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EECS Weekly News: November 21, 2016


Engineering Out Loud
Episode 1 of the College of Engineering’s new podcast Engineering Out Loud is live! To listen, tune in at http://engineeringoutloud.oregonstate.edu.


People of ACM - Margaret Burnett
In anticipation of her keynote address at the Foundations of Software Engineering conference, ACM asks Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett about women's roles in the economics success of software; her pioneering of the field of end-user software engineering; and information foraging theory. She also offers some gems of advice for aspiring researchers. ACM

Portland wave energy team snags a coveted $1.5M prize
Score one for the underdogs, the outsiders, the dreamers, the guys with day jobs toiling in the early mornings and late at night. And score one for Oregon, the state that has positioned itself as the nation’s wave energy leader. AquaHarmonics, the Portland duo of Alex Hagmuller (2009 BS ME) and Max Ginsburg (2010 BS ECE), won a remarkable victory Wednesday morning, taking the $1.5 million first prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize. Portland Business Journal

Life after Google is good
It takes an uncommon amount of ambition to work for Google and decide that your career’s upward trajectory isn’t quite what you want it to be. That’s where Myles Chatman found himself in 2014. He was working for the tech giant when he decided that he needed to enhance his career prospects. So where does a person turn after deciding Google isn’t the best long-term solution for them? Myles’ extensive internet research — using Google, no doubt — led him to Oregon State University Ecampus, where he enrolled in the online post-baccalaureate computer science program. Ecampus

New network-on-chip (NoC) technology contributes to higher computer performance
A team of Oregon State University researchers in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a technology that improves the communication between cores of a computer chip, which can boost performance and energy efficiency. The new network-on-chip (NoC) technology was developed by Lizhong Chen, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, in collaboration with Bella Bose, professor and senior associate school head, and graduate student Fawaz Alazemi. Oregon State Advantage

What is a master’s degree in computer science good for?
Many people ask me whether they should pursue graduate school in computer science. Answering this question requires explaining what graduate school is good for. LinkedIn article by Chris Scaffidi


Mentor Graphics' sale ends an era in the Silicon Forest
Mentor Graphics was the largest and most enduring of Oregon's homegrown technology companies, and the only Tektronix spinout to top $1 billion in sales. Its $4.5 billion sale to German engineering titan Siemens follows a spate of deals for Silicon Forest companies that have just about stripped the landscape of public, Oregon-based tech businesses. The purchases have eroded the state's foothold in electronics, a legacy that stretches back seven decades. The Oregonian

Intel declares data the 'new oil,' pledges $250M for self-driving car tech
"Just as oil has transformed our world over the last century, data is poised to transform our world for the next hundred years – and beyond," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a blog. The average person generates 650 megabytes of data a day using their PCs, mobile phones and wearables, but the Intel chief said that is going to grow exponentially with autonomous vehicles. Portland Business Journal

As tech industry grapples with diversity questions, Microsoft targets executives' pay
Microsoft Corp. has announced it will tie executive bonuses to workforce diversity goals as the tech industry continues to struggle to increase the number of women and minorities in the workplace. Portland Business Journal

Planar's latest buy takes aim at virtual reality
Beaverton-based display maker Planar Systems may not be the first local company to spring to mind when thinking about virtual or augmented reality, but the 33-year-old company is in fact working this emerging market into its business. “People might not associate (VR) with us,” said Planar chief marketing officer Jennifer Davis. “We have been quietly working in the VR and AR space in our visualization technology and displays.” Portland Business Journal


URSA Engage: research opportunities for undergraduate students
URSA Engage is designed to provide first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Awardees are expected to spend an average of 5 hours a week for the 15-week duration of the project (mid-Winter 2017 to the end of Spring 2017). URSA Engage is designed to establish mentoring relationships for undergraduates early in their program at OSU.

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017: $100K Prize and Mentor Incentives
Team up with friends or fellow developers to enter your world-changing software innovations to the U.S. Imagine Cup - a global student technology competition presented by Microsoft. Win up to $100,000 in earnings, two all-expense-paid trips, and startup and technology mentorship for our 15th anniversary! You are not bound by categories so use this competition as a blank canvas to brainstorm a new tech project or build on a hack that you started developing with friends. Social networks, music services, photo apps, games, gadgets and robotics – the list goes on. Sign up to qualify by December 20, 2016 at 11:59pm (PST)!

Amazon Graduate Research Symposium Application 2017
The Symposium will be held on Amazon's campus in Seattle, Washington on January 26-27, 2017. At Amazon there are many applications for Research Science including Operations Research, Distributed Systems, Recommendation Systems, Storage, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Computer Vision. The symposium will feature lectures by Amazon researchers and PhD/graduate students, a poster session for students to exhibit their research and an opportunity for those interested to participate in interviewing sessions the following day. Application Deadline: December 16, 2016.

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.

Mental Fitness Movement
The Mental Fitness Movement is an online challenge that encourages students to practice and adopt healthy behaviors that promote mental well-being. Each week has a new challenge topic as well as providing bonus points for attending events or participating in additional activities on campus tied to the challenge topic. Activities are logged each day and the top participants will win prizes. The Mental Fitness Movement kickoff event will be taking place on Tuesday, January 10th at noon in the MU Horizon Room and will include an overview of the challenge, free food, and an introduction to our first challenge topic.


Special Seminar: An Analytical Perspective on Mutations and Coverage
Presented by Willem Visser, Professor, Division of Computer Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Tuesday, November 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1005
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.


MS Final Examination – Ye Liu
Tuesday, November 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KeC 1007
Quantum Dots-Fullerene Based Molecular Beacons for Highly Sensitive DNA Detection
Major Advisor: Larry Cheng; Committee: Alan Wang, Matthew Johnston, Alex Chang; GCR: Jimmy Yang

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Hamidreza Maghami
Wednesday, November 23, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, KEC 3057
A Highly Linear OTA-free VCO-based 1-1 MASH ΔΣ ADC
Co-Major Advisors: Terri Fiez, Kartikeya Mayaram; Committee: Gabor Temes, Un-Ku Moon; GCR: Sharmodeep Bhattacharyya


PepsiCo And 21st Century Fox Announce "The Search For Hidden Figures" Contest To Discover Emerging Female Visionaries In Science, Technology, Engineering And Math (STEM)
The program is inspired by the highly-anticipated feature film "Hidden Figures," that tells the 'untold' story of three African American female NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960's. This contest will support today's emerging STEM visionaries by awarding over $200,000 in scholarships and other prizes to over 20 winners. Beginning today through December 10, 2016, online entries will be accepted directly at www.SearchforHiddenFigures.com.

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.


It's fall, and the hunt for summer internships is intense already
Now more than ever, students are urged to stand out, get involved, and apply to internships as early as possible. If you’re not applying to internships right now, you should be — at least, that is what it feels like on college campuses across America. USA Today College

Just a heads up: 41% of recruiters judge your photo before ever meeting you
Recruiters are trying to check off a lot of boxes, and if you don’t have the basics down pat, you’re not likely to get very far. The truth is, you’ll never get much of an initial look if your photo—literally, the first thing a hiring manager sees when he finds you online—doesn’t make a good impression. USA Today College


This position preforms a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the university. Positions may include activities such as mentoring, grading, holding office hours, helping with recitation, and/or helping with 2 hour labs.

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.

Software Developer / Engineer - Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics’ Context SDM team is looking for a dedicated Software Engineer to join our small team working on a large product. We're looking for passionate, creative developers who are excited about solving new problems. As a software developer on our team, you'll work with everything from front-end development to server-side JS (nodejs/TypeScript) to client plugins written with non-web technologies (Java, C#, C++ etc.). We don't expect you to know everything coming in, so we'll pair you with mentors who will help you grow and develop your skills.

Electrical Engineer - Cascade Pacific Pulp
The Electrical Engineer with emphasis in power engineering will provide engineering support for power distribution system and assist with the DCS and PLC systems; provide relief supervision and project management support for E&I crews; oversee and assure timely, accurate documentation for all mill E&I systems; handle project engineering for small and medium sized capital projects and/or mill maintenance update projects. Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering; 3+ years of experience.

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 - 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.

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.

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