September 16, 2013

IN THE NEWS

Brandon Philips: How the CoreOS Linux Distro Uses Cgroups
CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips (CS '07) will speak at LinuxCon and CloudOpen in New Orleans about cgroup. CoreOS is a new Linux operating system focused on creating a Linux that’s more tuned for people with up to hundreds of thousands of servers. A lot of the problems they encounter are those that Facebook or Google have already solved. They have lots of machines and developers and need to be really efficient and automate tasks. CoreOS does things a lot differently than other Linux distros. Linux.com

Sweating it out in two worlds
Two very different worlds consume all of Keith Kostol’s attention each fall: football and engineering. As a junior in electrical engineering and the starting punter on the Beaver football team, he doesn’t let the intensity of either world get the best of him. College of Engineering

Oregon State experience propels alum through twenty-eight years at Microsoft
After Jon DeVaan graduated from Oregon State University in 1985 with dual bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science, he went to work for a relatively unknown software company that employed about 600 people in the Seattle area. That company was Microsoft, and it was developing a new spreadsheet product called Excel. College of Engineering

Engineering Expo serves diverse purposes
“We started the expo 14 years ago to grow the awareness of OSU engineering and demonstrate the high caliber of our students,” said Terri Fiez, head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “After industry representatives saw the projects the first year, they started contributing their time and resources to support the students. College of Engineering

Beavers’ solar racer takes Formula Sun Grand Prix
In bright sun and 105-degree midsummer heat, the solar vehicle team from OSU drove “The Phoenix” to victory in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix competition in Austin, Texas — 193 laps, or 661 miles, around the Circuit of the Americas raceway on nothing but solar energy. Oregon Stater Magazine

Mouse inventor Doug Engelbart recalled across globe
An OSU alumnus who invented one of the most important devices of the modern era — the computer mouse — yet received almost nothing in return for decades, Doug Engelbart was remembered in glowing terms as word spread of his death in California in July. Engelbart received his electrical engineering degree from OSU in 1948. Oregon Stater Magazine

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Intel touts new Google Chromebooks with latest Intel processors
“This is showing that Intel is serious about Chrome,” said Doug Fisher (ECE 1985), who heads the Santa Clara, California-based company’s software division. Fisher, who works in Hillsboro, took over the software group last spring when the company promoted Renee James to president. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday
Monday, September 16, 6pm, Puppet Labs, Portland, OR
FREE! Refreshments will be provided. Steve Wyshywaniuk will be talking with us about his experience with Small World News and an open source project related to privacy technology. RSVP: http://ta3m-pdx-4.eventbrite.com/

Virtual Professional Development Series for Engineers
In order to help you get ready for the fall recruiting season, Eaton will offer three virtual job preparation sessions, geared toward students pursuing careers in engineering. Participants can access these webinars from any location with an internet connection, so it’s an easy way for you to obtain relevant information from anywhere on campus!
The following sessions will be offered:

Empower Yourself with Interview Skills
Tuesday September 17th 5:30-6:30 PM EST (2:30 Pacific Time)

The Power of Professional Etiquette
Tuesday October 1st 5:30-6:30 PM EST (2:30 Pacific Time)

Design a web site this Fall
CS 195 Beginning Web Authoring (CRN 13825) will teach you the basics of web site development:

  • Design and production with HTML5, CSS3, and PHP
  • Graphic design and image optimization
  • Site management
  • Online promotion

In just 10 weeks, you'll make a functional web site for the topic of your choice.  Build a site for your portfolio, club, or friends and family. Sign up right away! Class meets Tues/Thurs from 10:00am to 11:50am and earns 4 Computer Science credits. For more information contact Pam.VanLonden@oregonstate.edu.

WGSS 320 Gender & Technology CRN 14556
Meet the BACC Science Technology Synthesis requirements through meaningful activities:

  • Research and write about the social and economic impacts of women in the technology industry.
  • See technology products through a Gender Lens.
  • Discuss trends in STEM and STEAM.
  • Learn to add your research and writing to a web site.
  • Plan for your greatest dream!

Register for Fall 2013 right away!

NSF – East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Student (EAPSI)
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. An EAPSI award provides U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. NSF Deadline: November 25, 2013. Details

Solar Now! University Conference
Join us for the fourth annual Solar Now! University, scheduled for September 26-28 in Coos Bay, Ore. Geared towards helping Oregon communities plan, create and manage their own solar programs, this year’s conference is led by Solar Oregon in collaboration with Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Oregon Department of Energy. The 2013 conference will address the objectives of the Rooftop Solar Challenge II, designed to advance innovative, local-government-level solutions for eliminating market barriers and lowering the costs of grid-tied photovoltaics. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Programs
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 - $80,000 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. Details

IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Student Leadership Scholarship
IEEE Computer Society is again offering $40,000 in student scholarships through the Richard E. Merwin Student Leadership Scholarship program. The scholarships are designed to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. The selected winners of this award have the opportunity to serve as IEEE Computer Society Student Ambassadors for their IEEE region. Application deadline: September 30. Details

IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship
The scholarship carries a stipend of up to US$24,000 and is awarded for one year of full-time graduate work toward a master's in electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing located in the United States. To be eligible, the student must be a permanent resident of the United States, have majored in the field of electrical engineering, and have received a bachelor's degree from an engineering college of recognized standing. Application deadline: November 15. Details

IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering
The fellowship is awarded annually to a first year, full-time graduate student obtaining his or her Master's for work in the area of electrical engineering at an engineering school/program of recognized standing worldwide. To be eligible, the applicant must have majored in the field of electrical engineering and have received a Bachelor's Degree from an engineering college of recognized standing worldwide. Application deadline: November 15. Details

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowships
The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship program was created to support graduate research studies in Microwave Engineering. Graduate student wishing to pursue graduate degree in microwave engineering on a full-time basis from a reputable institution of higher education. Both the student and faculty member must be a member of MTT-S. Application deadline: November 30. Details

Kelly Engineering Resources – Future Engineers Scholarship Program
Candidates must be full-time students at the time of application submittal, pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada during the calendar year, and be accepted into the School of Engineering. Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in engineering, as well as outstanding academic performance. Essays will also be judged based on depth of knowledge and awareness of the issue and/or challenge addressed, as well as creativity, composition and originality. Application deadline: October 15. Details

GE Lloyd Trotter African American Forum Scholarship 2013-2014
The scholarship is awarded to rising sophomore and juniors majoring in specified technical disciplines attending an accredited university. To qualify you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship is named after Lloyd G. Trotter, President and CEO of GE Industrial Systems, who is recognized for his on-going commitment to volunteerism and mentoring. Applicants must be willing to accept a PAID internship at a GE location (TBD) in the U.S. for ~10 weeks during the Summer of 2014. Application deadline: November 1. Details

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines. This scholarship is available to US Citizens and individuals with Permanent Resident visas. Application deadline: September 30. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Monday, September 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1114. MS Final Examination – Josie Hunter.  Major Advisor: Ron Metoyer; Committee: Mike Bailey, Carlos Jensen; GCR: Arijit Sinha. "Studying Electricity Feedback for the Home with an Emphasis on the User." Details

Monday, September 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – Pingan Zhu. Co-Major Advisors: Thinh Nguyen, Mina Ossiander; Committee: Alan Fern, Glencora Borradaile; GCR: Yevgeniy Kovchegov. "Revenue-Based Spectrum Management via Markov Decision Process." Details

Monday, September 23, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1005. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Samira Zali Asl. Major Advisor: Terri Fiez; Committee: Karti Mayaram, Gabor Temes, Arun Natarajan; GCR: Wade Marcum. "Architectural Solutions for Analog Imperfections in ΔΣ Analog-to-Digital Based Systems." Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell Every Job Candidate
In the best interviews, job candidates say a lot and interviewers very little – after all, the interview is about the candidate, not the interviewer. But there are a few things interviewers would like to tell job candidates well before the interview starts. LinkedIn

JOBS

Did you know having an on-line resume is just as important as having one on paper? If you are looking for an internship or job this summer, start building your professional network by joining the Oregon State University EECS Alums
Group on LinkedIn. Any EECS student (or alum) can join!

For more tips on how to find a job or internship, visit
http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/undergraduate-students/opportunities-involvement/internships-jobs

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: https://oregonstate-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Any issues with Beaver JobNet, contact Cheryl.L.Herring@oregonstate.edu.

CAMP Tutor, OSU University Administrative Business Center. The OSU CAMP tutor provides direct supervision and instruction to students who are enrolled in the OSU CAMP program. Tutors have an integral role in developing a positive, educational, safe and enriching experience for CAMP students. CAMP tutors will be required to provide a learning environment that is both safe and supportive of students' academic and personal needs. Looking for tutors that can tutor MTH 111-251, HHS 231, COMM 111-218, PSY 201-202, SOC 204-206, BIO 101-213, CH 121-233. Details

Business Analyst Internship, Cambia. Work for us and let your voice be heard. Join a company that’s actively working to transform the health care system. A place where employees are encouraged to speak up and share innovative ideas. A community that passionately rejects the status quo. In this role, an individual will function as a highly skilled technical resource, capable of leading and supporting advancements in company analysis, data management, systems management and overall strategic and tactical decision support for the Provider Operations area. Details

Student Summer Intern, Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) views student interns as our future workforce. The work performed is professional in nature and in a learning environment that gives the student intern the opportunity to evaluate the work for potential long-term employment. Student employment assignments are based on the functions and tasks performed in the organization to which you are assigned and ideally related to your academic and career goals. Areas of assignment will include engineering and science, budget execution, security, information technology, among others. Details

Problem Solver/Technical Services, Epic Systems. As a Problem Solver (Technical Services) at Epic, you will build strong and lasting relationships with your customers and deliver top-notch technical guidance, ensuring they realize their full potential using our software. You'll apply your creativity and problem-solving skills to design unique solutions, from improving efficiency and patient safety to optimizations and software upgrades. We’re currently hiring engineers, math, physics and MIS or related majors for both 2013 and 2014 start dates. Details

Electrical Designer (Level 1), Glumac. Under the supervision of the Project Engineer, the Electrical Designer documents the electrical distribution systems related to MEP engineering projects or assignments. Capable of performing some or most of the basic design engineering tasks as requested. This entry-level position requires the successful candidate to quickly learn techniques for performing tasks, and then master those techniques to work efficiently. Sources for learning include mentoring, self-guided instruction, examples, and training opportunities. Details

IT Associate, Cambia. This entry-level position participates in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems. As an IT Associate you may: develop efficient and maintainable program code; develop efficient and effective program and system solutions in solving simple business problems; provide consulting support for IT and Business partners by researching, identifying and resolving technical programming problems; develop simple programs and systems in support of business processes and objectives; prepares system test plans, test criteria, and test data; develops innovative solutions to problems. Details

RFIC Design Engineer, Analog Devices. The RF Design Engineer is expected to develop high performance Si-based ICs  for communications systems covering baseband to millimeter waves as part of an experienced team. Responsibilities include contributions to product definition, transistor-level cell design of key circuit blocks (LNAs, mixers, VCOs, drivers, VGAs, filters, etc.), simulation of electrical performance, layout supervision, parasitic extraction and verification through tape-out. The candidate will also develop product evaluation plans and support data sheet development all the way to product release. The candidate must feel confident in pursuing challenging goals with innovative technical solutions. Details

The Central Engineering Group at Broadcom, Irvine is looking for candidates to fill several positions. In particular, they are looking for PhD and Master Students with/without experience. The analog design group works on audio CODEC, DACs, RF power amplifiers, CMOS DSL drivers, Stable time reference generation, delta-sigma, SAR ADCs and other analog blocks. Details

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed)

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