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EECS Weekly News: March 14, 2016

IN THE NEWS

Oregon State University given grant for computational sustainability
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Oregon State University a share of aw $10 million grant for the research project CompSustNet, which deals with computational sustainability. Computational sustainability, in short, is using computer science to research sustainability problems. OSU faculty distinguished professor Tom Dietterich, Professor Alan Fern, and Professor John Selker along with researchers from Cornell University, Stanford University and eight other research institutions are a part of the project. The Daily Barometer

Mike Rosulek Receives Google Research Award
Mike Rosulek, assistant professor of computer science, was selected for a Google Research Award for a grant to advance methods of customer privacy. The award will allow Rosulek to hire a graduate student to work on the project, and give them the opportunity to collaborate with Google researchers and engineers. EECS News

OSU EECS Minute: Industry Reception
The 16th annual Industry Reception hosted by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University on February 24, 2016. Held the evening before the Engineering Career Fair, this event is a targeted networking opportunity for organizations interested in connecting with Oregon State's EECS students and faculty. EECS (video)

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Portland-area unemployment rate reaches 15-year low
The Oregon Employment Department said the metro unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.9 percent between December and January. The measure has not been that low since May 2000, and is now a half-point below the U.S. average. The Oregon-wide unemployment rate is 5.1 percent. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Engineering Student Council Officer Elections
The Engineering Student Council is looking for creative and enthusiastic student leaders to serve on the 2016-2017 Executive Board. Commitment would involve a minimum of attendance at two general body meetings each term and three executive officer meetings, in addition to position specific responsibilities. ESC Officers help support the success of College of Engineering student organizations by supporting collaboration and communication among student organizations and connecting them with college and university administration/resources. Applications due Friday, April 1.

Mindsumo Projects
Please review the latest electrical engineering projects from MindSumo. 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.

Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity - Data Incubator
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. Who Should Apply: 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.

Configure, Design, and Promote a Successful Website Spring Term
CS 295 Web Management will focus on:

  1. Exploring Frameworks and Content Management Systems.
  2. Managing a domain and server account.
  3. Managing Google and Bing Webmaster tools.
  4. Promoting a site with rich content.
  5. Analyzing promotional campaign results.
  6. Learning responsive techniques using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.
  7. Designing with color and vector graphics.

CRN 57358, 4 Credits Prereqs: Experience with HTML and CSS.
Contact Pam Van Londen at vanlondp@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8627

OSU Free Virtual Networking Lunch
Beaver Nation is everywhere. The OSU Alumni Association has introduced a new virtual platform that allows you to connect with Oregon State alumni and friends no matter where you live. This real-time chat program will allow you to network and build connections from the privacy of your own computer. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16. Register here. Here is a demo of how the virtual platform works.

Grand Team Challenge for Student Scholars Program
The Division of Undergraduate Studies is launching a new Grand Team Challenge for Student Scholars Program to engage undergraduate students in team projects of local to global relevance. The goal is to engage undergraduate students in activities beyond the classroom for building capacities in critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork while addressing community issues and developing skills that many employers seek in today’s graduates. Undergraduates will work in teams of 4-6 members, develop a meaningful mentoring relationship with a faculty member, gain presentation and communication skills, and obtain an “OSU Undergraduate Research Fellow” or “OSU Undergraduate Arts Fellow” notation on their transcript upon completion of the project. The program will provide opportunities for faculty, and potentially for graduate students, to mentor undergraduates in majors beyond their discipline. The program encourages participation by a diverse group of students with a variety of abilities. Students across all disciplines/colleges/units/majors at OSU are eligible. No prior experience is required. Application deadline: March 18.

Grace Hopper Celebration Call for Participation & Scholarships
Are you ready to share your knowledge, lead a discussion or engage the community at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston October 19-21? Submit your proposal for #GHC16. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, we are offering #GHC16 Scholarships to enable students and faculty to attend the celebration in October. Apply for a scholarship today.

Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program
The Insight Data Engineering Fellowship is open to anyone with a strong background in math, computer science and software engineering fundamentals, coming from positions in industry or directly from Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs. Insight Data Engineering Fellowship: 7 week, full-time professional training Fellowship. Learn new cutting-edge open-source technologies with mentorship from industry data scientists and data engineers. Gain access to industry mentors and meet with data engineers from leading companies. Join our active community of over 500 Insight alumni. Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process. Deadline: March 28.

Computer Science Coding Competition Kicks Off
The "Dream it. Code it. Win it." contest is an international student coding competition that rewards and promotes creative problem solving, diversity, and literacy in the field of computer science. High-school and college students worldwide can begin to submit their solutions to compete for $80,000 in prizes. Dream it. Code it. Win it. differs from traditional coding competitions or hackathons, which focus on coding alone, because entries are judged on both the quality of the problem and solution. Entries will be accepted until midnight on April 3, 2016.

GRADUATE EXAMS

MS Final Examination – Sri Sai Kameswara Mullapudi
Fabrication of Cost-effective Flexible Glucose Sensor for Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Thursday, March 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1005
Major Advisor: John Conley; Committee: Gregory Herman, Larry Cheng; GCR: Adam Higgins

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Making Good Decisions Using Data-driven Models
Tuesday, March 15, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4001
Marek Petrik, Research Staff Member
Solutions and Mathematical Sciences Department, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Digital Transmitter Revolution: From Polar to Multiphase SCPAs
Monday, March 28, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Jeffrey Walling, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah

Fractional-N PLLs for Frequency Synthesis
Friday, April 1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1003
Ian Galton, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, UCSD

A System of Systems Framework for Autonomy, Big Data Analytic, and Cloud Infrastructure
Monday, May 2, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Mo Jamshidi, Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, San Antonio

EVENTS

Learn about Advanced Data Visualization - Data Management PDX March Chapter Meeting
Thursday, March 17, from 8:30–11:30am, Standard Insurance Center Auditorium, 900 SW 5th Avenue, Portland
After a review of our previous meeting about the basics of Data Visualization (Dec. 2012) we will explore some of the more complex issues of expressing complex business behavior in graphic form. You do not need to have attended the basics presentation to get value from this advanced presentation. Included in this session are the five basic chart types, along with topics of normalization and the importance of context. We will then look at more advanced concepts for the expression of metrics (such as cartograms, step functions, metrics which go negative, non-linear scales, and lineage charts). We will discuss the importance of understanding volatility in a metric, and the expression of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Technology Association of Oregon Workshop: Refactoring for Asynchronous Execution on Mobile
Danny Dig, Assistant Professor, OSU School of EECS
Thursday, March 31, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Location TBA
To improve responsiveness, developers often use asynchronous programming. In the post-PC era, asynchronous programming is even more in demand because mobile and wearable devices have limited resources and access the network excessively. One current development task is refactoring long-running, blocking synchronous code (for example, accessing the Web, a cloud, a database, or a file system) into nonblocking asynchronous code. This talk describes the refactorings that improve responsiveness, along with the obstacles of using asynchrony. It also presents the challenges of retrofitting asynchrony and presents program analyses and transformations and a growing, practical toolset and resources for retrofitting asynchrony.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

AVANGRID Foundation International Energy & Environment Scholarships
The AVANGRID Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for master’s studies in energy and/or the environment at ICAI, School of Engineering at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain and at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for the 2016/2017 academic year. The AVANGRID Foundation scholarship program is open to students of US nationality to pursue master’s-level work with an emphasis on sustainably energy, environmental science and climate-related areas of study, in addition to more specific business areas. The grants cover full tuition, fees and health insurance and a monthly stipend of €1200 at Universidad Pontificia Comillas and £1200 at the University of Edinburgh for other expenses. Application deadline: March 29, 2016.

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: March 31.

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: March 31.

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: March 31.

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: March 31.

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship
ExxonMobil has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Hispanic college students. The Fellowship consists of: five 1-hour meetings with mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to the organization and company career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. Application deadline: April 17, 2016.

ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships
ACM SIGHPC and Intel are excited to announce a new international program of graduate fellowships, beginning in 2016. The goal is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program will support students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world. Application deadline: April 30.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Scholarships and Fellowships
The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to offer scholarships and fellowships for community college and undergraduate students in the STEM fields and graduate students enrolled in an MAT program in STEM education. Scholarships and fellowships are open to students attending OSGC member institutions. Application deadline is May 20.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Interdisciplinary Research Experience for Undergraduates Interested in Materials Science and Engineering
Applications are now being accepted for an undergraduate summer fellowship in materials science and engineering entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. Engage in cutting edge research in materials processing, testing and characterization for interdisciplinary applications in energy storage, energy generation, biomaterials, combustion and aerospace. This nine-week program will offer extensive experience in materials science and engineering research to the selected scholars. In addition, scholars will be introduced to entrepreneurship and commercialization to transition research from the lab-scale to the real world. Application deadline: March 21.

Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota
SPACT NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates provides undergraduate students a chance to conduct cutting-edge research focused on security printing and anti-counterfeiting technology. Counterfeiting is a growing issue in the U.S., posing serious economic, safety and national security concerns. The REU program is a interdisciplinary program with research opportunities in Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Computer Science. Application deadline: March 18.

Data Science Research for Safe, Sustainable, and Healthy Communities - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
The Data Science Program at WPI, Worcester, MA, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers a 6-week, all expenses paid Research Experience for undergraduate students in Summer 2016. The students, working with WPI faculty and peer students, learn state-of-the-art data science techniques and technologies and apply them in research focused on societal challenges in 'smart and connected' communities. These include healthcare, sustainability, security, mobility, and more; all interlinked concerns of critical national importance. Application deadline: March 20.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

13 Tricks for Impressing Anyone You Meet in Under 30 Seconds
Within seconds, everyone you meet forms an impression that largely determines whether they’ll like, trust, and respect you. Whether you’re job-hunting or fundraising or leading an organization, making a good impression is absolutely critical. The Muse

4 Mistakes Not to Make When Answering "Why Are You Interested in This Position?"
Your answer says a lot about all of the most important things the interviewer will be evaluating: your skills, your cultural fit, and your interest. In other words, this is definitely not a question you want to screw up. Here are four common mistakes and how to avoid them. The Muse

9 Job Search Tips for Soon-to-Be Grads Who Need a Job ASAP
Landing a gig is easier said than done, but with these nine awesome resources to get you started, you’ll be walking into a new office with swagger in no time. The Muse

It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview
An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need. TheLadders

JOBS

ONAMI Graduate Internship - Voxtel Nano
Open to graduate students who are currently working with ONAMI Member Researchers, or who have recently their MS or PhD within the last year. In order to help Voxtel succeed with 3D optics printing, Intern will work as an intern with Voxtel, Inc in the Corvallis ATAMI facility lab. Intern will provide engineering design, experiment, and analysis to understand and then improve the uniform flatness of optic layers to less than 1 μm throughout the printing process, from 20 μm to 6 mm thick.

Quality Assurance Test Engineer Intern - Trimble
The Quality Assurance Test Engineer will work in Corvallis Oregon with the team that makes the popular survey data collector software, Spectra Precision Survey Pro. This is a 3-6 month internship position, with a start and end time based on the selected candidate’s schedule. As a quality assurance test engineer, you will test GNSS and optical total station survey instruments working with different field software applications. You will be responsible for executing test plans, validating field survey results, entering observed defects into a database, and monitoring these issues through to resolution. The right candidate may also have the opportunity to write code in C++ and/or C# to contribute to the the software team’s development and automated testing activities.

Process Documentation Internship - Cambia
The Process Documentation Intern will be an integrated member of the Web Product Ownership Team tasked with documenting policy and procedures to ensure compliance. Research and organize existing information and documentation from disparate sources. Create library of policy and procedure documents and communication materials. Update and revise existing documents, tools and resources to support onboarding of new team members and reporting/compliance practices. Log information into existing compliance database.

Oper Systems-Network Analyst - University Shared Services Enterprise at Oregon State University
This position is responsible for managing web servers, application servers, and database servers in support of the shared Ellucian Banner ERP hosted environment, in order to meet user and organizational information needs at the system-wide, campus-wide, or individual unit level. The applications include Banner modules and other applications that integrate with Banner.

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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