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EECS Weekly News: March 3, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Football team makes unlikely friend
Wednesday morning, just after 7 a.m., the Oregon State University football team lay across the floors of the Merritt Truax Indoor Center. They were waiting for the OSU Mars Rover to drive over them. The Daily Barometer

Provost Randhawa seeks cohesion in college; says firing Fiez was Woods’ decision
Oregon State University Provost Sabah Randhawa wants stability restored to the College of Engineering after a storm of leadership changes in various departments. The Daily Barometer

Regarding Bassinger’s Feb. 25 article, “Picking up the pieces”
Recent statements by Oregon State University Provost Sabah Randhawa reported in Tuesday’s Barometer reveal the existence of serious administrative problems at OSU. Is he really this disconnected from students, faculty and staff? The Daily Barometer

OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed for OSU FIRST Robotics Competition District Event
The OSU Robotics Club is hosting a FIRST Robotics Competition District Competition on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, 2014. We need your help to make this competition a success! There will be over 28 teams competing, and we need robot inspectors, queuers, pit administration, field resetters, A/V techs, and more. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and breakfast/lunch on the day of the competition. To learn about different volunteer positions and sign up, please visit https://volunteer.firstwa.org/acct.php or email Taj Morton (mortont@onid.orst.edu) with questions. Be sure to select "Oregon State University District" as the event to volunteer at after registering.

College Student 2014 Insight Survey
Every year, AfterCollege gathers student feedback about the internship and job search process. Please complete the survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Details

2014 Northwest Regional Women in Computing Conference
Saturday, April 12, Portland, Oregon
The Northwest Regional Women in Computing (NWrWIC) Celebration is focused on empowering and encouraging women to enter the STEM fields, particularly computer science. Our goal is to improve women's experience in computing education and to encourage women to enter technical careers. This conference is open to everyone, including students, thought leaders, industry leaders, higher education professionals, parents, teachers, and community leaders.  Please feel free to forward this information to colleagues and students who might like to attend. Details

EVENTS

IEEE Explore Seminar
Tuesday, March 4, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1003
Oregon State University purchased access to IEEE Explore for engineering students. The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery and access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. IEEE Xplore provides Web access to more than 3-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. Check out IEEE Explore here: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/home.jsp. Free FOOD and PRIZES at the seminar.

Scholarship Workshop
Wednesday, March 5, 1-3 pm, Barnard Classroom-Valley Library, Room 5420
Need money for college? Want to get scholarships but not sure where to begin? Attend the Scholarship Workshop to learn how to locate scholarships best suited for you, learn to stay organized so you can continue applying year after year, and learn from the Writing Center how to write a scholarship essay sure to get you recognized! Details

Google Summer of Code Open House
Wednesday March 5, 6pm-7:30pm, Milam 213
Need a summer internship? Join us to learn more about Google Summer of Code! We'll tell you what it is, how to apply, and brainstorm about projects you can work on for the summer. Event open to all students. Refreshments provided. Details

Raytheon CTF Competition
Thursday, March 6, 10 am -  6 pm, KEC 1114
Join a DEFCON CTF (Capture the Flag) finalist for a local CTF event. Pit your skills and knowledge against our challenge server-no previous CTF experience needed. Just  bring a laptop, your black/white/gray hat and some friends. To participate, come to KEC 1114 at 10 am on March 6. The event will run 10 am to 6 pm -- snacks, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Details

Rohde & Schwarz Engineering Competition Info Session
Monday, March 10, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, KEC 1007
The competition this year is centered on future aeronautical radiocommunications. Preliminary competition rounds are held in April and June at over 10 major technical universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Singapore. You are welcome to register for the case study competition as a whole team or as an individual person. Individuals are then placed in groups directly on the day of the event. The team with the winning team will be invited to Munich, where they will compete against the winners of the preliminary rounds. FREE PIZZA Provided. More information at http://www.engineering-competition.com/

Willamette Innovators' Network Pub Talk: Wearable Technologies
Tuesday, March 11, 6pm - 9pm, Corvallis Sports Park, 175 Twin Oaks Circle
$10 entry, $5 students
Wearable technology is undoubtedly the future of consumer electronics.  Come learn what is happening locally in this exciting field. Panel will include Tyler Phillipi - Former Co-Founder of OnTheGo Platforms, Richard Burright - NSExtreme, Jerry Wiant - Perpetua Power. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1114. MS Final Examination – John McGlone. Major Advisor: John Wager; Committee: Douglas Keszler, John Conley; GCR: Oksana Ostroverkhova. "Thermally-Stable Amorphous Metal Thin Films." Details

Tuesday, March 4, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Jun Xie. Major Advisor: Xiaoli Fern; Committee: Thomas Dietterich, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: Matthew Campbell. "Learning Greedy Policies for the Easy-First Framework." Details

Friday, March 7, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 3114. MS Final Examination – Praveen Prabha. Major Advisor: Pavan Hanumolu; Committee: Karti Mayaram, Un-Ku Moon; GCR: Leonard Coop. "Design Techniques for VCO Based Digital Sensor Readout Circuits." Details

Monday, March 10, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM, KEC 1126. PhD Final Oral Examination – Karthikeyan Reddy. Major Advisor: Pavan Kumar Hanumolu; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Gabor Temes, Karti Mayaram; GCR: Merrick Haller. "Design Techniques for Delta Sigma Modulators Using VCO Based ADCs." Details

Monday, March 10, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Juliana Mbuthia. Major Advisor: Thinh Nguyen; Minor Advisor: Charlotte Wickham; Committee: Raviv Raich; GCR: Margaret Niess. "Parameter Estimation of Gaussian Hierarchical Model using Gibbs Sampling." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Wednesday, March 5, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM, KEC 1007. "Fundamentals of Heterogeneous Cellular Networks" presented by Harpreet S. Dhillon, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California. Details

Thursday, March 6, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. "Towards Trustworthy Big Data Technologies and Smart-Infrastructures" presented by Attila Yavuz, Research Scientist, Robert Bosch Research and Technology Center North America. Details

Friday, March 7, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. "Interactive Image Search with Attributes" presented by Adriana Kovashka, PhD candidate, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin. Details

Monday, March 10, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. "To Merge or Not to Merge: Managing Software Families" presented by Julia Rubin, PhD student, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. Details

Tuesday, March 11, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM, KEC 1007. "Towards Practical Indoor Localization and Large Scale Battery System Management" presented by Jason Gu, Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design. Details

Wednesday, March 12, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM, KEC 1007. "Model-based Design of Safety-Critical Embedded Systems, from Functional Model to Implementation" presented by Haibo Zeng, Assistant Professor, McGill University. Details

Monday, March 17, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. "Good Code, Bad Code, and Vulnerable Code" presented by Munawar Haz, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Auburn University. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

2014 Thunen Memorial Scholarship
The Illuminating Engineering Society is actively looking for students to apply for the Thunen Memorial Scholarship. $1000-$5000 scholarship for third or fourth year undergraduate students or graduate students. Special consideration for specific projects or grad students working toward a thesis about light or lighting. Fields related to lighting - architecture, electrical engineering, interior design, theater, film/TV, lighting design, vision or a field clearly related to lighting. Details

The National Association of Women in Construction – Salem, OR Chapter, is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship for students in Civil, Structural, Construction, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

7 tricks to writing great job-search and networking emails
Email is generally the primary method of communication for job searching and networking, and you can stand out by having one of the better-written ones. That isn’t hard, because inboxes are filled with poorly written emails. Here’s how to write a good email when searching for a job. 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.

Student IT assistants, School of EECS. This is a student worker position, in Kelley Engineering Center and Dearborn Hall, for up to 20 hrs per week during the school year and up to 40 hrs per week during winter, spring, and summer break. Work hours are flexible and are crafted around class schedules. Job responsibilities include: managing software installations; working with faculty and graduate students to solve general computer problems, both hardware and software related; setting up/installing new computers (desktop, laptop, servers); fixing and re-supplying laser printers; some networking/server work. Details

OSU graphic design student is looking for a fellow student to help create a responsive website for a doctor's office for desktop, tablet and smartphone. Simple design with a few bells and whistles including rotating image wheel, submit forms online, and register as a new patient online. Details

Internships in Computer Science, Statistics and Analytics, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Computational and Statistical Analytics division develops early career opportunities through internships by identifying and developing talented individuals for exciting assignments of the future. Our nation's growing emphasis in computational solutions for national security is creating outstanding career opportunities in fields that include: Cyber security, Global security, Nuclear physics and engineering, Visual analytics, Natural language processing, Math and statistics, Computer science and engineering. Details

ENGINEERING INTERNSHIPS, McMinnville Works. The program has over 25 paid internship positions at over 9 host sites which include Cascade Steel, Solid Form Fabrication, Freelin Wade, Meggitt Polymers & Composites, Betty Lou’s and others. The interns will be working on projects in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical and Software Engineering, Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Event Management, Communication, Human Resources, Internet Technologies, Drafting, Production, Materials, etc. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly on a project in a real world business environment, participate in weekly professional career workshops and attend industry learning tours. Details

Internships from The White House, Kaiser, SanDisk. Summer internships are a great way to immerse yourself in an organization and gain on-the-job experience before graduation. Learn the ins and outs of a job while strengthening your skills, building relationships with industry contacts and improving your resume to stand out to future employers. Details

PROMISE Internships - summer 2014. PROMISE is a ten-week developmental internship program designed for OSU undergraduate students designed to provide professional or technical paid work experience and mentoring at OSU, state, and local agencies. Historically under-represented students are encouraged to apply. Details

IT Support Tech, INTO Oregon State University. The IT Support position will support the IT department in maintaining on-line applications and reporting needs. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. This is a permanent part-time position approximately 20 hours per week, with a flexible work schedule. Details

Manufacturing Electrical Engineer-New Grad, Rockwell Collins. This position will be part of the Operations Engineering Team, responsible for technical support during the assembly, test, and acceptance processes in the manufacture of Rockwell Collins products. This includes responsibility as the Operation’s lead in the coordination of test system development, test procedure creation, and validation during the new product introduction cycle. This also includes hands on experience with analog and digital circuits, for the purposes of test and troubleshooting. This position will interact extensively with Corporate Test Engineering as well as Electrical, Systems, and Optical Engineering at a local level. The main goal of this position is to ensure that the development, build, validation, and ongoing support of production test equipment is accomplished in a controlled, predictable manner. Details

Research Software Engineer I/II (Web-scale Analytics), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Candidates for this position will be expected to exploit a range of advanced technologies including semantic computing, machine learning, and advanced computational architectures to motivate and develop solutions. Our national security focus drives important challenges in scalable knowledge discovery and fusion within the context of massive, complex, non-static, and uncertain data. We seek a talented software professional to join our team to work on a range of research and development projects focused on web-scale analytics, scalable semantic technologies, and social media analytics. Details

Software Developer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a member of one or more of our Project or Service Management teams you are expected to develop knowledge of the goals of projects you are assigned to and clients you are supporting – and maintain a customer service focus commensurate with this position. This position will work under the direction of a Project Manager or Service Manager and be expected to complete assignments with minimal oversight. This position encompasses the design, development, implementation, maintenance, operation, and support of information systems relevant to PNNL’s operations challenges as well as our Research clients analytical challenges. Details

Ongoing internship and early career opportunities at Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser Permanente has ongoing  internships and early career openings available for undergrad and graduate students in accounting, communications, finance, IT, and marketing. Invest in your future — and ours. Come apply your knowledge, creativity, and passion at a company that makes a difference in the world and the lives of people. Details

Analyst Programmer, INTO Oregon State University. This is an entry level position working on projects that 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 is a fulltime position and is open to 2014 graduates who are available for part-time work until graduation. 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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