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EECS Weekly News: May 12, 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.

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

Tiny Amorphyx seeks to reshape the huge, mature business of manufacturing displays
Lots of startup companies have big ambitions, but Amorphyx's are bigger than most. The four-employee company wants to change the economics of manufacturing liquid-crystal displays. Amorphyx team members hope the process they are developing in an Oregon State University lab will be adopted by the world's largest display manufacturers, who are eager to cut production costs for the screens used in televisions, signage and mobile devices. The Oregonian

Wave and tidal power industry buffeted by rough U.S. regulatory process
The American wave and tidal industry, which has the potential to meet roughly one-third of all U.S. electricity needs, has a treacherous route to navigate in order to live up to its potential. The United States is well-positioned to be the global leader in this nascent marketplace, according to industry experts. But onerous regulations and a lack of federal funding stand to quash the domestic industry before it really gets started. Environment & Energy Publishing

Alumnus Brandon Greenley: Keeping Connected to Oregon State
As a first-generation college student, Brandon Greenley didn’t have footsteps to follow, so choosing Oregon State University was based on the quality of its engineering school. Still a Beaver fan, he also has a deeper connection to his alma mater in his role as Tektronix liaison to Oregon State. EECS

Dr. Wattson: Power Inspector
Educating consumers about their power consumption is the primary goal of “Dr. Wattson: Power Inspector,” a capstone senior project that brought together three electrical and computer engineering students and one computer science student. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Oregon cyber-security champions seek millions for industry jobs plan
The Technology Association of Oregon’s Cyber-Excellence in Oregon Report outlines a request for the state of Oregon to invest $5.3M through the Engineering and Technology Industry Council to establish a group called the Oregon Center for Cyber Excellence. The new group would connect Oregon industry with the Oregon University System on cyber-security issues. Portland Business Journal

Is your bachelor's degree getting you nowhere? PSU has a computer science program for you
Portland State University is starting a program this summer that aims to give non-computer science majors a way to enter the school’s computer science master’s program. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

OSU Student Ambassador Nominations
Do you know a student who embodies Oregon State University? Are you that student? The Student Alumni Association is looking for campus leaders who exude Beaver pride and spirit to be recognized as 2014 Homecoming Royalty! Selected students will be formally recognized at our 2014 Homecoming events, serve as representatives for OSU during the 2014-15 school year, and become a part of Beaver history. Application deadline: Monday, May 23rd at 5:00pm. Details

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Tech Trek camp
Calling all faculty and students in the STEM fields, beef up your resume by helping at a Tech Trek camp for 8th grade girls the week of June 22, for some or all the week, at Tillamook Bay Community College on the Oregon Coast. Give a presentation one or multiple days, or be a "dorm monitor" (might include room and board). For more information visit techtrek-or.aauw.net.

Apply Now for Broader Engagement, HPC for Undergrads, Student Volunteers
Applications are now being accepted for three initiatives comprising SC14 HPC Interconnections program, which provides a welcoming entry for attendees who may be new to the community or the conference. Application Deadline: June 15, 2014. Details

  • Broader Engagement seeks to increase the participation of individuals who have been traditionally under-represented in HPC. The Broader Engagement Program offers special activities to introduce, engage and support a diverse community in the conference and in HPC.
  • Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates introduces undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above to HPC research topics and techniques. The program introduces various aspects of HPC research at the SC14 Conference to increase awareness of research and career opportunities.
  • Student Volunteers help with the administration of the conference and have the opportunity to participate in student-oriented activities. In exchange for volunteering, students receive complimentary conference registration and meals.

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

EVENTS

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

JE Dunn Tech Expo
Wednesday, May 14, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (drop in at your convenience), Kearney Hall Atrium
JE Dunn Construction leads the building industry in applied technology. Join them as they demonstrate new technology tools to build better in the field, new BIM capabilities, scheduling and estimating tools, safety and more. 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

Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: Using Metadata to Compromise Privacy: An Interactive Presentation
Monday, May 19, 6pm, Flux Feminist Hackerspace, 412 Northwest Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
You've probably heard that buzz about the fact that "metadata" holds a bunch of information and how a lot can be learned from your "metadata". Learn what metadata is, and get your hands on some metadata to learn first-hand how it could be used to learn more about people than you thought possible! Details and register

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/

GRADUATE EXAMS

Wednesday, May 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Rogers 226. PhD Dual Major (Computer Science & Mechanical Engineering) Final Oral Examination – Atil Iscen. Co-Major Advisors: Kagan Tumer, Geoff Hollinger; Committee: Alan Fern, Prasad Tadepalli, Bill Smart, J. David Porter; GCR: Eric Skyllingstad. "Multiagent Learning for Locomotion and Coordination in Tensegrity Robotics." Details

Wednesday, May 14, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 3114. PhD Final Oral Examination – Thuan Duong-Ba. Co-Major Advisors: Thinh Nguyen, Bella Bose; Committee: Bechir Hamdaoui, Patrick Chiang; GCR: Yevgeniy Kovchegov. "Resource Allocation Optimization in Large Scale Distributed Systems." Details

Thursday, May 15, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1114. MS Final Examination – Michael Lam. Co-Major Advisors: Sinisa Todorovic, Tom Dietterich; Committee: Alan Fern; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Object Detection in Biological Images Using a Search-Based Framework." Details

Friday, May 16, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 3057. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Jervis Pinto. Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Martin Erwig, Alex Groce; GCR: Belinda Batten. "Learning and Planning Algorithms for Self-Optimizing Adaptive Programs." Details

Monday, May 19, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Mohamed Amer. Major Advisor: Sinisa Todorovic; Committee: Alan Fern, Eugene Zhang, Bechir Hamdaoui; GCR: Alex Greaney. "Hierarchical Graphical Models for Activity Recognition in Videos." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, May 19, 4:00pm - 4:50pm, KEC 1001. "Toward Whole-Session Relevance: Exploring Intrinsic Diversity in Web Search" presented by Paul Bennett, Senior Researcher, Context, Learning & User Experience for Search (CLUES) group, Microsoft Research. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship
Power and energy engineers work with some of today's most exciting technologies, developing solutions to problems that affect our lives and lifestyles. The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ provides scholarships and real world experience to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers. Application deadline: June 30. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

6 Things That Drive Hiring Managers Crazy
The simplest mistakes can torpedo your chances for a job. Avoid these six common missteps that drive recruiters and hiring managers crazy. monster.com

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.

BSG Student Developer-Analyst. Working at the Business Solutions Group means that you're an integral part of every process. Our student developer analysts work with a team on a wide variety of tasks, involving both technical skills and working directly with clients. A typical project might include meetings with clients to document existing workflows, uncover problems and identify areas for improvement; writing and interpreting detailed software requirements; documenting test cases; and writing and testing code. Details

Paid Summer Internship, Tektronix. This summer internship at Tektronix will give you students, our customers and users, a chance to get exposed to the business side of engineering. We have a marketing group internship focused on launching some exciting new products worldwide that we have in the pipeline. New ideas, innovative ways of doing things, and freshness are what we are looking for. The internship will be a GROUP project (with a friendly competition to win some cool prizes), so we are looking for both marketing and electrical engineering students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, MS and MBAs). Details

2014 Summer Internships, IBM. There are several upcoming paid summer internships at a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBM in Beaverton. Some of these positions have Electrical & Computer Science as a desired field of study. Application deadline: May 26. Details

Engineering role, GOTRIbal. The engineering role is for someone who: is excited about building new ways to use machine learning and algorithms to serve up powerful ways of connecting people around shared interests and activities; gets excited about contributing to the very beginning of a product's development and road map; can quickly deploy technology in an elegant & scalable way, so that the product is intuitive and easy, not more feature-rich and confusing. Details

Technical Services Engineer, Obvius. The Technical Services Engineer will be responsible for providing customer service and technical support for customers in the field, the TSE is the first point of contact for owners and integrators with installation and trouble-shooting questions. The TSE is expected to have a high level of understanding of Obvius products as well as supported third party products such as meters and sensors that customers are installing. In addition, the TSE needs to be familiar with standard network and PC functionality, including TCP/IP, Modbus TCP and serial communications. This position at Obvius can be a 'gateway' for other specific engineering positions within the company, this is available for persons that have been with the company for at least 1-2 years and have a proven track record of providing the kind of engineering prowess we need to be a world class company. Details

Entry Level - Inside Account Professional (Power Analyzers), Tektronix. This position will report to the Beaverton Inside Sales Team for initial training (8+ months) in an active sales role. After successful completion of the Inside Sales Professional training, a reassignment will be made to an Outside Sales Account Manager position relocating within the US or Canada. You will cultivate customer relationships and drive sales for Tektronix Power Analyzer products in the US and Canada. You will be required to find and interact with multiple customers daily. Being successful requires a full understanding of customers' power applications, the ability to describe the key benefits of these test and measurement products, and the ability to assist a customer in selecting the appropriate solution for their application, all over the phone. You will use your technical degree/knowledge to drive the customer conversation to understand and develop the right technology solution. You will also be required to know, understand, and follow the company values and processes. Details

NSA tweets challenge your codebreaking skills. As part of a program called Mission Mondays, the National Security Agency is posting career-related messages to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google every Monday. The only problem is, they look like this: ybr ytjcpoumm ujioj ikqlmqpi mq. Can you crack the code before thousands of others who follow NSA? Search #MissionMonday on your social network and see if you stack up to the competition. NSA is currently hiring computer scientists, computer engineers, mathematicians and related experts. Check out NSA career fields and the impressive benefits package today. www.NSA.gov/Careers

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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