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EECS Weekly News: November 28, 2016


Precise Nerve Stimulation Via Electrode Implants Offers New Hope for Paralysis Patients
Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that demonstrates how limbs can be controlled via a tiny array of implanted electrodes. V John Mathews, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the Oregon State University College of Engineering, lead researcher Mitch Frankel, then a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, and three other researchers, all faculty members at Utah, conducted the study. Neuroscience News, Science Daily

The breakthrough that won the $1.5M Wave Energy Prize for Portland's AquaHarmonics
“They did something nobody has really been able to accomplish before,” said Alison LaBonte, marine and hydrokinetic technology manager for the DOE, in the wake of last week’s announcement that AquaHarmonics had won the competition’s $1.5 million grand prize. The big innovation by the team of Alex Hagmuller (2009 BS ME) and Max Ginsburg (2010 BS ECE) was in devising a control system for their energy-absorbing buoy that keeps it in tune with the unpredictable rising and falling of the sea. Portland Business Journal

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


Israel Study Abroad Information Session
If you have ever hoped to study abroad but hoped that it was impossible with an engineering degree, there are opportunities to do so in Israel. Presentations and Q/A for study abroad opportunities at Tel Aviv University and The Technion- Israel Institute of technology will be held this coming week on Thursday Dec 1st at 6:00 in KEC 1007 and Saturday Dec 3rd at 12:00 in MU 221. Please email hoterz@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

It’s never too early to plan for summer!
Dreaming of warmer and drier days? It’s not too early to make summer plans to travel, work, study and play. This summer, you can do it all when you enroll in summer classes at Oregon State. Classes range from one to 11 weeks, and summer courses help you stay on track for graduation. Don’t forget, everyone pays in-state tuition.* Plan today with your family, friends and academic advisor and discover how you can make this summer your best! Learn more: summer.oregonstate.edu.
*Not eligible for OSU Ecampus, VetMed or PharmD classes or INTO students.

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.

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.

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)!

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.


PhD Final Oral Examination – Behrooz Mahasseni
Wednesday, November 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007
Robust and Efficient Action Classification in Videos in the Wild
Major Advisor: Sinisa Todorovic; Committee: Alan Fern, Fuxin Li, Eugene Zhang; GCR: Brett Tyler

MS Final Examination – Gungor Basa
Friday, December 2, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 3114
Image Based Crypto
Major Advisor: Attila Yavuz; Committee: Mike Rosulek, Fuxin Li; GCR: Maggie Niess

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Islam Almusaly
Friday, December 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1114
Custom Keyboards for Inputting Programs on Touchscreen Devices
Co-Major Advisors: Carlos Jensen, Ronald Metoyer; Committee: Eric Walkingshaw, Kenneth Funk; GCR: Mike Pavol

MS Final Examination – Prathamesh Patkar
Monday, December 5, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 4107
CoprHD: ScaleIO Driver Based on Southbound SDK
Major Advisor: Rakesh Bobba; Committee: Bella Bose, Eric Walkingshaw


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.

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.

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 9, 2016.

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.

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.

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.


A Better Way for Modest People to Answer "What Are Your Greatest Strengths?"
Hiring managers don’t really care if you think you are great at X, Y, or Z. Instead, they want to know how your particular bag of skills, personality, and experience can help the company. They care how those skills are applied, not what they’re called or how you feel about them. The Muse

3 Mistakes You Make When You Start Feeling Confident About Your Job
Before you sit back and relax too much, know that the biggest mistake people make three, four, five months into a new gig is they think the “hard work’s” over. The typical mindset is that once you have the hang of everything, there’s nothing else to worry about. The Muse


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.

Summer programs staff - iD Tech
This summer, iD Tech will hire over 1,600 instructors and staff from across the world to show students, ages 6 to 18, firsthand how their interests in technology can turn into fun learning experiences. We have programs that emphasize tech education for girls, teens, tweens and younger children. We’re looking for energetic, tech-savvy, summer staff who understand the need for quality technology education for young students.

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.

Operating Systems/Network Analyst - OSU Facilities Operations & Maintenance
Plan, manage, install, configure and support operating systems and databases on Building Management system servers and clients. Provide telephone or on-site support for applications, hardware and Building systems through either direct intervention or facilitation with vendors and/or central IT groups. Facilitate systems tuning, integration, upgrades and backup support of both servers and clients. Manage Vendor Network accounts and system accounts, perform file conversions and maintain backups. Participate in needs assessments, evaluate purchases for compatibility with existing systems. Insure data and systems integrity through testing, benchmarking, preventive maintenance and vendor collaboration. Details

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.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions at Penn State
The Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Penn State will be hiring tenure-track faculty in several areas this year, at all ranks. We are particularly interested in computer architecture/hardware systems, software systems, and data science. Additionally, we are coordinating with university-wide searches in security, data science and other areas, so there is flexibility in the areas we will consider.

Tenure-track faculty position - University of Cincinnati
The School of Information Technology (SoIT) at the University of Cincinnati seeks to hire one tenure-track Assistant Professor in the areas related to Information Technology including Software Applications, IT Infrastructure, Game Development, Cybersecurity, and Applied Machine Learning to start in August 2017.

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.

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