Vote for the EECS Grad TA of the Year
The purpose of the Robert Short Teaching Assistant of the Year Award is to promote excellence among the teaching assistants in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Eta Kappa Nu administers a poll for students to vote for the TA that they feel is the most deserving to win. The award will be presented at the June 2016 graduation ceremony.

Register for the EECS Graduation Celebration
Every year, EECS student clubs organize a School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduation Celebration. This event is shorter and more personal than the University wide graduation and is tailored to the faculty and students of our department. Be a part of the celebration!
Graduating EECS students from Oregon State wanting to participate in the School of EECS Graduation Celebration MUST register before MAY 31.


Kudos to everyone who participated in the Undergraduate Engineering Expo last week! And congratulations to these award winners:

People’s Choice Award
ECE 24 IOT Smoke Detector; Abdullah Alamonari, Mustafa Alnemer & Mohammed Bukshaisha

Boeing Engineering Excellence Award
ECE 6: Shell Eco-Marathon, Electric Vehicle Control System; Brian Bove, Samuel Kurtz & Brent Madden
MIME 81.2: Shell Eco-Marathon, Seth Haddix, Dorrington Lewis & Mark Lotspeich

HP Innovation Award
CBEE 14: PLA Recycling; Johnathon Hesseltine, Colin Marshall & Wyatt Self
MIME 9: Phototonic #D Printer; Michael Dexter, David Richardson & James Wilson

CH2M multidisciplinary Collaboration Award
CCE 5A: OSU Cascades 4-Year Campus Expansion; Kevin Coffee, Kayla Fleskes, Nathan Jones and Anthony Quinn

Tektronix Commercialization Award
ECE 11 RockSat-C Competition; Michael Bonyad, Brandon Marshall & Robert Mohler


Bright ideas in the spotlight: Engineering expo at OSU
Rockets. Race cars. Graduation caps with solar-powered fans mounted on them. And there was more: Canoes made from cement. A Web service for finding people for pick-up sports games. Camera systems for unmanned aircraft. Water purification systems. Devices that repel dogs with sound. A magnetic field generator. These and nearly 200 other projects were on display at Oregon State University’s Kelley Engineering Center Friday during the 17th annual Undergraduate Engineering Expo. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Scottish Summer for Oregon State Undergrad
Kevin Bishop was looking for something more from his college education. The second-year student from Washington County had picked Oregon State electrical engineering because he’s interested in technology — integrated circuits to be precise. But he knows that engineers need a global perspective to be successful. So he decided to go after a long shot. He applied for a summer institute in Scotland through the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Life@OSU

Green Power from Waves
The whole world could be powered by a tiny fraction of the ocean’s untapped energy — if it could be harnessed. The work of OSU researchers such as Annette von Jouanne and Belinda Batten has the support of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who has introduced the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act in Congress. Half of Oregon’s goal for 25 percent renewables by 2025 could be met by wave energy. Terra

OSU robotics program ranked best in West, fourth in nation
Oregon State University’s graduate robotics program in the College of Engineering has been ranked as the best in the western United States and fourth in the nation, according to Grad School Hub. Organization officials say the rankings are based on the specificity of the degrees offered and the quality of the research programs. The graduate robotics program at OSU was established in the fall of 2014. It spans several departments in the College of Engineering, with core faculty from mechanical engineering, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering. Students may earn doctoral, master’s, or master of engineering degrees in robotics; or choose an appropriate double major, such as robotics and computer science. Life@OSU


Top 10 College Majors That Earn the Highest Salaries
Earning a degree in science, technology, engineering and math, known as the STEM fields is a good way to earn a higher salary after graduating from college – especially with engineering specialties. U.S. News

Amazon posts hundreds of jobs for its Alexa voice-control business
Amazon is hiring scores of people to work on its Alexa voice-controlled platform, suggesting the company is ramping up the development of Alexa and related smart speaker systems such as the Echo. The company’s online jobs portal lists as many as 200 open positions for working with Alexa. Amazon posted all of the jobs within the last month, and many of them were put up on the website just in the past week. A lot of the jobs are software development engineers. Other positions include senior product managers. Most of the jobs are based in Seattle, with others in Toronto. Puget Sound Business Journal


Distributed Management Task Force Call for Academic Presentations
The Distributed Management Task Force standards body ( is hosting its Alliance Partner Technical Symposium (APTS) July 26-29 in downtown Portland at the Marriott City Center. The APTS is focused on cloud and datacenter manageability, to which we invite other standards organizations. As part of our continuing efforts to promote the exchange of information on manageability, the DMTF would like to reach out to local universities and colleges to solicit short presentations about on-going or completed research on platform and datacenter manageability; and manageability of Internet connected devices (e.g. IoT). The deadline for submittal is May 30, 2016.


A Tour of Sparsity-Aware Learning -- Calling at: Online, Distributed, Robust And Dictionary Learning
Monday, May 23, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, Covell 216
Sergios Theodoridis, Professor, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Secure Computation from Millionaires
Tuesday, May 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007
Muthu Venkitasubramaniam, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

2016 Distinguished Professor Lecture: "Womenomics" and Gender-Inclusive Software: What Software Practitioners Need to Know
Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 PM, Memorial Union Horizon Room
Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Watch the lecture preview
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Open Software, OpenPOWER and Open Development, IBM’s Strategic Direction
Wednesday, May 25, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, KEC 1007
Dr. Paul McKenney, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Linux Technology Center
Keith Brown, Director Technical Strategy and Product Security Officer, IBM Systems Group
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.


MS Final Examination – Michael Slater
Tuesday, May 24, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, KEC 2057
TAPE: A Tagging Assistant for Productive Email
Major Advisor: Thomas Dietterich; Committee: Carlos Jensen, Alex Groce

MS Final Examination – Zahra Iman
Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007
Learning Topical Social Media Sensors for Twitter
Major Advisor: Scott Sanner; Committee: Arash Termehchy, Xiaoli Fern; GCR: John Bolte

MS Final Examination – Md Tahmid-un Nabi
Thursday, May 26, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007
Mapping Software Development Tool Design to Information Foraging Theory
Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi; Committee: Margaret Burnett, Scott Fleming; GCR: Harry Yeh

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Iftekhar Ahmed
Friday, May 27, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 3057
From Randomness to Bug Detection: Inferring Defects in Software Systems Combining Static and Dynamic Analysis
Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen; Minor Advisor: Lisa Madsen; Committee: Alex Groce, Paul McKenney; GCR: Margaret Niess

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Jian Kan
Friday, May 27, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007
High-sensitivity Rectifier and Antenna Co-design for RF Energy Harvesting
Co-Major Advisors: Arun Natarajan, Patrick Chiang; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Huaping Liu; GCR: John Parmigiani

MS Final Examination –Tanjin Xu
Tuesday, May 31, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 1114
Exploration of Regression Models for Cancer Noncoding Mutation Recurrence
Major Advisor: Stephen Ramsey; Committee: Xiaoli Fern, David Hendrix; GCR: Hector Vergara

MS Final Examination – Qianyun Li
Tuesday, May 31, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, KEC 1005
Electric Machine Capability Characterization for Actuators of Disaster Response Robots
Major Advisor: Julia Zhang; Committee: Ted Brekken, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; GCR: James Strother

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Shubhomoy Das
Tuesday, May 31, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1114
Incorporating User Feedback into Machine Learning Systems
Major Advisor: Weng-Keen Wong; Minor Advisor: Alix Gitelman; Committee: Thomas Dietterich, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: John Dilles

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Amin Alipour
Tuesday, May 31, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, KEC 3057
Leveraging Generated Tests
Major Advisor: Alex Groce; Committee: Carlos Jensen, Martin Erwig, Danny Dig; GCR: Cindy Grimm


2016 Distinguished Professor Lecture: "Womenomics" and Gender-Inclusive Software: What Software Practitioners Need to Know
Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 PM, Memorial Union Horizon Room
Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Watch the lecture preview


A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Award for full-time students majoring in math, engineering, science, technology, medicine or natural resources. Must be at least one quarter American-Indian/Alaska Native or have tribal recognition, and be member of AISES. Must have minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: June 15.

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.


15 Best Tips For Young Engineers
The proverb goes hindsight is 20/20, which essentially means you can make better decisions later on when you have become more knowledgeable about the world. But wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make good decisions from the outset when you’re still young? The following tips were compiled for young engineers and interestingly, most of these suggestions revolve around lifelong learning. Experienced engineers weighed in and added their voice to help create this top 15 list of the best tips for young engineers. Interesting Engineering

35 Things to Do for Your Career by 35
There are some things that we recommend getting started on sooner rather than later. Not because some all-knowing career god out there says you have to, but because you’ll make your professional future — not to mention day-to-day work life — a whole lot easier. The Muse


Web Design Editor - Orange Media Network
Create interactive graphics and features for Orange Media Network web and mobile sites, under the direction of the Web & Mobile Manager. Work closely with news team and content creators to create unique online features to compliment news stories, blog posts, and other content. Design and coordinate layout of Orange Media Network websites using Town News Blox CMS, paying attention to desktop and mobile versions of sites. Incorporate platforms outside Town News as needed to help tell stories for Orange Media Network, including Wordpress, Medium or other platforms as they become useful and popular.

Student REST API Programmer - OSU Student Health Services
Student Health Services is committed to understanding how to positively impact the health behaviors of our students. This can only be achieved by effective data collection, analysis, visualization and reporting. We need advanced tools to move our efforts forward. A student employee is needed to create a REST API from Qualtrics to SharePoint/PowerBI, assist with data visualization and enhance our reporting efforts. Duties: create REST API from Qualtrics to SharePoint/PowerBI; assist Collegiate Health Analytics with enhancing Qualtrics survey and reporting tools; assist in implementing PowerBI to create data dashboards for SHS.

Network Operations Student Field Technician - OSU IT Infrastructure Services Department
Position will assist the network operations team in the daily tasks required to maintain the OSU network infrastructure. Position Duties: Installation and upgrading of various network related devices such as UPS, Switches, Routers, etc. around campus. Patching, switch installations, occasional basic configuration of a variety of network gear around campus. Data closet maintenance, and remote end troubleshooting in data closets around campus. Wireless network related work, such as coverage walk throughs, remote end troubleshooting, configuration of monitoring tools, and possibly some design tool usage. Very limited amounts of Linux work; Network Operations uses some open source tools, but there is not a lot of effort required at this time.

Energy Analyst - OSU Energy Efficiency Center
The OSU Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) is looking for motivated Energy Analyst students to work part-time during the school year (10-12 hrs/week) and full-time during the summer (30-40 hrs/week). Students should have a solid technical aptitude, and a proven ability to apply themselves, learn new technologies, work independently, and complete assignments in a timely manner. The Oregon State University Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) offers small and medium-sized manufacturers a comprehensive on-site assessment. Student teams led by engineering faculty visit manufacturers in the Northwest and seek ways to increase their profits by increasing productivity and reducing energy use and waste. These energy saving recommendations, as well as further analysis, are then compiled into a report and delivered to the client.

MIME Student Information Support
Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance. Duties may include providing telephone or on-site support; assisting users to develop or use applications, networks, databases or other systems; and installing and configuring applications.

Student Information Technology - OSU Department of Integrative Biology
This position is to help build TaxonWorks (, a new, open-source platform for biodiversity discovery and documentation. The primary goal of the position it to work on system design and development, with most of the time spent coding, in conjunction with the TaxonWorks team at the University of Illinois, as well as the OpenTree ( and Arbor ( development teams. 15% system design. 30% coding in Ruby on Rails, 30% JavaScript and Java. 10% working collaboratively with members of the development teams. 15% code documentation and testing.

CS Advisors Program - Codecademy
We’re currently recruiting high-performing undergraduate CS students experienced in web design for our Advisors program. This is a paid, part-time, remote position that offers a fantastic way for undergraduate students to get involved in teaching Codecademy users, collaborate with like-minded developers, and get experience at a well-known startup early on in their career.

Signal integrity intern - Intel
Enterprise Server Platform Signal Integrity Department (EPSI) is looking for a undergraduate intern who wants to be a part of innovative team paving the path for High Performance PC development. As an intern, your responsibility will include but not limited to: Learn industry leading high speed signal analysis and measurement methods. Contribute to product signaling innovations and designs. Perform 2D/3D modeling of interconnect structures.

Engineering Intern - HP
The HP Internship Program is ranked among the top 25 in the world by Glassdoor. Site Intern Coordinators are available to plan and communicate intern activities as well as serve as a point of contact for managers, mentors, and interns. Summer activities include an intellectual property workshop, financial advice, community service, and a technical site tour and executive event, as well as numerous social and professional networking opportunities. The internship culminates in a site wide project fair where interns are given the opportunity to showcase the accomplishments they have made over the summer.

Analyst Programmer - OSU Enrollment Management
This position will serve as the primary systems support for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. In addition to the Ellucian Banner Financial Aid Module, this position provides expertise in the validation, testing, usage, and optimization of business-critical technical systems and processes in Enrollment Management. Responsible for resolving non-routine problems as they arise, serving as a resource to Admissions, Institutional Research, and Financial Aid. Helps to translate technical information to nontechnical people, and provide training when the need arises. Positions in the class of Analyst Programmer are primarily responsible at varying levels for the analysis, design, modification, testing, installation and maintenance of application programs, integrated systems, or software solutions including databases to meet user and organizational information needs at the system-wide, campus-wide, or individual unit level.

Junior Application Developer - Jibe
Jibe is looking for a recent college graduate with a Computer Science degree to join our Technology Service team as an Application Developer. This is a tremendous opportunity to accelerate a career in consulting and gain valuable industry experience. This is a dynamic, hands-on training program designed to quickly absorb highly sought after skills using the latest technologies and releases.

Business Systems Analyst - Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA)
Seniors looking to jumpstart their career will find an excellent opportunity in our Business Systems Analyst entry level program starting immediately after graduation. During the program you will get to work in the IT department full time, Monday through Friday, alongside a team that is developing cutting edge technology. Completion of this entry level program could lead to full time work. If you are an Engineering, Computer Science, or Business Information Systems major equipped with the knowledge and enthusiasm to begin your career with our team then apply soon. This position will be filled June 13, 2016.

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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