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EECS Weekly News: November 14, 2016

IN THE NEWS

New 'optofluidic' technology taps power of diatoms to improve sensor performance
EECS professor Alan Wang and fellow researchers have combined one of nature's tiny miracles, the diatom, with a version of inkjet printing and optical sensing to create an exceptional sensing device that may be up to 10 million times more sensitive than some other commonly used approaches. A patent has been approved on the new "optofluidic" technology, and the findings published in the journal Nanoscale. Phys.org, Science DailyAZoSensors

Francesco Verna-Ketel: Desire for Deep Understanding
A love for technology is not necessarily what you would expect from someone who grew up without a television, but ironically it spurred Francesco Verna-Ketel’s interest in computers. Without a television he spent more time at the computer. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Mentor Graphics sells to Siemens for $4.5 billion
Mentor is Oregon's largest pure technology business, with annual revenue of nearly $1.2 billion and roughly 1,000 employees at its headquarters in Wilsonville. It's the latest in a string of Oregon tech companies to be sold in recent years amid a wave of consolidation across the chip industry. Mentor chief executive Wally Rhines, who has run the company since 1993, said Siemens plans to retain the company's brand and its Clackamas County headquarters. The Oregonian

Planar buys Corvallis-based NaturalPoint for $125 million
Founded in 1997 as Eye Control Technologies, NaturalPoint initially focused on technology for disabled people to communicate by using their eyes. It expanded to add technology for analyzing golf swings, hands-free control of computers and motion-capture technology for integration with virtual reality. The companies said the deal combines companies with opportunities in virtual reality applications such as sports performance, computer visualization and animation. The Oregonian

IBM and Nvidia team up to create deep learning hardware
Deep learning continues to gather steam in corporate computing, and IBM and Nvidia are teaming up to help accelerate the foundation behind artificial intelligence breakthroughs. The two companies are collaborating on a deep learning solution that melds technology from both companies in a bid to speed up the process of training computers to think and learn more like humans do. A new software toolkit called IBM PowerAI is designed to run on the recently announced IBM server built for artificial intelligence that features Nvidia NVLink technology optimized for IBM’s Power Architecture. VentureBeat

OPPORTUNITIES

2017 Graduate Research Showcase
Graduate students are invited to register for the 2017 Graduate Research Showcase on Feb. 17, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.
The Research Showcase is a daylong opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skills, and to network with industry partners, faculty, peers, and the community. There will be professional development workshops in the morning, poster presentations in the afternoon, and industry partners tabling at an Exhibitor Showcase throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided to registered attendees. All College of Engineering graduate students are eligible to attend the professional development workshops. Deadline: January 9.

UMass Amherst 2017 Data Science Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) Program
The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science will be offering a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in data science this summer. Students will have the opportunity to work on projects touching multiple facets of data science including applications (computational social science, computational ecology and sustainability, health, and more), data analytics (machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, and more), and computational infrastructure for data science (databases, parallel and distributed systems, cloud computing, etc.). Students will work on research projects under the supervision of a faculty member and graduate student mentor.

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Special Seminar: Technology enablers for a more secure IoT
Presented by Jorge Guajardo Merchan, Robert Bosch Research and Technology Center North America; Principal Scientist and Manager, Security and Privacy Group
Thursday, November 17, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, KEC 1003

Quantum Computing and the Limits of the Efficiently Computable
Presented by Scott Aaronson, University of Texas at Austin
Thursday, November 17, 6:15p.m. talk, refreshments served prior to talk at 5:45pm, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Physics and Current Issues of Radiation Damage in SiO2
Presented by Allan Johnston, Principal Staff Engineer (retired), JPL
Monday, November 21, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, Dearborn 118

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Final Oral Examination – Fanghui Ren
Wednesday, November 16, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 3057
Surface-Normal Modulation of Fano Resonances in Metallic Photonic Crystals for Free-space Optical Interconnects
Major Advisor: Alan Wang; Committee: John Conley, Larry Cheng, Huaping Liu; GCR: Maggie Niess

MS Final Examination – Revathy Priyanga Narasimhan
Thursday, November 17, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 1007
Simultaneous Segmentation and Classification of Bird Song Using CNN
Major Advisor: Xiaoli Fern; Committee: Raviv Raich, Fuxin Li; GCR: Arijit Sinha

EVENTS

GradSWE: Brownbag lunch
Thursday, Nov 17, 12-1 pm, Johnson 220
Bring a lunch (and friends!) and get to know other grad students interested in empowering women and promoting diversity within engineering. Just a casual lunch to socialize and expand your OSU network. Everyone is welcome.

Wave Lab Fall Family Weekend Open House
Saturday, November 19, 10 am – 1 PM
The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory (West of 35th Street on Jefferson), largest tsunami research facility in the US, will be open for a 20 minute guided tour and demonstration. Tours start every 5 minutes on a first come, first served basis and cover tsunami research, coastal hazards in Oregon, and coastal engineering. Questions please contact the lab at wavelab.tours@oregonstate.edu.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

AAUW American Fellowships
AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Deadline: November 15.

Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Service Program
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Deadline: December 1.

AAUW International Fellowships
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences. Deadline: December 1.

2017 Symantec Fellowships
Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowships to outstanding students pursuing innovative research in security, cryptography, machine learning, data mining, and information security. The fellowship provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student's tuition fees and to reimburse research expenses incurred by the student. In addition, we plan to award all fellowship recipients a separate salaried internship with Symantec. The application deadline is December 2, 2016.

Google Lime Scholarships
Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities. Recipients of the Google Lime Scholarship will each receive a scholarship for the academic year. Selected students will also be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat. Candidates will also be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science. Deadline: December 4.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance). Deadline: December 9.

Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars 2017
The  DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE's mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will earn a competitive edge by familiarizing yourself with DOE functions while showcasing your education, talent and skills. To qualify for the DOE Scholars Program, you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria: U.S. citizenship (verification will be required if selected), and at least 16 years of age (no exceptions); undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Exceptions may be made on academic status on a case-by-case basis for summer appointments only. Application deadline: December 15.

AAUW Career Development Grants
Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2012. Deadline: December 15.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 180 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2017, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Deadline: December 9.

National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
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. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: Dec 31.

National Security Agency Electrical Engineering Student Scholarship
Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: Dec 31.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
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: Dec 31.

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
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: Dec 31.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Deadline: January 10, 2017.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs: architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics. Deadline: January 10.

Neuroscience Research Fellowship Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates
The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering four fellowships: the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, and the Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2017 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2017, and they are 2 years in duration. Deadline: Jan. 6, 2017.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

​10 tips for Skype interviews: Practice makes perfect
Generally, the interviewer who suggests the Skype interview is experienced using video technology and likes the benefits that it provides in the interview process. The applicant may not be as comfortable and will require additional preparation. Portland Business Journal

According to Your Fellow Muse Readers, This Is Your Biggest Interview Fear
Some people are afraid of letting a bad comment about a previous boss slip. Some are worried they’ll accidently offend the hiring manager. And some are even scared they’ll trip and fall in front of everyone. The Muse

3 stupid mistakes smart people make in second-round interviews
Yes, you’re moving on and that’s great. But the truth is that a second round isn’t a guarantee that you’re getting the job or even a top contender. And that means you still have to be on top of your game if you want to get to the end of the process with an offer letter in hand. To put you in a better position to make that a reality, here are a few of the most common mistakes people make in second interviews—with fixes, of course. USA Today College

JOBS

Student Systems Engineer - OSU Open Source Lab
The OSU Open Source Lab is looking for Student Systems Engineers. This position is part­-time during the academic year, and full­-time during the summer as long as the student is not taking any classes. Applicants must have at least four (4) terms remaining in their program and be able to work during summer 2017. We prefer students who have more time left in their program to help reduce graduate turnover, so freshman applicants are welcome. This position is only open to students attending a college or university in Oregon.

Computing, Math, & Data Sciences Internships - Pacific Northwest National Labs
Do you want to be challenged with hard problems in national security, energy, and science and apply cutting‐edge research to make our nation safer and stronger? Does developing complex computer code, competing in cyber warfare games, designing new visualizations, optimizing solutions for energy or climate, or working with real world big data sound compelling to you? Do you want to work side by side with world‐class scientists? Join us as an intern in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Computational & Statistical Analytics Division. We’re looking for smart, creative, and motivated students who have a passion for solving critical national challenges using advanced computational, statistical, and mathematical techniques in both Richland and Seattle, WA.

Arc Flash Hazard Analysis – Electrical Intern - Idaho Power
The intern will assist with the analyses of potential arc flash hazards at IPC facilities with the purpose of determining the appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE) that must be worn when working on energized equipment (or if the equipment must be de-energized prior to performing work). The intern will work directly with Power Production engineers and plant operators to verify existing models using correct drawings, making site visits, and developing various operating scenarios.

Distribution Feeder Relay Modeling – Electrical Intern - Idaho Power
The intern will work directly with Reliability Engineers and others to validate feeder breaker relay models and settings, and develop tools for updating the feeder breaker relays in the Synergi Electric models. This will provide accurate models used for protective device coordination and arc flash incident energy calculations. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn fundamental concepts of protective device coordination, including how electromechanical and microprocessor relays are used for feeder breaker and recloser control.

Geographic Representation of Low Voltage Data – Electrical Intern - Idaho Power
One of the challenges that a power utility faces is serving customers in remote areas with adequate voltage in a cost-effective manner. The intern will work with Idaho Power Company (IPC) planners to facilitate the integration of low voltage data from IPC’s automatic metering infrastructure into a GIS tool. This will enable planners to rapidly respond to low voltage issues on the distribution system. The intern will create specifications for the viewing tool, and then perform low voltage analyses.

Transmission Fault Clearing Time Study & Remedial Action Scheme Update – Electrical Intern - Idaho Power
The intern will determine which communication or protection system outages are critical and analyze the transient stability performance under those outage states. Stability analyses will be performed on Idaho Power Company (IPC) lines with delayed fault clearing times to identify the risks to system reliability and power system performance for communication or protection system outages.

Wood River Electrical Plan Update Preparation – Electrical Intern - Idaho Power
The Transmission and Distribution Planning Intern will develop, with supervision, the groundwork for an update to the build out electrical plan for the Wood River area of the IPC service territory. He or she will gather and utilize future land-use information from different county and municipal jurisdictions, determine electrical load densities for each land-use type, and determine the anticipated long-term load requirements for the area. Following the data gathering and load analyses, the intern will identify and recommend infrastructure to serve the projected electrical load.

Technology Undergraduate Intern - Nike
As a Nike Tech Intern you will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing and maintaining technology for Nike around the world. Our primary goal is to provide the business with the tools and services needed to do each job effectively from sales and design to advertising and distribution. We work together to deliver fast results at the speed of business. In this role you will work closely with the business to design, create and support solutions to ensure Nike’s corporate infrastructure functions effortlessly.

Data Scientist Intern - Nike
As a Data Science Intern, you will collaborate with a team of data scientists and business analytics managers to enhance and execute high-impact advanced analytics solutions across the North America organization. You will employ advanced data modeling and forecasting techniques to explore strategic business opportunities and to prescribe actionable recommendations to leverage those opportunities. You will also play a pivotal role in elevating our advanced analytics solutions. Ideal candidates will have a strong academic background as well as technical skills including applied statistics, machine learning, data mining, and software development. Familiarity working with large-scale datasets and big data techniques is preferred.

Analyst Programmer - OSU College of Science Information Network (CoSINe)
The responsibilities of this position are to provide web site development and management for units supported by CoSINe, and to assist in the support the Linux-based needs of CoSINe clients including desktop support and backend services. Due to the vital nature of a professional web presence and smooth operation of backend services, this is a critical role in the CoSINe unit.

Info Technology Consultant - OSU Research Office
The purpose of this position is to provide technical assistance, operating instruction, and diagnostic help to campus users of various software applications and software programs administered by the OSU Research Office. The incumbent will collaborate with other department and central university IT staff to resolve technical issues related to design and operations, serve as a liaison with various OSU groups, and contribute to IT/IS solutions while working independently and with minimal supervision.

Info Technology Consultant - The Career Development Center, Oregon State University
This position serves as part of the office digital and print communications team. The position prepares and distributes digital communications that represent the office to the public in web management and design, database maintenance, as well as to oversee technology and telecommunications needs. This position is responsible for collaborating with office staff on the creation and implementation of marketing/communications projects.

Analyst Programmer - Enterprise Computing Services, Oregon State University
This position provides analysis and programming support for administrative information systems. This position is a member of a focused team of application developers and analysts in the creation of new products and services using existing or new technologies and applications, utilizing formalized application development methodologies and structured project management methodologies and tools.

Systems Development Engineer - CASS
The Systems Development Engineering position will require interacting with, leading, mentoring, and bringing together a diverse group of community members, including a variety of student team members. CASS believes strongly in the power this diversity brings to the program as well as to the industry, and is committed to expanding and promoting it thru the leadership this position provides. Work is varied and highly technical, utilizing state-of-the-art tools and technologies. The position is intellectually challenging, requires integration of a variety of technologies and technical writing skills, including but not limited to technical designs, requirements, specifications and test cases. The Systems Development Engineer position often acts as a team lead on multiple projects simultaneously across all aspects of the software engineering practice.

Senior LINUX Administrator Consumer Digital Technology - Nike
Utilize technology and process expertise to deliver one-stop solutions that enable NIKE's digital products and services. Create, develop, and deploy seamless, tailored, and inherently social experiences to digital consumers. Collaborate with cross-functional team members to drive improvements to performance and to provide scalable, reliable, and available platforms for all digital teams. Solve problems with engineering teams and help develop platform for Java application stack to enable more rapid build-out of both production and development systems. Build and improve monitoring frameworks and extend tools to enable self-service at all levels of operations stack to enable users to deploy new applications with minimal assistance. Troubleshoot DNS issues, firewall misconfigurations, and related issues with Internet infrastructure components.

Full Time Lecturer - University of California at Santa Barbara
This position is intended for an innovative individual with enthusiasm for, and breadth of knowledge in, electrical engineering and its emerging applications in diverse fields. The individual is expected to develop, teach, and supervise highly successful senior Capstone project courses that are required for electrical engineering students. The individual is expected to work closely with students on Capstone projects during their senior year. These projects may be in the broad areas of electronics, energy, sensors, signal processing, control systems, and communications, and each project may comprise 4-5 students.

Assistant Professor in Robotics/Mechatronics - University of California, Santa Cruz
We seek outstanding applicants with appropriate expertise, established records, and exceptional potential for research in Robotics. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in robotic manipulation, grasping, haptics, and dexterous manipulation with applications to service robotics, autonomous transportation, assistive and medical robotics, or other related areas. Complementarity of research to the other areas of computer engineering, including networks, sensors, control systems, and computer hardware, will be evaluated.

Department of Computer Engineering Assistant Professor (tenure track) - University of California, Santa Cruz
We seek outstanding applicants with appropriate expertise, established records, and exceptional potential for research in the main areas of hardware systems design: computer architecture, Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI), and microprocessor system design. The successful candidate's research will be in hardware systems design primarily, or as it relates, to the implementation of power-constrained mobile systems, network hardware, architectural support for distributed systems, cloud computing, embedded systems or other related areas.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Computer Science - University of California at Davis
We are targeting excellent candidates in three areas: (1) all areas machine learning and computational linguistics with an emphasis on natural language processing, information retrieval, text analytics and text mining; (2)databases, interpreted broadly to include distributed systems issues, security and privacy, and specific data types such as graphs, spatial data, images, biometrics, genomics and medical data, and (3) all areas of high-performance computing and related areas.

Faculty Position in Game-Related Technologies - University of California at Davis
The appointee will join a rapidly growing interdisciplinary team of faculty engaged in collaborative research, design, and development of digital games and interactive media at UC Davis. We are seeking candidates working on the fundamental technologies that underlie modern digital games. Areas of specialization should include one or more of the following: game development, computer graphics and animation for games, artificial intelligence for games, game engine design, developer tools, player modeling, game character technologies ranging from agent architectures to natural language processing to affect models, or other related research areas.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science - California State University, Los Angeles
Candidates must have a strong primary commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates must also have a commitment to graduate teaching and research (including laboratory instruction and supervision of projects) and an ability to take advantage of the College’s strong, well established ties to local industry. We are interested in faculty candidates in all areas of research within Computer Science but particular areas of interest this year include Theoretical computer science, Programming languages and paradigms, and Cyber-physical systems.

Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor - University of California at Santa Barbara
We desire candidates in the area of the Internet of Things with emphasis on aspects of signal processing, communication networks, embedded systems, sensors, and/or circuit and systems. Highest priority will be given to exceptional candidates regardless of the specific areas listed above.

Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor - University of California at Santa Barbara
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara is seeking applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in the field of Computer Engineering with a start date of Fall quarter, 2017. Applicants with a wide range of interests in Computer Engineering are encouraged to apply while research areas related to systems design, cloud computing, machine intelligence, and architecture will be given higher priority. Prospective candidates who wish to pursue interdisciplinary research efforts are encouraged to apply.

Faculty openings - University of Houston's ECE Department

  • Assistant Professor (tenure-track, 2 positions): We are seeking exceptional candidates in energy-related areas
  • Full/Associate/Assistant Professor (Tenured/tenure-track): We are seeking exceptional candidates in health-related areas
  • Instructional Assistant Professor (non tenure-track): in the area of computer engineering, especially embedded hardware and software systems, computer architecture, and reconfigurable hardware.

CS Faculty Positions - California State University - Monterey Bay
The computer science program at California State University, Monterey Bay is seeking applications from qualified candidates for tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Candidates with research interests in all areas of computer science will be considered. Applications are especially encouraged in the areas of Computer Networking, Cyber Security, Machine Learning and Software Engineering. In addition, candidates with significant interest in prioritizing applied research aimed at improving computer science higher education outcomes, particularly as it relates to broadening participation in computing will be given preference.

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