IN THE NEWS

Pushing the boundaries of speed
Research at Oregon State University got a huge boost through an equipment donation from Tektronix that is enabling new innovations in the area of integrated electronics. The state-of-the-art testing equipment allows researchers to do more advanced work that will impact a broad range of devices including consumer electronics like cell phones and sensors that detect radiation. EECS

Mentoring profession-ready students
Three years ago, Noah Hoffman had an inspiration for a wearable silent alarm clock that uses temperature change to wake up the user. The trouble was he lacked the tools and guidance to make it a reality until he became a student at Oregon State University. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

HP unveils world’s first 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab
One of the most widely used technologies in the world – the thermal Inkjet – came to be some 30 years ago thanks to engineers at HP’s 145-acre Corvallis, Ore., site. It’s no surprise, then, that Corvallis is also home to some of the most advanced 3D printing technologies being developed by HP with the end goal of fostering a partner-driven, open materials marketplace to accelerate the creation of production-ready 3D printed parts. HP

Engineering Grad Degrees Turn a Profit
Now that big data has begun influencing the financial world in a big way, says Emanuel Derman, director of Columbia University's master's in financial engineering program, grads are increasingly taking their data analysis and modeling skills to hedge funds. Jobs for quantitative analysts are projected to grow 12 percent in the next several years as investment portfolios and securities become more complex. Due to the unique blend of math, finance and computer skills needed, quantitative analysts command high salaries. U.S. News & World Report

Everyone wants full stack developers — and these other 24 in-demand jobs
It’s no secret that tech jobs are in high demand, but a new bit of data from jobs site Indeed may put that dynamic in better context. At the top of the list is full stack developer — someone who can work on both back-end and front-end operations, or databases and visual aspects, to use other terms. Second on the list is data scientist, which increased an average of 108 percent year to year. Portland Business Journal

Intel renews focus on artificial intelligence, merges units under new chief
Intel merged its artificial intelligence units on Thursday into a single operating group overseen by Naveen Rao. Santa Clara-based Intel's artificial intelligence products group will focus on the development of chips and software products tied to machine learning, algorithms and deep learning. In addition, Intel said it will create an applied AI research lab “dedicated to pushing the forefronts of computing.” Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer for the 2017 Undergraduate Expo
The College of Engineering needs volunteers to help on May 18th and 19th!
The Engineering Expo is only possible with the help of hundreds of volunteers. We need your help setting up furniture, posting signs, distributing supplies and materials, answering questions from exhibitors and attendees. Volunteer for 2 hours and receive a free T-shirt!

Spring 2017 HWeekend - Impact Oregon!
HWeekend returns April 22-23! This free hardware development competition, sponsored by the College of Engineering, College of Business, and InnovationX, brings students of all levels and majors together with industry and faculty mentors to create something new. Students work together in teams to create a marketable project they can demonstrate and pitch to judges at the end of the weekend. The theme for this event is Impact Oregon! Come together with a group of friends to make something that is uniquely Oregon or could help Oregon citizens. More info: webpage, video. Application deadline: April 5.

Oregon State University & NVIDIA - A GPU Deep Learning Workshop
Tuesday, April 18 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | CH2M HILL Alumni Center 
Attend to learn the latest techniques on how to design, train, and deploy neural network-powered machine learning in your applications. You’ll explore widely used open-source frameworks running on NVIDIA’s latest GPU-accelerated deep learning platforms. NVIDIA GPUs are the world's fastest and most efficient accelerators delivering world record application performance. This Deep Learning workshop will introduce students to GPU Accelerated Frameworks such as Caffe, Google TensorFlow, Python and Torch using a Hands-on lab approach. After the course, researchers will be able to use Deep Learning to help solve many big data problems such as computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing. Seating is limited to the first 40 people.

Target Women in Technology Symposium 2017
May 18 - 20 | Target Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN
Join us for a 3-day technology symposium focused on celebrating inclusion in engineering. You will have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities, attend tech talks with passionate Target engineers and leaders, and compete in a hackathon for prizes. Over the course of the symposium, you will learn about technology at Target and how we're changing the world of retail through tech. Attendees will be guaranteed an interview for Target's Summer 2018 Software Engineering Internship. Target will pay for all reasonable travel and hotel accommodations. Application deadline: April 14.

Complete a business minor in the summer
Stand out among your peers by adding a minor in business to your résumé. Oregon State now offers students the opportunity to complete a minor in business and entrepreneurship in just two short summers. This exclusive opportunity allows you to focus on your major course work during the academic year and on business courses during summer. Classes in the business and entrepreneurship minor are offered both on campus and online during summer term, providing you the opportunity to mix and match to best meet your needs. And summer business classes are either four or eight weeks in length, allowing you the chance to travel, work and play in the summer. Students who enroll in summer classes on campus in Corvallis also have the added benefit of paying in-state tuition (some exceptions apply). Talk to your academic advisor today to find out how you can earn a business and entrepreneurship minor during summer term.

Take Your Web Development Skills to the Next Level
CS 295 Web Management will focus on: Front-end solutions; Back-end solutions; Planning a Framework or CMS Project; Setting Up a Hosted Server Account; Installing, configuring, and adding content to the CMS; Designing a responsive theme using a child theme; Adding Dynamic Functions and Ecommerce; Promoting the Site; User and AI Testing; and Reporting analytics. See the Syllabus for more detail: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/cs295/ (CRN 59189, 10:00am to noon Tues/Thurs)

Rohde & Schwarz Engineering Competition
April 1 - 25
Better, faster, further! Develop the future of video distribution! Rohde & Schwarz is searching for the champions of signal processing and software optimization worldwide. Build a team of electrical and software engineers. Compete against others and show your expertise. The participants of the competition will enhance (for the highest performance) the software-based DVB-T2-Coder, based on the open source GNU Radio project. Join in and win up to $3,000 per team. All finalists will be invited to the finals in Munich, Germany.

Digital Photography for Engineering Students
Art 263 Section 3 | Tues & Thurs 16:00-17:00 | Fairbanks 104
This course covers the technical and practical aspects of photography with an emphasis on developing visual language skills and developing an individual creative voice. This section is targeted specifically toward engineering students. In this studio course, you learn how to take advantage of digital photography in the realm of engineering through assignments, class projects, hands-on experiences, and studio practice.

2017 Hack for a Cause
April 7 - 9 | Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene | Students $10, Professionals $20
Attention students, developers, and professional with any type of talent you would like to share with the world: Finally, A HACKATHON RIGHT HERE IN EUGENE! We're challenging you to use your powers for good and improve downtown livability in the most creative way possible. Oh yeah...and you only get 48 HOURS to do it! We are currently SEEKING challenges for 2017.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Summer Engineering Research Experiences in Transportation Electrification - University of Maryland
The University of Maryland’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, with support from the National Science Foundation is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the broad area of electrical engineering. The Transportation Electrification program combines cutting-edge, team-based research with technical and educational seminars. Students are supervised jointly by faculty members and graduate students. For Summer 2017, we were pleased to offer students research experiences under Transportation Electrification, an NSF-funded REU. Selection of Transportation Electrification REU participants will be announced no later than April 1, 2017.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Summer Data Science Fellowship - 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. 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.

Summer 2017 Insight Data Engineering and AI Fellowships
Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program is an intensive, seven week professional training fellowship. The program enables software engineers and academic programmers to gain experience with the industry-specific tools needed to work in the growing field of Data Engineering at leading companies in New York and Silicon Valley. Fellows learn by building an efficient and scalable data platform in a self-directed, collaborative, and hands-on approach. This is a tuition-free program, with need-based scholarships to help cover living expenses. Application deadline: March 29.

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: 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.

Zonta Club STEM Scholarships for 2017-18
Zonta Service Foundation of Corvallis is accepting applications for the Rusnak Scholarship and several Zonta Club STEM scholarships. These scholarships are earmarked for female students focused on a career in science, technology, engineering or math. They offer $1000 per term for 3 terms to help cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Application deadline: April 3.

Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant
This grant program is open to doctoral students in their fourth year or beyond, studying computing topics at universities in the United States and Canada, who are from under-represented groups (women, African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or people with disabilities). The program allows students to apply for a research grant of up to $20,000 to support their dissertation research; grant recipients will also get to take part in a two-day career workshop at Microsoft Research Redmond this fall. Grant applications for 2017 will be due on April 7.

EVENTS

Kobie Boykins: Exploring Mars
Saturday, April 1 | 8:00 PM | Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene | $17.50-$39.75; college and youth discounts available
In 2004, the successful deployment of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity launched a new era of scientific investigation of our nearest planetary neighbor. For Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rovers’ success was also a personal triumph: he helped design and build the solar arrays that enabled to rovers to keep going long after their planned 90-day life. Boykins’ boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space, and Mars in particular, is infectious. Join him for an engaging evening exploring the Red Planet — with an update on the very latest chapter in the ongoing story of Mars exploration.

PDX Women In Tech Technical Leadership Q&A with Selena Deckelmann
Thursday, April 6 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Cedexis Inc, Portland | Free
Join us for a Q&A session with Selena Deckelmann, Head of Firefox Security Engineering at Mozilla with nearly two decades of experience in tech as a contributor, leader, advocate and organizer. Come prepared for an open and honest dialog.

Beaver Barcamp 17
Saturday, April 8 | 9am-6pm | Kelley Engineering Center | Free
Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees. One of the best aspects of BarCamp is that attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and freedom.

Oregon State University & NVIDIA - A GPU Deep Learning Workshop
Tuesday, April 18 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | CH2M HILL Alumni Center 
Attend to learn the latest techniques on how to design, train, and deploy neural network-powered machine learning in your applications. You’ll explore widely used open-source frameworks running on NVIDIA’s latest GPU-accelerated deep learning platforms. NVIDIA GPUs are the world's fastest and most efficient accelerators delivering world record application performance. This Deep Learning workshop will introduce students to GPU Accelerated Frameworks such as Caffe, Google TensorFlow, Python and Torch using a Hands-on lab approach. After the course, researchers will be able to use Deep Learning to help solve many big data problems such as computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing. Seating is limited to the first 40 people.

Science Pub Portland: Designing Robots
Tuesday, April 18 | 7:00 p.m. | Empirical Theater at OMSI
Designing Robots to Walk and Run
With Jonathan Hurst, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University
Designing passive dynamics, which are generated by the mechanical hardware, and software control algorithms together in tight integration can drastically improve the performance of a machine as measured by efficiency, agility, and robustness to disturbances.

UC Berkeley Engineering Preview Day
April 19-22
The UC Berkeley College of Engineering is hosting its fifth annual Engineering Preview Day. This 3 day event is for current juniors who intend to pursue a PhD in engineering. Preview Day provides students the opportunity to meet individually with engineering faculty in their discipline, socialize with Berkeley graduate students, network with campus research centers and Bay Area National Labs. The deadline to apply is March 27, 2017.

Computer Science Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, May 3 | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)
This online chat will connect you directly with organizations from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet. Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After signing in, you'll be able to explore the available information and opportunities, and participate in 1-on-1 text-based chats with representatives from participating organizations. Share your background and experience, and get all your questions answered.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Here's What's Going Through a Hiring Manager's Head When You Bomb an Interview
It turns out that (surprise!) hiring managers are human, too, and they understand that these things happen. The Muse

The Right (and Wrong) Way to Ask Someone to be a Reference
You’ve already done the hard work of earning good references . So how do you make sure you don’t make a mistake — and that your references work for you, not against? When it comes time to provide their names and contact info, follow these simple steps. The Muse

What are soft skills and why are they important?
Soft skills are some of the most difficult competencies for people to understand. Though they're extremely fluid and highly personalized to each individual, soft skills are a critical component for professional success — and are often the most distinguishing factor between applicants, so make sure you show off your soft skills right. Career Builder

JOBS

Student Information Technology (Library Programmer)
The OSU Libraries & Press, Emerging Technologies & Services Department is hiring a student programmer to assist in the completion of a couple of projects during Spring term of 2017 through Summer term of 2017. Develop a new travel approval online workflow system. Build a travel reimbursement system that interfaces with existing campus systems. Provide support to the analyst programmers in the Emerging Technologies & Services Department.

College Inventory Student Worker - Intel
This internship would be best suited for an undergraduate computer science student. This position will be involved with electronic component inventory management.

Computer Vision Engineering Intern
The Overwatch Imaging Computer Vision Engineering Intern will design and implement software for real-time, onboard image processing to transform raw UAS imagery into customer intelligence. Major Areas of Responsibility: Object Detection Algorithm Development; Representative Imagery Collection; Image Processing Software Programming.

Intern Fusion Data Latency - Exploration - Autodesk
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team of Software Development Engineers at the Autodesk PDG Group at Portland, Oregon. You will get to co-develop Fusion 360, Autodesk’s new, innovative CAD, CAM and CAE tool. Fusion 360 connects the entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both MAC and PC.

Engineering Internship - Tillamook People's Utility District
The ideal candidate will be at least 18 years of age and have completed their junior year in a power related Electrical Engineering program. Projects will include, but are not limited to: Phase Balancing; Analyze existing feeder balance and use modeling software to determine potential locations for improvements; SCADA.

Data Scientist Internship: Deep Learning - Cambia
We are looking for internship candidates in machine learning and data science with strong software engineering skills and a background in deep learning. The team carries out applied research in ML and designs, develops and deploys models to the rest of Cambia. The team has developed and applied various ML algorithms including Neural Networks, Logistic Regression, Random Forest, LDA topic modeling for several healthcare products. Minimum Qualifications: Recent graduate or currently enrolled in graduate degree program focused on Machine Learning, Big Data, Computer Science, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computational Linguistics or related degree program (individuals who have completed their degree in the last six months are also encouraged to apply).

Data Scientist Internship: Marketing - Cambia
Essential work of the Data Scientist Internship - Marketing: You have a strong passion for diving deep into very large datasets using advanced data mining and machine learning techniques to find key insights that impact business. You develop models of usage, consumer and business behavior. Build key predictive, explanatory, causal, time-series, optimization and segmentation models. You build models to make a significant impact on variety of efforts including, but not restricted to: marketing campaigns, membership acquisition and retention, customer understanding and segmentation, social network analysis, personalized recommendations, and more. You work with other teams to formulate their business decisions as data science problems. You surface actionable recommendations that focus on crafting a better customer experience and having business impact. Key Qualifications and Experience: Those currently enrolled in a PhD program focused on using large data sets to discover marketing insights are strongly preferred; but master’s degree candidates with a strong research background in problems relating to Big Data are also acceptable. A minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 is required.

Data Scientist Internship: Natural Language Processing - Cambia
Looking for a passionate, talented and inventive Data Scientist intern to help build industry-leading speech and language solutions. Together with a highly multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, strategic partners and subject domain experts, you will work on building a real product with natural language processing and machine learning at its core. Utilize statistical natural language processing to mine unstructured data and create insights. Build and optimize cutting-edge natural language understanding systems such as conversational agents (chatbots). Build core in-house NLP components and analytical tools such as document clustering, topic analysis, text classification, named entity recognition, sentiment analysis, and part-of-speech tagging methods for unstructured and semi-structured data.

DevOps Intern - Palo Alto Software
Experience life as a full-time software developer with a paid summer internship at Palo Alto Software. We started in the Bay Area but long ago relocated to downtown Eugene. Get real-world experience with React, ES6, Java, Dropwizard, Postgres, Redis, AWS, and other contemporary technologies, and benefit from easy access to senior developers who can help you get up to speed. You’ll get hands-on experience using Docker containers for local development, managing code as part of a team in GitHub, and working in a continuous integration environment with Jenkins builds and a fully containerized development chain.

Software Engineer Intern - Zynga
We’re currently searching for an Intern and Co-op Software Engineer for our Eugene, Oregon location. Whether it’s in our Web and Mobile Games Division, or in our Platform and Systems Division, Zynga's software engineers don't just develop some of the world's largest games, they deliver some of the world's largest infrastructures. Our software engineers are blazing trails in all facets of game design, web technologies, and massive scalability. Like other companies facing explosive growth, Zynga faces a number of challenges—but many are unique to our situation: the large data requirements of online and mobile gaming require us to continually push boundaries to discover the best solutions. Zynga software engineers are willing to pick up any of the languages, technologies, or methodologies necessary to smite a challenge—and if a conventional solution doesn't exist, they innovate as necessary. Our software engineers are comfortable moving between front end, back end, and architecture roles.

Product engineering intern - NWLabs (Analog Devices)
It will be all lab work, product test and evaluation of RF/IF ICs, no design. They are looking for a really good undergrad between junior and senior year or an MSEE student between years. They are looking for someone versed in RF (understands IIP3, P1dB, Gain etc.). Experience with lab equipment would be a big bonus (signal generators, spectrum analyzers, scopes). Apply online (job # 170363).

Software Engineer - Conservation Biology Institute
We are looking for a software engineer to create and contribute to amazing software used across a wide range of projects, from client-facing web mapping and data visualization applications, to scaling our mapping, data, and science delivery platforms. On a given day, you could be hand-crafting a beautiful data visualization tool, developing cutting-edge map server technology, or working closely alongside CBI’s clients and stakeholders to develop and refine conservation-oriented applications. We are committed to open source development and are actively working toward building reusable components in the open. We rely heavily on Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Amazon Web Services, distributed version control (git and mercurial), and relational databases (MySQL, Postgresql). We often deal with multiple aspects of data processing, analysis, and visualization, ranging from desktop GIS to building cutting-edge geospatial servers to development of custom web-based data interpretation tools.

Analog Circuit Researcher - Keysight Laboratories
To be successful as an Analog Circuit Researcher at KeysightLabs, you should have: A strong understanding of transistor physics and EM theory and their impact on circuits. Experience with 2-D and 3-D electromagnetic simulation of on-chip structures and derivation of a model for use in circuit simulators is highly desired. Experience with mixed-mode simulation of analog and digital blocks -- mixed-signal or behavioral modeling of analog circuits. An ability to write Verliog or VHDL models of analog circuits. Experience with AMS and System C is a plus. Experience with one or more of: PLLs, CDR circuits and data converter architectures. Experience with custom high-speed digital data paths is a plus. Experience with device modeling, thermal design, IC package design is desirable.

DSP Researcher - Keysight Laboratories
To be successful as a DSP Researcher at Keysight Labs, you should have: Experience in the design of DSP blocks, using a high-level language for rapid investigation of design trade-offs. The ideal researcher will have experience in design of DSP algorithms and blocks associated with digital communications, high performance data converters or similar mixed-signal ICs. Experience with design of digital systems and generation of RTL for synthesis through transistor level artwork. Familiarity with gate level synthesis and place/route flows is highly desired. Strong understanding of DSP elements and algorithms. Insight into how to design efficient algorithms which provide enough performance at low cost. Understanding of how choices at high levels affect the outcome of the synthesized digital flow from architecture to GDS generation, overall gate count and power consumption. Experience with verification via an automated regression test suite. Experience in creating such a framework is a big plus.

Full stack web developer - Madison Ave. Collective
The Madison Ave. Collective is a strategic design and development agency in Corvallis, and we have an opening for a full-time, salaried full stack web developer. If the right person were available, they could potentially begin part-time now and join our team full-time after graduation.

Open positions at energy startup
Flonium focuses on developing energy-storage products, and lately we've also started working on developing renewable energy (e.g. solar PV) solutions. We're very excited about our products and solutions, as well as ramping up of business-opportunities in this relatively "new" field of emerging energy technologies/initiatives. We have a number of open positions (ranging from software engineering, to power-systems engineering, to project management).

Full Time Postdoctoral Position in Biostatistics/Data Science - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
We seek capable and self-motivated individuals who have earned a doctoral degree or foreign equivalent in an interdisciplinary, data-driven field, with educational emphasis in statistics/bioinformatics/data science/machine learning /statistics. Additional qualifications include: a superior academic performance, proficiency in R, Python, experience with handling of BIG data and an ability to be self-directed with broadly-defined limits on assignments; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; and a demonstrated ability to interact efficiently with diverse people in a highly multidisciplinary environment. The applicant is expected to show excellence in independently conducting analyses of high dimensional data (such RNA sequence and proteomic data) including but not limited to applying methods for normalization and quality control (QC), statistical modeling, machine learning algorithms.

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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