March 6, 2012



Meet the 2012 Oregon Staters

Stephen R. Hawke | BS Electrical Engineering ’71, BS Mathematics ’71 | Retired, Senior Vice President Customer Service, Transmission & Distribution, Portland General Electric

Steve Hawke enjoys interacting and serving people. Whether he is working with customers in the field, mentoring youth in athletics, or helping people in need in the community, his technical education and strong involvement in student affairs at Oregon State have served him well. More

Edward Yao-Wu Yang | MS Electrical Engineering, ’77 | Partner, iD Ventures America, LLC | Retired, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard

Ed Yang earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in 1971 from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. It was expected within his culture and his family that he would go abroad to further his studies, so when he received a unique, full-scholarship offer from the Philips International Institute in the Netherlands, he decided to attend. More

John D. Barton | BS Computer Science Engineering ’80 | Vice President, Architecture Group General Manager, Platform Validation Engineering, Intel Corporation

John Barton joined Intel in 1982 as a software engineer and has participated in a computing revolution during his 30-year career. More

Ron Khormaei | BS Electrical Engineering ’88, MS Electrical Engineering ’89, PhD Electrical Engineering ’95 | General Manager, Lensbaby, LLC

Ron Khormaei has put his three degrees from Oregon State University to excellent use at the companies for which he has worked and the public and industrial consumers that benefit from the resulting products. He has seven United States patents and more than 30 publications under his belt. More

RANDY HOFFMAN | BS Electrical Engineering ’00, MS Electrical Engineering ’02 | Senior Engineer, Hewlett-Packard Company

Randy Hoffman’s master’s research at Oregon State University led to the invention of a family of oxide semiconductor-based thin-film transistors (TFT). He carried this new technology with him to Hewlett-Packard, where he continued to develop it in collaboration with the university. More

Alex Polvi | BS Computer Science ’07 | Director of Bay Area Operations, Rackspace

As one of the College of Engineering’s youngest recipients of an Oregon Stater Award, Alex Polvi has packed a lot into a quarter of a century. His work as one of the founders of the Open Source Education Lab on campus helped garner Polvi coveted internships and jobs after graduation. More

Meet the Startup: Urban Airship chief executive Scott Kveton

Scott Kveton (CS '97) talks about his startup company that provides services for app developers to help push notifications and has about 35,000 customers including ESPN, New York Times, and Groupon. He describes how he identified the need for the services, how he became an entrepreneur, and obtaining funding. The Oregonian (video)


The COE Academic Coaches are hosting a Finals Prep Workshop on Monday, March 12th at 6pm. The workshop will be held in Batcheller 150 and will help participants establish a study schedule for dead week and finals week as well as identify strategies to maximize their performance. Workshop is free for Engineering students and food is provided! Details

MPP 507: Renewable Energy Policy & Management (3 credits). This interdisciplinary graduate seminar class is suitable for graduate students in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Public Policy, Forest Resources or related majors with an interest in understanding U.S. energy policy, related regulations, policies and socio-economics from a U.S. and global perspective. The goal of this class is to expose graduate students to the basic scientific, market and human dimensions of energy generation and how renewable resources can complement and supplement existing fossil fuel sources. Details


Friday, March 9, 9-11 AM. MS Final Examination – Nitin Mohan. Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen; Committee: Ron Metoyer, Alex Groce; GCR: Arijit Sinha. “Managing Bug Reports in the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Communities.” Details

Friday, March 9, 1-3 PM. MS Final Examination – Ming-Hung Kuo. Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Andreas Weisshaar; GCR: Jimmy Yang. “Low Power High Linearity Digital to Analog Converters.” Details


Wednesday, March 7, 9:40am - 11:00am. “No Free Lunch in Data Privacy” presented by Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Senior Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research. Details

Friday, March 9, 9:40am - 11:00am, KEC 1007. “Securing Software at the Binary Level” presented by Stephen McCamant, Research Scientist, University of California, Berkeley. Details

Monday, March 12, 9:40am - 11:00am, KEC 1007. “Secure Multi-Party Computation: Implementation and Security Analysis” presented by Seung Geol Choi, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland. Details

Monday, March 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Weniger 149. “Successful Visual Programming Languages: LabVIEW” presented by Andrew Dove, Principal Architect, National Instruments. Details

Monday, March 19, 9:40am - 11:00am. “Why and How: A Reverse Perspective on Data Management” presented by Alexandra Meliou, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington. Details

Wednesday, March 21, 12:00pm. “Commercialization Mindset for Researchers: How and why to drive research and innovation at the speed of business” presented by Ravi Sinha, Business Developer. Note: This is not part of the EECS Colloquium series. Details


The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1. Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities. Details


Recent job postings on Beaver JobNet

Students must apply through Beaver JobNet to access/apply for the postings. Using their onid accounts, students/alums can log in here: Any issues with Beaver JobNet, contact

Upcoming Spring Term Workshops at the OSU Career Center

  • How to Apply for State and Federal Jobs
  • Using Social Media to get a Job
  • How to Search and Secure an Internship in 4 Steps
  • Job Search Strategies in a Challenging Economy
  • Creating a Stand-Out Resume
  • Success at the Career Fair
  • How to Ace Your Job Interview
  • Resume Mania is looking for a web developer/software engineer to join our team. Ability to work on both front and back end with excellent knowledge of PHP application frameworks using PHP 5.3; HTML5; CSS3; MongoDB; MySQL; ElasticSearch; JQuery.  Knowledge of tempting language Twig, the open source search engine ElasticSearch, and also SASS would be a bonus but are not mandatory. Ideally they would also have knowledge of third party API integration (CRM, FB, Twitter, Get Satisfaction) and how to aggregate content from third parties (flickr, news feeds & blogs etc). Details

Analog/Mixed Signal IC Design Engineer, PLL Design Group. Design and implement analog/digital PLL and oscillator circuits in advanced CMOS technology for integration in system-on-chip (SOC) products. Design, model, document and communicate Analog IP to internal customers. Meet deadlines and schedules as part of a team effort. Both full-time and internship positions available. Details

Microsoft Spring Events at OSU

  • When: Wednesday, March 14 & Thursday, March 15
  • How to apply: Drop your resume off at one of the above events, or apply at

Jobs listed through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed)

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students. Sample jobs:


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