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EECS Weekly News: October 31, 2016

IN THE NEWS

Students ‘Show’em What They Got!’ at HWeekend
Students spent 30 consecutive hours of engineering design, teamwork, and development at HWeekend on October 8-9, sponsored by the College of Engineering. The theme was “Show’em What You Got!”, and participants did just that, creating some of the most complete projects of any HWeekend. The purpose of the theme was to encourage projects that could be submitted to national competitions. EECS News

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Northwest senators urge U.S. to pick Oregon for wave test center
In a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the leaders said after “more than ten years of work and over $11 million in federal and non-federal funding,” a Pacific Northwest group behind the Oregon project is best positioned to successfully develop the facility. The test center planned by NNMREC would sit about a half-dozen miles off the coast at Newport and consist of four berths for the testing of wave energy converters in big-wave conditions. Portland Business Journal

Are More Computer Science Grads Becoming Entrepreneurs?
Recent outcomes for computer science graduates are somewhat puzzling in that the percentage who were fully employed in a traditional setting decreased even though their median salary increased, according to NACE’s First-Destination Surveys. National Association of Colleges and Employers

Tech entrepreneurs shine at 2016 Tom Holce Awards
Technology companies dominated the 2016 Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards. The awards, organized by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, are named for legendary Oregon entrepreneur and savvy investor Tom Holce and celebrate the state’s startups and entrepreneurs. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed – Wave Lab Open House
Are you interested in learning more about the Wave Lab? Volunteer for the Fall Family Weekend Open House and you can become an expert wave lab tour guide. The Wave Lab is hosting an open house Saturday November 19th from 10-1 PM and we need tour guides. The tour is a short 20 minute laboratory tour and training is provided along with posters situated at each station, and typically tour guides provide tours in pairs. Tour guides will receive a wave lab t-shirt. There are two volunteers shifts 9:30 to 11:30 and 11:00 to 1:30. Tour guide trainings are scheduled from 10:00-11:00 AM November 15th and 16th, or at other times by request. If you are interested in volunteering for the Fall Family Weekend Open House please sign-up HERE for the 9:30 – 11:30 shift and HERE for the 11:00-1:30 shift. Please also feel to sign up for both shifts if you are able.

Students! Get an advantage with an Intel mentor
You asked, we delivered. You told us you wanted role models to help give you an advantage with your studies and future job opportunities. Now, the Intel MentorNet Community is here to encourage you as you complete your STEM degree. For up to two hours a month, you can discuss with an Intel mentor strategies on improving your GPA, internships, preparing for your job search, and much more. LinkedIn

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Directed Research Project Presentations
Presented by CIS PhD candidates, University of Oregon
Thursday, Nov 3, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.

Algorithmic Fairness: From social good to mathematical framework
Presented by Suresh Venkatasubramanian, associate professor, University of Utah
Monday, November 7, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, DEAR 118

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Final Oral Examination – Ali Aburas
Monday, November 7, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1005
Enhancing Search Based Techniques with Information Control Dependencies
Major Advisor: Alex Groce; Committee: Margaret Burnett, Carlos Jensen, Alan Fern; GCR: Maggie Niess

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

EVENTS

Can't We All Just Get Along (TAO event)
Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, New Relic, Portland
Join us for a lively panel of product, project and engineering teams. Our curated pairs are from a range of company sizes and all are prepared to share best practices and give insights on their biggest success and challenge in working together. Our brave panelists will share the good and the bad - especially focusing on what fosters loyal co-workers and teams in the ever-changing world of tech.

CDK Company Office Hours
Wednesday November 2, 10:00am – 2:00pm, KEC 1005
As the largest global provider of software to the automotive dealership industry, we’re revolutionizing the way people purchase cars. We are looking to hire 40 Software Developer Interns in our Portland office for summer 2017! If you are a sophomore or junior computer science major, please come meet us. Free food and drinks will be provided.

Diversity & Decision Making: The Importance of Women in the Boardroom
Thursday, Nov. 3., 7p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium
Speaker: Patty Bedient, cfo, forest industry expert, corporate board member and community leader

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Fair or Not, Here's What Recruiters Really Think About You
For better or for worse, though, they are humans. As such, there are a lot of little things that can influence their decision on whether or not to move forward with a candidate besides just straight credentials. But while that might seem discouraging at first, you can push yourself further along in the process if you know what recruiters care about—and perhaps, more importantly, what they don’t. The Muse

Experience required but how to get it?
As an entry-level job seeker, experience is something you have to pursue on your own. But it doesn't need to come in the form of a neatly packaged job or internship that perfectly applies to your chosen field. Whether you're in college, in grad school or already out in the real world, these strategies will give you the advantage you need to stand out from other entry-level applicants. The Oregonian

Networking: It’s not just for outside connections
Most people associate the term “networking” with external functions: social media, seminars, and affiliation with professional organizations. While these types of networking can be powerful, internal networking also has benefits and should not be overlooked. Regardless of the typical extent of an employee’s internal networking, individuals can always benefit from extending their regular interactions. Portland Business Journal

JOBS

MIME Research Assistant (Student) - OSU School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Performs routine to complex technical or specialized tasks in support of research. Most positions will include laboratory research, data collection, and analysis. May include book reviews and publication research, experimentation in a laboratory setting, laboratory set-up and maintenance, data collection and analysis, and other related tasks.

Coops/Interns for Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters - Cypress Semiconductor
They will be working on IC design, simulation and silicon level analysis of “state of the art” analog subsystems, aimed at IoT, Automotive, Sensing and Signal Conditioning applications. The primary skills of interest are basic analog/mixed signal IC/EE design.

Rockefeller University Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, at The Rockefeller University, expects to have a small number of postdoctoral fellowships available for appointments in September 2017. We are seeking theoretical physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists with a demonstrable interest in the interface between their discipline and biology. The Fellows are to be at that stage of career as to function as independent members of the Center, free to work alone or in collaboration with any members of The Rockefeller University faculty.

Faculty openings - University of Houston's ECE Department

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

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

Multiple faculty positions - USC Computer Science
We have multiple openings for tenure-track positions in all areas and at all levels of seniority. While we primarily seek assistant professor applicants, we are interested in exceptional candidates at all levels. In addition to the tenure track openings, we also have openings for multiple (non-tenure track) teaching positions.

Faculty Positions at The University of Iowa, Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Iowa invites applicants for two tenure-track assistant professor positions, one in the area of cyber-physical systems or Internet of Things and the other in augmented or virtual reality. A PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or a closely related field is required.

Faculty position in machine learning - University of California at Davis
The Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Computer Science, for appointments with a start date in Spring 2017, or later. We are targeting excellent candidates in all areas of machine learning and computational linguistics, with a special emphasis on all aspects of natural language processing, information retrieval, text analytics and text mining.

Developer/Database Administrator - OSU Division of Extended Campus
The purpose of this position is, in coordination with the Lead Web Developer, to research, develop and administer web-based database applications. This will include developing custom PHP/MySQL/JavaScript applications, administering the Hobsons Radius Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, migrating Radius configurations/data to OSU’s shared Salesforce CRM, and ongoing Salesforce administration and object-oriented development with Apex (similar to Java/C#). This position will design, develop, test, implement and maintain web applications as needed. In coordination with the Lead Web Developer, this position may work with staff in all Ecampus units including other designers and programmers both within Ecampus and outside of Ecampus.

Outreach Web Developer - OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications
The Outreach Web Developer’s primary role is to design, develop, deliver and support web, content management, and information systems that increase the public’s access to and engagement with educational resources and information from the OSU Extension Service and AES. Day-to-day, the person in this position manages web development and related projects, assesses the results and impact of those efforts, and provides training and advice on effective use of existing and emerging web and information technologies and strategies. Work is done in collaboration with communication and technology colleagues and OSU Extension and AES faculty.

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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