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EECS Weekly News: June 20, 2016

IN THE NEWS

Using Bat Anatomy to Improve Robot Navigation
Seeking a way to improve the navigational ability of robots, Colin Comard, Seydou Yaogo and Ilya Zhimanov turned to the animal world — specifically the bat’s remarkable ability to maneuver quickly and precisely using sonar. Ingenium

Career success a theme among OSU’s record number of online graduates
Myles Chatman has already worked for Google, and this weekend the Bay Area resident will add an Oregon State University degree to his impressive résumé. Chatman is one of a record 692 OSU distance students who will receive their diplomas Saturday after completing degree requirements online with Oregon State Ecampus. Life@OSU

How Siri Got Left Behind
“Siri is kind of like having a person you can ask one question and get one answer from. And if the [assistant] doesn’t answer your question, then they just turn it into a web search,” says Oregon State’s Tom Dietterich. “There’s a lot of room to improve those systems.” The Ringer

MSU professor to be recognized for renewable and alternative energy power generation work
Hashem Nehrir, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in MSU’s College of Engineering, will receive the Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society next month in Boston. The annual award recognizes a researcher’s contributions to incorporating renewable energy sources into the national power grid and is meant to spur utilization of renewable technologies for power generation, and further research and teaching in the field. Nehrir earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 1969, 1971 and 1978, respectively. KXLO-KLCM

HP hopes 3D will revive flagging printer business – and its sites in Vancouver and Corvallis
HP Inc. thinks it has the technology to fulfill the promise. The company is taking inkjet technology invented decades ago in Corvallis and repurposing it for a new era, adapting the print heads on your desktop printer to produce a physical product instead of a document or a family photo. "A lot of the future, long-term brand power of the company is located here in the Northwest," said Shane Wall (CpE '88), a longtime Intel executive, now HP's chief technology officer. The Oregonian

Celebrating our graduates
Congratulations to the 2016 graduates of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science! We celebrate all the different paths that got you to where you are. McKay Lindsay, Eloy Hernandez and Katie Hughes are three of our 575 graduates. EECS

Diving into Big Data
Computer science students Bret Lorimore, Chris Vlessis and George Harder took a big plunge into big data when they participated in DataFest, a nationwide hackathon-style event, in April. The group won the Best Use of Outside Data award in the American Statistical Association competition hosted at over 20 universities, including Oregon State University. DataFest is a competition that challenges students to analyze a complex data set over a single weekend. EECS News

OSU EECS Minute: Undergrad Engineering Expo 2016
The Engineering Expo hosted by the College of Engineering at Oregon State University is a high-energy event where students show off their capstone senior design projects. Held every year in May, the event is open to the public, including school groups and industry visitors. Throngs of people come to view over 200 projects from all the engineering disciplines at Oregon State. EECS video

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Expedia: Women hold one third of company's leadership positions
Expedia says its women and men employees get equal pay, while woman hold a third of the executive positions at the online travel company. In releasing data about gender pay parity, Expedia Inc. touted its ongoing efforts to increase the representation of women in leadership within the company at a time when the overall tech industry is under scrutiny for how it pays, hires and promotes women. Puget Sound Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Cambia Open House: Data Science Meets Health for Next Generation Care
Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cambia Health Solutions, 100 SW Market Street Atrium, Portland, OR
When data science meets artificial intelligence meets machine learning, a consumer-focused healthcare transformation is born. We’re looking for data scientists, developers, and other techies to help us drive this next-generation health transformation. Maybe that’s you. Join us for Cambia’s first Data Science Open House. We’ll share how we’re leveraging data to create meaningful change in the lives of consumers. And we’d also love to hear your ideas and discuss our data and technology job openings with you. Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 20

CS 446/519: Networks in Computational Biology - Fall 2016
Are you interested in bioinformatics? Want to know what computational biology is all about? Check out CS 446/519! In this course you will:

  • get to do a research project related to analyzing a large network
  • learn about CS tools for analyzing and modeling networks
  • use Python and R packages for data analysis and network analysis
  • improve your skills in data science related to network inference
  • learn about networks in biology – no biology background required

Non-CS students who are proficient in programming are welcome!

America’s Greatest Makers Season 2
Calling all makers, inventors, designers, and engineers! Intel, legendary Executive Producer Mark Burnett, MGM Television and Turner Broadcasting are looking for the most innovative makers to join Season 2 of America's Greatest Makers. Do you have an amazing idea for the next big smart connected device? Apply now for the chance to make your dream a reality using Intel's latest technology including the Intel Curie Module and upcoming advanced developer platforms that can connect to a broad array of input and output devices (including cameras and displays). Winner walks away with $1 million dollars! What will YOU make? Application deadline: August 19.

Mentorship Saturdays
Metal Toad, 522 SW 5th Ave. Ste 400, Portland, OR
Coffee and bagels and people working on code! We have 2-5 mentors each week ready to help people get started in the industry, get help with a particular problem, or get career advice.

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Sheng Chen
Monday, June 20, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007
From Segmentation to Tracking
Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Committee: Sinisa Todorovic, Fuxin Li, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: Kyle Niemeyer

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Rana Almurshed
Monday, June 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 3114
Investigating the Effect of Using Mobile Touchscreen Device on Children's Tactile Skills
Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen; Committee: Margaret Burnett, Cindy Grimm, Maggie Niess; GCR: Bridget Hatfield

EVENTS

Open Source Bridge
June 21–24, Portland, Oregon
Open Source Bridge is an annual conference focused on building open source community and citizenship through four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and collaboration opportunities. Participants include developers, hardware hackers, community organizers, and people involved in the business of open source.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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: June 30.

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: 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.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

23 Ways You Can Update Your LinkedIn and Make Yourself More Hireable
These days, like it or not, LinkedIn is an extremely valuable tool in the professional world, especially when you’re searching for a job. If your profile isn’t current, or if your picture is fuzzy and irrelevant (like a really cool filtered vacation photo of you in sunglasses), you could be ruining your chances of landing a new gig. The Muse

The Best Question to Ask if You Want to End the Interview on a Great Note
We’ve all been there: It’s the end of the interview, and after nearly an hour of pouring your heart (and work experience) out to a potential employer, the hiring manager asks if you have any last questions before wrapping up. It’s meant to be a formality, of course—a way to end the conversation without kicking you out right then and there. But it’s also an opportunity, intentional or not, to make one final impression and give your interviewer something to remember you by. The Muse

15 tips for being a good dinner guest
Lots of action takes place over drinks, dinner and social events where how you dress and behave is very important. Manners are important. You may not know whom you need to impress, but they will be making judgments about you. Portland Business Journal

5 Skills You Need to Work on to Get Ahead—No Matter What Industry You're In
Having great soft skills can be a huge game-changer as you go through your career. It can be the difference between getting people to believe in you or being forgotten, the difference between advancing a project or having it rejected, the difference between getting a promotion or finding yourself in yet another disappointing lateral move. These skills teach you not just to be a better employee but a stellar human being as well. The Muse

JOBS

Student Web Developer - OSU Information Services
Central Web Services provides Drupal site hosting for various academic and administrative units at Oregon State University. The primary purpose of this position is to perform site building and other technical duties in support of various CWS projects. Potential projects include Drupal 6 migrations, HTML site migrations, automated testing, development of Drupal modules and features. Work with the CWS team to perform site building and other technical duties for client websites and the platform that they run on. This includes working with Drupal, Wordpress, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other technologies.

Electrical Design CAD Drafter
I am looking for someone this summer for about a 2 month period that can do electrical design work in AutoCAD LT or Draft sight. This job will be responsible for drafting and designing electrical loop diagrams and schematics. This could be a great opportunity for one of your students to work side by side with a Systems Integrator in Bend, Oregon.

LifeMap Migration Internship - Cambia
As a LifeMap Migration Intern, you will: Participate in a team environment to migrate data from one system to another. Accurately inputs information into the system while maintaining productivity, accuracy and dependability requirements as established by department. Organize, keep current and readily accessible, all references, documents, policies and procedures. Look for ways to improve efficiencies. Track and report time spent on tasks as required.

LifeMap QA Internship - Cambia
The LifeMap QA Intern will provide support to the Technology Delivery Team in the following role: Participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems. Will be responsible for testing of applications in a development environment. This experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of enterprise software development practices, source control management as well a good understanding of application deployment architecture.

DTS Performance Reporting Analyst Internship - Cambia
Cambia's Data and Technology Solutions Department delivers innovative data and technology products, services, and solutions that will help drive Cambia to its 2020 vision of person-focused health care transformation. We are seeking an intern to join our dynamic team. Essential Function of the DTS Performance Reporting Analyst Internship: Assembles various data and reports; documents business requirements and methods used to generate work output; applies analytic innovation and best practices within the DTS division; ensures the appropriate identification of root causes through effective use of data analysis tools and techniques.

Engineering Technician 1 - Springfield Utility Board
The ESC Engineering Technician 1 – 3 position is responsible for the preparation of designs, estimates, studies and reports for new and existing facilities. This position will work with developers, consultants and other public agencies, contractors and various crews.

Qualcomm opportunities
We have 2 new reqs approved to join LTE RF in San Diego and 1 more in QIPL for solid/pukka engineering friends particularly outside of QUALCOMM who may be interested in working in the RF domain.

Analyst Programmer - OSU Academic Technologies
The main responsibility of this Analyst Programmer level two position is to build and support web publishing and content management systems for the OSU campus community. Central Web Services utilizes both Drupal and Wordpress to enable our customers to deliver content. This position will primarily be responsible for development of, and support for, a customized Drupal distribution for the OSU Drupal community.

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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