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EECS Weekly News: October 3, 2016

IN THE NEWS

A Summer Spent at Tripwire
This summer I had a great experience as in intern at Tripwire, a software company based in Portland that develops security solutions. What impressed me the most about Tripwire was how everyone there made me feel comfortable and part of the company. EECS News: guest post by Vedanth Narayanan

OSU EECS Alumna: Jennifer Davidson
Jennifer Davidson received her Ph.D. in computer science in 2014 from Oregon State University. She currently works for Intel Corporation. EECS (video)

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Microsoft expanding artificial intelligence efforts, ramping up hiring
Microsoft has formed the Microsoft AI and Research Group to consolidate its research and product development surrounding artificial intelligence. The new group will include more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company's AI product efforts. Microsoft said it is also hiring more scientists. Puget Sound Business Journal

Amazon’s Alexa group is on a massive hiring spree
When Jeff Bezos revealed in May that Amazon employed more than 1,000 people working on Echo and Alexa products, he warned: “It’s just the tip of the iceberg.” Here’s some proof. The Echo and Alexa groups are currently looking to fill 400 positions, according to Amazon’s Alexa job page. The open positions run the gamut from data engineers to product managers to machine learning scientists. Recode

Tech says it wants to diversify, so why is it moving so slowly?
A lot has changed in the Silicon Forest since the dot-com era. One thing that hasn't changed: The composition of the people working in the state's tech sector. One of Oregon's best-paying, fastest-growing fields remain stubbornly male, and overwhelmingly white. That defies a growing consensus across the industry that tech needs to diversify. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

ANSYS Multiphysics Simulation - Student/Faculty Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, October 4, Noon to 1:30 PM, KEC 1007
ANSYS tools can be used to simulate single physics like Fluid Dynamics or Structural dynamics, but can also be combined to simulate complex Multiphysics processes. During this Lunch & Learn you will learn about single physics simulations and how multiple physics, as well as their interactions, can be simulated inside a single environment. ANSYS tools are available to every engineering student at Oregon State University. Register for this free event.

HWeekend
HWeekend returns October 8-9! This hardware development competition brings students of all levels and majors together with industry and faculty mentors to create something new. Students work together in teams to create a marketable project they can demonstrate and pitch to judges at the end of the weekend. This term’s HWeekend will target projects that can be submitted to national competitions to show off what OSU students can produce. HWeekend is free event sponsored by of the College of Engineering. More info: webpage, video.

Intel Open House
Wednesday, October 12, 11:00am - 3:00 pm, KEC 1005 & 1007
All BS, MS, and PhD Students are invited to join Intel Corporation representatives for an open house! Learn about the many opportunities at Intel. Discuss the exciting opportunities for graduates with degrees in ECE, CS, ChemE, Chemistry, Mechanical Eng, Materials Science, BioChemistry, Physics, Optics and more. **Food Provided**

Finding the Next iPhone Hack Could Net You $1.5 Million
Cracking the iPhone might be harder to do these days, but that only makes it more valuable. Exploit vendor Zerodium announced they were tripling their bounty for a zero-day hack of Apple’s iOS 10, offering a new maximum payout of $1.5 million. To claim the prize, Zerodium is asking for a previously undocumented security flaw that enables remote jailbreaking of the mobile platform. Gizmodo

Amazon offers $2.5 million for socialbots to develop Alexa's voice control
“The Alexa Prize challenges students to build socialbots that can acquire knowledge and opinions from the web, and express them in context just as a human would in everyday conversations,” said Rohit Prasad, vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa. The team with the best socialbot will win $500,000 in prize money. An additional $1 million will be awarded to the winning team’s university if their socialbot can hold an engaging conversation with humans for 20 minutes. Registration runs through Oct. 28. Puget Sound Business Journal

Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium’s Safety Competition
All OSU undergraduate students are invited to submit an entry to the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium’s Safety Competition to help raise awareness of the risks of roadway departure crashes — crashes that occur after a vehicle crosses and edge or center line. Entries include one video 20 to 30 seconds in length, a series of five tweets or Instagram posts, and one poster 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions. All entries are due by Oct. 21, 2016 and must be students’ original work. Details are available at http://depts.washington.edu/pactrans/students/safety-competition/.

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Unsolved Problems in Acoustic Noise Cancellation
Presented by Robert Adams
Monday, October 3, 4:00pm to 4:50pm, DEAR 118

PrivCount: A Distributed System for Safely Measuring Tor
Presented by Rob Jansen, Center for High Assurance Computer Systems, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Tuesday, Oct 4, 10:00am talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

28-56Gb/s Standards and Design Implications
Frank O'Mahony, Principal Engineer, Intel
Monday, October 17, 4:00pm to 4:50pm, DEAR 118

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000. Deadline: October 4.

Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship
As part of our commitment to military veterans, Google established the Google SVA Scholarship in partnership with Student Veterans of America. The scholarship provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD for the 2017-2018 school year and will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2017. Deadline: November 4.

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.

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 wiht 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply.

Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program
The Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program is a tuition-free Fellowship for computer scientists and engineers looking to transition to careers in data engineering. Over the last 4 years, we have helped over 600 graduate students and postdocs who are all now data scientists and engineers at over 200 leading data companies across the United States. We would be happy to have graduates from Oregon State attend Insight. Application deadline: November 3.

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.

EVENTS

Sci-fi author and scientist David Brin visits OSU
Science fiction author David Brin, whose 1985 novel The Postman was set largely in Corvallis and at Oregon State will present a talk, “Storytelling in Novels and Film: Adaptations,” October 4, 2016, at 6 p.m. at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center in the Construction and Engineering Hall. The lecture will focus in part on The Postman, and include film clips of the 1997 movie loosely based on the book as well as feature readings by Brin.

HWeekend
Saturday & Sunday, October 8-9, Kelley Engineering Center
This hardware development competition brings students of all levels and majors together with industry and faculty mentors to create something new. Students work together in teams to create a marketable project they can demonstrate and pitch to judges at the end of the weekend. This term’s HWeekend will target projects that can be submitted to national competitions to show off what OSU students can produce. HWeekend is free event sponsored by of the College of Engineering and the College of Business. More info: webpagevideo.

Intel Open House
Wednesday, October 12, 11:00am - 3:00 pm, KEC 1005 & 1007
All BS, MS, and PhD Students are invited to join Intel Corporation representatives for an open house! Learn about the many opportunities at Intel. Discuss the exciting opportunities for graduates with degrees in ECE, CS, ChemE, Chemistry, Mechanical Eng, Materials Science, BioChemistry, Physics, Optics and more. **Food Provided**

CASS Open House
Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Milne Computer Center
The Center for Applied Systems and Software has moved to a new location in Milne. Join us for light fingers foods, tours, demonstrations, and displays.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Things Smart People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work
You must know where the line is and be careful not to cross it, because once you share something, there is no going back. Know better than to reveal any of the following, because these things will send your career careening in the wrong direction. LinkedIn

Interview Preparation 101: Ace Your Next Interview
Reaching interview stage is an exciting prospect but there is still a lot of work to be done before you land that job offer. Career Experts

Mistakes and blunders to avoid in your next job interview
We've all heard about the importance of first impressions, but when it comes to a job interview, the data actually backs up the adage. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 49 percent of employers know if a candidate is a good fit for a position within the first five minutes of an interview. By minute 15, that number reaches 90 percent. Career Builder

JOBS

Math Grader - Department of Mathematics
This position assists an instructor with grading various assignments in upper division courses. Grading and scoring homework assignments and exams for a 300-level course.

Dorm Tutor - Department of Mathematics
Tutor math students in dorm common rooms on math classes below MTH 254.

Student Information Technology
This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Information Technology position for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). This position is for desktop IT support with the College of Engineering.

Math Learning Center Tutor
This recruitment will be used to fill part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Support Services (Math Learning Center Tutor) positions for the Mathematics Department at Oregon State University (OSU). Students go to the learning center to acquire help with math homework, complete exams, and to work on assignments. Tutors are employed to help tutor Mathematics students.

TA for Foundations of Elementary Mathematics
This recruitment will be used to fill part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Technical Assistant (TA for Foundations of Elementary Mathematics) positions for the Mathematics Department at Oregon State University. This position provides classroom assistance, office hours and grading assistance for the Mth 211, 212 and 390 (Foundations of Elementary Mathematics) sequence.

Engineering/Computer Science Intern - High Lakes Health Care
I am looking to hire another intern this fall/winter semester. I would like one to assist with a population health care navigation project. Also, if you have any software/engineer/computer science students looking for an internship – I could use a second to assist with some projects in our EMR and IT network development.

Student Information Technology (Libraries Research Intern)
This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Information Technology (Libraries Research Intern) position for the Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries and Press at Valley Library. The Libraries Research Intern will help reveal OSU’s rich history as documented in its publications. The OSU Libraries & Press seeks an undergraduate intern for Fall Term 2016 to create the prototype of a web-based data visualization and analysis tool for the impact of ETDs to demonstrate to interested parties.

DTS Data Analyst Internship - Cambia
The Data Analyst Intern will be a Data and Technology Solutions (DTS) team member. DTS is focused on delivering combined innovative data and technology products, services, and solutions that will help drive Cambia’s vision of person-focused health care transformation. Creating and designing of our Spark page for departmental communications; assisting with reporting on metrics.

Part-Time Developer - Quicklet
Quicklet is looking for a part-time full-stack engineer who is interested in helping us build a cloud-based invoicing and light ERP functionality that interfaces directly with QuickBooks Desktop. You must be willing to work remotely and independently. As we are a startup, you will have as much responsibility as you desire - anything from building out server-side Ruby transactional functionality to the front-end Javascript UI. It's an exciting opportunity for those who are technically curious and want to have technical ownership. This is part-time hourly-position with compensation commensurate with experience and may include equity. Though it is a part-time position, we will need a weekly commitment of at least 10 hours.

Technology (MakerSpace) Part-Time Programming Intern - Independence Public Library
The selected Intern will explore existing MakerSpace programs and make recommendations for purchase of equipment and materials. They will be responsible for the development of S.T.E.M. based programming kits to meet the needs of children, teens and young adults. These kits will include equipment, materials and user guides for multiple projects and skill levels. The Intern will be responsible for assisting library staff at public libraries in Polk, Yamhill and Marion counties to implement programming based on the kits developed for the project.

Junior Electrical Engineer-EIT - Norwest Engineering, Inc.
Norwest Engineering, a national-level engineering firm, is currently seeking a full-time Junior Electrical Engineer to work out of our main office located in Portland, Oregon. As a Jr. Electrical Engineer, you will work under the supervision of our Sr. Electrical Engineers and with our Project Managers on a variety of heavy industrial projects serving petrochemical, primary metals, chemical and pulp & paper clients. Your role on electrical engineering and design projects will be to take direction from Sr. Electrical Engineers and coordinate your work with electrical designers and drafters, assist with engineering calculations and interface with clients and contractors. Depending on progress, it is expected that within 1 year you will be taking the lead electrical role on projects with only technical support from the electrical group. Ideal candidates possess a high level of attention to detail, ability to operate in a fast paced environment.

Senior/Staff Engineer - MediaTek Irvine
The project is in early stages of development, so hired designers will get a great opportunity to learn and gain experience through the difference design phases and interaction with industry veterans and expertise. Architecture study and evaluation of advanced Serdes topologies. Serdes design of different blocks including, but not limited to, drivers, front ends, samplers. comparators, ADCs, DACs, PLLs, clock distribution, etc.

Research opportunity: Sustainable Community Tool Development and Support - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The research group in which the candidate will be participating is mainly involved with creating and maintaining software decision support tools that can be used by communities for making decisions that contribute to sustainability. There are a wide variety of tools from a web based database inventory to planning tool plug-in modules to hydrological models. The tools represent a variety of programming languages and platforms, so we are looking for a participant with a broad range of skills and a willingness and desire to learn new ones.

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed). Sample jobs:

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