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EECS Weekly News: November 23, 2015


Graduate Research Expo
Tuesday, March 1, 1 – 4 p.m., Portland Art Museum
Grad students: Submit your abstracts to present your research at the College of Engineering's Graduate Research Expo. Share your work through poster presentations with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, peers, other academic institutions and more. Spaces are limited. Deadline to submit abstracts is December 11, 2015.


Average Starting Salary for Class of 2015 Climbs 5.2 Percent
Overall, the average starting salary for a bachelor's degree graduate from the Class of 2015 stands at $50,651, according to NACE's Fall 2015 Salary Survey. Currently among Class of 2015 bachelor's degree graduates, computer and information sciences majors are earning the highest average starting salary. Their average starting salary is $65,849, up nearly 6 percent from $62,194 in 2014. National Association of Colleges and Employers

As it sells Texas facility, chipmaker doubles down on its Oregon semiconductor fab
San Jose, California-based Maxim Integrated Products appears to be making a new bet on its Oregon semiconductor fabrication facility in light of an announcement that it is selling its San Antonio facility. In Beaverton, Maxim makes integrated circuits used in industrial applications and systems and devices for automotive and medical customers. Portland Business Journal

ON Semiconductor buying Fairchild for $2.4 billion
Fairchild, based in San Jose, California, makes semiconductors that regulate power in electronics, chips for cars and electronic signal converters. ON Semi's headquarters are in Arizona but it employees hundreds at a chip factory in Gresham. The Oregonian

Urban Airship takes closer aim at data markets
The company has unveiled Insight, which could help mobile marketers gather intelligence and make decisions on the fly about their campaigns. Urban’s foray into the big data space means the company is shifting its resources. Portland Business Journal

Google-owned Nest plans to hire 100 engineers in Kirkland
Nest, which announced the Seattle-area expansion plan on Monday, is one of a growing number of Silicon Valley powerhouses — including Facebook, Twitter and, most recently, Snapchat— to open a Seattle engineering center. Nest expanded from fewer than 300 to more than 1,000 employees since Google acquired the company last year. Puget Sound Business Journal

Tesla bulks up engineering staff for self-driving cars
Tesla is putting more muscle into its self-driving car project, with Chief Executive Elon Musk himself recruiting new engineers on Twitter. "Ramping up the Autopilot software team at Tesla to achieve generalized full autonomy. If interested, contact autopilot@teslamotors.com," Musk tweeted late Thursday. "Should mention that I will be interviewing people personally and Autopilot reports directly to me. This is a super high priority," he added in a follow-up tweet. CNET


BB485/585-Applied Bioinformatics
Winter 2016, MWF 4:00-4:50 pm, Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough introduction to the problems and methods of the bioinformatics of nucleic acid sequences and proteins. The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of bioinformatics and enable you to understand and employ software and methods used in answering contemporary questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as sequence alignment, BLAST, motif finding, databases, phylogenetic tree construction, GO Terms, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, microRNA discovery using small RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Students will gain familiarity with BioPython and the Unix command line interface.

Computer Science projects from MindSumo
MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to aaron@mindsumo.com.

Cognitive Computing Challenge
This is a $200,000 USD incentive prize to build a cognitive system that can read a document, then accurately load a database with what it finds. Essentially, to teach a computer to mimic the human brain. Currently, a huge amount of information is locked in written documents which is read and analyzed manually by humans. The solution to this challenge will eliminate repetitive tasks, reduce time and minimize errors. This world-wide challenge is sponsored by Dynamic Risk, whose focus is to improve pipeline safety and reduce environmental impact. However, this technology has broader applications across industries such as healthcare, security and emergency response. Submission deadline: January 11, 2016.


Computing for Humans
Monday, November 30, 4:00pm to 4:50pm, KEC 1003
Vicki Hanson, Distinguished Professor
College of Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology


MS Final Examination – Kyle Gray
Monday, November 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007
A 5 GHz Wi-Fi Receiver Front-End with 4x80 MHz Channels for a TDOA Indoor Localization System
Co-Major Advisors: Kartikeya Mayaram, Terri Fiez; Committee: Huaping Liu; GCR: Leonard Coop

PhD Final Oral Examination – Mohammad Sorower
Monday, November 30, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, KEC 2057
Improving Automated Email Tagging with Implicit Feedback
Major Advisor: Thomas Dietterich; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Alan Fern, Xiaoli Fern; GCR: Harry Yeh

PhD Final Oral Examination – Ankur Guha Roy
Monday, November 30, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007
Analysis and Design of Low Voltage LC Oscillators and their Application to Wireless Sensor Networks
Co-Major Advisors: Kartikeya Mayaram, Terri Fiez; Committee: Arun Natarajan, Matthew Johnston; GCR: David Hackleman


Google - Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Women in Computer Science
The Scholarship encourages women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. The scholarship is for one year. Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible: Be a female student currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university. Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a university in the United States for the 2016-2017 academic year. Be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply. Application deadline: December 1, 2015.

National Security Agency Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship
$500 - 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: December 31.

AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS,AAS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

U.S. Department of Energy / Krell Institute - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
The DOE CSGF program funds students pursuing a Ph.D. in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. This research is conducted at DOE National Laboratories, which has high-performance computing programs in combustion, climate change, nuclear stockpile stewardship, materials sciences, resource recovery, health issues, fusion energy, DNA sequencing, and protein structures, among many others. The Fellowship is for four years, renewed annually. Application deadline: January 19, 2016


Quiz: Test your business etiquette IQ
Take this interactive quiz below to find out how much you know about general business etiquette. The higher you score, the more mannerly you are. Portland Business Journal

Easy fixes for your CV, résumé, and interview answers
Advice for avoiding them in your CV, résumé or interview answers. Inside Higher Ed

Grad Student: You Are Your Own Spokesperson
Want to effectively represent yourself? Plan accordingly. Develop communications skills that work for larger audiences and think about ways to connect with individuals or small groups. Tend to your social media identity and compose a few different elevator pitches. Leverage the contacts you do have and plan to reach out to contacts you’d like to have. Remember that when you find your dream job, you’ll probably have to talk your way into it. Inside Higher Ed


Computer Science 161/162/165 Teaching Assistant (ecampus), Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oregon State University
This recruitment will be used to hire a number of part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Support Services positions. This position performs a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the university. Positions include activities such as mentoring, grading, and holding office hours online.

Computer Science 161/162 Teaching Assistant (on campus), Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oregon State University
This recruitment will be used to hire a number of part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Support Services positions. This position performs a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the university. Positions include activities such as mentoring, grading, holding office hours, and helping with two 2-hour labs.

Energy Project Student Tech, OSU Sustainability Office
The OSU Sustainability Office seeks a student employee to provide project management and technical support to sustainability and energy efficiency projects and programs. Work with facilities staff to implement best practices in building automation systems (BAS) to include scheduling and trending. Review utility and BAS data and identify energy conservation opportunities. Help plan and manage energy and water conservation projects. Perform field work like steam pipe insulation, small equipment installation/modification and solar array site maintenance.

Student Support Technician 1, College of Business, OSU
Responding to requests for technical help; documenting support requests; troubleshooting basic hardware and software problems while working directly with vendors and customers as necessary; following designated escalation procedures for high level issues; monitoring status of CRC systems and resources; basic printer maintenance; maintaining computer labs.

Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, Information Services, Oregon State University
This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 12 months from the appointment begin date. This position is created to support the WAVE project in TAC. The primary objective is to support development of the WAVE Virtual Learning Environment for the September 2015 research phase and to support maintenance of that project during that research phase.

Information Technology Consultant, competency level 3, OSU Extended Campus, Oregon State University
The Video Production Specialist (Information Technology Consultant) broadly supports OSU Ecampus (online degrees), Open Oregon State (online modules and free textbooks), and Summer Session. This position provides leadership in the management of video and multimedia production to support the promotional goals of the Marketing and Enrollment Services team as well as course development and faculty support for the Course Development and Training team. The Video Production Specialist plans, organizes, and directs video production. The Video Production Specialist is also responsible for ensuring that the quality of video and multimedia content continuously exceeds industry standards. This position involves some travel both on-campus and at times off-campus for video interviews.

McKesson University Programs
McKesson has many intro positions for computer science students, and they have locations all over the world.

CSE@TAMU Opportunities
Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University is growing rapidly and has numerous faculty searches ongoing. We are currently seeking applications for an endowed chair professor, tenured or tenure-track positions, and non-tenure track teaching-focused positions. Additionally, a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes are seeking faculty that may have interests aligned with computer science or computer engineering.

Tenure-track positions in Computer Science, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
A doctorate in Computer Science or a closely related field and a commitment to teaching is required. Preference will be given to individuals with an established record of excellence in teaching and research and an interest in mobile computing, security, data analysis, or robotics. The successful applicant is expected to teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate computer science courses, advise students, supervise student projects, and participate in scholarly activity. The typical teaching load is two courses per semester. Teaching is a primary portion of this position, but maintaining an active research program is also expected. 

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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