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EECS Weekly News: April 14, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Register for EECS Graduation
Every year, EECS student clubs organize a School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduation. This event is shorter and more personal than the university-wide graduation, and is tailored to the faculty and students of our school. This year’s event is June 14 @ 7:30 in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. REGISTRATION: To march in EECS Graduation, you must pre-register. For details, see: http://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/acm/eecs-grad/. Cap and gown are required. Graduate students are required to buy a hood.

IN THE NEWS

Thin film, fat potential
Professor John Conley has no problem finding materials science research projects to keep him excited and engaged in his work. His challenge is to choose among the numerous, diverse projects that call for attention. Momentum!

A new spin on magnetic materials
Pallavi Dhagat and Albrecht Jander, associate professors of electrical and computer engineering, are exploiting the unique properties of magnetism in numerous ways, ushering in new applications for information storage, energy-harvesting devices, and other technologies. Momentum!

Oregon State invention sparks a new industry
It is not often that a recent graduate publishes a master’s thesis and lights the match on a new industry, but in 2003 Randy Hoffman (’02 Electrical Engineering) did just that. In Applied Physics Letters, Hoffman announced the creation of transparent thin-film transistors. Momentum!

2014 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence: Innovation in Online Credit-based Teaching
Terri Fiez, Justin Wolford, Justin Goins, Joseph Jess, Samina Ehsan, Karti Mayaram, Padma Akkaraju - College of Engineering
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science uses an intensely collaborative and interactive instructional approach to make sure that faculty are aware of what’s going on in all the other courses in the department. This “big picture” approach allows the faculty to teach as a program rather than as a series of individual classes. When an issue is identified in one class, all faculty work together to address it with online videos and other techniques that can be used in other classes. LIFE@OSU

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Boeing moving 1,000 Washington engineering jobs to California
Boeing is moving jobs that support planes already in service to its Boeing Commercial Airplanes Engineering Design Center in Southern California. The company said the move will allow it "to tap into existing engineering talent in California." Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Ambassadors of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research at OSU seeks applications from OSU undergraduates in all majors who are engaged in research, engagement, or creative endeavors outside of the classroom to serve as Ambassadors of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA) for the 2014-15 school year. Ambassadors of URSA will represent OSU research and creativity at campus and community events to help promote and expand undergraduate research and creativity efforts across the campus. Details

Student Volunteer Opportunity
The Student Alumni Association is looking for volunteers for their largest production event, Senior Sendoff. Senior Sendoff is an end of the year celebration designed to honor our graduating seniors and to connect with them with fellow classmates and faculty one last time. This year's theme is "A Night with Gatsby". The event will feature hors d'oeuvre and drinks, casino games, adult beverage bar, a DJ, dance floor and sweet prizes. We are expecting 400-500 people, so we will need a lot of hands. Details

OSU IEEE Store Seeking Volunteers
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. 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

Pitchlandia: A pitch competition designed for Portland
If you’ve been sitting on a great startup idea, or quietly working on a side project, the folks at Pitchlandia want to talk to you. Or, more accurately, they want you to apply for their event. Applications to pitch at the event are open until April 30. Portland Business Journal

EVENTS

American Promise Movie Premier in Corvallis
Monday, April 14th at Corvallis High School at 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15th at Milam Auditorium on OSU campus at 7:00 p.m.
The documentary, American Promise, a 2013 Sundance Film Festival award winner, documents 14 years in the lives of two middle-class African-American boys and their families as they attend the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan. This rare and provocative look into the dynamics of the black male experience in a predominantly white school in America is an opportunity for us to expand the current dialogue that exists surrounding the black male “achievement gap.” Details

Bend Research Information Session
Wednesday, April 16, 7pm, Weniger 151
Join the CBEE Club along with IEEE and ASME in welcoming Bend Research to OSU!! Representatives from Bend Research will be sharing about their company, and pizza will be provided. Planning on attending? Please RSVP here so we have enough pizza and beverages for everyone. Questions: cbee.club@engr.oregonstate.edu.

COE Club Carnival Meeting
Wednesday, April 16, 5-6pm, KEC 1007
COE Clubs! Don’t miss the opportunity to represent your club at the COE Club Carnival! This meeting will cover what your club needs to do to be ready for the May 29th Carnival. Send a club representative with questions, booth ideas and we’ll bring pizza. There is another meeting Thursday April 17th for those who can’t make it to the April 16th.

COE Club Carnival Meeting
Thursday, April 17, 5-6pm, KEC 1007
COE Clubs! Don’t miss the opportunity to represent your club at the COE Club Carnival! This meeting will cover what your club needs to do to be ready for the May 29th Carnival. Send a club representative with questions, booth ideas and we’ll bring pizza.

Corvallis Bus Hackathon
Friday & Saturday April 18/19, KEC 1005
The App Club is hosting a hackathon to make iOS, Android, and mobile web apps for the Corvallis Transit System. Friday night will be a brainstorming session and Saturday will be an all-day event. All skill levels are encouraged. Food, drinks, and prizes throughout the day. Please RSVP here: Information: vandersc@onid.oregonstate.edu.

Health Professions Fair
Tuesday, April 22, 10:00am - 2:00pm, MU Ballroom
College of Science is hosting our annual Health Professions Fair where OSU students can meet admissions representatives from over 60 graduate and professional schools across the country. This year we have the following three biomedical or health care informatics programs coming the the Fair this year: Eastern Washington University (Health Informatics), OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, Regis University (Health Care Informatics). Details

Spring Career Fair Seminars & Events
Tuesday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 23
Learn how to be successful at the Career Fair, how to strengthen your professional portfolio, and network with employers even before you are ready to find an internship or job. Join us for one of our favorite events: Speed Mock Interviews, which will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2:00–4:00 pm at the Memorial Union Room 206. This event allows students to practice and get immediate feedback from national recruiters to be fully prepared for interviews. Details

Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center
This event offers you the chance to network with employers and explore a position or organization that you had not previously considered. These employers travel to Oregon State University just to see you. Take advantage of this opportunity to get started on your career! Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Friday, April 18, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Jiajia Song. Co-Major Advisors: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Ted Brekken; Committee: Annette von Jouanne, Julia Zhang; GCR: Mike Pavol. "Investigating Cascading Outages via Dynamic Power System Simulation." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, April 21, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1001. "An Innovative Approach to Fast, Affordable, Custom Silicon" presented by Jim Kemerling, Triad Semiconductor, Founder, CTO, Executive VP and Darrell Teegarden, Mentor Graphics, Business Unit Director, System Modeling & Analysis. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

U.S. Air Force Technical Degree Sponsorship Program
TDSP is an opportunity for electrical and computer engineering students, who are within 24 months of completing their bachelor's degree, to earn a salary while attending school. TDSP participants receive approximately $35,000 a year in salary and allowances. Those selected into the TDSP will enlist in the U.S. Air Force as an officer trainee. Their duty will be to complete their education and then serve four years as an engineer in the Air Force. The four-year commitment after graduation is guaranteed employment in the engineering career field. After completing their degree, they will attend officer training school and be commissioned as a second lieutenant. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

How To Ace That Job Interview
The secret of successful interviewing is to focus on accomplishing two tasks: conveying something relevant to the interviewer about yourself; and, creating a bond—the beginning of trust—between you and the interviewer. Forbes

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.

Peer Mentors, School of EECS. The office of EECS is looking for CS and ECE students interested in becoming Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors are EECS students who assist other students with registration, planning their schedule, or answering any questions they may have. They hold walk-in hours in the KEC office where students can come get help with whatever they may need. This is a paid position receiving $10 an hour and is very flexible with your schedule. Details

Supplemental Instruction Leaders, Academic Success Center. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a highly successful program offering peer-facilitated study groups for students in historically-challenging classes, including the Anatomy and Physiology series, the Biology 21X series (Biology 211, 212, and 213), and the Physics 20X series (PH201, 202, and 203). SI Leaders attend all lectures for the supported course and are responsible for leading 5-6 small group study tables per week. Each study table is scheduled for 50 minutes, and tables are held weeks 2-10 of the term. SI Leaders also participate in required weekly professional development meetings. Details

Programmer, Applied Economics Department, OSU. We are looking for an OSU CS graduate student with C++ experience to work with faculty in the Applied Economics Department on a large 5-year multidisciplinary NSF Research Project. The work will involve programming related to economic components of the Willamette Water 2100 Envision model (http://water.oregonstate.edu/ww2100/), making modifications and additions to the existing C++ plug-in components. Experience with Microsoft Visual Studio is also desirable, as is familiarity with XML. The amount of work will vary; the timing is to begin in May and with some continued responsibilities in the summer and also into the next academic year. The work would not average more than 10 hours per week during the academic year, but possibly more in the summer. Details

Software Engineer (Programming) Interns, Open Dental Software. We are looking for: Computer Science/Computer Engineering majors: Junior standing or greater; Java and/or C++ knowledge or experience; SQL knowledge a plus. Work hours: 20 hours minimum during the school year and 40 hours per week during the summer. Multiple positions, flexible schedule, can start immediately or in June. Details

McKinstry Internships. We are currently looking for students pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Some of the internship responsibilities are: Project Support: document project correspondence, issues, decisions and direction; researches codes for inspection requirements; assist in take-off and input for electrical load calculations; perform construction administration activities. Design: assist in generating accurate load calculations; utilize both manual and packaged calculations software; assist in developing detailed lighting audits that maintain high accuracy in terms of scope, costing and associated energy cost savings; document room by room light layout including lighting controls. Details

IC Design Engineer, American Semiconductor. American Semiconductor is looking for highly motivated engineers who want to be on the leading edge of design for physically flexible and conformal CMOS integrated circuits and systems for a wide variety of applications and markets. Experience designing digital, analog and/or RF CMOS integrated circuits is desirable, but we will consider applicants at all levels of education and experience. If you want to make a difference in the direction of advanced flexible CMOS circuit design and Flexible Hybrid Systems, this is your opportunity. Details

Systems Development Engineer, Business Solutions Group. This position designs, organizes, and manages software development and student instruction efforts in providing services for large public sector client projects. Experience with the .Net framework of application development and an interest in student learning is important. Experience may include design and development, requirements management, and instruction. 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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