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EECS Weekly News: January 21, 2014

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

IN THE NEWS

OSU's Answer to the High-tech Talent Shortage
“This program changed my life,” Nicklas Knudson said of Oregon State University’s online degree program in computer science. Launched in the summer of 2012, the program is still the only one in the nation designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another area. EECS

Social shopping via mobile app: do you like the mint green or coral?
A new business concept aided by the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator will get its first test run on Tuesday, Jan. 21, when about 120 OSU sorority members get a chance to see what all their friends think about the new shoes they may buy – and which color looks best. It’s the beginning of Tally, a mobile app developed by two recent OSU graduates to make shopping or just getting dressed a more fun, interactive and social experience. Ryan Connolly, graduated last year in marketing and entrepreneurship in the OSU College of Business, and co-founded the company with Andy Miller, an OSU computer science graduate. OSU news release,

Fueling Oregon’s Tech Boom – An Interview with Skip Newberry
When Ski­p Newberry took charge two years ago as executive director of the Technology Association of Oregon, he set about elevating the organization’s standing as the voice of the state’s tech industry. The association promotes economic development by creating connections between companies and professionals, from executives to programmers. Newberry recently took some time out of his hectic schedule to speak with us about his predictions for the state’s thriving tech economy and the critical role universities — particularly Oregon State — play in powering the tech boom. College of Engineering

Students Partner to Develop Diabetes Breakthrough
When Pacific Diabetes Technologies, a Portland startup, wanted partners to help develop its technology, company representatives contacted John Conley, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Greg Herman, associate professor of chemical engineering. As a result, Chris Durgan, a graduate student in chemical engineering, and David Matthews, a graduate student in electrical engineering, have worked closely with Pacific Diabetes Technologies for more than a year to develop prototypes of a catheter that combines the functions of an insulin pump and a glucose sensor in a single unit. College of Engineering

Building a Future in a Futuristic Field
Together with the world-class Intelligent Information Systems group in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State is on its way to becoming one of the nation’s strongest academic player in the field of robotics. College of Engineering

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Tektronix buys Colorado company, Picosecond Pulse Labs
Tektronix has purchased Picosecond Pulse Labs, a small Colorado company that makes instruments for high-speed communications networks. Tek said that the deal will help it expand the presence of its test-and-measurement equipment in the broadband market. The Oregonian

Intel says this year's job cuts will number in the thousands
Intel said Friday that it plans to cut its workforce companywide by 5 percent this year as the company reorients itself for a technology market less reliant on the PC. The company didn't offer any specifics on how it will reduce those jobs – a 5 percent reduction would eliminate 5,400 positions across Intel, which employs 108,000 people worldwide. Though Intel's headquarters are in Silicon Valley, its biggest operating hub is in Washington County, where the company employs 17,000. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed for OSU FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition
The OSU Robotics Club is hosting a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition on Saturday, February 8th. We need your help to make this competition a success! There will be over 20 teams competing, and we need judges, referees, inspectors, time keepers, and more. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch on the day of the competition. To learn about the competition, different volunteer positions, and sign up, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1C7kzDJPmZQONX_XLMG1UoCBJfT-bO6-De4az1JfIHZY/viewform or email Tim Lykins (lykinst@onid.oregonstate.edu) with questions.

BIS Meet the Firms
BIS@OSU invites you to their “Meet the Firms” night taking place Jan. 28 @ 6 pm at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Brandi.Fuhrman@oregonstate.edu in the College of Business. 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

Arch Grants is Seeking Business Plans from Oregon State University Seniors and Graduates
Arch Grants is a registered nonprofit organization with a mission to create an entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure to build successful companies in St. Louis, Missouri. We fund startup businesses through non-dilutive, $50,000 cash grants in reciprocation for starting/growing their business in St. Louis. Companies are selected to receive an Arch Grant through a Global Business Plan Competition, which recently opened and was featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and TechCrunch. The deadline for applications is February 21, 2014. Details

EVENTS

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

IEEE event: EECS Dodgeball
ECE and CS Dodgeball in McAlexander Fieldhouse court #1 from 5:30-6:30PM on Friday, January 24th.

IEEE General Meeting
Monday, January 27, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, TBA
Join us to learn about the benefits of joining IEEE and all of the events that we are excited to host this year! Information: osu-exec@ieee.org

FIRST Alumni Meeting
Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 PM, KEC 1007
Are you interested in getting involved in organizing events? Are you interested in mentoring middle through high school students? Are you interested in remaining, or becoming, a part of the FIRST community? Then this is the opportunity for you! If you are interested in getting involved, come to the inaugural meeting. PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED! In conjunction with the Robotics Club, there will be an organization of FIRST Alumni as well as those who want to be involved in FIRST activities. This group will promote mentorship on FRC and FLL teams in the area, organize FRC, FTC, and FLL events, and volunteer at events. Details

IEEE Build Club
Monday, February 3, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Dearborn 120
New to Electrical Engineering. The IEEE build club will allow you to test your soldering skills, and in one hours time make a Tripwire Alarm. Information: osu-exec@ieee.org

Art of Leadership conference
Saturday, February 15, Memorial Union, Oregon State University
What are you doing to better your leadership skills, and how will you demonstrate that to future supervisors or graduateschools as you apply to your next stage in life? Dr. Larry Roper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, will be our keynote speaker. After Dr. Roper’s address, choose different avenues for growth in personal leadership development, intergenerational leadership skills, and design thinking. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, January 21, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Allen Waters. Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Karti Mayaram, Gabor Temes, Huaping Liu; GCR: Karen Shell. "Synthesizable Analog-to-Digital Converter Design." Details

Monday, January 27, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Duc Le. Major Advisor: Martin Erwig; Committee: Margaret Burnett, Alex Groce. "#ifdef Confirmed Harmful - Promoting Understandable Software Variation." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, January 27, 4:00pm, KEC 1001. "Gaussian and EJ Networks - Some Efficient Interconnection Topologies for Parallel Systems" presented by Bella Bose, Professor and Associate Director, School of EECS, Oregon State University. Details

Thursday, February 6, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. "Opportunities and Challenges in Two Dimensional Magnetic Recording" presented by Jonathan Coker, HGST, a Western Digital Company. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Hartford Technology Rental Scholarship 2014
Hartford Technology Rental Company IT Scholarship to provide financial assistance to students at the Junior and Senior level who are concentrating in the study of Information Technology with a focus on mobile technology application writing who have a proven need for funds to meet their tuition costs. Details

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

(See additional listings here: http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/research/research-opportunities-undergraduates)

Marine Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Are you a Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Computer Science major? Take advantage of the opportunity to gain research experience while exploring the exciting interdisciplinary field of marine and estuarine science research! Oregon State University is offering summer marine science internships to 20 college students through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in Corvallis. The 10-week program matches qualified students with faculty mentors representing a wide range of ocean science research interests, including: Cetacean/Fisheries Conservation Genetics; Marine Aquaculture; Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography; Marine Geology; Coastal Ecology; Marine Renewable Energy; Marine Biological Invasions; Satellite Remote Sensing and many others. Application deadline: February 3. Details

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) @ LearnLab
LearnLab at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh has an exciting summer research opportunity available to undergraduate students. This research program encourages applications from students who would like to conduct research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies. This program seeks broad participation, including members of underrepresented groups as defined by the National Science Foundation (African American, Hispanic, Native American) who may be considering pursuing further graduate study in the learning sciences. Application deadline: February 17. Details

Maryland Sea Grant REU Summer Program
Each summer, Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports fifteen students to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top scientists to study one of America’s most significant coastal resources. The REU program is designed for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics. Application deadline: February 21. Details

JOB HUNTING AND CAREER ADVICE

Career Mojo: 4 secrets of preparing for a job interview
Congratulations! You secured a phone or face-to-face interview. Your odds of “winning” the job in this highly competitive environment just skyrocketed. Now, don’t blow it.  I want to share my top four secrets from the hiring manager’s side of the table. The Business Journals

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.

SQL Programmer - Information Technology Services Intern, OSU Foundation. The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an innovative Oregon State student for a paid internship in its Information Technology Services department. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain technical expertise in a real-world setting. The intern will assist ITS staff with providing reports pulled from our alumni & donor database for OSU Foundation and Oregon State University employees. Applicants must be familiar with but not limited to, Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, stored procedures and query language, basic troubleshooting skills, Microsoft Office, and Windows operating systems. Successful applicants will be able to take direction and work independently within a busy team environment. Details

Student software engineering / programming position, TeachEngineering.org. TeachEngineering.org is an on-line collection of K12 Engineering curriculum developed by a collaboration of faculty, students and teachers associated with five founding partner universities. TeachEngineering is developed and maintained at OSU’s College of Business and is hosted at OSU’s Open Source Lab. The project is in need of a (third) student software engineer / programmer with good knowledge and skills in Web development, PHP and SQL. Linux skills are a pro. Details

Computing Helpdesk Consultant, OSU College of Forestry. The College of Forestry Computing Resources group is hiring a student consultant to provide technical support to users at the Forestry Computing Helpdesk located in Peavy Hall. The major duties of this position include providing telephone, electronic and in-person support to computer users; assisting users with software questions; installing, configuring, and troubleshooting hardware at a component level; maintenance of computer laboratories. Details

Intern - Student Engineer (undergraduates), Boeing. Join the Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) Innovation Center and Technology organization as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Product Development team. Assignment includes execution of technology development activities to support technical improvements to the Product Development (PD) airplanes and cost-effective implementation. Candidates will gain experience in multiple engineering disciplines or as a member or team lead for a multi-disciplinary project, as well as technology development (or new build process development) and implementation. Details

Intern - Student Engineer (graduates), Boeing. Join the Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) Innovation Center and Technology organization as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Product Development team. Preferred candidates are either enrolled in a graduate level program (Masters or Doctoral), or will have completed a Bachelor's degree by June 2014, in one of the following areas: Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Industrial Engineering, or Operations Management.  Assignment includes execution of technology development activities to support technical improvements to the Product Development (PD) airplanes and cost-effective implementation. Details

Internships/Summer Job Opportunities with The #1 Tech Camp In The Country. Every summer, iD Tech hires over 1,100 instructors across the world to show kids and teens firsthand how their interests in technology can turn into a future career. You’re upbeat, tech-savvy, and you understand the need for quality technology education for students ages 7-18. So why not spend your summer instructing and mentoring, building your resume, and having quirky, iD-style fun. Or maybe you’d like to spend your summer working in an intensive, pre-college environment at one of our Teen Academies. Either way, you’ll make a positive impact on the lives of students this summer and inspire them to aim for big ambitions for college and beyond. Our seasonal summer jobs are as fulfilling as they are fun! 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

Software Firmware Engineer, HP. As a Firmware Engineer you will become a strong contributor on a development team responsible for advancing inkjet printing technology for Hewlett-Packard. Assist with the coordination of design, development, testing, and defect repair of embedded microprocessor firmware components controlling HP inkjet printers. Assist with the scoping of firmware tasks and resource requirements. Assist with investigations and interactions with other multi-discipline teams that are providing other components to the same product. Work with other engineers and contract manufacturers on the integration, evaluation, and fine tuning of the product and ensure smooth transition to manufacturing. Executes established test plans and protocols for assigned portions of code; identifies, logs, and debugs assigned issues. Develops understanding of and relationship with internal and outsourced development partners on firmware design and development. Details

CampusPoint jobs:

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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