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EECS Weekly News: December 23, 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

Lessons on life and lifework
Jen-Hsun Huang (’84, B.S. Electrical Engineering) was a 32-year-old entrepreneur at the helm of a startup company he’d launched in the high-stakes, high-tech, high-failure-rate heart of Silicon Valley when he found himself and his fledgling company on the brink of total disaster. Momentum!

Oregon State mishandled dismissal of Terri Fiez, created 'crisis' in engineering school, tech leaders say
Oregon State University’s surprise decision to dismiss the longtime chief of its electrical engineering and computer science department triggered broad outrage among many of that program’s biggest supporters in Oregon’s tech industry. Correspondence to and from the university, obtained by The Oregonian through a public records request, shows that the state’s tech companies were caught off guard in September when Oregon State announced plans to replace Terri Fiez as department head. The Oregonian, Bloomberg Businessweek

Tech industry, OSU still at odds over engineering chief removal
Oregon's biggest names in technology continue to pressure Oregon State University over the unexpected dismissal of the school's top engineering chief. Portland Business Journal

OSU should keep tech-school head: Guest opinion
Why should this matter to Oregonian readers? Oregon State is a land grant university with a mission to serve the needs of the state of Oregon. It represents a joint investment by all Oregonians in the future of our state, and thus the faculty and administration of OSU are required to act in the best interest of the state. Although our provost has declared this issue closed, we are still resolved that this decision is a serious mistake that will harm our students and the state's economy. The Oregonian

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Tech firms seek a place in economy's spotlight
There are more high-tech companies in the Portland area than Intel — and many of them are desperately trying to get that message out. According to Sam Blackman, co-founder and CEO of Elemental Technologies, the lack of awareness of all the regional high-tech companies makes it hard for them to recruit the most talented employees for start-up companies like his. Many potential workers take jobs with companies in San Jose, Calif., and Seattle instead, primarily because of their reputations as high-tech innovation centers. Portland Tribune

OPPORTUNITIES

The Emerging Leadership Paradigm: Why Portland Will Lead the Way
Thursday, January 23, 7:30-10:00 am, Rose Room, Rose Quarter, Portland, OR
$25.00 Member, $45.00 Non-Member (Technology Association of Oregon)
Over the last 50 years the business environment has become more complex. The old paradigm of simply using fixed measures that predictably control outcomes is failing to produce the results they once did. New forces beyond the efficient flow of activity are becoming more significant. The new emerging paradigm moves us from a mechanistic orientation to one that views the organization as a living organism. This paradigm views organizations as an integral part of an eco-system, where purpose, meaning and relationships are important key drivers of success. These organizations are dynamic, responsive to ever-changing conditions, transparent and make a positive impact. Details

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/

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

Friday, January 3, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1005. PhD Final Oral Examination – Vikas Shilimkar. Major Advisor: Andreas Weisshaar; Committee: Karti Mayaram, Patrick Chiang, Alan Wang; GCR: Wade Marcum. "Enabling Metal-Fill-Aware Design of Integrated Circuits." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Wednesday, January 8, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. "Approximating Disjoint Paths k-Sum Families" presented by Bruce Shepherd, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

Computing Research Association Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program matches promising undergraduates with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

Job-search tips for the recent college graduate
Whether you graduated this semester or have been looking for job since May, incorporate these five tips into your job-search strategy so you’ll be on the right track before the New Year. TheLadders

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.

Database Manager / Energy Analyst, OSU Energy Efficiency Center. We are looking for an engineering/computer science student who is interested in SQL database management and energy efficiency. The ideal applicant will have experience writing code in PHP and JavaScript and/or developing and maintaining SQL databases. The hired student will be able to work at the EEC for a minimum of two summers, approximately 10-20 hours/week during the school year and 30-40 hours/week during the summer. Details

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

CampusPoint jobs:

Quality Assurance Engineer / SDET, Jive Communications. Jive is looking for individuals like this who hunger to make an impact on the evolution of cloud services by innovating the latest technologies into the next generation of unified business communication products. Quality Assurance at Jive means more than just testing. Quality is an attitude, an expectation, and hopefully an attribute of everyone here and of everything we do and produce. Details

Software Engineer, Amtec. As a Software Engineer you will program, modify, and develop automation controls tools for lumber milling optimizing machinery. The position will eventually involve fieldwork for product rollout and support of customer’s specific needs and implementations of control systems and milling machinery. Details

Galois is still hiring! We are located in beautiful Portland, Oregon and are currently looking for researchers, principal investigators, and software engineers, including those with expertise in functional programming, formal methods, computer security, control systems, informatics, or networking. Details

Software Developer, LegitScript. LegitScript is looking for talented, professional software developers to help build our growing team in Portland, OR. We make the online health product sector safer and more transparent for individuals and businesses. We analyze and report on rogue online pharmacies and dangerous health products. Our services include monitoring, investigative reports, online pharmacy certification, and health product classification. Our clients include Google, Microsoft, Visa, Twitter and the FDA. Details

Analog and mixed signal design intern (MS or PhD candidate), Intel Microprocessor Design Team. 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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