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EECS Weekly News: November 18, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS

College of Engineering scholarship applications are now available
Apply now for scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. You MUST complete the application during this time frame; we do not accept applications at any other time. A single application (http://oregonstate.edu/scholarships/app/) covers both College of Engineering and EECS scholarships. Deadline: February 15. Additional information: http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/scholarship-information

IN THE NEWS

OSU students create light-up dance suits
Thanks to three Oregon State University students and the university's new CreateIT Collaboratory program, the Utah Ballroom Dance Company will be lighting up the stage on their next tour with dance suits made with electroluminescent wire. Electrical and computer engineering students Brian Benevidez, Chelsea Collette, and Tuan Truong completed the project for the Utah Ballroom Company over the summer. Phys.Org, KEZI (video), Albany Tribune, LIFE@OSU, OSU news release

SC13 Interview with Cherri Pancake
Cherri Pancake, Director of NACSE and Professor of Oregon State University, speaks on the origin of SIGHPC and the importance of attending the Supercomputing Conference. YouTube

ChickTech Empowers High-School Girls to Explore Technology
“Be bold. Have fun,” was the advice from keynote speaker and Oregon State computer science alumnus, Hannah Adams, at the ChickTech event hosted at Oregon State University on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Her advice captured the spirit of the event which encourages high-school girls to enter technology fields. The brainchild of Oregon State alumnus, Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, ChickTech is a Portland-based organization focused on building a multi-generational community of women in technology. EECS

Bringing OpenStack To Oregon State University
Our mission at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab is to advance open source technologies. Recently, one such technology – OpenStack – has experienced massive growth and has generated a great deal of attention. To become more knowledgeable and increase our skills with OpenStack, we’ve connected with Rackspace Training for OpenStack to come to the OSU campus and teach us the fundamentals. Rackspace Blog

Oregon Tech Education
A survey conducted in September by the Technology Councils of North America shows that Oregon’s executives are generally dissatisfied with the quality of technological education at the state’s universities. The results of the survey come at a time when technology education at at Oregon State University is at a crossroads. Think Out Loud (OPB)

Oregon State says leadership change in electrical engineering, computer science school ‘will not be revisited’
Oregon State University says it plans to move on from a controversy over leadership of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The university is establishing a committee to run a national search to find a replacement for current EECS director Terri Fiez. The Oregonian

Provost, dean’s decision remains final
Oregon State University will continue plans to search for a new department head in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Throughout September and October, many staff and faculty in the School of EECS voiced their concerns regarding an administrative decision to not renew the contract of Terri Fiez. The Daily Barometer

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Oregon tech survey finds universities, talent shortage are biggest concerns
A new survey of technology leaders in Oregon indicates that a strong majority of the state’s tech companies plan to increase hiring over the next year, but that the leaders remain concerned about finding the talent they need and about the quality of Oregon’s universities. The Oregonian

Oregon tech execs primed to hire — if they can find employees
Ask a startup what their biggest challenges are and likely hiring and fundraising will rise to the top. “Companies are feeling better about business conditions, but the talent shortage issue has the potential to sidetrack growth,” said Skip Newberry, president of the Technology Association of Oregon in a statement. Portland Business Journal

The Benefits and Policies Employers Are Offering to the Class of 2014
Life insurance, medical insurance, and 401(k) retirement plans are the benefits and policies most often offered by employers to Class of 2014 college graduates, according to results from NACE's Job Outlook 2014 survey. National Association of Colleges and Employers

OPPORTUNITIES

Summer REU Program in HCI at Iowa State University
The Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University hosts a summer Undergraduate Research Experience, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This is a ten week research experience where students take short courses in HCI and work in interdisciplinary teams on research projects. Application deadline: February 15, 2014. Details

Tutors Needed
Corvallis High School is looking for OSU student volunteers to assist CHS students in the Tutoring Center throughout the academic year and especially during the month of December.  Tutors are needed in the following subject areas: English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Reading. The CHS Tutoring Center is open from 8:00-3:00 Monday through Friday and interested volunteers would be working 60-90 minute shifts each day. If you are able to help or have any questions, please contact Chieko Weiler, the CHS Tutoring Center Coordinator at Chieko.weiler@corvallis.k12.or.us or (541) 757-5926.

Just for Fun: COE Button Design Contest
Enter the Engineering Button Design Contest! Winners will have their design turned into a button distributed to current and prospective students. They will also receive a COE prize pack and a Dutch Bros. gift card. Submit designs by November 27th. Details

URSA ENGAGE - Student Applications Available
URSA ENGAGE is an undergraduate research program for freshmen, sophomores, and also transfer students in their first year at OSU. It pays students up to $1500 for research performed in OSU professors' labs in the upcoming winter and spring terms. To join URSA ENGAGE, students apply for projects faculty have described at the URSA ENGAGE web site (http://oregonstate.edu/dept/biochem/ahern/ursa2014/mainpage.html). Applications are available at the web site and are due no later than November 22 at 5:00 p.m. Details

Call for Artists
The Student Success Center (SSC) wants to showcase your art! Selected art will be featured in an open house winter term and displayed through the academic year. All art mediums welcome but must be consistent with the environment of the SSC and able to be hung on the wall. Must be a current OSU student. Submission deadline: November 22. Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Thursday, November 21, noon – 1:00 pm, KEC 1007. Special IEEE Seminar: "Internship and PhD Opportunities at ADSC in Singapore" presented by Asghar Mirarefi, Senior Coordinator, International Research Program, Advanced Digital Sciences Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS seminar series. Details

Thursday, November 21, 4:00 - 5:00pm, KEC 1005. "Re-Cinematography: Bridging the Gap between Amateur and Professional" presented by Feng Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Portland State University. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Friday, November 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1114. MS Final Examination – Béatrice Moissinac. Major Advisor: Kagan Tumer; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Raviv Raich; GCR: Hector Vergara. "Reinforcement Learning-Based Off-Equilibrium Incentives to Approximate the VCG Mechanism." Details

Monday, November 25, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Chia-Hung Chen. Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Thinh Nguyen, Raviv Raich; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Micropower Incremental Analog-to-Digital Converters." Details

Monday, November 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1126. PhD Final Oral Examination – Forrest Briggs. Co-Major Advisors: Xiaoli Fern, Raviv Raich; Committee: Weng-Keen Wong, Matthew Betts; GCR: Robert Higdon. "Multi-Instance Multi-Label Learning: Algorithms and Applications to Bird Bioacoustics." Details

EVENTS

IEEE Floats 'N Facts
Wednesday, December 4, 5:00pm - 6:30pm, KEC 1003
Jeopardy style trivia night! Questions will fall under four main categories: EE, CS, OSU and Geek. FREE root beer floats will be served! Prizes will be won! Fun will be had! We have compiled a list of potential questions but are open to suggestion as well. Use the link below to enter your trivia question ideas. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qtw5pzyE6kMZOwyqMwrju5CjAZ6zl07tBL-d1gnueHE/viewform

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

OSU President's Commission on the Status of Women Scholarship
PCOSW provides funding for women faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development or research opportunities.  PCOSW also supports individuals conducting research related to women's issues. Scholarships range from $500 to $1000. Applications are reviewed periodically during the academic year. Details

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. In her honor, Google is proud to honor Anita's memory and support women in technology with the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the 2014-2015 academic year. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership. Application deadline: December 2, 2013. Details

Generation Google Scholarship
The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD for the 2014-2015 school year. Current undergraduate or graduate students will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2014. Applicants must be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, or Female. Application deadline: December 2, 2013. Details

Google Lime Scholarship
At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible. As part of our commitment, we’ve partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers, to help university students with disabilities work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) for the 2014-2015 school year and will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2014. Application deadline: December 2, 2013. Details

Google SVA Scholarship
As part of our commitment to military veterans, Google established the Google SVA Scholarship in partnership with Student Veterans of America. The scholarship provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD for the 2014-2015 school year and will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2014. Application deadline: December 2, 2013. Details

Microsoft College Scholarship Program
Microsoft College Tuition Scholarships are to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related technical disciplines. Chosen applicants will be awarded scholarships in recognition of their love for software development, their academic excellence and their passion for making a difference in the software industry. Microsoft places value in encouraging under-represented groups to pursue computer science and other technical degrees. As such, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, under-represented minority students (African-American, Hispanic or Native American) or students with disabilities. Scholarships are awarded in full or partial amounts for the 2014-2015 academic year. Full scholarships will cover tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. Application deadline: January 31. 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.

Graphics Validation Tools Developer, Intel. In this role your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: designing, developing, and maintaining software validation tools for highly-parallel graphics architectures; learning the graphics core architecture, including one or more of: 3D acceleration, General-purpose GPU, media encode/decode, display, blitter, and multithreaded graphics execution engines; interfacing with customers in design, architecture, pre-and post-silicon validation, and graphics driver development and validation. Details

Software Engineer I, Beckman Coulter. The Software Engineer I will be able to participate in the specification, design, development, and testing of software for automated electromechanical systems. The engineer will participate in an agile team development environment and be comfortable operating under formal design controls. The engineer will have good verbal and written communications skills and be ready to work in a self-motivated structure. The engineer will be capable of both accepting and providing constructive feedback in the best interest of quality software delivery. Details

Software Engineer, APEX Clearing. We are seeking Software Engineers to join our technology team in Portland. You will have the opportunity to use your technical and personal skills to turn concepts, problems and ideas into business solutions. Developers at APEX are engaged in the full development lifecycle, from conception to delivery. You will have direct access to support, resources, and staff in order to create the best possible systems. APEX recognizes the challenges and adjustments necessary for a career in the clearing business. Through our training program, you will have you will get to know the business of clearing, get insight into what it takes to build software, and learn from experienced engineers in the industry. We are looking for people who are curious about technology and eager to learn and apply as much as they can. Details

Manufacturing Systems Engineer, Plexus Corp. A Manufacturing Systems Engineer works as part of the site engineering team to design, support and develop systems affecting the manufacturing cycle of a product from supply through production. A systematic approach of continuous methods, materials and technology across departmental boundaries is required. The latest computer technology and methods are applied to maintain efficient manufacturing systems to support producing high-quality product at the lowest cost and in the shortest time. Development of applications is required with the ability to learn new programming languages and demonstrate proficiency in this area. Details

Process TD Engineer- Fault Isolation/ Failure Analysis, Intel. - Play critical role in Intel's industry leading next-generation semiconductor process technology development by Fault Isolation and Failure Analysis (FI/FA) of fails in leading edge microprocessors to isolate defects induced either because of process development experiments or process excursion. Interface with Portland Technology Development (PTD) Yield Engineers to understand the distribution and relative importance of various microprocessor fails, perform FI/FA on fails to isolate defects on die using a variety of test and characterization techniques including electrical, laser and IR based probing as well as nanoprobing, and interface with PTD Failure Analysis Engineers to visualize the defects, so PTD Integration Engineers can drive the reduction of the defects in the process. Support development and maintenance of state of the art electrical and analytical test and characterization systems and equipment. Details

Microprocessor/SoC Debug Engineer, Intel. Play critical role in Intel’s industry leading next-generation semiconductor process technology development by debugging fails in leading edge microprocessors and SoCs to isolate defects induced either because of process development experiments or process excursions. Interface with Portland Technology Development (PTD) Yield Engineers to understand the distribution and relative importance of various fails, perform debug on fails to isolate defects on die using a variety of test and characterization techniques, and interface with PTD Failure Analysis Engineers to visualize the defects, so PTD Integration Engineers can drive the reduction of the defects in the process. Own development and sustenance of debug electrical, analytical test and characterization systems and equipment. Details

Assistant Professor of Computer Science - 4 positions, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Three positions with specialization in Cyber security; one position with specialization in Embedded systems programming/design with emphasis on energy optimization; must have a PhD in Computer Science or a closely related discipline by the appointment date; strong evidence of research capabilities and commitment to teaching are essential. Details

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering - 4 positions, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Two positions with specialization in Cyber security, with highest priority for applicants in network security, information hiding, cryptography and/or hardware-based security and two positions with specialization in Power/energy systems, with an emphasis on hybrid drives, thin film solar cells, and/or smart grid (including security aspects); must have PhD in electrical or computer engineering or closely related field, excellent communication skills, and a strong commitment to teaching and research. 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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