EECS Weekly News: December 16, 2013


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

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 ( covers both College of Engineering and EECS scholarships. Deadline: February 15. Questions or issues: Additional information:


Software and engineering enrollment spikes at Oregon universities
Universities and Oregon technology companies have been working for years to increase interest in technical programs, aiming to provide workers for the state’s tech industry. Some of those efforts are apparently bearing fruit, with student interest up sharply. But a lot of the growth is likely organic, a simple recognition from students that technical skills are in high demand and that employers across a range of industries want employees with engineering and computing knowledge. Efforts are also under way to diversify the field and add more gender and ethnic diversity. The Oregonian


Oregon tech ecosystem bounding back (infographic)
Oregon's tech ecosystem, which languished in the years following the dot-com bust, has awakened from its slumber and has rebounded from the Great Recession much more strongly than the overall state economy. The Oregonian

Intel releases report highlighting its economic heft
The study notes that Intel employs more Oregonians than any other business: 16,500 in 2012 (employment has since grown to more than 17,000.). Its Oregon payroll has grown from $1.8 billion in 2009, at the time of the last study, to $2.8 billion. Though Intel’s headquarters are in California, the company’s largest and most advanced operations are in Washington County, where it operates four big campuses and where 70 percent of its Oregon employees live. Intel designs each new generation of microprocessor at its Ronler Acres manufacturing campus near Hillsboro Stadium. The Oregonian


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.

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.

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


Tuesday, December 17, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1114. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Arash Shamaei (Rescheduled exam due to university closure). Co-Major Advisors: Bella Bose, Mary Flahive; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Thinh Nguyen; GCR: Ross Hatton. “Communication Algorithms in Hexagonal and Higher Dimensional Gaussian Networks.” Details

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – David Matthews. Major Advisor: John Conley; Committee: John Wager, David Cann; GCR: Julia Jones. “Design and Fabrication of a Flexible Glucose Sensor and Catheter / An Analytical Model of ALD in Porous Materials.” 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


Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 275 college students (200 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students) each year. Participating students  spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 29 DoN laboratories. Application deadline: January 6. Details

Maine INBRE Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships
The INBRE Summer Research Fellowship program provides students with a mentored hands-on biomedical research experience at one of the participating network institutions.  Undergraduate students work in the laboratory of an investigator on an independent project designed by the student and their mentor. Students can develop laboratory techniques in molecular biology, physiology, and bioinformatics. Projects focus on a research question in functional genomics and use a variety of comparative models such as skate, shark, and cricket. Application deadline: January 10. Details

Earth, Wind, and Fire: Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century REU
This REU offers talented undergraduate students the opportunity to become engaged in research that addresses the area of sustainable energy and to develop the skills and viewpoints necessary to be part of the solution to the issues associated with sustainability. The title of the REU represents the wide variety of sustainable energy sources the students will explore: "earth" represents the growth and harvesting of energy from biomass, "wind" represents using the wind to generate electricity, and "fire" represents harvesting solar energy. Application deadline: February 14. Details

Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The REU is a summer research program that will fund undergraduate students assigned to EBICS labs at each primary institution: Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applications will be accepted from any student currently enrolled in a science or engineering undergraduate program (biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, bio-engineering, computer science, and related fields). Application deadline: February 15. Details

Hooked on Photonics REU
Hooked on Photonics (HoP) is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduate students studying chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, or optics. Research sites are located at three universities: University of Washington, University of Arizona, Georgia Institute of Technology. Advances in the science of photonics have the potential to vastly increase available bandwidth, allowing for ultra-fast communications over a new optically based network. HoP researchers are working on the leading edge of these new technologies: light emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells, nano-fabrication, transistors, and optical switching devices. Application deadline: February 15. Details

American Student Placements in Rehabilitation Engineering (ASPIRE)
ASPIRE focuses its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program on research in the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology fields. Rehabilitation engineering employs a systematic approach to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Research efforts in rehabilitation engineering are focused on identifying and addressing problems critical to achieving and maintaining the highest possible level of function in areas related to mobility, communications, sensory (e.g., hearing, tactile, vision), and cognition and in activities associated with employment, independent living, and education. Application deadline: February 21. Details

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) CHILL - Radar
Co-funded by the ASSURE program of the Department of Defense in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the summer research opportunity focused around the CSU-CHILL Radar Facility. The CSU-CHILL National Weather Radar Facility, located in Greeley, CO, is an advanced, transportable dual-polarized S-band weather radar system. Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the areas of science and technology are eligible to apply (i.e. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Atmospheric Science, Physics). Application deadline: February 26. Details

Data-Intensive Computing Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Data-intensive research is characterized by the need to efficiently acquire, store, transmit, manipulate, visualize, search, and analyze massive data sets. In recent years, investment in large-scale high-performance computing infrastructure has enabled an exciting opportunity to address "Big Data!" problems that are becoming increasingly common in nearly every area of science and technology. Application deadline: March 14. Details

FREEDM Systems Center REU Program in Engineering
The FREEDM Systems Centers offers a year-long research opportunity to domestic undergraduates majoring in electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science engineering, computer science and related fields at one of the Center's five partnering universities. Application deadline: May 9. 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

WR 327 for Engineers Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Winter 2014, OSU College of Engineering. The College of Engineering needs undergraduate teaching assistants (UGTAs) for four Winter 2014 sections of Writing 327 for Engineers (WR 327-E). These are paid positions and involve about 5 hours per week. Serve as technical consultant on course engineering content. Assist with grading, evaluation, and in-class activities. Details

INTO OSU Pathways Peer Tutor. Peer Tutors work for INTO OSU Pathways Program under the supervision of INTO OSU Learning Center. Tutors will function as academic tutors and American cultural ambassadors. Peer Tutors will assist international Pathways students in English skills (i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking) as well as, General skills (i.e. math, science, engineering and others) based on the tutor's skills. Will provide tutoring to Pathways students during Peer Tutoring evening hours. Sessions are usually one hour in length. Work one-on-one tutoring students who have been referred by Pathways coordinators and/or instructors. Details

Lead Web Developer (Applications), OETC. The OETC maintains a custom ecommerce store for its members. We also develop numerous web apps to run our conferences and conduct the business of the organization. The primarily responsibility of the Lead Developer is the continued development of these applications, both directly and through the management of contractors and junior developers. Additionally, the OETC is a small organization, where everyone must take on a variety of roles so our Lead Web Application may also responsible for server maintenance, light networking administration and some general internal tech support based on his her strengths. 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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