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EECS Weekly News: March 17, 2014

IN THE NEWS

The Importance of Empowering Students Today to Solve for Tomorrow
Meera Petroff first got involved in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition as the narrator for her school’s video submission. In this role, although she was more interested in the arts than the sciences, she soon realized that STEM was interesting and cool. Her team went on to win the Solve for Tomorrow competition and she continued her interest in STEM by using her school’s new technology to apply for other STEM competitions. Today, Meera is majoring in engineering at Oregon State University. Wired

Women and 'nerds' in the sciences discussed by STEM panel at Pacific University
Women are traditionally under-represented in the STEM fields. Part of the reason could be stereotypes of the science nerd – typified, panelist Janice Levenhagen-Seeley said, by the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” Levenhagen-Seeley founded ChickTech after receiving her computer engineering degree from Oregon State University. The Portland-based nonprofit organizes workshops and events to get young girls interested in the high tech industry. The Oregonian

Local engineer has watched digital technology grow and prosper
Digital technology is much different today than it was when William “Bill” Turner started his career as an electrical engineer in the 1960s. The Lincoln County native received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 1963. Retired electrical engineer William “Bill” Turner was recognized for his many successes and accomplishments as a 2014 Oregon Stater Engineering Award recipient. South Lincoln County News

Art meets engineering
When we become emotionally, cognitively, or physically engaged, our pores open and our skin conductance increases. Jason Silveira, an assistant professor in the School of Arts and Communication, is leveraging this understanding to study how our bodies and brains react to music. His project is just one technology under development in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s CreateIT Collaboratory. (Undergrads Caleb Barde, Sneha Krishna Kumaran, and Tanner Christensen comprise this Collaboratory team.) College of Engineering

Roses and Raspberries
ROSES to the talented folks at Oregon State University who are on the Mars Rover team. One of them, Virginia Tat, sent us a link to an entertaining video of a recent display of the Rover’s tenacity and flexibility. Corvallis Gazette-Times

OSU engineering department head fired despite success: Guest opinion
On Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) the head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Oregon State University, Terri Fiez, was fired by OSU’s provost, Sabah Randhawa. This is Terri’s second firing in six months. The Oregonian

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Industry insight: Eric Meslow
Besides managing a highly successful fiber optics company, Eric Meslow chairs the organization that advises on how state funds are invested into engineering and technology post-secondary education in Oregon. “An active, dynamic, collaborate relationship between industry and the higher education institutions in this state is a critical link for economic success,” said Meslow. “If you look across the country, the formula for successful economic development almost always includes fantastic research and educational institutions working collaboratively with industry.” College of Engineering

eBay expands downtown Portland outpost with new lease
The online marketplace eBay has leased a fifth floor in the downtown office building that houses its fast-growing Portland outpost. The company has, in just over a year, quietly doubled its Portland office space. EBay bought a foothold in Portland when it acquired Critical Path Software, a home-grown mobile developer. The Oregonian

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

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.

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

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.

Information session: Patent careers for engineering and science seniors and grad students
Wednesday, April 2, 4 pm, Batcheller 150
If you have (or will soon have) a degree in engineering, computer sciences, or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines), you can take the Patent Office’s Registration Exam to become a Patent Agent. Patent agents can make up to $20,000 a year more than similarly situated engineers and scientists. Becoming a patent agent can also be a step toward the even more lucrative career of becoming a Patent Attorney.  If this sounds intriguing, come join Practising Law Institute (PLI) for a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI's Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Bar Review Course. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, March 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Timothy Lewis. Major Advisor: Annette von Jouanne; Committee: Ted Brekken, Raviv Raich, Thinh Nguyen; GCR: Roberto Albertani. "Design and Control of an Autonomous Two-Body Wave Energy Converter for Maximum Power Absorption." Details

Thursday, March 20, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Janardhan Rao Doppa. Co-Major Advisors: Prasad Tadepalli, Alan Fern; Committee: Thomas Dietterich, Xiaoli Fern; GCR: Chris Bell. "Integrating Learning and Search for Structured Prediction." Details

Friday, March 21, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Kshitij Judah. Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Tom Dietterich, Xiaoli Fern; GCR: Harry Yeh. "New Learning Modes for Sequential Decision Making." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

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

Air Force Technical Degree Sponsorship Program
The Air Force needs people who are creative, innovative and have a desire to push the technology limits in defending America through air, space and cyberspace. You’ll have opportunities to develop and manage some of the most sophisticated equipment and systems in the world. In return, the Air Force will provide you with a career path that takes into consideration your goals, lifestyle, professional growth and benefits – amenities that are hard to beat in the civilian world. The Air Force Technical Degree Sponsorship Program (TDSP) provides an excellent way to earn a paycheck while earning your degree. Details

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

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

How to Ace a Job Interview on Skype
More and more companies are saving travel expenses by doing key job interviews via web cam. But there are pitfalls for the interviewee. TIME Magazine (video)

Stop using these words on your resume!
Job seekers are overusing buzzwords and tired descriptors in the hope that they will magically get the attention of their audience. I see them on résumés, hear them in networking meetings and interviews, and spot them in the all-important summary section on LinkedIn. Career clichés are boring, uninspiring, and a turn-off. 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

OSL Student Developer, OSU Open Source Lab. The OSU Open Source Lab is looking for two student software developers. This position is part time during the academic year, and full time during the summer. Applicants must have at least four (4) terms remaining in their program and be able to work during summer 2014. uties and responsibilities: Designing, developing and maintaining several open source projects in Python, PHP, Ruby, Java and other languages. Writing and documenting open source code that supports the OSL's infrastructure and the open source community. Collaborating on development, troubleshooting and education with developers, users and the wider open source community via email, IRC and others as needed. Details

COSINE Helpdesk Worker, OSU College of Science. Members of the COSINE help desk are the first line of technical assistance for the Division of Arts and Sciences and a few departments in the College of Agriculture. Job Duties: Research, troubleshoot, and answer computing questions. Platforms: Current versions of Windows, OSX, and Unix/Linux. Software: MS Office & Office Suites; Web Browsers; E-Mail clients; SSH & FTP; Anti-Virus; Math, Science, and Statistical academic software. Networking: TCP/IP, File Storage & Sharing, User account maintenance. Hardware: Test & Replace PC components. Details

Software Developer/QA Internship, HealthSparq. Provide support to the Application Development/QA Team in the following role: participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems; will be responsible for programming, debugging and testing of applications in a development environment; this experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of enterprise software development practices, source control management as well a good understanding of application deployment architecture. Details

Electrical Engineering Internships, CH2M HILL. Our Electrical Engineering interns will be exposed to a variety of technical and business water functions with ever-increasing levels of complexity. You will receive a well-rounded, “real-world” experience while participating in diverse and interesting projects to develop your skills and broaden your experience. You should be a self-motivated, responsible individual who is earning a degree in Electrical Engineering and has experience in CAD operations. Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office is required. Ability to perform CAD operations using CH2M HILL's standard CAD software desired. You should also have a desire to grow personally as well as professionally with this internship opportunity. Details

Digital Content Creation (DCC) Intern, Intel. Undergraduate degree candidate with coursework or experience in computer graphics and animation, game art, and industrial design. Candidate must have 3+ months of work or educational experience with the following: Maya Generalist; Organic Modeling; ZBrush/Mudbox Specialty; Photoshop Texturing; Design Fundamentals; Ability to work in proprietary (text based and dynamic) content pipeline. Details

Information Designer/Analyst Internship, Cambia. As an Information Designer/Analyst Intern, you will have the opportunity to apply your analytical skills to the quantitative and qualitative customer feedback we receive in digital solutions regarding our websites. The internship includes the opportunity to create a reliable and repeatable way to gather, analyze and output this feedback to inform stakeholders and improve the website experience. The Information Designer/Analyst Intern will focus on several areas of interest including: website design and interaction; big data; information design. 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

Computer science internships or entry level positions, Traffic Technology Solutions. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a background in computer science for internships or entry level positions who want to join our team in developing and deploying cutting edge traffic technologies. Applicants should have experience in mobile app development, preferably Android, and should be familiar with .NET, as well. Database and testing experience may also be helpful. Applicants should be able to demonstrate creativity, and have the ability to work individually as well as with a team. Details

Graphics Software Intern, Intel. Come work in Intel's Visual Computing Enabling group where we develop samples that showcase the latest Intel technologies. The position entails working with artists and engineers to enhance and test the art pipeline for cross-platform samples development. This will include: develop content pipeline tools to increase the efficiency of the artists; create integration and stress tests to verify content pipeline and rendering infrastructure; develop additional features in support of artists and engineers. Details

Postdoctoral Researcher (4 openings), Monaco/ITER. Carries out original research under an agreed programme in support of the development of fusion energy; research possibilities exist in many areas of fusion science and technology, including: burning plasma physics (confinement, stability, plasma-wall interactions, plasma control, energetic particle physics); heating and current drive physics and technology; fusion plasma diagnostics; control systems and methodology; superconducting magnet technology; electrical engineering; mechanical engineering / structural analysis; remote handling technology; vacuum technology and plasma fuelling technology; cryogenics; thermohydraulics. Details

IT Associate, HealthSparq. The IT Associate will participate in a team environment for the development, delivery, testing and/or maintenance of application systems and may include supporting quality assurance efforts. Provide support to the Application Development/QA Team in the following role: develops efficient and maintainable program code; develops efficient and effective program and system solutions in solving simple business problems; provides consulting support for IT and business partners by researching, identifying and resolving technical programming problems; design and write formal test plans and test specifications to address unit, system and integration testing. Details

Informatica developer, Intone Networks. Required skills: basic Exp on Informatica Power Center experience; basic on SQL skills (mandatory); basic Datawarehouse concepts Unit testing, Unix. Details

Research Software Engineer I/II  (Web-scale Analytics), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this position you practice all aspects of the software development lifecycle from requirements analysis, system design, software development and testing, and deployment support. You proactively apply and extend state-of-the-art technologies in computing systems as part of research teams developing new software solutions. You contribute to the development of new ideas to address client needs and the proposal to clients to fund the necessary research. Depending on level of experience you will develop and provide solutions to problems of varying complexity. Depending on experience you may lead specific tasks and mentor junior staff in their technical growth. You exercise strong verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively with other research staff and to interact directly with clients. Depending on experience you may lead or contribute to the publication of research results. 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

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

Embedded Firmware Engineer, UTC. Design and develop embedded systems firmware. This includes but is not limited to: requirements analysis, decomposing requirements to functional blocks, implementing code, peer review of code, testing/debugging code, documenting design and code release. Work within cross functional New Product Development teams (electrical, firmware, and software). Lead other firmware engineers in small projects. Communicate to non-engineering functions firmware architecture and functionality. Support electrical engineer to ensure electrical design meets specification. Support production tester development to ensure product tested meets specification before leaving manufacturing. Details

Business Intelligence Analyst, OSU Foundation. The Oregon State University Foundation is searching for an experienced Business Intelligence Analyst. As a member of the Information Technology Services team, the Business Intelligence Analyst will engage with internal customers to develop high-quality, robust reporting solutions. Details

Technical Support Representative, Trimble Navigation. Technical Support Representative I provides prompt assistance to business partners, resellers, end-users, and internal Spectra Precision teams relating to product information and technical support. This position also resolves some sales issues. Success in this position involves the timely maintenance of technical support and sales support related issues to reduce company costs and customer and dealer dissatisfaction. Details

Software Engineer, CyberCoders. 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

Software Tester, CyberCoders. We are looking for a software tester to work with the software development team to ensure high-quality software products. You will be testing and documenting issues and giving feedback on usability and new features. You will also be doing system integration testing between motion capture camera hardware and software applications. Details

Backend Developer, CyberCoders. 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

CampusPoint jobs:

2 Application Developers Needed. This position will work within the development lifecycle to design and develop both new and enhancements to software applications that meet business specification.  Primary responsibilities include requirements analysis to gain an understanding of business needs to develop level of effort estimates, software design and development, unit testing, performing  design and code reviews, and development of technical documentation. Additional responsibilities include performing system analysis, code modifications, and functional testing to troubleshoot application production issues. Key attributes of the application developer include technical proficiency in specific areas along with the ability to quickly master new technologies as needed, strong written and verbal communication skills, and a focus on delivering a high level of customer service. 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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