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EECS Weekly News: October 28, 2013

IN THE NEWS

Smart Cameras to Combat Sunn Pests
What do a computer scientist, an entomologist and a rangeland specialist have in common? Although it sounds like the start to a joke, it’s actually a serious effort to help farmers in west and central Asia save millions of dollars while more effectively combating a pest that is threatening their wheat crops. The project puts a high-tech spin on an agricultural problem by using mobile technology and cloud computing for better management of the devastating pests. “We would like to have an impact for these countries where wheat is very important. It's an essential part of their lives,” says Bechir Hamdaoui, of Oregon State. EECS

Dancing to a Different Beat
It’s not just that their music is different. The millennial generation grew up with completely different technology. It’s their contemporary knowledge, skills, and excitement for innovation that are the selling point for the Collaboratory — a program in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to employ students on projects to develop new prototypes for industry clients. EECS

OPPORTUNITIES

Rackspace Bicycle Giveaway
How much do you know about Rackspace? Enter your answers below. Get all answers correct, and you get automatically entered in our Rackspace Bicycle drawing. You do not need to be present to win. Winner will be contacted via email. Details

Ignite Corvallis 5 Proposal Deadline Extended!
Monday, November 18, 7pm to 9:30pm, CH2MHill Alumni Center & LaSells Stewart Ctr
What is Ignite Corvallis? If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world entrepreneurs, geeks, inventors, and more have been putting together Ignite events to show their answers. Ignite Corvallis is a great opportunity to: tell a story about why your business is great; talk about unique problems you solve; urge people to support your cause; tell a funny story; share lessons you have learned; teach how to do something; share your experience about something you have done. Get your great ideas submitted by Wednesday, October 30th. Details

ChickTech Volunteering
We need to get more women into high tech! Volunteer with ChickTech and help create a fun, hands-on technology event for 100 high school girls. We need volunteers for four workshops on HTML/JS, Alice, Soft Circuits, and Tech Careers... SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013, 7:45AM - 6:30PM, here on campus. Details

New Faces of Engineering-College Edition
This is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation and its partners. Funding is provided by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying). Every fall, College Edition recognizes the accomplishments of 3rd, 4th and 5th year engineering students by highlighting their academic successes and student contributions to the industry and participating engineering society. Application deadline: November 15. Details

MindSumo Ol Pejeta Conservancy challenge
Ol Pejeta has 110 endangered rhino spread across 90,000 acres. These rhino are currently under siege by a poaching epidemic. Ol Pejeta is turning to technology to address this problem. With significant advances in recognition software, and the excellent visual and thermal live feeds that the drone can provide from overhead, we believe that the future has to be software that can use a combination of visual and thermal signatures to identify wildlife automatically. This would bypass the chip and tracking hurdles, and revolutionize the conservation world. The grand prize winner will be offered a flight to Kenya, transfers to Ol Pejeta, and 7 nights food and accommodation in a luxury lodge with a VIP tour of the conservancy and the chance to work on putting their algorithm into action on the ground. Details

MindSumo MongoDB Challenge
At MongoDB, we constantly struggle with tracking developer productivity, and trying to understand how and when we’re doing our best work. One way we’d love to achieve this is through a git post-commit hook that records data about our commits in a MongoDB database. Then we could create and run aggregations, giving us insight to interesting questions like: 1) On average, when are we most productive? 2) What time of day do we see the most commits? 3) What is the size of a typical commit? Details

MindSumo Addepar Challenge
Can your dev tool boost engineering productivity? Because we are a technology company, a majority of our company is made up of engineers. We are constantly looking for ways to improve communication and collaboration across the engineering team. In an attempt to boost productivity, we're looking at writing a small library of dev tools. Your task is to help us write one of the first - a git post commit hook that converts tabs to spaces. Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, October 28, 4:00 - 4:50pm, KEC 1001. “A Crash Course in Theoretical Computer Science (Part 1)” presented by Glencora Borradaile, Assistant Professor, School of EECS, Oregon State University. Details

FRIDAY, November 1, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon. "The Cirrus Cloud Project:  Mobile cloud computing in challenged environments" presented by Mostafa Ammar, Georgia Institute of Technology. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Monday, November 4, 4:00 - 4:50pm, KEC 1001. “A Crash Course in Theoretical Computer Science (Part 2)” presented by Glencora Borradaile, Assistant Professor, School of EECS, Oregon State University. Details

EVENTS

From College to Careers: Workshop for Women in Technology
Wednesday, October 30, 2:00 - 6:00 PM, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Free
Join our panel of dynamic women in technology for an engaging afternoon and lively discussion. They will share their insights on technology careers and reveal how to after the job of your dreams and get it! You will also have a unique opportunity to network with peers, professionals and our panelists. Details

IT Traveling Road Show: The Path to a Career in High Tech
Thursday, November 14, Noon, Pharmacy Building Room 305
Are YOU interested in exploring a technology-related career? Then YOU need to attend this IT Traveling Road Show: The Path to a Career in High Tech presented by the Technology Association of Oregon. The Road Show is a free event designed for college students who want to learn more about technology careers and the educational paths available to enter the field. Recent graduates of the college’s technology programs will join a panel of industry professionals to discuss career paths in tech. They’ll speak to subjects including how they got interested in technology, what their educational journey has been like, what their career aspirations are and a view into “a day in the life.” Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
To provide unique financial and fellowship support to the nation’s most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. We are looking for: exceptional creativity; broad understanding of physical principles; outstanding potential for innovative research; applying to or enrolled in a PhD program; American citizenship or permanent residency. Application deadline: November 1. Details

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. Application deadline: November 1. 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

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

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.

1859 Oregon's Magazine is looking to connect the last mile for the app that OSU students created for us under the Capstone project. We have something that is currently workable -- but needs some improvements/enhancements. Our needs: improving the flow; advancing the current UI to a modern-day look; social integration; localizing as needed w/ push notifications based on user's location (coupons/free Appetizers/etc); user Loyalty Program - User visits xBrewery = earns xPoints = xPrize (brewery gear (growlers/hats/shirts) - food; knowledge of Urban Airship // incorporating tools like geo-fencing. Details

Web and electronic communications internship, OSU Foundation. We are looking to hire an energetic and creative Oregon State student to join our talented communications team. This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience while increasing your knowledge of electronic communications processes and building a portfolio of finished projects. Projects will include building and editing web pages, databases and email communications for the OSU Foundation. Applicants must be familiar with HTML, CSS, Javascript, XML, creating database-driven web content and conducting Internet research. Details

OSL Student Systems Engineer, OSU Open Source Lab. The OSU Open Source Lab is looking for two student systems engineers. This position is part time during school, and full time during the summer if you are so inclined. Work on the infrastructure that powers much of the open source ecosystem. Responsible for racking, deploying, maintaining and design of various parts of our infrastructure. Interact with the community and clients via email and IRC on a daily basis on tasks such as troubleshooting issues and deploying new services. Details

Senior Report Development Analyst, Samaritan Health Plan Operations. Provides reporting production support and leadership/guidance to Reporting Analysts. Responsible for report development using interface engines, BI development projects and end user training/support. Details

Analog/mixed signal IC designers, Fidelis Companies. Our client in the Denver (Colorado) area has openings (10) for good analog/mixed-signal IC designers who just received their EE degrees – Bachelor’s/MS/Ph.D. (w/3.5+ GPAs) (Those graduating December 2013 are eligible as well.) The company does some ITAR work so it does require the candidates to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students should be able to work full-time within the next 2-3 months. Details

Entry Level & Internship Openings - 2014, Tektronix. As a world leader in test, measurement and monitoring, Tektronix is one of the principal players in enabling the coming together of computers and communications. Almost every time you and technologies populate the design centers, laboratories and communications networks of view a Web site, click a mouse, make a cell phone call, or turn on a TV, you touch the work of Tektronix. At our headquarters located in Beaverton, Oregon, the following positions are open: Software Design Engineer; Entry Level – R&D HW Engineer (Santa Clara, CA); Entry Level – Applications Engineer; Entry Level – Hardware/Software Engineer; Entry Level – Software Engineer; Entry Level – Product Manager - Video Instruments; Entry Level – Software Engineer – Digital Signal Processing (DSP). Details

Jobs listed through CampusPoint:

Entry level Analog/Mixed Signal designer - (Open for immediate hire) & Graduate level Intern/Coop - (Summer of 2014), Cypress Semiconductor. The new hires/Interns would work on analog/mixed signal cicuits : - switched capacitor filters, amplifiers, delta sigma ADC, SAR, High performance opamps etc, as part of our design group. Programmable analog/mixed signal circuits do one or more of the following: a) support multiple topologies per function; b) multiple functions per block; c) facilitate dynamic application tradeoffs like noise vs power vs speed etc. Such circuits would pose design and debug challenges that are in a class of their own. Working on such circuits and associated issues, provide an excellent oppurtunity for young engineers to grow into world class analog experts.  Details

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week 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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