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EECS Weekly News: March 24, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Winning OSU Solar Car Team Preps for New Challenges
At OSU, there is a team that is dedicated to helping engineering students with hands-on experience using mechanical design, composites and solar-energy: the OSU Solar Vehicle Team. Last year in the Formula Sun Grand Prix, our local solar vehicle team placed first out of 11 teams. The Corvallis Advocate

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

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

Wednesday, March 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Yue Hu. Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Arun Natarajan, Huaping Liu, Patrick Chiang; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Design Techniques for Analog-to-Digital Data Converters using Time Information." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Wednesday, April 2, 8:45am - 10:00am, KEC 1007. "Unleashing the Full Potential of Mobile Services" presented by Khalid Elgazzar, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Computing, Queen's University. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship
Critical Systems, Inc. provides products and services for organizations that are developing micro and nano technologies. We launched the Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship last year, and this will continue for years to come. We are offering two scholarships per year to 3rd and 4th year undergrad students in the engineering, math, and/or science that are showing an interest in these technologies. Note that the first scholarship’s open period continues through the end of April. The 2nd one in the fall. Details

Apply for Mathematics and Computer Science & Engineering student scholarships before the March 31st deadline.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

3 ways to stand out in job applications — without gimmicks
You do need to stand out, but trying too hard to be cute isn’t going to do it. Instead, follow these foundational recommendations. They are basic but often forgotten. Portland Business Journal

3 mistakes you’re making on LinkedIn (and how to fix them)
It seems too time-consuming to properly communicate your accomplishments, work experience and personality all on a single page. Is there something crucial your profile might be missing? Or are you just doing it all wrong? USA Today College

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.

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

Student Contractor Opportunity for Nutrient Criteria Web-based Tool Development, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is soliciting applications for a student contractor to provide services to assist in the enhancement of a web-based tool, which displays data relevant to nutrient criteria for coastal watersheds and estuaries. Data visualized in this tool includes watershed characteristics, stream nutrient levels, point source inputs, and estuarine information on causal and response variables (including chlorophyll a levels, macroalgal biomass, sediment organic content, and seagrass). The student contract shall provide the following services: Assistance in software development and programming for geospatial data display and visualization on the web; assistance with developing reports and presentations to demonstrate project progress; assistance with testing and validation of software under development; and assistance with documenting program code, writing associated documentation to support the code developed, developing user guides to utilize the tools developed, and assistance with the development of web-based tools for the display of information. Details

Digital Content Creation (DCC) Intern, Intel. Maya/Photoshop Generalist with exceptional specialized skills in Organic and High Detail Sculpting. You will support and collaborate with graphics engineers requiring 3D/2D content assets for use within their research, whitepapers, and interactive demos (called samples). This involves designing, creating, and wrangling new/existing digital assets to engineering specifications (i.e. 3D object/scene design, modeling, shaders, textures, and animation). You will be required to provide a balance between engineering requirements, high aesthetic production value, and schedule. 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: 1. Develop content pipeline tools to increase the efficiency of the artists; 2. Create integration and stress tests to verify content pipeline and rendering infrastructure; 3. Develop additional features in support of artists and engineers. Details

Engineering Intern, Opal Kelly. We're looking for an exceptionally bright engineer capable of working with both software and hardware in a lab setting. Ideally, your experience, ability, and interests should cast a wide net -- we need someone who is comfortable working with a number of technologies and adaptable to acquire new experience. This includes hardware design, understanding schematics, familiarity with hardware description languages (Verilog, VHDL) as well as software, Linux and other UNIX operating systems, scripting, and languages such as C, C++, Java, Python, and Ruby. Details

Electrical Engineering Internship, 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

SQL DBA/SQL Admin, Intone Networks Inc. Basic knowledge of SQL database administration; Basic Knowledge of SQL Admin; Basic knowledge of Active Directory Accounts; Basic knowledge of .Net; General knowledge of Load Balancers; General knowledge of MS Clustering technologies and configurations; Experience supporting applications in shared or virtual environments; Experience with performance monitoring tools and analysis i.e. MS PerfMon. Details

Analog mixed-signal engineers and digital engineers, Cirrus Logic. Openings are both full-time entry level and also senior level along with internship openings. Details

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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