EECS Weekly News: December 9, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FE and FLS Exam Changes
The format and scheduling for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FLS) exams have changed significantly. Guidance can be found at http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/fundamentals-engineering-exam.

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. Questions or issues: askengineering@oregonstate.edu. Additional information: http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/scholarship-information

IN THE NEWS

Anna Koch Receives Prestigious Power Award
When Anna Koch started college she was determined that she would not be an electrical engineer. Four years later, she has received the prestigious Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEEE) scholarship in power and energy engineering — the first Oregon State University student to do so. EECS

Crossing the Pond: Exchange Program Sends Two NNMREC Researchers to Ireland, and Welcomes One Irish Researcher to Corvallis
Marine renewable energy scientists Brendan Cahill, Bret Bosma, and Rob Cavagnaro are all heading overseas to work abroad for a time, but none of them will miss the misty coasts, green hills, turbulent seas, or friendly folks at home. That’s because they are all trading one turbulent sea, misty coast, and set of friendly faces for another, in an exchange between NNMREC and the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Center (HMRC) of University College Cork in Ireland. Bosma, who earned his Ph.D at OSU in the spring, will head to Ireland in the coming months. NNMREC

It Takes a Village...to deploy and retrieve a mobile wave energy test platform
Another critical group at OSU is the faculty supporting the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF) in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This group provides research, testing and consulting services related to machines and drives, power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, power systems and renewables. Dr. Annette von Jouanne at WESRF has been a national leader in advocating for wave energy development since the late 1990s, and pioneered and led the project to develop the Ocean Sentinel. Electrical test engineer Dr. Ean Amon has also been instrumental in developing and deploying the Sentinel. NNMREC

Google’s Compute Engine Hits General Availability, Drops Instance Prices 10%, Adds 16-Core Instances & Docker Support
Google today announced the general availability of the Google Compute Engine, the cloud computing platform it launched in the summer of 2012. As part of this update, Google is also announcing support for Docker, the increasingly popular tool for creating virtual containers from any application. Docker fits with CoreOS, a project that was started by Alex Polvi (CS '07), the founder of Cloudkick, which he later sold to Rackspace. TechCrunch

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Garmin confirms $14 million expansion in Salem
GPS specialist Garmin confirmed that it plans to hire at least 65 engineers in Salem as part of a $14 million expansion at its existing site there. Plans call for a new, 66,000-square-foot building that will consolidate current operations and expand the work force. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Design a web site this Winter! CS 195 Beginning Web Authoring 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 have a professional, functional web site for the topic of your choice. Build a site for your portfolio, club, or friends and family. No textbook cost or lab fees! Sign up right away! CRN: 39840. 4 Credits. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/testing/

Are you savvy? Enroll in WGSS 320 Gender & Technology to 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!

No textbook cost! 3 credits. Offered online. CRN: 33990. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/wgss320/

Internship and PhD Opportunities at Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks top students with experience and interest in computer vision, image processing, machine learning, computer-human interaction, networking, and/or security for its Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) in Singapore. We offer internship positions and attractive PhD scholarships. Successful applicants will work with world-class research teams led by UIUC faculty. Details

New course: Nucleic Acid Sequence Bioinformatics
“Nucleic Acid Sequence Bioinformatics” (BB499/599, CS419/519) is an exciting new course that David Hendrix, with help from Stephen Ramsey, will be teaching winter term. David Hendrix is a new Assistant Professor in BB and EECS who has worked on DNA motif finding in enhancers and core promoters, microRNA discovery and the identification of other small RNAs, paused polymerase, and the role of small and long noncoding RNAs in the regulation of chromatin modifications. Details

NAE Engineering Video Contest
To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering is currently taking submissions for its Engineering For You Video Contest. Middle, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students can enter in the competition with a 1- to 2-minute video showcasing any engineering contributions that occurred between 1974 and the present that serve human welfare and the needs of society. Students can also create a video on an engineering feat that may happen in the future, up to the year 2064. Prizes include a $25,000 “Best Overall Video” as well as a $5,000 people’s choice award and $5,000 each for the top videos in each education category. Submissions are welcome until March 31, 2014. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Monday, December 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Balaji Athreya. Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi; Committee: Margaret Burnett, Pankaj Jaiswal. "Towards Helping End-user Programmers' Information Foraging by Manipulating Information Features in a Patch." Details

Monday, December 16, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Kranti Kumar Potanapalli. Co-Major Advisors: Prasad Tadepalli, Alan Fern; Committee: Sinisa Todorovic; GCR: Cindy Grimm. "Coactive Learning for Multi-robot Search and Coverage." Details

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

AfterCollege / National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship ($500)
Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31. Details

AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship ($500)
Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA, AS, AAS, BA, BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31. Details

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship ($1000)
Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31. Details

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship ($1000)
Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree (AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) in any discipline. Application deadline: December 31. Details

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Robotics Institute Summer Scholars
Carnegie Mellon University
The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program is an intensive summer research program for talented undergraduate students. Summer Scholars have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with a diverse research team, and to be mentored by leading faculty and technical staff. The program introduces aspiring students to dynamic research resources and methods, RI graduate education programs and research projects. Application deadline: January 31. Details

Perceptual Science and Technology REU Program
Rutgers University
Our program is inspired by exciting advances in the ability of computer systems to understand real-world environments. Computer systems have access to more and better data about the world than ever before, and it's easier than ever to analyze this data through machine learning and statistical inference to draw sophisticated and robust conclusions about new situations. In other words, we can finally write programs that learn to see! Review of applications will begin on February 18, 2014 and will continue until all our places are filled. Details

Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics
Johns Hopkins University
Participants will contribute to specific research projects pursued by faculty and researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) and Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology ERC. Projects are listed by departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. Application deadline: February 21. Details

SURE Program in Robotics
Georgia Tech
Scheduled to launch in May 2014, the robotics program will be offered in conjunction with the ongoing Georgia Tech SURE program, which was established in 1992. Adding a robotics component to the SURE program is important not only to diversify research options for students but is also timely as the strategic importance of robotics and automation technologies to the U.S. economy continues to increase. Application deadline: February 25. Details

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) on Smart UAVs
Auburn University
With computing getting so inexpensive and so lightweight, we can equip unmanned aerial vehicles with enough intelligence to autonomously and efficiently fly to perform missions too “dull, dirty, or dangerous” for manned aircraft. Besides military applications, a growing number of civil applications such as search and rescue, firefighting, or pipeline surveillance/inspection. The REU students will in a first phase contribute to autonomously fly six to twelve UAVs in a limited air space to fulfill different kinds of missions. Application deadline: February 28. Details

Software Testing: Foundations, Tools and Applications
East Carolina University
Students will participate in workshops on software testing and develop basic research skills. We also will arrange field trips to visit our industry partners and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. The experiences and skills that participating students are able to obtain in this program will have practical applicability to research in their future studies. Application deadline: March 1. Details

Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences
Louisiana State University
With research groups exploring gravitational waves, complex emergent phenomena in material science, or computational music, the participants work on cutting edge research in Computational Sciences. The students learn how to use the most current cyberinfrastructure tools with individually designed training sessions targeted to their specific degree of preparation. In addition, since most CCT research groups collaborate with international researchers, REU students are exposed to how international collaborations work. Application deadline: March 1. Details

Technologies for Renewable Energy Generation and Management
Missouri University of Science and Technology
In this REU program, participants may study a wide range of topics related to renewable energy generation or management. Generation refers to the conversion of the renewable source into some usable form, usually electricity. Management refers to techniques used to make sure the variability and other negative aspects of the renewable source do not affect the load (mostly through the use of energy storage). Application deadline: March 1. Details

Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automated System Design
Texas A&M University will be hosting a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program from June 2-August 8, 2014. This summer research program will provide opportunities for undergraduate students to learn about mechatronics, robotics, and automated system design. Students and incoming students at two-year and four-year institutions are eligible to apply.  Participants will be selected based on the following criteria: 1) desire to participate in research and interest in a career in mechatronics, robotics or automated system design, as evidenced by application responses and faculty recommendations; 2) interest in a career in a STEM field; 3) GPA of 3.00 or above; and 4) citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its possessions. Application deadline: March 7. Details

NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advance Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies
North Carolina State University
The summer REU program offers research opportunities for domestic undergraduates from institutions outside of the ASSIST center. The program is open to any student who is majoring in a science or engineering-related field. Application deadline: March 10. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

5 Keys to Great Nonverbal Communication
Clear and effective communication is essential during presentations, whether for board rooms full of executives, auditoriums at conferences, or classrooms full of students. Verbal information is vital, but how we present that information can determine how much an audience remembers. Entrepreneur

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.

Systems Analyst Intern, IMS Recovery Services. IMS Recovery Services is currently seeking a highly motivated intern to join our team and to work in a fast-paced environment utilizing the latest in cutting edge technology. Candidates should have an interest in datacenter operations, server virtualization, and data backup and disaster recovery of computer systems. Details

Internships at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • PhD Intern - High Performance Computing
  • Post Doctorate RA - High Performance Computing
  • Masters Intern - NSIP - Computational & Statistical Analytics Division
  • PhD Intern - NSIP - Computational & Statistical Analytics Division
  • Post Bachelors Research Associate - NSIP - Computational & Statistical Analytics Division
  • Post Masters Research Associate - NSIP - Computational & Statistical Analytics Division
  • Technical Intern 3 (Junior) - NSIP - Computational & Statistical Analytics Division
  • Technical Intern 4 (Senior) - NSIP - Computational & Statistical Analytics Division
  • Masters Intern - Computational & Statistical Analytics (CSA)
  • Masters Intern - Cyber Security
  • Masters Intern - Human Computer Interaction
  • Masters Intern - Natural Language Processing
  • PhD Intern - Computational & Statistical Analytics (CSA)
  • PhD Intern - Human Computer Interaction
  • PhD Intern - Natural Language Processing
  • Post Bachelors RA - Computational & Statistical Analytics (CSA)
  • Post Doctorate RA - Computational & Statistical Analytics (CSA)
  • Post Masters RA - Computational & Statistical Analytics (CSA)
  • Tech Student - Computational & Statistical Analytics (CSA)
  • Tech Student - Cyber Security
  • Undergrad Intern - Service Desk Internship
  • Post Doctorate RA - Radiochemical Analysis
  • Post Doctorate RA - National Technical Nuclear Forensics Fellowship
  • Masters Intern - NSIP - Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences Division
  • PhD Intern - NSIP - Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences Division
  • Post Bachelors RA - NSIP - Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences Division
  • Post Masters RA - NSIP - Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences Division
  • Tech Student 3 (Junior) - NSIP - Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences Division
  • Tech Student 4 (Senior) - NSIP - Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences Division
  • Post Bachelors RA - NSIP - Systems Engineering & Integration Division
  • Tech Student 4 (Senior) - NSIP - Systems Engineering & Integration Division
  • Masters Intern - NSIP - Systems Engineering & Integration Division
  • PhD Intern - NSIP - Systems Engineering & Integration Division
  • Post Masters RA - NSIP - Systems Engineering & Integration Division
  • Post Doctorate RA - Mass Spec/Mag Resonance
  • Post Doctorate RA - Biological Mass Spectrometry
  • Post Bach Research Associate - Web Development
  • Post Doctorate RA - Biogenic VOC Emissions
  • Post Doc-Electric Power Systems Researcher
  • Post Doctorate RA - ICP/MS Methods Development
  • Post Doctorate RA - Dark Matter Physicist
  • Post Doctorate RA - Majorana Neutrino Physics
  • Post Doc Research Associate – Process Engineering
  • Post Doctorate RA - Applied Computational Mathematics & Engrng

Software Engineer - Mobile Experience a Plus, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is searching for a programmer/developer for scientific and/or technical software application development in the Software Engineering and Architectures (SEA) group. Researchers in the SEA group have the knowledge and experience to design, develop, install and operate complex software systems in support of clients across PNNL's customer base. The expertise in our group includes systems architectures, software systems engineering, software systems development, and data and information management for large and diverse data (streaming and static). The selected individual will support these capabilities across all phases of the software application development cycle, and may also provide task and project management support. Details

Software Engineer (Associate/Associate Senior), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is searching for a programmer/developer for scientific and/or technical software application development in the Software Engineering and Architectures (SEA) group. Researchers in the SEA group have the knowledge and experience to design, develop, install and operate complex software systems in support of clients across PNNL's customer base. The expertise in our group includes systems architectures, software systems engineering, software systems development, and data and information management for large and diverse data (streaming and static). The selected individual will support these capabilities across all phases of the software application development cycle, and may also provide task and project management support. Details

CampusPoint jobs:

  • Hardware Development Engineer/Camera Engineer
  • Jr. Software Engineer
  • Mac SW Development Engineer
  • Support Analyst
  • IT Tech/System Admin
  • Junior Level iOS/Ruby on Rails
  • Customer Support Engineer - Level II
  • Analytics Developer (Brewery Software)
  • Technical Specialist

Nontenured ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level and tenured ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UC Berkeley. Applicants are required to have received (or expect to receive within one year of appointment) a Ph.D. or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. Additional qualifications include evidence of ability to establish and pursue a program of high quality research and a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching. Prioritizing candidates' overall originality and promise over sub-area of specialization, we seek applicants interested in creating innovative and far-reaching solutions to important problems in electrical engineering and computer science. 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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