November 29, 2011



Finding their Place

When she came to Oregon State University to study computer science, Helen Shin struggled to feel at home in a course of study dominated by men. At OSU, female students constitute 20 percent of the College of Engineering, but few choose computer science, Shin says. The scarcity of female role models in the field made Shin doubt herself. For Hannah Adams, a junior in computer science who transferred to OSU last year, undergraduate research was a way to find her place at OSU and gain confidence in computer science. Powered by Orange

'Fool's gold' aids discovery of new options for cheap, benign solar energy

Pyrite, better known as “fool's gold,” was familiar to the ancient Romans and has fooled prospectors for centuries -- but has now helped researchers at Oregon State University discover related compounds that offer new, cheap and promising options for solar energy. These new compounds, unlike some solar cell materials made from rare, expensive or toxic elements, would be benign and could be processed from some of the most abundant elements on Earth. e! Science News, Portland Tribune, PhysOrg


Intel Innovators is a nationwide competition to inspire, discover and award the best game-changing ideas up to $100,000 every month. Intel has gathered an impressive panel of start-up and technology experts from Ron Conway’s SV Angel firm, seed investor Betaworks, and Intel Capital to evaluate submissions and select the most promising ideas. But only ideas with the most Facebook votes will get a shot at winning up to $100,000—no strings attached. Submissions are ongoing. Round 2 submission deadline for ideas is 12:00pm EST on December 13, 2011. Details

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is a 10-week paid summer internship with opportunities in the US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for women and minority students who are currently enrolled in Science, Technology (IT), Engineering, and Math majors at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be a US citizen. Undergraduate students completing their sophomore year in Spring 2012 through PhD candidates. Application deadline: December 31, 2011. Details


THURSDAY, December 1, 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. "Understanding Attacks and Data Protection in Cloud Computing Infrastructures" presented by Kevin Butler, University of Oregon. Details


Tuesday, November 29, 2-4pm, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination - Heng Zhang. Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Thinh Nguyen, Sinisa Todorovic, Bechir Hamdaoui, Shuxue Quan; GCR: Wei Kong "Applied Color Processing ." Details

Wednesday, November 30, 11:30am-1:30pm, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination - Ho-Young Lee. Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Gabor Temes, Karti Mayaram, Pavan Hanumolu; GCR: David Hackleman. "Power-efficient Nyquist ADC Design Techniques." Details

Wednesday, November 30, 2-4pm, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination - Tao Jiang. Major Advisor: Patrick Chiang; Committee: Gabor Temes, Huaping Liu, Albrecht Jander; GCR: Abdollah Farsoni. "Design techniques for ultra-high-speed, medium-resolution, low-power analog-to-digital converters." Details

Tuesday, December 6, 9-11am, KEC 1007. MS Final Oral Examination - Islam Almusaly. Major Advisor: Ronald Metoyer; Committee: Mike Bailey, Glencora Borradaile. "Fingers Animation." Details

Tuesday, December 6, 10am-12noon, KEC 3114. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination - Majid Adeli. Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Bella Bose, Bechir Hamdaoui, Thinh Nguyen; GCR: Yevgeniy Kovchegov. "On the Security of Network Coding." Details


L'Oreal USA announces its intent to expand the company's commitment to the Fellowships for Women in Science program, by offering further support to women in pursuit of scientific careers, through the creation of a U.S.-based Fellowship. Applicants must be: (1) women postdoctoral associates for the entire period of the Fellowship and have started in their postdoctoral position by September 1, 2011. (A DPH is accepted as equivalent to a PhD and a ScD; however, MDs are not eligible); (2) American citizens (born or naturalized) or permanent residents at the time of application submission; (3) affiliated with a U.S.-based academic or research institution and conducting their research and studies in the U.S.; and (4) involved in the life, physical/material sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, or mathematics. Details

The Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences Department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center invites applications for its 2012-2013 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in mathematical and computer sciences. The fellowship provides scientists of outstanding ability an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident department members at the Research Center. The Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences Department provides an atmosphere in which basic research is combined with work on technical problems arising in industry. The fellowship has a period of one year. Details

Acoustical Society of America Graduate Fellowship for Minorities for graduate study in scientific areas related to the field of acoustics. Study is allowed in all fields of pure and applied science and engineering that are directly related to acoustics. These include: acoustical oceanography; animal bioacoustics; architectural acoustics; engineering acoustics; biomedical ultrasound; bioresponse to vibration; musical acoustics; noise; physical acoustics; physiological acoustics; psychological acoustics; signal processing in acoustics; speech communication; structural acoustics and vibration; and underwater acoustics. Details


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Energize Corvallis Internships. Energize Corvallis is committed to making Corvallis one of the most energy efficient communities in the nation, and we need your help to make it happen. This winter weʼll be planning the OSU Campuses Take Charge program and encouraging over 1,000 OSU students, faculty, and staff to reduce their energy use by pledging to try no-cost and low-cost energy saving actions. Part-time, unpaid internships begin on January 9 and end on June 8. Students are strongly encouraged to register for internships credits in winter AND spring terms. All internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students. Customized internships are available. Details

School of Public Policy looking for student worker for employment starting Winter Term 2012. Office and customer service experience helpful. Position will be in the Political Science program 10-12 hours per week, M 2-5, W 2-5 and other hours. Please e-mail your resume to Office Manager, Betu Herrera at

REPRESENTATIVES FROM LONGVIEW FIBRE PAPER AND PACKAGING, INC. WILL BE ON CAMPUS Thursday, December 1, 6-7 pm in Bexell 103 to speak with interested engineering undergraduates and graduating seniors about co-op, intern and professional intern positions beginning in the summer of 2012. We are seeking approximately 20 highly skilled, self-motivated, results-driven people for these positions. Our interns investigate and develop solutions to issues with immediate importance and benefit to the company's current initiatives and goals. Interns work directly with senior level employees in environmental, project engineering, production, maintenance and process control and optimization groups. Strong team leadership skills are a must. Details

Check out CodeEval (, a place where you can solve programming challenges and get placed into top companies. Lots of great companies are looking to hire students and many have already scored awesome jobs. It's free to use - so start solving! Here are some to get you started:

The OSU Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is looking to hire an OSU student with experience in graphic design, communications, and marketing to join the organization as its Design and Visibility Coordinator. The position oversees the SSI's digital and print visibility efforts, and is responsible for managing interns, designing materials, managing website(s) and social media pages, planning publicity efforts and campaigns, and improving the organization's ability to do this work in the future. Applications are due December 4, 2011. Details

Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) seeks an undergraduate for immediate hire as Programmer to develop scripting in the LSL (Linden Scripting Language) for use in Second Life (SL). TAC develops and maintains the SL assets for OSU: Beaver Island - The strong ability to learn and employ LSL, based on experience with other languages, is suitable qualification. Details

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport, located in Keyport Washington, is looking for a software developer supporting the ASM software application. ASM is a web-based application that uses an ORACLE backend and a JAVA front end. The key skill we are looking for is someone who is proficient using JAVA in a J2EE environment. The individual will work with a team of software professionals to review, modify, and develop JAVA source code for the ASM application. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of relational databases. Details

A paid research internship is available for an undergraduate in electrical engineering to test and tweak a prototype budburst sensor. A student with an interest in biological sensor development and trans-disciplinary research would be ideally suited to the position. The student will need to work with the sensor on trees in the outdoors. Some driving to field sites is required. Details

Thomson Reuters is the leading source of intelligent information for the world's businesses and professionals, providing customers with competitive advantage. We are seeking a motivated Quality Assurance Engineer with 1-2 years of experience in enterprise and SaaS applications testing and development within test automation frameworks. As a quality assurance engineer in our core development team, you will work closely with a very experienced team to extend and support ongoing development of our industry-leading tax applications and work with the latest Enterprise and Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies. Details

New Media Lab Assistant, OSU Department of Music. Monitor and document lab use. Track lab hardware and software functionality. Maintain lab organization and cleanliness. Review video game literature and web sites to stay current with developing trends and technologies. Make recommendations for purchase of video games and related hardware based on above research. Create and submit/post video game reviews documenting a range of topics related to game play, game aesthetics and player interactions. Reviews include screen shots and edited video captures of in-game play. Details

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