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EECS Weekly News: March 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Oregon Stater Awards: William D. Turner
B.S. electrical engineering, 1963
Member of Research Staff, Xerox Corporation (retired)
Turner developed an interest in high speed digital circuits while working on a project at Oregon State University that was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The Oregonian/College of Engineering

Oregon Stater Awards: Peter Oosterhof
B.S. computer science, 1987
Partner Development Manager, Microsoft
Peter Oosterhof started as an electrical engineering major at Oregon State University, but found the thrill of programming irresistible and changed his major to computer science after his sophomore year. The Oregonian/College of Engineering

Oregon Stater Awards: Bandon R. Greenley
B.S. electrical and computer engineering, 1999; M.S. electrical and computer engineering, 2001
Manager of New Product Development, Tektronix
While studying electrical engineering, he served as president for the Oregon State chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers and president of Eta Kappa Nu. The Oregonian/College of Engineering

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Puppet Labs' new downtown headquarters, its fifth in as many years, could accommodate 500 workers
Puppet Labs, among the biggest and fastest growing in Portland’s new generation of software businesses, has leased two floors of a big downtown office building – giving the young company the space to expand into a major enterprise. The new site has room to accommodate as many as 500 employees, more than double the number working in Puppet’s current headquarters in the Pearl District. And Puppet has an option to lease additional space in the building if it grows beyond that. The Oregonian

Cloudability hopes to nearly double workforce in its ‘growth year’
The company, which makes software to help businesses track and manage spending on cloud services, is “going from the launch pad to out of the atmosphere,” CEO Mat Ellis said. That also means employee growth. Ellis said the company, with 27 employees, hopes to grow its ranks to 50 by the end of the year. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Join the OSU Mars Rover Team
We are building a new rover for the 2015 University Rover Challenge. The competition is being held at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. We are looking for people who are interested in robotics to help us with this project. If you have experience with electronics and or programming, then we could use your help. Also, robotics can lead to many internships and jobs. There is a lot to do and plenty of experience to go around. Details

Intel Global Wearables Challenge
Over the next year, Intel will challenge innovators to bring the next wearable technologies to life. Will your idea be one of them? Wearable Technology is moving into new realms, making it personal and seamless to use. MAKE IT WEARABLE is a global initiative to inspire ideas and fuel innovation that will evolve this emerging category in exciting new ways. Details

Become a Professional Web Developer by taking CS 295 Intermediate Web Authoring this spring. This 4-credit course will focus on:

* Tagging in HTML 5
* Styling in CSS 3
* Graphic Design techniques
* Basics of PHP and MySQL connectivity
* Incorporating JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery and API functions
* Configuring Content Management Systems (CMS)
* Search Engine Optimization and Marketing (SEO/SEM)

In just 10 weeks, you'll build two professional-level web sites that incorporate modern markup, scripts, style, and function. Contact Pam.VanLonden@oregonstate.edu for details. CRN 59668

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Call for Participation
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a great opportunity to gain professional visibility as a subject matter expert, expand your network and inspire other women in computing. Be a part of the world’s largest conference for women technologists by submitting a session proposal. Submissions are encouraged from professionals at all levels — entry-level to senior women in industry, government and academia, and from students — undergraduate, graduate and post-doc fellows. Women technologists and those who work with them (including technical men, corporate recruiters, nonprofit advocates, etc.) are all welcome to submit session proposals. Application deadline: March 14. Details

GHC Scholarship Grants
GHC Scholarship Grants enable students and faculty, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). At GHC you can connect with other women in computing and innovative organizations, hear stories from peers and experts in computing, and get quality career advice specific to your needs. Undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world are encouraged to apply. The GHC Scholarship Grants for students typically cover all expenses for attending the conferencing including conference registration, meals, lodging, and fixed amount of travel reimbursement funds. Application deadline: April 16. Details

Be an Activist! Enroll in WGSS 525 Gender & Technology to help make a difference.

While researching historical and cultural contributions and trends of women in technology fields, this project-based course will guide you through the planning and implementation of an activism project to promote the development and use of technology to women and girls around the globe. In just 10 weeks, you'll:
* Learn about biases in technology, education, and industry.
* Discuss important readings and media online.
* Research, plan, and write about an activism project.
* Setup and use a professional web site.
* No textbooks costs.
* 3 credits, offered online! CRN 56783
Contact the Instructor: Pam.VanLonden@oregonstate.edu.

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

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

Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday
Join us on March 17 from 6pm-7pm at Galois for an hour of networking and creativity! Share your thoughts and brainstorm with others about what privacy, security, and techno-activism means to you. RSVP and more details: https://ta3m-pdx-9.eventbrite.com.

GRADUATE EXAMS

Wednesday, March 12, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Lu Qin. Co-Major Advisors: Xiaoli Fern, Bo Zhang; Committee: Raviv Raich; GCR: Mark Leid. "An Ensemble Method for Macrosomia Prediction." Details

Friday, March 14, 8:45 AM - 10:45 AM, KEC 3114. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Jinzhou Cao. Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Patrick Chiang, Raviv Raich, Thinh Nguyen; GCR: Brady Gibbons. "Linearity Improvement Technique for Flash ADCs." Details

Friday, March 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 3057. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Sheng Chen. Major Advisor: Martin Erwig; Committee: Alex Groce, Glencora Borradaile, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: Cindy Grimm. "Variational Typing." Details

Friday, March 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – Bharatwaj Appasamy. Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi; Committee: Alex Groce, Margaret Niess; GCR: Byron Marshall. "Evaluation of Collaborative Filtering and Content Based Filtering Recommenders in jTutors (an intelligent tutoring system)." Details

Monday, March 17, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 4107. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Youngho Jung. Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Huaping Liu, Raviv Raich; GCR: Wade Marcum. "Wideband and High Accuracy Delta Sigma ADCs." Details

Monday, March 17, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Wei Li. Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Terri Fiez, Thinh Nguyen, Alan Wang; GCR: Yevgeniy Kovchegov. "Low-Power SAR ADC with Digital Calibration." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

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

Tuesday, March 18, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM, KEC 1007. "Man-In-The-Middle Attack in Smart Grid: Attack Mechanisms and Countermeasures" presented by Jinsub Kim, Postdoctoral Associate, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University. Details

Wednesday, March 19, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. "Architecture, Modeling, and Optimization of Parallel and Distributed Embedded Systems" presented by Arslan Munir, Postdoctoral Research Associate, ECE department, Rice University. Details

Thursday, March 20, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM, KEC 1007. "Exploiting Flexible Loads for Renewable Integration" presented by Borhan M. Sanandaji, Postdoctoral Scholar, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department, University of California, Berkeley. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
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. Details

AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship
Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA, AS, AAS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Details

National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
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. Details

AfterCollege Analytics Student Scholarship
Open to currently enrolled students working toward a bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree in: Applied Math, Computer Information Science, Computational Math, Data Analytics, Health Informatics, Information Systems Management, Statistics, Systems Engineering or another analytics-related discipline. Details

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
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. Details

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Declarative Programming and Its Applications
Texas Tech University Department of Computer Science
In addition to learning state of the art declarative programming — which is simple and easy to use — participants will have many opportunities to apply declarative programming to solve challenging problems. These problems come from application areas that are of potentially great societal impact and include Cybersecurity, Energy, Healthcare, Intelligent Agents, and Space Exploration. Participants will also have the opportunity to conduct research on making declarative programming systems more powerful at both the language and reasoning level. Application deadline: March 16. Details

New-generation Power-efficient Computer Systems Design
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University sponsor this REU program. During this time, REU participants will assist in designing New-generation Power-efficient Computer Systems. The increasing power consumption is of growing concern due to several reasons, e.g., cost, performance, reliability, scalability, and environmental impact. More specifically, timely advances in exascale computing cannot be achieved without a holistic approach to reducing energy. The proposed REU program facilitates research and training in the complementary, multi-layered disciplines ranging from application layer to middle-ware to low level circuit design. Application deadline: April 1. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

How to prepare for a phone interview... Plus, some tips on dressing for an in-person interview
How do you prepare for an on-the-spot call from an interviewer? Or if they call you, should YOU ask to set up a time? It seems I get caught off guard and not prepared when the interviewer just calls and says, ”I would like to discuss with you the job you applied for." Portland Business Journal

Want to stand out? Here are 5 ways to connect with people — not just talk to them
When we merely communicate with a person, they dwell only in our short-term memory, soon to be lost forever. However, when we truly connect with a person we gain access to each other’s long-term memory. Successful salespeople, business leaders and networkers have mastered the art of connecting with people. The difference is subtle but powerful. Portland Business Journal

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.

The School of Arts and Communication is currently seeking a student worker interested in mobile website and mobile application development to work on a campus art walk for smartphone users. The program will serve as a database for all publicly accessible artwork on campus and also as an "art walk" which will allow users to navigate between  pieces. We are looking for someone creative who can help decide which will be the best programming route to go for the project and someone with the programming knowledge to make it happen. Details

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

Student Tech 1, OSU University Administrative Business Center. Client Services, a unit of OSU’s Information Services, includes the Community Network, OSU Computer Helpdesk, Student Multimedia Walk Up, software distribution and software site license coordination. Research, troubleshoot, and answer computing questions with regard to hardware and software. Platforms: Windows XP Pro, Vista, 7; Macintosh OS X. Software: MS Office (2007, 2010), Internet applications (Email, Web browsers, Telnet, FTP, HTML). Details

Computing Helpdesk Consultant, OSU College of Forestry. 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

Student Web Application Developer, OSU Valley Library. The OSU Libraries & Press, Emerging Technologies & Services Department is hiring one student Web Application Programmer. The main responsibilities of the position include: working on new or existing Library Web applications using a variety of open source standards and experimental technologies; mobile Web development; working with customers to assess needs and deliver tools. Details

Software Engineering Intern, BahFed Corp. In this position, you will be working under the guidance of a supervisor in an assigned project. You will help develop and/or sustain ERP, CRM, and E-Commerce-related applications. The candidate must be a student pursuing a Master's or a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related fields with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Details

Software intern, Elegantra. Software intern will be part of a fast-paced software development  team working on designing and implementing highly available and large- dataset SaaS business applications. Looking for students with computer science major in the senior year of undergrad or pursuing their master’s degree or Ph.D. Qualified students must have finished their core computer science courses such as algorithms, data structures, database theory, programming languages, operating systems etc. Candidates who enjoy programming with a demonstrated experience will be preferred. Details

Instrument Software Engineer, Cooper Environmental Services. The Instrument Software Engineer will design, code, maintain and test software programs to control air monitoring instruments.  The Instrument Software Engineer will take ownership over the existing code and any improvements that may be required. In addition, this position will be responsible for the development of code required for new instrument models. The software will interface and control a large number of I/O devices including, but not limited to X-ray fluorescence hardware, high voltage power supplies, solid state detectors, pumps, flow sensors, solenoids, temperature controllers, stepper motors, and relays. Experience with designing functions to read/write analog and digital I/O ports is required. Details

Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Layout Designer, Fidelis Companies client. The position duties include IC layout/physical design and running mixed-mode simulations and will have an opportunity to grow into either circuit design or advanced layout design. The company also encourages and will assist with helping this person pursue their Master’s degree once hired. Details

Distribution Engineer, Umatilla Electric Cooperative. The Distribution Engineer is responsible for providing cost-effective engineering for electric system construction and maintenance with minimal direction. The position maintains working knowledge of the UEC substations, transmission, and distribution systems, including design and equipment specifications and operating principles. The position also assists in the preparation of technical engineering studies, reports and assists in development of construction work plans. This position is also responsible for developing and recommending specifications or specification modifications and developing and/or reviewing design drawings and concepts. The position maintains working knowledge of and assists in ensuring compliance with all RUS, federal, State, and other applicable standards for electric utilities. Details

Openings at Micron for new college graduates. There are some openings at Micron in our solid state drive (SSD) development organization and we are looking for students interested in hardware design and verification to apply. The posting is up on our website at jobs.micron.com under the title of “SSD Systems Engineer”. Please encourage students interested in this type of work to apply ASAP. Details

linux/unix admin; Network admin; Java developer; .net Developer; Sql dba; Oracle; Informatica jobs at Intone Networks. Details

Mixed-Signal/Analog IC Designer, Agilent Technologies. You will join a group of engineers in Agilent's lab dedicated to raising the bar by innovating the next generation of high-performance mixed-signal ASICs which power Agilent's instruments. These ASICs will enable the characterization of next generation high-speed signals, such as serial links and RF waveforms. Become a part of our team, and you will learn the art of making the world's best measurement ICs. Your system knowledge will contribute to product planning. Subsequently, you will be involved in the entire chip design flow, from transistor-level circuit design, physical design, chip release and laboratory characterization. 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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