What did you do this summer?
An internship? Research? Studied abroad? The School of EECS is looking for interesting student stories to post on our blog, EECS News. If you'd like to share your summer experience, send an e-mail to Rachel Robertson. We want to hear from you!


Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing, by Martin Erwig
John Gilbey praises an entertaining text that draws on popular culture to explain the essentials of computer science to the general reader. Erwig has worked hard to make sure the book gives readers with little or no technical knowledge access to a fundamental understanding of computer science. It also delivers an agreeable guide to problem-solving in the broadest sense. Times Higher Education

Tips for success in your first year
Guest post by Anushka Pandey, senior in electrical and computer engineering
The first term of college can be intimidating — especially in an engineering major where you will be taking calculus and other technical courses as early as your first term. As an electrical and computer engineering major with no prior programming or robotics experience, I was incredibly nervous when I first started at Oregon State University. But I managed to find a good balance; and now I’m going into my senior year with an on-campus job, a research position in a lab and active participation in two clubs. EECS News

2017 Celebrate Excellence Awards
The College of Engineering at Oregon State University honored nine outstanding faculty and staff members at the annual Celebrate Excellence event held on September 19 at the Reser Stadium. This year’s award recipients include:

  • Zachary N. Stark, a student in electrical and computer engineering, received the Burgess/Tektronix award. This award recognizes an outstanding senior in the College of Engineering, as judged by a variety of activities beyond academic performance.
  • Roger Traylor, a senior instructor in electrical and computer engineering, received the Loyd Carter Award. This award recognizes effective teaching as voted by members of the junior and senior classes in the college.
  • Alan Fern, associate head of research and professor of computer science, was honored with the Research Award for sustained, unusually significant, and meritorious achievement in research and scholarship.


Intel Begins Making Chips That Resemble The Brain
Intel is beginning to experiment with so-called neuromorphic chips that attempt to more closely resemble how a real brain functions. Coming out of the chip giant's research lab, the new chip, dubbed the Intel Loihi test chip, consists of 128 computing cores. Each core has 1,024 artificial neurons, giving the chip a total of more than 130,000 neurons and 130 million synaptic connections. Based on the number of neurons, the Loihi chip is a little more complex than the simple lobster brain. Meanwhile, the human brain is made up of more than 80 billion neurons. Forbes

10 College Majors With the Best Starting Salaries
Some degrees pay off more than others. According to PayScale data — which for the first time can be found on U.S. News profile pages for 1,000 schools — these are the 10 majors with the highest median starting salaries for alumni with 0–5 years of postgrad experience whose highest degree is a bachlor's, along with the schools where graduates earn the most in those fields. U.S. News


Fall 2017 ResiSTORE Volunteer Search
The ResiSTORE (pronounced Resi-Store) is a volunteer-run electronics store located in the basement of Dearborn hall that serves the OSU community. It's been previously known as the "IEEE Store" and the "Robotics Club Store", and is now the "ResiSTORE". There are many reasons to volunteer! They range from after-hours access to the store for your own projects to learning about Electronics (from customers and fellow volunteers), to input into the future of the store itself. Student volunteers are critical to the operation of the store. Volunteering is fun, easy, educational, and it looks great on scholarship applications and resumes! A typical volunteer may work in the store for only one or two hours per week, although more is certainly welcome.

IEEE Student Chapter for the Power and Energy Society
The Power and Energy Society is the third-largest society in IEEE, and focuses on electrical power generation and consumption. If you have an interest in renewable energy, smart grids, power electronics, electric vehicles, etc...this is the professional society for you. We will be working together with the Portland PES chapter and other student chapters to bring in guest speakers, organize activities, attend seminars, etc. This will be an excellent addition to your resumes! To form the society, we need a faculty advisor (Dr. Brekken) and 6 students, along with one of the students to serve as the chair. If you have an interest in being a member of this student chapter, please contact

Iterate is a program of two-hour seminars/workshops held once a week for a month. Iterate runs once in the fall and once in the spring. The program is open to community members and OSU students, researchers, and staff to inform and prepare them on four essential aspects of starting a successful business venture. The next session of Iterate is planned for Fall 2017, starting Tuesday October 24. Applications are now open.

Be Research Ready
October 4 | 5:30-7:00pm | Kearney 112
The process of getting involved in undergraduate research or creative work with a faculty member can be intimidating, especially for students who are new to OSU. We’re here to help! Join us for an evening workshop where we’ll discuss the benefits of working with a professor at OSU and how to identify and contact the professor you want to work with. You’ll also have an opportunity to hear directly from a panel of OSU professors about what they look for in undergraduates who ask to join their teams. RSVP:

URSA Engage Program - Funding for Undergraduate Research
URSA Engage is a program designed to help students across all OSU campuses and disciplines establish mentoring relationships early in their academic programs. First and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, are eligible to apply. URSA Engage awardees receive $750 and mentors receive $250 in scholarly development funds. Each student must partner with a professor to submit an application. Students who want to know more about this program and would like an opportunity to network with professors who are looking to partner with undergraduates on URSA Engage applications should sign up for one or both of these URSA Engage Information/Networking Workshops. RSVP to reserve your spot.

  • November 16, 5:00-6:30pm
  • December 1, 5:00-6:30pm

CASS Software Development Series
Thursdays | 6-7pm | KEC 1005
Learn the latest software development tools and techniques from the group who knows it best - CASS! Working on custom software projects for clients both at OSU and in industry with students learning along the way is what we do. This give us an edge on what is currently going on out in the software development real world. Topics include Java Script, source control, and ASP.NET MVC.

Campus Analytics Challenge: What can you build better with us?
In today's ever-changing technology environment, customers prefer quick and seamless interactions with their financial institute. Senior leaders at Wells Fargo are looking for a new product, service, or application (the "Solution") that will improve the overall customer experience ("Business Objective"). Based on your analysis of the data, what recommendations do you have for senior leaders at Wells Fargo? 3 winners will each receive $1,000 for Option A // 4 winners will each receive $2,000 for Option B and a 3-day/2-night trip to San Francisco, CA in March 2018 to attend a Wells Fargo Analytics Summit, and $500 for travel expenses. Deadline: October 15, 2017.

IEEE Maker Project 
This is your opportunity to show the world the work that has been keeping you up at night. So, if you are tirelessly tinkering with a tech project that solves complex problems and has applications to benefit society, and want to win great prizes, we want to hear from you. Finalists in each category will receive a US $50 Amazon gift card and have their project featured in a spotlight on IEEE Transmitter, The Institute, and in IEEE Potentials magazine. The First Prize winner will receive a $500 Amazon Gift Card and a 1-hour mentoring session with an IEEE member about their project. The Second Prize winner will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card. Entry deadline: October 17.

LGBT Engineering Conference 
October 20-22 | Palo Alto, CA 
LGBTQ Engineering student? You can attend the Out for Undergrad: Engineering Conference in Palo Alto. The due date for the priority round of applications is April 28, but applications will be accepted until May 14. Each year, we select a diverse class of top-performing LGBTQ students from around the country. We invite them to attend our industry-focused conferences: weekend-long summits where we work with LGBTQ professionals to educate students about job opportunities in highly competitive industries — and inspire them to pursue challenging, ambitious careers.

NCWIT Collegiate Award
The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact. Each winner receives $10,000 in cash and an engraved award; and, each honorable mention receives $2,500 in cash and a covered certificate. Applicants representing three categories will be selected from the Preliminary Round to participate in the Finalist Round: freshmen, sophomores, and two-year college students; juniors and seniors; graduate students. Application deadline: October 30.

Google IgniteCS: Bring computer science to your community
Gather a group of undergraduate students at your college and apply to be CS volunteers through Google igniteCS! You will have access to lesson plans and a free kit of materials to bring CS to kids in your community. Visit to apply or email for more information.

ChickTech 2018 ACT-W National Conference
April 10-13, 2018 | Phoenix Arizona
Our main focus is to truly create a sense of community and offer engagement for all experience levels, diversity groups, and tech professionals. We are combining the benefits of our regional ACT-W Conferences to open it up to our thousands of ChickTech members! This conference is packed with motivating sessions, our largest career/exhibit fair, formal training, and tons of networking. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with WIT and professionals from every corner.


10 Sites to Kick Off Your Scholarship Search
If you’re hoping to fund some, or all, of your college career with scholarships, you’re in luck: There are billions of dollars in scholarship and grant money awarded each year. You don’t need to be a valedictorian or football star to win scholarship money – there are scholarships for all types of students. But you do need to put some effort into your search. U.S. News

Google Scholarships: Application window opening soon
Keep an eye on the Google Student Blog for the announcement of our scholarship applications this fall! Check out for the full list of programs and more information.

AfterCollege Engineering & Technology Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in a field of engineering, technology and/or mathematics. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. citizen. Deadline: September 30.

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. Deadline: September 30.

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
$500 - 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. Deadline: September 30.

Apriorit Computer Science Scholarship Program for College Students
Apriorit offers a $1000 educational technology grant for high school seniors and graduate students in USA, who have been enrolled at a college or university for a computer engineering or computer science program this year. We want to support young people passionate about IT and planning to build their career in this field. Application deadline: July 1, 2018. 


Software development, money, and you
Presented by Christopher Scaffidi, Associate Professor, School of EECS, Oregon State University
Monday, September 25, | 4:00pm to 4:50pm | LPSC 125

Sensors for Closed-loop Health Management
Presented by J.-C. Chiao, Janet and Mike Greene Professor, Jenkins Garrett Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Texas - Arlington
Monday, October 2 | 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM | LPSC 125


PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Qian Gao
Wednesday, September 27 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | KEC 3114
TCO based metal-semiconductor hybrid modulator for optical communication
Major Advisor: Alan Wang; Committee: John Conley, Arun Natarajan, Matthew Johnston; GCR: Zhenxing Feng


Google @ OSU
Wednesday, September 27 & Thursday, September 28
Interested in learning more about Google? Come hear it from a Googler and OSU alum! Google will be hosting events on campus for you to learn more about Google and the opportunities we offer to students. We will have swag and many internship and full time opportunities for students. We hope to meet you there!

CASS Software Development Series
Thursdays | 6-7pm | KEC 1005
Learn the latest software development tools and techniques from the group who knows it best - CASS! Working on custom software projects for clients both at OSU and in industry with students learning along the way is what we do. This give us an edge on what is currently going on out in the software development real world. Topics include Java Script, source control, and ASP.NET MVC.

Google YouTube Live: Watch out for our fall series
Tune in to these live events for direct access to Googlers. Get your questions answered in real time all while learning about opportunities at Google and new developmental resources. RSVP here.

ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinars
September 26 - October 25
ONAMI’s Fall Expert series of free webinars covering more advanced topics such as a behind the scenes look at investor due diligence, working with university licensing offices, a deep dive into early stage financials (by Susan Preston, who gave what was arguably the most outstanding workshop at the last NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II Grantees Conference), top legal mistakes and how to avoid them, and how NSF is building the nation's most important seed fund.

From Corvallis to Hollywood
Q&A with Ivan Williams '80 and Erika Williams '78
Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 4 TO 5 P.M. | LINC 268 | Free event, pizza included
The road from your undergraduate studies to your career may not be straight and narrow. Follow the story of two alumni, from the colleges of Engineering and Forestry, who went from buying movie tickets to making feature length films, television shows and musicals.

Ignite TAO: Southern Willamette Valley
Friday, September 29 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Symantec, Springfield, OR | TAO Members - $5; Non-Members - $5 (early-bird through Aug. 31); $10 (as of Sept. 1)
Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global - Ignite is all of these and more. Ignite TAO: SWV will focus on topics around all kinds of tech. What new products, services or research can really take technology to the next level?

DevOps BootCamp Fall Kickoff 2017
Saturday, October 14, 9:30 AM - Saturday, November 4, 3:00 PM | KEC 1001 & 1003
DevOps BootCamp is a single-day event with one track to help inexperienced attendees kick off the year with fundamentals of system administration and software development. The day includes a series of beginner-sessions to set up Linux on their computers, SysAdmin, and other workshops to help get your year started. Free Pizza lunch!

Fall 2017 Career Events for Students
This is an entire week of events for students to develop their professional skills, culminating in two career fairs where students will get to interact with hundreds of employers who want to hire OSU students!

Career Expo Events

Other Fall Career Events


8 ways to boost your odds of getting a job
Congratulations — you managed to get an interview for a position at your dream company. But don’t start celebrating just yet. It’s not enough to get your foot in the door; you also have to make the right impression when you interview. From wearing the right clothes to making eye contact with the hiring manager, small gestures can have a big effect on your career prospects. The Oregonian

Should I submit multiple online job applications to the same company to increase my chances of getting an interview?
If you’re hoping to send multiple applications for the same job, typically the applicant tracking system (ATS) won’t even let you do this—you’ll likely get a notice saying you’ve already applied. If you’re applying for the same job listed several times, that really won’t increase your chances of getting an interview, either. Monster

Intern Diary: What It’s Like to Be a Computer Science Intern
Sure, summer internships have ended and the school year is now in full swing, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year. WayUp


Student Information Technology - OSU Academic Technologies
The Student Response System position within the Learning Platform Services team provides technical and operational support for OSU’s student response system (“clickers”). This position reports to the Instructional Technologist, product manager for OSU’s student response system and service. This position may also support other systems within the Learn@OregonState ecosystem, as time and resources allow: Canvas; Kaltura; accessibility tools; publisher platforms.

Google Internships: Application window opening soon. Apply early!
Interested in exploring more roles and opportunities? Check out!

Software Engineer - Ideal-Logic
Join a small team of hard-working, dedicated professionals providing an excellent custom software-as-a-service experience to a wide range of clients and industries. Help grow and develop Ideal-Logic’s engine and infrastructure; also use it to build, deliver, support, and sell Ideal-Logic custom applications. Implement integration projects with external systems via various APIs and techniques (generally using Perl to interact with REST APIs). Serve as backup hardware/software support for co-located Linux Ubuntu servers. Learn Ideal-Logic code base (Perl, C, Javascript). Work closely with CTO to grow and develop Ideal-Logic engine.

Google University Graduate Roles: Application window open now. Apply soon.
Interested in exploring more roles and opportunities? Check out!

Silicon Labs is hiring mixed-signal MS/PHD
We have openings for several mixed-signal engineers at the MS or PHD level.

Mobile Developer - PixaMed
As a member of the Pixamed Software Engineering team, you'll work closely with other team members, as well as our Product and UX departments, to build WOW-worthy mobile applications. In particular, you will also help us iterate and improve our Apple iphone/ipad products, work with our Marketing team to bring automation to health care provider work flow and, in general, using your strong knowledge of mobile technologies to create fantastic user experiences. This position is in the Product and Engineering Department, and reports to the Software Development Manager.

Intel Corporation seeking PhD candidates & recent PhD graduates
The Technology Development group's Thin Films division of Intel Corporation currently has openings for physical science and engineering Ph.D.s to support/direct R&D of advanced processing methods. Candidates hired for these positions will be responsible for developing the next generation of Intel's microprocessors. The PTD Module & Integration Device Yield Engineer's role encompasses ownership of critical technology, enabling rapid miniaturization in the semiconductor industry and the mass production of integrated circuits. Engineers within the Portland Technology Development (PTD) organization at Intel participate in leading edge innovations in the development of the fabrication process and continue to overcome seemingly impossible barriers as tolerances and specifications for building best-in-class computing devices becomes increasingly rigorous.

Instructor - OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The School of EECS invites applications for 9 month and 12 month full-time instructors for the Computer Science programs on campus and online. These appointments are fixed-term, non-tenure track, with the possibility of renewal at the discretion of the School Head. Instructor needs to be able to teach in the following areas: Introductory Programming, Cloud Computing, Web Development, Operating Systems, Databases and theory-based courses (e.g. Data Structures and Algorithms).

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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