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IN THE NEWS

Two from College of Engineering win prestigious CAREER awards from NSF
Two professors in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award from the National Science Foundation. Lizhong Chen and Fuxin Li earned the award for research and educational outreach that holds promise for making fundamental improvements to deep learning. OSU news release

NASA Announces Winners of 2018 Student Launch Competition
The Oregon State rocketry team placed sixth in NASA’s 2018 Student Launch and claimed the Rookie Award honors. Student Launch is an annual competition that challenges competing student teams to propose, design, build and test a reusable rocket that flies to 1 mile in altitude, deploys a recovery system and returns safely to the ground, while carrying a payload of scientific or engineering value. NASA

Detecting Histamine in Your Fish — Chromatography Investigates
In the United States it is estimated that almost 40% of seafood related food illnesses are due to excessive levels of histamine in the flesh of the fish. But now, research supported by Oregon State University (Alan Wang) have come up with a potentially simple and cheap method of detecting histamine levels in fish. Chromatography Today

Annotation tool provides step toward understanding links between disease, mutant RNA
Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a computer program that represents a key step toward better understanding the connections between mutant genetic material and disease. Known as bpRNA, the software is a big-data annotation tool for secondary structures in ribonucleic acids. "It's capable of parsing RNA structures, including complex pseudoknot-containing RNAs, so you end up with an objective, precise, easily-interpretable description of all loops, stems and pseudoknots," said corresponding author David Hendrix. Collaborating with Hendrix were Padideh Danaee, Mason Rouches, Michelle Wiley, Dezhong Deng and Liang Huang, all of Oregon State. Science Daily

Translator: Unique Collaborative Approach to Advancing Biomedical Data Sharing
Stephen Ramsey, assistant professor of comupter science and biomedical sciences; and David Koslicki, assistant professor of math, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build a “biomedical reasoning tool.” This software tool will be used for mining biomedical knowledge-bases and for reasoning based on information from these knowledge-bases. We hope the final product will be able to answer questions (expressed in natural language) such as “what genetic conditions might be protective against osteoporosis” or “how does fenbendazole reduce parasite load?”. NIH

Building a better waffle maker: Oregon State engineer students tackle real projects
Hundreds of Oregon State University engineering students showed off their senior projects at Friday's Engineering Expo.
All of their designs have practical, real-world uses. Electrical and computer engineering student Brian Gardner said his project started with a beekeeper who needs to know when his bees are in distress. KVAL

Startup University Challenge: How To Scale Up, Without Losing What Works
OSU-Cascades started out as the place Central Oregon Community College students could finish a four-year degree. As Bend continues to grow, the challenge for the branch campus is how to mirror that without losing what’s working. Computer science major Ryan Kocjan splits time between studying and working as a junior. Kocjan said that balance was tough but rewarding. Kocjan’s professor, Yong Bakos, has so far connected all of his students with jobs. As OSU-Cascades grows, can he keep that up? OPB

How researchers are teaching AI to learn like a child
"Most machine learning people, I think, have a methodological bias against putting in large amounts of background knowledge because in some sense we view that as a failure," says Thomas Dietterich, a computer scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He adds that computer scientists also appreciate simplicity and have an aversion to debugging complex code. Science

Beaver Overdrive creates learning, internship opportunities
Dedicated to helping students gain experience in thermal management principles early on in their undergraduate careers, Beaver Overdrive, a club in its first year, focuses on overclocking computers. Overclocking refers to pushing a computer’s components harder and faster than the manufacturer designed them to go, according to PCworld.com. Within the time that Beaver Overdrive has been a club, it has placed fourth twice and 10th against other competitors around the world in Rookie Rumble, a competition held by HWbot. The Daily Barometer

Amorphyx Exhibits Breakthrough LCD Backplane Technology at Display Week 2018
Oregon-based electronics technology startup Amorphyx features two demonstrations of the world's first quantum tunneling device and fabrication process technologies for the present and future of liquid crystal displays. Amorphyx spun out of Oregon State University [John Wager is a co-founder] in 2013 to incorporate innovations in amorphous thin film metals into quantum tunneling electronic devices to replace semiconductor-based thin film transistors. Sam Francisco Business Journal

Why are AI researchers boycotting a new Nature journal—and shunning others?
Computer science was born of a rebellious, hacker culture, a spirit that lives on in the publishing culture of artificial intelligence (AI). The burgeoning field is increasingly turning to conference publications and free, open-review websites while shunning traditional outlets—sentiments dramatically expressed in a growing boycott of a high-profile AI journal. The purpose of the boycott is "to lower the barriers to research progress" for resource-strapped scientists, says Thomas Dietterich, a computer scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who began the boycott last month. Science

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

California cybersecurity firm opening Eugene office, adding up to 100 jobs
Eugene’s newest high-tech firm has been quietly operating for more than a month, ramping up employment and taking advantage of rival Symantec’s downsizing in Springfield. Now SentinelOne is stepping out from behind the scenes. The Mountain View, Calif.-based cybersecurity company announced the opening of a downtown Eugene office this week. The office at first will employ 20 people the firm hired in March, with plans to increase its local workforce to 50 people by the end of the year and up to 100 by the end of 2019. he firm is in talks to develop programs like work-study internships and research opportunities at the University of Oregon, Lane Community College and Oregon State University. Eugene Register-Guard

OPPORTUNITIES

EECS Graduation Celebration
Friday, June 15 | Ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. | Gill Coliseum
This  event is just for Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates. Students who have graduated or will be graduating in Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018 are welcome to participate. Students can choose to participate in the June 16 university-wide commencement, the EECS Graduation Celebration, or both. Diplomas are only awarded at university commencement. his is a cap and gown ceremony. Graduation caps and gowns can be purchased from the Beaver Store, or borrow one from a friend. Be sure to order an orange tassel. Graduate students must also purchase a hood.

NCSA GPU Hackathon Call for Team Applications
General-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. A challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been learning how to program them. These hackathons are intended to help overcome this challenge for new GPU programmers and also to help existing GPU programmers to further optimize their applications - a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs. Any and all GPU programming paradigms are welcome. We are looking for teams of 3-8 developers, ideally graduate students and/or postdocs, with a scalable application to port to (or optimize on) the GPU accelerators available at the University of Illinois, including the Blue Waters system at NCSA and systems supported by the IBM-Illinois Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research. Collectively, the team should know the application intimately. Application Deadline: June 18, 2018.

Help Wanted: AnitaB.org Student Board Member
Do you know or are you a student who is interested in promoting our mission and supporting women technologists? Submit a Student Nomination for the AnitaB.org Board of Trustees! Two student members serve on our Board to help us cultivate the next generation of nonprofit board leaders while also helping us connect, inspire, and guide women in technology. Learn more about how you can nominate a student (or yourself) for this position. Nominations for 2018 are open until June 15, 2018.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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. 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.

GRADUATE EXAMS

MS Final Examination – Mariam Guizani
Friday, June 1 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | KEC 1007
Coincident Nodes Multi-Edge Graph for Simultaneous Decision and Objective Space Multi-Dimensional Visualization
Major Advisor: Eugene Zhang; Committee: Yue Zhang, Meghna Babbar-Sebens; GCR: David Kling

PhD Final Examination – Anh Pham
Monday, June 4 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | KEC 1007
Weak-supervision: Probabilistic models and Inference
Major Advisor: Raviv Raich; Committee: Xiaoli Fern, Sinisa Todorovic, Jinsub Kim; GCR: Jennifer Parham-Mocello

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Mingbo Ma
Monday, June 4 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | KEC 1007
Structured Neural Models for Natural Language Processing
Major Advisor: Liang Huang; Committee: Alan Fern, Xiaoli Fern, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: Kyle Niemeyer

MS Final Examination – Duy Nguyen
Monday, June 4 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | KEC 1007
Analysis of Control and Modulation Techniques in Small-Scale DC-to-AC Five-Level Inverter Based on Multilevel Modular Converter
Major Advisor: Don Heer; Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Matthew Shuman

MS Final Examination – Mahtab Aboufazeli
Tuesday, June 5 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | KEC 1007
Energy Efficient Quadruped Robot Trotting via Adaptation of Leg Parameters over Unknown Ground
Major Advisor: V John Mathews; Committee: Xiao Fu, Jinsub Kim, Ravi Balasubramanian; GCR: Len Coop

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Arpit Christi
Tuesday, June 5 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | KEC 3057
Building Self Adaptive Software Systems via Test-based Modifications
Major Advisor: Alex Groce; Committee: Danny Dig, Carlos Jensen, Xiaoli Fern; GCR: Maggie Niess

EVENTS

EECS Graduation Celebration
Friday, June 15 | Ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. | Gill Coliseum
This event is just for Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates. Students who have graduated or will be graduating in Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018 are welcome to participate. Students can choose to participate in the June 16 university-wide commencement, the EECS Graduation Celebration, or both. Diplomas are only awarded at university commencement. his is a cap and gown ceremony. Graduation caps and gowns can be purchased from the Beaver Store, or borrow one from a friend. Be sure to order an orange tassel. Graduate students must also purchase a hood.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

29 Unprofessional Habits That Make Everyone at Work Hate You
Many of these office faux pas, however, may be avoided — you just need to know what it is that drives everyone around you nuts. For the sake of your office companions, take a moment to remind yourself what behavior at work may be negatively affecting others. Money

How to navigate the workplace when you’re the youngest one there
Landing a new gig always marks a pivotal time in your career. Your smarts, personality, and work ethic got you here, and the unique perspective you bring as a young professional is an asset — until it’s not. Here’s some advice on navigating the workplace when you’re young, ambitious, and want to be heard. Ladders

6 Job Hunting Tips for New Grads
Even though the Great Recession is behind us and our nation enjoys low unemployment rates, you still need to be smart about how you enter the full-time workforce. Here are some insights and tips to keep in mind in this season of possibilities. U.S News & World Report

JOBS

Student Facilities and Safety Assistant - College of Engineering
This position will perform a wide variety of work that supports facility operations, space management, and the safety program for the College of Engineering. They will identify and investigate unused equipment in the College of Engineering for possible disposal, inventory and document space throughout the College of Engineering, and participate in the creation and dissemination of safety program information. This position will interact with all members of the OSU community and must possess great communication and interpersonal skills. Due to access to research spaces within the college, a high level of confidentiality will be expected.

COSINE Helpdesk Student
Members of the Cosine helpdesk are the first line of technical support for the Colleges of Science, Liberal Arts, Education and a few departments in the College of Agriculture at Oregon State University. Cosine is responsible for all aspects of IT support for its customers. Fields support requests via walk-in, email or over the phone. Researches, troubleshoots and answers computing questions; instructs where needed. Builds and repairs computers; troubleshoots operating systems and application errors. Documents requests and reports issues.

Student Information Technology (Student Analyst/Programmer Pool) - OSU Graduate School
The Graduate School seeks students to assist with development of business applications using the Salesforce platform. We are looking for students who can begin work immediately (Spring 2018) or during the summer. Support users with technical issues over the phone, email, or in person. Work on a team to develop and maintain a Salesforce Org, completing assigned tasks in a timely manner. Position has no decision making authority. Decisions are made in consultation with assigned Supervisor, IT Director, or other members of the Graduate School IT staff.

Student Analyst, CASS Software Development Group
You will be working in a development environment. Each day, students receive their assignments from the full-time development staff. These assignments are relative to the projects currently being done by the CASS. Students are expected to keep up with these assignments and to be able to finish them in a reasonable amount of time. They should be able to work in a team environment comprised of students and staff members.

Student Developer, CASS-Software Development Group
This position is responsible for reporting to work at scheduled time and reporting to their scheduled CASS manager. You will be working in a development environment. Each day, students receive their assignments from the full-time development staff mentor.

Internships at HP Corvallis
HP Corvallis is seeking Software interns for Summer or Fall ’18. These can be full time or flexible, part time positions so students can get work experience while continuing classwork. Interested applicants need to have a graduation date of Dec ’18 or later, and have working knowledge of C++, Java, C and Groovy development, test and release environments and languages. Please send resume to barbara.mcmanus@hp.com if interested.

Research opportunity - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis
This project involves activities related to sustainable solutions and practices for safety and health and facility operations of laboratories and offices at the EPA WED. The participant will assist the Safety and Health Manager, Facility Manager, and the Program Operations team involving technical and analytical functions. The participant will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities: Identifying and surveying innovative approaches for a research facility operation using software and analytical tools. Researching, updating, and summarizing information relating to sustainable and innovative activities in facility operations, drawing records, and equipment selection. Tracking energy usage data for facility operations. Analyzing operation activities and processes related to sustainability. Summarizing analysis documents indicating results and impacts from activities. Presenting results and impacts. The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds.

Entry Level Dev Ops professionals - Dev Technology
We’ve had some very successful hires from Oregon State and would love to continue the trend! The Dev Ops role below has many requirements for experience, but academic experience (used for a project or exercise) will also be considered. The DevOps Engineer will be a member of an agile team that is responsible for supporting planning, designing, development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance of biometric exchange cloud infrastructure, related web applications, and reporting capabilities. The ideal candidate - in collaboration with the team – will enhance customer experience, increase capacity to innovate, and speed up time to value by providing the tools and culture to facilitate efficient release, predictability, and success.

Product / Test Engineer - Avnera Corporation
Seeking an experienced Product / Test Engineer to develop, debug HW/SW, and support production for wireless and mixed-signal semiconductor ICs. Perform IC Product and Test Engineering duties including, but not limited to, analysis of IC designs, design verification, hardware and software development for bench and ATE test, characterization, yield enhancement, failure analysis, and support high volume production related activates. Ability to work with a group of IC designers and be solely responsible for successfully bringing a full test program development to completion.

Computer Science and Engineering Instructor pool - OSU-Cascades
OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for one or more fixed-term, non-tenure-track full/part-time Instructor positions to teach on a term by term basis for the 2018-2019 academic year. The intention of this pool is to collect applications for current or future opportunities and does not necessarily imply a position is available at this time. Some of these appointments may be reviewed for renewal or transition to an instructional position on an annual basis at the discretion of the Dean. Instructors may be needed to teach on campus undergraduate courses in the following areas: Computer Science and Engineering.

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