For Ocean Wave-Energy Conversion
Major Advisor: Ted Brekken; Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Roberto Albertani; GCR: Janet Tate

PhD Final Examination – Sean McGregor
Friday, June 16 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | KEC 1005
Machine Learning Methods for Public Policy: Simulation, Optimization, and Visualization
Major Advisor: Thomas Dietterich; Committee: Ronald Metoyer, Prasad Tadepalli, Margaret Burnett; GCR: John Bolte

EVENTS

Advancing the Careers of Technical Women (ACT-W) Conference
June 15-17 | Portland, OR | $60, students $35
Join us as we kick off the weekend at the ACT-W Kickoff Happy Hour. Enjoy an exclusive experience to mingle with industry leaders, celebrate with other like-minded people, and enjoy a night on the town with food and drinks before the conference. This conference is packed with hands-on workshops, panels, motivating presentations, a Career Fair, and tons of networking time to connect with others. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with women in tech in Portland and the PNW.

EECS Graduation Celebration
Friday, June 16 | 3:30 p.m. | LaSells Stewart Center | Free
This is a cap and gown ceremony and is just for Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates. Registration has closed.

Rockwell Automation on the Move
June 28-29 | Red Lion Hotel Jantzen Beach, Portland
Rockwell Automation on the Move is coming to Portland, Oregon. Come learn how smart, safe, and sustainable solutions can turn your marketplace challenges into advantages.

  • Network with peers and subject matter experts
  • Learn from technical sessions, hands-on labs and workshops
  • Explore the latest technology from Rockwell Automation and our PartnerNetworkTM Members

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Start Today: 20 Habits That Will Help You Be Your Best in 2020
To be successful in 2020, who we are will be more important than whatever devices and management theories we have. To keep up and to thrive, we will need to find the slower resources within ourselves. Inc.

LinkedIn for Beginners: 2017 Guide
Our LinkedIn for beginners guide will walk you through completing your profile and making the most of LinkedIn. So, let’s get started! Career Experts

1 Brilliant Trick to Master The Networking Game
Do you find networking a chore? If so, the reason is that you are approaching it all wrong. Networking is not a transaction and if you view networking in that fashion, you have already failed. Networking starts months to years before you need it. Networking is about fostering a set of professional relationships that has benefits to both of us. Inc.

JOBS

Undergraduate Computational Researcher - OSU Center of Genome Research and Biocomputing
The student will be developing and managing and dynamic web driven system called ETA written in the JAVA programming language. This tool is used by 25 departments at OSU to interact with the CGRB computational infrastructure. The student will also have the opportunity to work with bleeding edge hardware used in computational research. The student will be expected to use, and modify as necessary, computer programs written in JAVA to help manage a dynamic website called Easy Terminal Alternative (ETA). This tool is used to interact with the CGRB computational infrastructure and was a project created by a previous undergraduate. Lastly, the student will also be asked to help deploy hardware used within the CGRB computational environment like high speed network and high end processing servers.

Collaboratory Developer - OSU School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
This position performs a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the university. Collaboratory Developers work to create new and targeted solutions for education, industry, and research. These positions can include multiple aspects including: electronic design, coding, mechanical design, web coding, hardware fabrication, store clerk sales, and tutorial development.

Web Developer - OSU Extended Campus
The Web Developer provides programming support for OSU Extended Campus programmatic and course needs. This position works as part of the Course Development and Training team, collaborating with faculty, administrators and other clients to design and develop instructional technology and other web-based educational resources for courses and modules. This Web Developer designs, develops, tests, implements, and maintains web and multimedia applications. This position collaborates with colleagues in OSU Extended Campus and other partners to design and assemble the programming and media necessary to carry out design plans as conceived by assigned instructional designers.

Analog/Mixed Signal IC Design Engineer - Voxtel
Voxtel is actively seeking an experienced Analog/Mixed Signal Design Engineer to contribute to the research and development of integrated circuit solutions related to Voxtel’s innovative imaging technologies. This position requires participation in all aspects of readout integrated circuit design (ROIC) development including design specification, transistor level design, physical layout, top-level assembly/verification, and electrical/optical bench debug and characterization.

Junior Software Engineer - Act-On Software
Act-On Software is seeking energetic, progressive, Software Engineers to develop world class solutions that will change the future of Marketing. You will use the latest technologies to expand and develop a cutting edge SaaS enterprise in the cloud. Responsible for full lifecycle development. Provide software development while ensuring quality assurance. Support, maintain and document software functionality. Seek guidance to plan and accomplish goals. Comply with all applicable product development processes. Maintain and evolve software design documents based on evolving system requirements.

Test Technician - PMIC
An established materials testing laboratory is seeking a skilled technician to assist in testing advanced materials used in the aerospace industry and in other applications. The candidate should have a basic understanding of the physics of materials and have experience using laboratory test equipment. The candidate will operate in a laboratory environment to prepare specimens, perform testing, and process test data. The candidate must have good technical skills, be able to keep good records, pay attention to detail, be able to thoroughly follow instructions, and have mechanical assembly aptitude. The candidate must be able to read and interpret mechanical drawings and work instructions.

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed). Sample jobs:

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students:

 


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