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EECS Weekly News: April 28, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COE Carnival Meeting for Student Club Officers
Thursday, May 1, 5 pm, KEC 1005
The COE Club Carnival is taking place May 29th this year and we hope to make it the best one yet! In case you’re not familiar with the Carnival, here is a link with more information. In brief, it is an end up the year celebration for students, recruitment opportunity for clubs, fundraiser for the Linn Benton food bank and all around fun time for everyone! Each club puts together a booth/activity/game and staffs there booth for the 4 hour event. For example, there has been, and will be, a dunk tank filled with engineering professors and instructors that students vote in! To get started, please compete the survey here: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a5Zwnd5S8edMAFD. We are hosting a meeting May 1st at 5pm in KEC 1005 for any club officers that haven’t attended the previous Carnival planning meetings. Bring your booth ideas and we’ll bring pizza! Additional information

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.

Contribute Photos for the EECS Graduation Slideshow
At the EECS graduation celebration, a slideshow of students and events plays while the audience gets seated and waits for the ceremony to start. You can contribute photos to this slideshow through Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2621338@N20/pool/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/761332810557253/. Remember, if you wouldn't want your grandma to see certain photos, you shouldn't submit them.

IN THE NEWS

Striking a Match
For UHC (and computer science) students Amy Wyman, Duy Nguyen, Cameron Bowie, and Jasper LaFortune, the summer of 2013 was just such an opportunity. Working with Dr. Bill Smart, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, the students began programming a PR2 (“personal robot”), nicknamed Harris, to function as a movable events photographer. The robot’s true purpose, however, is not the photography, says Smart; the actual goal is to use the photography project “as a vehicle to study the social psychology of human-robot interaction.” Honors Link (University Honors College)

The Money JAR #44: Why Are So Few Women in Tech?
The Money Jar interviews guests Janice Levenhagen-Seeley (CpE, '06) of ChickTech.org and Lydia Dishman- Contributing Journalist for Forbes.com, who share their unique perspectives on how parents can encourage their daughters to pursue STEM careers and what role companies can play in closing the gender gap. The Money Jar

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Survey: More employers plan to hire new college grads
Most employers say new college graduates are ready for the real world, but about a quarter (24%) don't believe colleges and universities have prepared students for positions in their companies. USA Today

OPPORTUNITIES

Microsoft Dreamspark
Did you know that you have access to all of the latest Microsoft developer tools, operating systems, servers, and utility programs? Per our End-User License Agreement, this software is available to students who are enrolled in STEM-D courses. You could likely lose the ability to download software for summer projects and self-learning once the semester ends. Microsoft suggests that you download any of the software titles you will want to use over the summer now, before your account gets suspended. The DreamSpark license is a perpetual, non-commercial use license so you are allowed to use the software legally after school ends and even after you graduate as long as it is not for commercial purposes. Details

IEEE Build Club open lab
Every Friday 5pm - 6pm, Dearborn 120
The IEEE Build Club will be providing open lab time for you work on your own projects or school labs. All majors and knowledge levels are welcome. This is a great chance to learn, share and create cool projects! Members are encouraged to form their own special topic groups like audio electronics or RF circuits. These groups will have support from the OSU IEEE Chapter. Details

Collegiate Inventors Competition
Join the nation’s most exciting competition that encourages invention, entrepreneurship and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities. Outstanding inventions in STEM and other creative fields are judged by a panel of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials – the most influential inventors and invention experts in the nation – for feedback, brainstorming and encouragement on taking inventions to the next level of innovation. In addition to networking with some of our nation’s foremost innovators, you’ll also compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes and represent your school in competition among the country’s most inventive universities. Application deadline: June 15. Details

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. Application deadline: May 1. 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

Science & Human Rights Coalition: 2014 Student Essay Competition
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Essay Competition. This essay competition was created to inspire students to explore connections between human rights and science, engineering and the health professions. Students may write on any topic at the intersection of science and/or technology with human rights. Deadline: May 30. Details

EVENTS

Intel Executive Speaking Series: Pat McDonald
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Technology is evolving at an unprecedented rate — and Intel is at the heart of it all. Intel Vice President Pat McDonald, Director of Talent, Transformation and Diversity (and Oregon State alumna) will provide an insider’s view into a career at Intel and what it takes to land a dynamic role.  If you want to change the world through computing, you belong at Intel. Come join us for a discussion on technology and your future. Details

MATLAB Seminar: Data Analytics and Machine Learning with MATLAB
Wednesday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Kearney 305
Please join MathWorks for a complimentary MATLAB & Simulink seminar for educators, academic researchers and students at Oregon State University. In this session, you will learn several machine learning techniques available in MATLAB and how to quickly explore your data, evaluate machine learning algorithms, compare the results, and apply the best solutions to your problem. Information and registration: https://www.mathworks.com/OSU/Apr2014

Healthy Masculinities Conference
May 1-2, Memorial Union
The two-day event includes panel discussion from university leaders, presentations by students, faculty and staff, and a free lunch on Friday for registered participants, where discussion will focus on how to translate conference findings into actionable items. This year’s keynote speaker is Gabe Wright, a male rape survivor and creator of “The Guys Project: Bonding as Survivors and Allies.” His focus is on breaking down the social stigma of victimization by creating spaces for male survivors and their allies by working together to overcome perceived threats to masculinity while at the same time, engaging men as allies to ending violence against women. Details

UPE Initiation Ceremony
Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, KEC 1005
Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Computer Science Honors Society, is proud to admit 9 students into the Alpha Chapter of Oregon this year. Details

Win PubTalk: 3D Printing - The change is coming
Tuesday, May 13, 6pm - 8pm, VUE -5th floor, 517 SW 2nd, Corvallis
3D printers can already make incredible things and will do even more in the future. There is a new world coming. This is a technology that will affect everyone as it becomes more common place. Come see and hear about what is possible today and what will be possible in the future. Samples will be available to touch and feel. Don't miss this PubTalk! Details

Hire and Be Hired: Finding and building that perfect company
Thursday, May 15, 5:30-8:30 PM, Urban Airship Atrium, 1417 NW Everett St #300, Portland
Cost:  $25 members | $45 nonmembers  |  $10 students
We all want to work in that perfect company where all our co-workers are talented, committed, excited, and all-around wonderful to work with. What can you do to find yourself in that perfect company? This special Technology Association of Oregon event will train you in two strategies that you can apply at an individual and corporate level. For individual software developers and QA engineers, this event will cover how to find and get hired at that perfect company. For managers at technology companies, this event will cover how to recruit and retain great workers. Details

Engineering Expo
Friday, May 16, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center
This year's Senior Design Showcase features nearly 200 student-built projects from across the disciplines: Biological & Ecological Engineering; Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Construction Engineering; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering; and Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics. For a special exhibit of clean technology and green energy solutions, be sure to check out the Expo’s Sustainability Showcase. Details

Engineering Carnival
Thursday, May 29, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Kelley Engineering Center
The third annual Engineering Club carnival. We will have food, and club run/sponsored booths to give back to the community and raise awareness for the Linn-Benton Food bank and engineering. More information found here: http://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/ieee/web/carnival/

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, May 12, 4:00pm - 4:50pm, KEC 1001. "Machine Teaching: Frenemy of Machine Learning" presented by Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Starfleet Academy Engineering Scholarships
Yes, it's true! Ever since 1990, our organization has presented monetary scholarships to special active STARFLEET members who are attending community colleges, four-year colleges, most technical schools, junior colleges and universities or graduate school, or any other accredited institution/organization that offers a certificate/certified program. Application deadline: June 15. Details

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 Web Application Developer, OSU Valley Library. he OSU Libraries & Press, Emerging Technologies & Services Department is hiring two student Web Application Programmers. 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

Technical Writer, FEI. Creates, develops and maintains operational, instructional, maintenance or test procedures for paper, multimedia or web-based publication use. Conducts interviews with various users, input providers and technical staff to gather data for documentation creation. Researches and translates technical information into manuals and/or web-based documents for non-technical and technical users. Understands the engineering processes and specifications. Recommends formats responsive to user requirements. Produces products conform to the company documentation and quality assurance standards. Details

Electrical Project Engineer, ATI Wah Chang. Employees in this position are responsible for the design and management of plant capital and maintenance projects within an industrial environment. Analyze and interpret requesting department’s needs for new or refurbished equipment, systems and facilities and propose viable alternatives and solutions. Prepare cost estimates, schedules and performance objectives for capital and expense projects. Design cost-effective new, modified or replacement power or control systems associated with processes, buildings, structures or systems per applicable codes to meet all production, environmental and safety requirements. Prepare specifications and obtain competitive bids and estimates for labor and material costs to acquire funding to complete assigned engineering projects. Analyze and recommend bids, estimate labor costs, downtime costs and material costs to develop a budget. Provide electrical engineering functions as needed to fellow engineers and personnel for projects in other disciplines. 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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