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EECS Weekly News: July 21, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Kelcey Lajoie: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation
Kelcey Lajoie will graduate next month from Oregon State University, earning her MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus on Energy Systems. Kelcey graduated magna cum laude from the University of Portland in 2012 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. She has worked for Bonneville Power Administration since 2010 as a student intern and through this experience has learned about the complex nature of the power system in the Northwest. Her passion to understand this intricate system fueled her decision to pursue a Master’s Degree. Upon graduation Kelcey will take a full time position with Bonneville Power Administration. HydroWorld.com

Oregon State’s Solar Vehicle Team Aims for a Repeat Win
Sweating it out in Austin, Texas this week, Oregon State University’s solar vehicle team was the first team to finish the “scrutineering” portion of the American Solar Challenge. This qualifies them to compete in the Formula Grand Sun Prix, which they won last year. The track race is a qualifier for the main event — an eight day road race through seven states from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, Minn. EECS News

Let’s the race begin
This summer the Oregon State’s Solar Vehicle Team will once again be competing in the American Solar Challenge (ASC) and Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP). The FSGP (July 17 – 19) is a three-day track race against universities from around the country and serves as the qualifier for the biannual ASC (July 21 – 28), an eight-day road race from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota purely on solar power! College of Engineering

New assay to spot fake malaria drugs could save thousands of lives
Chemists and students in science and engineering at Oregon State University have created a new type of chemical test, or assay, that’s inexpensive, simple, and can tell whether or not one of the primary drugs being used to treat malaria is genuine – an enormous and deadly problem in the developing world. OSU undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry and computer science working on this project in the Remcho lab took the system a step further, and created an app for an iPhone that could be used to measure the color, and tell with an even higher degree of accuracy both the presence and level of the drug. OSU news release, Expo video of the senior project

etcd: the Not-so-Secret Sauce in Google’s Kubernetes and Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry
What do Google’s open source cluster container management software Kubernetes and Pivotal’s open source Platform-as-a-Service software Cloud Foundry have in common? The answer is etcd, the open source distributed key-value store started and maintained by CoreOS, a San Francisco startup that earlier this month announced an $8 million Series A funding round by a group of Silicon Valley venture capital heavyweights. In an interview, CoreOS CEO [and OSU CS alum] Alex Polvi said etcd was an implementation of Chubby, a software tool Google designed to manage a key component in every distributed system: consistency. Data Center Knowledge

Ultimate Computer Science Degree Shootout: Top 15 Affordable vs. Top 15 Cost-no-object Programs
This resource is intended to serve as a comparison of schools in the computer science field and consists of two fifteen-school lists. One list is comprised of high-quality, affordable (under $25k net price per year) computer science degree programs. The other list is comprised of the absolute top ranked computer science programs in the United States, regardless of price. Oregon State is ranked 12th among affordable programs. Best Computer Science Degrees

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Microsoft layoffs will total 18,000, including 1,351 in Seattle area
Microsoft Corp will eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs, the largest round of cuts in its history, as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella integrates Nokia Oyj's handset unit and slims down the software maker. The restructuring, amounting to about 14 percent of its workforce, includes 12,500 Nokia factory and professional positions -- half the number of employees added in the acquisition. At Microsoft, cuts will be in sales, marketing and engineering. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

TechFestNW Talent Fair
Friday-Saturday, August 15-16, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR
Looking for a great job with a great Portland company? Take advantage of the opportunity to meet and network with 20 of Rose City’s finest tech companies. Tickets are just $10, but the possibilities are priceless. For more information, visit http://techfestnw.com/talent-fair/

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

USRA Education Scholarship Fund
The Universities Space Research Association offers the award to full- time junior and senior students who have a career interest in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research and/ or space science education. You must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this $1,500 award. Applications for the fall 2014 USRA Scholarship Awards will be accepted until August 1, 2014. Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

MBI Seminar: Reducing Levelized Cost of Electricity from Concentrating Solar Power
Thursday, July 24, 1pm, Metolius Room, Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, 1110 NE Circle Blvd. (HP Corvallis Campus)
Mark W Lausten, Technology Development Manager, CSP, SunShot Initiative
The Department of Energy (DOE) supports research and development of concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies as a unique path to achieve SunShot Initiative cost targets. The SunShot Initiative goal is to reduce the levelized cost of electricity generated from concentrating solar power (CSP) to $0.06 per kilowatt hour (kWh) or less, without any subsidy, by the year 2020. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Friday, July 25, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1005. PhD Final Oral Examination – Yue Hu. Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Arun Natarajan, Gabor Temes, Karti Mayaram; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Efficient Use of Time Information in Analog-to-Digital Converters." Details

JOBS

OSU Career Services
The new Beaver Careers is live and you can login, update your profile, and begin setting appointments, searching jobs and connecting with off-campus employers! Details

Internship, Intel Labs. Responsible for the development of antenna/ transceiver system for next generation short range wireless. Design antennas, model it in 3D simulation tools (example HFSS), fabricate antenna boards and measure antenna performance. Contribute towards transceiver system and circuit design. Details

Software Engineer (Programming) Intern, Open Dental Software. The ideal candidate for the Software Engineer (Programming) intern position will meet the following requirements: Computer Science/Computer Engineering major, Junior standing or greater. Not required but helpful: Java and or C# knowledge or experience; SQL/MySQL knowledge or experience; Willing to work part time during the school year. Details

Software Engineer (Programmer), Open Dental Software. Job Responsibilities: Collaborate with other developers and support technicians. Design, code, test, debug, and implement solutions using software design patterns, style guides, and best practices. Research and resolve customer reported issues. Participate in customer support and high level troubleshooting. Document programming problems and resolutions for future reference. Maintain historical records by documenting program development and revisions. Details

Quality Assurance Engineer, Rockwell Collins Government Systems Division. Passionate, driven to succeed, and self-motivated work style and personality who can lead teams and projects and individually held accountable for achieving goals and objectives. Must have strong presentation skills and effectively communicate relevant information in writing, conversationally, and in public speaking to internal and external employees, customers, vendors, etc. Ability to function as project team leader for assigned projects and the ability to work independently and be self-motivating. Experience with leading continuous improvement projects with demonstrated results. Proficient in using quality science tools including but not limited to variation analysis, Cp/Cpk, SPC, PFMEA, 8D or other RCCA methodology. Details

Elemental Technologies has a number of open positions. Check out their openings at http://www.elementaltechnologies.com/company/careers/open-positions

Computer Science Instructor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University. The School of EECS invites applications for Computer Science instructors beginning 09-16-14.  Applicants must have a M.S. degree in Computer Science or related areas & should be able to teach most undergraduate computer science courses, especially operating systems, compiler design, databases, data structures and introductory programming. Teaching experience required. Experience in student advising, curriculum development, and electronic course development and delivery. The instructor may teach campus based or electronically delivered courses. See posting for more details. https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=64255

Analyst Programmer, Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), Oregon State University. This position provides support for the development and maintenance of web applications using the Drupal and Moodle content management systems. This position works with members of the PACE team to design and develop instructional technology and other web-based educational resources. This position assists in the design and development of support and production infrastructure for course development and delivery. The holder of this position will function as part of a team developing e-learning and web-related projects using the agile software development framework. Details

Analyst Programmer, Enrollment Management, Oregon State University. This position provides leadership in the selection, deployment, validation, testing, usage, and optimization of business-critical technical systems and processes in the Enrollment Management unit; works with Enterprise Computing and OSU stakeholders on large, multi-departmental and organizational IT projects. Plans, organizes, directs and is accountable for many/all aspects of SIS, CRM, and related systems, especially as pertaining to the office of Admissions. Works cross-functionally to lead initiatives that span multiple campuses to meet strategic institutional goals. Utilizes advanced degree in Business, informatics, or statistics(or equivalent professional experience) to inform strategic and policy decisions around system usage, access, and security. Uses data-driven decision making techniques to prioritize projects, balance workloads, and model workflows. Develops or has input into policies and procedures. 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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