KUDOS

Congratulations to the winners of the best poster presentations at the Grad Expo in Portland on March 1!

ECE

  • First place: Hans Chiang
  • Second Place: Philip Lenox

CS

  • First place: Jesse Hostetler
  • Second Place: Islam Almusaly

IN THE NEWS

Intel, Samsung and others invest another $10 million in Corvallis chip startup pushing the edges of chip technology
Some of the biggest names in the semiconductor industry are looking to a startup in Corvallis to help break a technological impasse that's slowing the advent of new chip technology. Corvallis-based Inpria is pioneering new materials engineered specifically for EUV (extreme ultraviolet), which the 20-person company says will improve results. Inpria, which spun out of Oregon State University in 2007, announced Tuesday it has raised a second $10 million investment to further its work. (John Wager is a co-founder of Inpria.) The Oregonian. Also: OSU spinout lands 2 more high-flying investorsPortland Business Journal

5 things you need to know about A.I.: Cognitive, neural and deep, oh my!
As an example, think about the task of recognizing someone's face. "I have no idea how I recognize my wife’s face," [Tom] Dietterich said. "This makes it very difficult to guess how to program a computer to do it." By learning from examples, machine learning provides a way to do that. "This is 'programming by input-output examples' rather than by coding," Dietterich said. Computerworld

2016 Oregon Stater Awardees
In 1998, the College introduced the annual Oregon Stater awards to honor outstanding alumni and friends for their contributions to the engineering profession and to Oregon State University. There are three award categories determined by length of career and accomplishments. The 2016 EECS awardees are:

  • Jon DeVaan (CS '85): Oregon Stater Hall of Fame
  • Michael Stapleton (EE '86): Oregon Stater Academy of Distinguished Engineers
  • Janice Levenhagen-Seeley (CpE '06): Oregon Stater Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers
  • Ben Nader (EE '07): Oregon Stater Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers

Combining passions to impact the environment
Computer science and ecology may seem an unlikely combination at first, but it’s exactly the niche new Oregon State University assistant professor, Rebecca Hutchinson, envisioned. Her research uses machine learning and statistical modeling to help scientists answer questions like: What will happen to monarch butterflies under climate change? What are the habitat requirements of olive-sided flycatchers? How can we build a reserve that birds will want to live in? College of Engineering

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Tech workers are increasingly looking to leave Silicon Valley
A growing number of engineers and tech workers from the San Francisco Bay Area are looking to leave Silicon Valley for burgeoning tech hubs such as Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington, according to a job-search site’s data. Portland is the eighth-most searched city for tech jobs from people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Quartz

Intel hosts networking night Tuesday for women in open source software
Amid an ambitious push to diversify its work force, Intel plans a networking night Tuesday on women who contribute to open source software. The free, March 8 event features nine speakers from Intel groups working on security, cloud computing, systems engineering, user design, Android software and quality assurance. The Oregonian

Tech workers' survey: Which companies are stressful, employ the youngest, pay the best
What we already knew about tech workers is that they are young, highly paid and mostly male. What a new report from PayScale, the salary database company, shows is that the 18 companies that employ these workers vary widely in compensation practices, job satisfaction, job meaning and job stress, which makes it difficult to say that one company is a better place to work than the others. More than 33,000 employees of the companies filled out surveys for the report. Silicon Valley Business Journal

Spot Check: How Do Top Tech Employers Compare?
Want to know what it's like to work at a top tech firm like Google, Facebook, or Amazon? PayScale compared 18 tech employers on nine different data points. Which employer looks like the right fit for you? PayScale

OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Shark Tank – Pitch Your Idea!
Tuesday, March 8, 6 PM to 8 PM, Sunnyside Up Cafe, Corvallis
Do you have an idea worth sharing? Pitch at Shark Tank for a chance to meet investors and mentors. The best idea will automatically be a finalist for acceptance into the 2016 Willamette Angel Conference.

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.

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: http://aauw-or.aauw.net/files/2015/12/NCCWSL-app.pdf. Deadline to apply is March 1. More information about the conference is available on the national web site: https://www.nccwsl.org/. ALL who attend return with improved leadership skills, professional contacts, and life-long friendships.

GRADUATE EXAMS

MS Final Examination – Chris Schultz
Visualizing Large Datasets on Memory and Performance Constrained Mobile Devices
Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 2114
Major Advisor: Mike Bailey; Committee: Cindy Grimm, Eugene Zhang

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Sherif Abdelwahab
Architectures, Algorithms, and Use Cases of Cloud of Things
Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007
Major Advisor: Bechir Hamdaoui; Committee: Ben Lee, Amir Nayyeri, Attila Yavuz; GCR: Maggie Niess

MS Final Examination – Wojtek Rajski
Many Parallel Fault Simulation
Wednesday, March 9, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, KEC 2114
Major Advisor: Mike Bailey; Committee: Kevin McGrath, Jennifer Parham-Mocello

MS Final Examination – Deyan Chen
PAPR Reduction of OFDM System with Exponential Companding Transform and Zero Padding
Thursday, March 10, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 3057
Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Thinh Nguyen, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; GCR: William H. Warnes

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Kai Zhao
Structured Learning with Latent Variables: Theory and Algorithms
Thursday, March 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1005
Major Advisor: Liang Huang; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Alan Fern, Luke Zettlemoyer; GCR: Debashis Mondal

MS Final Examination – Tao Lyu
Threshold Selection Based on the SNR in Time of Arrival Localization System
Friday, March 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 2057
Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Thinh Nguyen, Alan Wang; GCR: William H. Warnes

PhD Final Oral Examination – Rahul Khanna
Evolutionary Approach to Efficient Provisioning and Self-organization in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN)
Friday, March 11, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 3057
Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Ben Lee, Thinh Nguyen, Patrick Chiang; GCR: Abi Farsoni

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

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.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

8 Lessons You Can Learn From a Job Rejection
Unfortunately, even when you feel like you’ve done everything you possibly could have to land a job, it doesn’t always pay off. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong with you or you’re entirely unemployable, so there is no point beating yourself up! The Muse

How to Get Over Your Fear of Negotiating and Ask For More
As a timid person, it’s not something that comes easy for me, and it might not come easy for you. Here are some of the best ways to do it, even when you dread it. Lifehacker

An Engineer’s Go-To Guide for Choosing Between Multiple Job Offers
Weighing multiple opportunities or offers can be challenging, nerve-racking, and difficult. Many times one company will give you an offer while you’re still in the early stages with another, making it almost impossible to compare the two. The Muse

 

JOBS

Student Trainee (Engineering) - Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, and Construction Engineers - US Army Corps of Engineers
The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.

Customer Support Internship - Acquia
The Customer Support team is seeking a detail-oriented, and enthusiastic Customer Support Intern. We are looking for someone who is passionate about the web, open source technology and who has excellent interpersonal and communication skills. We pride ourselves on structuring meaningful projects for our interns over a 10 week paid summer internship program. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in building a career in the tech space.

Opportunities at Symantec
Interested in working at Symantec? Consider visiting their website (see below) or contacting Randy Turney. He would be happy to talk with you.

Pathways Recent Graduate positions (Information Technology Specialists) - U.S. Forest Service
Natural Resource Manager (NRM) is one of the leading application development groups in the U.S. Forest Service. The Application Development and Maintenance Office (ADMO) is the branch of NRM that is responsible for the software coding and architecture. The incumbent is an advanced trainee Information Technology Specialist. Work assignments are specifically designed to provide the incumbent with experience and training in a variety of well-defined tasks, to expose the employee to IT methods and practices, and to provide a foundation for more responsibility.

Information Technology Development Program - Precision Castparts Corp.
PCC’s Information Technology Development Program is a two-year rotational program designed to develop the future IT leaders of our business. The IDP is designed to teach members the critical aspects of PCC’s business so they can effectively influence the future direction of the company. PCC is seeking qualified graduates who generate energy and enthusiasm and have the desire to win. The IDP is designed to enable such individuals to accelerate their career growth as they increase their value to PCC. In just two years, those selected will be immersed in four cross-functional rotations. The rotations include on-the-job assignments that provide maximum exposure to PCC's operations.

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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