EECS Weekly News: January 6, 2014

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

OSU spinoff Inpria lands $4.6M
Corvallis-based Inpria Corp. has secured $4.6 million of what could be a $7.3 million funding round, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Inpria is developing high-performance, thin-film technology that can be used by many markets including the semiconductor industry. Portland Business Journal

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Silicon Forest year in review: Oregon tech reasserts itself
Oregon tech firmly re-established itself this past year, rebounding from a decade of malaise to become the state’s most powerful economic engine. And it’s one of the fastest-growing segments, too – software employment is growing at double-digit percentages even as the rest of the state’s economy stumbles back from recession. The Oregonian

Where has all the tech talent gone? Execs want to know
Need more proof that finding, hiring and retaining tech talent is a major challenge for companies? A new survey from executive search firm Harris Allied delivers. Nearly 40 percent of managers surveyed by the New York-based firm for its Harris Allied Tech Hiring and Retention Survey cited high tech talent acquisition as their greatest concern, making it the top vote-getter. Another 24 percent, said retaining tech talent was their top issued. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Technology Activism 3rd Monday: Learn how to browse the internet privately
Monday, January 20, 6pm-8pm, Flux - Portland's Feminist Hackerspace, 412 NW Couch #222 Portland, OR 97209
If you're interested in learning (or teaching!) how to use the internet privately, please join The Privly Foundation for Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday. Details

IEEE Store Seeking Volunteers
The IEEE Student Chapter is now seeking volunteers to staff the IEEE Store. Located in the basement of Dearborn Hall, the store provides students with many common, esoteric, and special order electrical components and parts for their school or personal projects. Student volunteers are crucial to the operation of the store, which is entirely student-operated. This is your opportunity to better serve the OSU community. Volunteering is easy, fun, educational, and it looks great on scholarship applications and resumes. A typical volunteer may work in the store for only one or two hours per week, although more time is certainly welcomed. Please sign up with the time you would like to volunteer on the following doodle: http://doodle.com/be74rqkc5unukbb7

WiN PubTalk: Shark Tank with Staff from the OSU Advantage Accelerator
Tuesday, January 14, 6pm - 8pm, Corvallis Sports Park
Join us for a local rendition of Shark Tank with Staff from the OSU Advantage Accelerator. The best ideas are guaranteed to be a finalist with the OSU's Advantage Accelerator for acceptance into the January 2014 program. Hardware Ideas can also get into the Makers Space with RelianceCM. Details

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

Wednesday, January 8, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 3114. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Tianzhu Qiao. Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Raviv Raich, Thinh Nguyen, Bechir Hamdaoui; GCR: Jimmy Yang. "Position Estimation in Indoor Localization System." 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

Thursday, January 9, 3:30 pm, 220 Deschutes, University of Oregon. "Customizing Middleware for Embedded and Pervasive Systems" presented by Gurdip Singh, Department Head and Professor of Computing and Information Sciences, Kansas State University. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Monday, January 13, -  4:00pm - 4:50pm, KEC 1001. "Challenges of Calibrated Time-Interleaved High-Speed ADCs" presented by Aaron Buchwald, Fellow, Entropic Communications. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Google US/Canada PhD Fellowship Program
Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google U.S./Canada PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. Google will award two-year fellowships consisting of tuition and fees, $33K yearly stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year), Google Research Mentor, third year extension possible at Google's discretion. Nominations and applications materials are due February 1, 2014. Details

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Cognition and Action in Real and Virtual Environments (CARVE) Lab
We use virtual reality to study visual perception, spatial navigation, learning, and human-computer interaction. The virtual reality system incorporates a head-mounted display (HMD), optical position tracking, inertial orientation tracking, and a video see-through display for augmented reality. We're looking for some smart, motivated volunteers who are interested in gaining some hands-on experience programming virtual reality scenarios (using Python-based software). If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please contact Kristen.Macuga@oregonstate.edu.

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

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.

Business process and data support student analyst, College of Business. Opportunity to learn the Salesforce.com platform and related tools. Provide data normalization, data cleansing and data entry. Research businesses and company contacts. Develop skills in business analytics reporting. Work with end-users to develop new processes and provide user training. Document existing processes. Details

City Internships 2014 Summer Internship Program. City Internships provides structured Summer Internship Programs for students seeking to gain experience in Banking & Financial Services, Legal & Professional Services, IT & Technology, Art & Design, Marketing, Advertising & PR, Property & Construction, Media, Publishing & Entertainment and Science, Technology & Engineering. The Summer Internship Program operates in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Details

Systems Engineer, Target. As a Systems Engineer, you'll take the lead as you: understand, maintain and troubleshoot material handling control systems, including PLC/PC controllers, industrial networks and electrical distribution systems; act as a first level escalation support for the maintenance teams to locally or remotely troubleshoot and repair all hardware or controls software systems within a Distribution Center; facilitate failure analysis and incident review processes and implement process improvements or retraining to avoid future incidents; use diagnostic software to monitor performance of systems; collect and analyze data to identify trends and recommend improvements; apply subject matter expertise in material handling and electronic systems to maximize system utilization. Details

Entry-level Firmware Engineer, CyberCoders. We are a world leading provider of imaging solutions for consumer electronics. medical devices, government, etc. Our products are deployed all over the world and the demand for them continues to grow rapidly. We have an exciting future ahead us, and right now we have an immediate job opening for an energetic Entry-level Firmware Engineer to join our world class engineering team in Corvallis, OR. Designing, implementing and testing of new real-time embedded imaging products. Working with the digital IC design team to create a complete design. Details

Software Engineer, CyberCoders. Located in Corvallis, Oregon, we are the fastest-growing company in the motion tracking industry. We are rapidly growing and currently have many open roles. We are looking for a software engineer to design and develop applications on the leading edge of motion capture. You will be designing and developing algorithms for 3D optical motion capture applications. You must have expert knowledge of C++ as well as linear algebra and non-linear optimization techniques. Details

Backend Developer, CyberCoders. Located in Corvallis, Oregon, we are the fastest-growing company in the motion tracking industry. We are rapidly growing and currently have many open roles. We are looking for a backend web developer to optimize, tune, and increase resiliency of our web site and internal applications as well as develop and maintain in-house e-commerce, inventory control, and order fulfillment systems. You must have strong knowledge of SQL and query optimization. Details

Senior Firmware Engineer, Marvell Semiconductor. As a firmware engineer you will belong to a team responsible for developing and debugging the firmware underpinning of our products. In this role, you will architect, develop, and debug firmware while working closely with the rest of our team. This position requires an individual who is creative, team-oriented, technologically savvy, and driven to produce results. This position requires the candidate to be comfortable working hands-on with prototype hardware used for debugging. Details

Web Developer, Polycom. Software engineer responsible for supporting Cloud and Hosted Solutions. Responsibilities include software research, design, development, testing, documentation, and implementation of applications to meet customer needs. Development of automated tools (Device Manager) used in calibration and troubleshooting. Works with product engineering to troubleshoot functional and configuration issues. Managing one’s own schedule to ensure priorities are in line with project expectations. Collaborate with other software engineers located across the globe. 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 Engineer, Trimble Navigation. Employ creative software development and testing methodologies to develop innovative quality software for construction-related field applications. Since these customers often work outside in areas of no or limited connectivity, this opportunity will include writing stand-alone or partially-online applications on mobile devices. An important aspect of this position will be interfacing with multiple measuring devices (like GPS receivers & Total Stations) and communication devices (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & other radio), often at the serial-level. Therefore, a strong desire to create innovate, easy-to-use system solutions that combine hardware & software will be key to success in this position. Details

Analyst Programmer, INTO Oregon State University. This position will be the lead development resource on reporting projects within INTO OSU. Projects will support the functional needs of departments and staff within INTO OSU as well as external customers. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. This position reports to the INTO OSU Systems Integration Manager. Details

Information Technology Consultant, Intercollegiate Athletics, Oregon State University. This position will assist another IT Consultant in support and training to students, staff, and coaches on information technology-based systems in the application of basic software, multimedia and database resources. This position will also assist in the upkeep and maintenance of hardware and the rotation of resources in the department. Troubleshooting and assisting staff with computer issues will also be a major portion of this individual's work. Details

CampusPoint jobs:

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Biology. The Ramsey Lab at Oregon State University, an interdisciplinary group at the interface of systems biology and bioinformatics, seeks to recruit a talented, accomplished, and motivated postdoctoral researcher in the area of computational biology. You will have a key role in the lab's research in gene regulatory networks in innate immune cells, developing integrative algorithms and applying them to analyze genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic data. The job is an exciting opportunity to combine state-of-the-art methods in machine learning and statistical network inference to improve our molecular network understanding of the innate immune system and its roles in diseases. 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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