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EECS Weekly News: July 28, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Hillsboro technology camp Girls Get IT ends intro week with video game, website design
Valley Catholic School Freshman Olivia Terry-Gray spent last week programming robots, studying computer parts, soldering pieces on a circuit board and making a lie detector. And that's not even half of it. The 14-year-old took part in Girls Get IT, a summer camp that introduces middle and high school girls to everything science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a series of hands-on experiments. Savannah Loberger, a 2013 Hillsboro High School graduate, started the camp in 2011 as part of a Girl Scouts project with the goal of inspiring more girls to enter science-related careers. She currently studies computer science at Oregon State University. The Oregonian

Solar-powered cars roll into Wichita on leg of competition
Eight solar-powered vehicles traveled through Wichita on Wednesday in the American Solar Challenge, a 1,700-mile race involving colleges from the United States, Canada and Iran. “It’s counterintuitive,” said Sami Al-Abdrabbuh, a grad student at Oregon State University. “If there’s clouds, you speed up to the sun. If there’s sun, you slow down so you can get more sun. You want to increase your exposure.” The Wichita Eagle

Business to Watch: Inpria
Inpria is an electronic materials company that hopes to enable advances in the semiconductor industry using research and development originally developed at Oregon State University. Inpria hopes to extend semiconductor lithography with inorganic thin-films for nanoscale patterning. Inpria’s patented photo-condensed molecular oxides offer customers the unique ability to deposit – directly from solution – atomically smooth, intrinsically dense, and directly photo-patternable metal oxide films, enabling advanced performance with simplified processing. The next stage is to develop products that semiconductor firms could use to make integrated circuits. Corvallis Gazette-Times

New Student App Has Potential to Save Lives Worldwide
Three Oregon State University computer science students worked with the Remcho Research Group at Oregon State to develop an iPhone application to automate the testing of enzyme slides. The biomarker detection app was developed by Kyle Cesare, Kevin Hess and Joe Runde for their senior design project. The application speeds up the process of analysis, and will allow medical personnel and researchers to perform the tests without expensive equipment, such as remote locations in developing countries. EECS News

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Eric Searcy Lives By Regex
This profile is part of a series on Linux Foundation system administrators leading up to SysAdmin Day on Friday. Eric Searcy [CS '08] is the IT Infrastructure Manager at the Linux Foundation. Here he tells us how he got started as a sysadmin and at the Linux Foundation, describes his typical day at work, and shares his favorite sysadmin tools, among other things. Linux.com

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Number of the day: More than $6,000
That's how much Silicon Valley companies are prepared to pay summer engineering interns each month, and that's in addition to free housing and transportation. The salary compares with the average monthly income for American households of $4,280, according to the Census Bureau. Landing top talent is getting so tough that tech outfits are trying anything for an edge - including hiring interns straight out of high school. San Francisco Chronicle

OPPORTUNITIES

New in Fall 2014: Network Methods in Bioinformatics (CS 419/519)
This course will give you experience in: biological network inference; biological network analysis and modeling; applications of computer science in biology/biomedicine. Details

Volunteer opportunity to introduce girls to tech!
ChickTech (http://chicktech.org) is hosting a weekend-long event at Kelley Engineering Center on August 23rd and 24th to introduce high school girls to tech through hands-on workshops. We're looking for volunteers for the following workshops: Smartphone Apps, Website Design and Creation, Robotics, Computer Games, and Microcontrollers. If you're interested in helping out with one of those workshops, or with any part of the event, please email jennifer.davidson@chicktech.org. For more information about the event please see: http://chicktech.org/events/chicktech-high-school-2014-corvallis/. Thanks to our sponsors OSU EECS, OSU WME, Tektronix, Garmin, and HP! We're looking forward to the event, and we hope that you can help make the event the best it can be.

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/

Mark your calendars for ChickTech's Tech Show
Sunday, August 24, 4:30pm-5:45pm, Kelley Engineering Center, OSU
ChickTech High School 2014 - Corvallis is happening August 23rd and 24th. Help show your support for women in tech by joining us at the exciting tech show! ChickTech High School participants will show off what they created over the weekend. Free, but please RSVP: http://chicktech-corvallis-techshow-2014.eventbrite.com. This event is open to the public, so please help us spread the word!

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

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

How to dress for the job title you want
We have all heard “dress for success” and “dress for the job you want,” but what do these sayings even mean? The most common mistake the candidates made was not properly dressing for the position for which they were interviewing. This may sound like common sense, but for many it isn’t. Portland Business Journal

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

App developer needed to help a fellow student with app ideas and potentially build a business together. Details

Basefit Software Developer/Entrepreneurship Internship, Cambia Health Solutions. The Basefit Intern will leverage their strong technical skills and business insight to assist the team in bringing innovative technologies to market. Provide support to the Basefit Team in the following role: participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems; will be responsible for programming, debugging and testing of applications in a development environment; this experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of enterprise software development practices in a start-up environment. Details

Asian Bilingual Career Forum for Computer Science and Engineering
Nov. 7 (Fri.) - 9 (Sun.)
DISCO International, organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English bilingual students, will be holding the Asian Bilingual Career Forum this November. This year we have quite a number of companies recruiting students with engineering or computer-related backgrounds. This event is for anyone bilingual in English and one Asian language
such as Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, etc. Some of the companies seeking engineering and computer-related majors: Amazon, Apple, Expedia, Naver, Panasonic, SONY, Samsung, Twitter and more. 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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