ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

IN THE NEWS

Put Me in, Coach: AI May Soon Assist Pro Football Coaches
Bill Belichick doesn’t have to worry. Artificial intelligence can’t coach football. At least not yet. But the New England Patriots head coach and his NFL counterparts could one day consider AI as essential to their jobs as running practices or watching game tape. “AI will revolutionize sports,” said Alan Fern, a computer science professor at Oregon State University who is using game videos and AI to teach computers to understand and coach football. If Fern is successful, teams would boost their brainpower with a new type of assistant coach – one powered by GPUs and a branch of AI called deep learning. It could supply strategic insights that might elude even the savviest coach. NVIDIA Blog

Computational thinking: A skill worth developing
The College of Engineering is developing ways to ensure that all engineering graduates are well versed in computational thinking, and industry insiders are excited about these efforts. Momentum!

  • “For as long as we have been designing computers, AI has been the final frontier,” said Jen-Hsun Huang , Oregon State engineering alumnus and cofounder, president, and chief executive officer of NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing.
  • Doug Fisher, a senior vice president and general manager in Intel’s Software and Services Group, believes that computational thinking can impact all of life. “Developing this in engineering is a no-brainer, but we should also explore applying it beyond engineering,” Fisher said.
  • Jon DeVaan, a former vice president at Microsoft and chair of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees, concurs. “Every engineer is going to use computers to do some aspect of their work, and taking any large problem and subdividing it over and over to reduce it to smaller, more solvable bits is a really great skill to have, no matter what you’re doing,” he said.

Beyond encryption
“We need techniques that protect these data, and cryptography traditionally serves as the backbone of security systems to protect the information,” said Attila Yavuz, assistant professor of computer science. “We are only in the first stages of a society centered around massive data,” said Mike Rosulek, assistant professor of computer science. “I don’t think we yet understand all the implications of generating and storing it all. I hope it doesn’t take a catastrophic breach to make people realize that cryptographic precautions are necessary.” Momentum!

Flying Testbed - OSU Engineering Expo 2016
Not everyone needs to test how their camera works at 200-500’ in the air in adverse conditions, but for Rockwell Collins (an aviation solutions company) it is a necessity. To reduce the expense of a manned flights, Rockwell Collins has sponsored this project to build an unmanned flying camera testbed. EECS video

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

DiscoverOrg's hiring spree continues: 200 workers sought
After hitting its lofty goal to hire 150 people over the last year, Vancouver-based DiscoverOrg is looking for more. DiscoverOrg offers data that those in IT, marketing and finance departments use for sales leads and intelligence. The company built out its tech platform to allow clients using other systems to use its data. The newest hires will fill roles in the research, software development and sales realms. Portland Business Journal

With $8.5M fundraise, Cozy looks to hire, bolster its software
Rental management software maker Cozy has secured an $8.5 million Series B round. The money will further build, by adding new features to, Cozy's software, which serves both renters and landlords. Funds will also help the company add to its 24-member team. The company is looking to hire its first data scientist and first product manager. Portland Business Journal

OSU research funds reach second consecutive record of $336 million
Oregon State University research funding reached $336 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30 – a second consecutive year of record-breaking growth and an increase of more than 60 percent over the past decade. OSU accounts for more research funding than nearly all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. OSU news release

OPPORTUNITIES

2016 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 in the real world, and can use an extra $500, we want to hear from you. Top vote-getters in each category will be sent to our expert panel of judges who will select one finalist from each category. Deadline: September 17, 2016

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Dustin Austin
Thursday, September 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007
ALD of Multi-Insulator MIM Capacitors
Major Advisor: John Conley; Committee: Thomas Plant, Larry Cheng, David Cann; GCR: Karen Shell

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Yuanli Pei
Monday, September 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 2057
Learning with Partial Supervision for Clustering and Classification
Major Advisor: Xiaoli Fern; Committee: Raviv Raich, Prasad Tadepalli, Sinisa Todorovic; GCR: Byron Marshall

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

NSA Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship
$500 - 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. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Application deadline: September 30.

NSA Electrical Engineering Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Application 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. Application 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. Application deadline: September 30.

EVENTS

How To Land a Tech Job in Oregon
Wednesday, September 7, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Simple - 1615 Southeast 3rd Avenue #200, Portland, OR (Tickets $15 for students, $20 others)
Join Mac’s List at our next quarterly networking event to learn more about job opportunities in the technology sector. Our panel of Portland-area tech experts will share their perspectives on the rapidly growing industry, identify the most in-demand skills, and explain how to improve your chances of landing a job with a tech company. This special event kick-starts the 2016 Portland Tech Crawl and will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to network with technology firms.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Bosses more impressed by arriving early than staying late, research finds
Even after accounting for total work hours and other measures of job performance, those who started earlier in the day were rated by their supervisors as more conscientious workers. Employee evaluations similar to the ones conducted by the researchers are often directly tied to compensation, and supervisors' opinions on worker performance can ultimately affect their future job prospects at the same company or elsewhere. The Oregonian

Hiring managers Will Google you: Here's what you can do now if the results aren't good
Do you know what to do if your search turns up something you didn’t expect or don’t want associated with you? Here are four ways to repair or reduce the damage to your online reputation so you don’t have to cringe thinking about what a hiring manager finds. USA Today

3 vital steps to getting a hiring manager's attention on LinkedIn
Few things inspire stress in job seekers quite like LinkedIn. That’s because you know that if you get it right, you can build your brand, land jobs and grow your network. And the good news for you is that I have an insider perspective on this all works. I’m a former employee of LinkedIn and I’ve looked through thousands of profiles to hire my own employees. USA Today

JOBS

Student Test Engineer - Internet of Things - OSU Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS)
The Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS) exists as a student experiential learning program. Students are hired and trained by full time staff engineers or student managers to perform computer hardware and software testing. This position specifically will be working with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and testing of IoT. IoT is a fairly new and rapidly changing area of technology. Students in these positions are expected to be quick learners and delve into the nuances of IoT and its relationships with devices.

Student Information Technology Assistant - OSU Athletics
Assist the Information Technology Department within OSU Athletics with day to day operations and projects. Imaging Windows and Apple Hardware. Assisting members of the IT Teams with day to day operations.

Intro to Computer Science (CS) 101 Teaching Assistant - OSU Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Mentoring, grading, holding office hours, helping with recitations, helping with 2 hour labs, and attending TA meetings. These duties will vary depending on the specific course.

Student Information Technology Pool (IT Consultant) - OSU Information Services Service Desk in Client Services
Members of the IS Service Desk are the first line of technical support for Community Network clients and students, staff & faculty at Oregon State University. Client Services is responsible for all aspects of IT support for its customers. Client Services is a diverse organization made up of 50+ student employees and 20 full-time staff working in three primary functional areas: Service Desk, Community Network and Campus Labs.

Information Security Analyst - OSU Office of Information Services Central Administration
As an Information Security Analyst (Analyst) you will help identify risks to information assets and data systems, ensure compliance with university policies, industry standards, relevant regulations, and security best practices. A resource to others, you will assess systems, processes, and projects and interact with internal and external technical staff and consult with project teams. You’ll be a member of a team that works closely with Information Services, other IT units, and Internal Audit to design, test, implement and operate an array of information security tools and devices. We will work together as a team on InfoSec Incident response.

Applications Programmer and Information Technology Coordinator - Vermont Center for Ecostudies
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) seeks an Application Programmer and IT Coordinator to join our conservation sciences team. Write well-designed, testable, efficient code using best software development practices. Work with a dynamic team of biologists, statisticians, computer scientists, application developers, and database administrators within a collaborative development environment. Develop software and data products to ensure the data collected by e-Butterfly.org and other projects are available and appropriately used to the maximum extent possible. Create and maintain software documentation. Create website layout/user interface by using standard HTML/CSS practices. Integrate data from various back-end services and databases.

Analog Engineer - Intel
Be the first to develop, design and test wireline I/O circuits in Intel’s leading-edge technology node. Design PHY circuits covering wireline standards in serial, memory, and legacy high-voltage I/Os and integrate them into Intel’s first technology test chips. Use your design and measurement results to guide the next generation of process technology based on requirements for critical wireline interfaces. Work closely with process and product/IP engineers to anticipate interface requirements and use design and test results to accelerate process technology and product development.

R&D AI Programmer - Tsugi
Are you ready for the adventure of your life? Move to Japan and let’s develop the future of creative tools together! As part of our R&D team, you will design smart tools and real-time systems that will be used by major Japanese and Western studios (game and movie) across their projects. You will also work on our own products such as GameSynth, DataSpace and their successors. Short-term contracts and internships are also available.

Research Associate-Signal Processing - OSU Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
The person in this position will be working closely with Dr. V John Mathews in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) on research in signal processing as well as its applications in structural health monitoring, neural engineering and robotics. This person will work on publications and proposals with Dr. Mathews in these areas and interact with sponsors.

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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