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EECS Weekly News: August 4, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Nationwide solar challenge ends in Minnesota
A trek across the country came to an end in Minnesota Monday afternoon. Students from colleges across the country and beyond competed in the eight-day, 1,700 mile solar car race from Texas to Minnesota. "That excitement along with the sun was enough fuel to get eight teams from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota," said Sami Al-Abdrabbuh, a participant from Oregon State University. The OSUSVT took home the inspector awards for safety and teamwork, making this the third consecutive year the group has been recognized for its assistance to other teams. KTTC (Minnesota)

Texas Instruments names Ohio State University's Aaron Bonnell-Kangas winner of TI Innovation Challenge 2014
Oregon State students Casey Martin, Shannon Cahill-Weisser, and Cody Crawford placed in the top 10 of the TI Innovation Challenge for their wearable heart rate sensor. The goal was to create a device suited for research in USDA trials and long-term data retrieval; the trials are for measuring the activity and health of obese high-school children. Yahoo!

The Apache Software Foundation Exceeds 2 Million Code Commits
Earlier this month, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) surpassed its two millionth revision milestone with a commit by ASF Member* Daniel Kulp on behalf of the Apache CXF Project. The ASF's current server hosting and bandwidth is provided by Oregon State University Open Source Lab in the United States, and by SURFnet and Freie Universitat Berlin (FUB) in Europe. Yahoo!

A Recap of OSCON 2014
The OSL made a strong showing at the O’Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) this year with the majority of the student employees attending along with all of the full time staff. The conference was held in Portland, OR, and fell on July 20-24. The Lab always places a special emphasis on education, and the conference was certainly an educational experience. OSL

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Materials difference
Materials science demands the expertise of both physicists and chemists to understand the thermal, optical, magnetic, electrical, mechanical and chemical properties of matter. The members of the cluster team are linked up with a similar set of researchers at Oregon State University through the federally funded Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. "Both of these institutions are relatively small compared with our competitors," Hutchison said. "If we pool resources and take the very best from both places, we can do amazing things. Eugene Register-Guard

NuScale set to add scores of Oregon jobs
NuScale Power officials expect to increase their workforce by 50 percent. NuScale employs 194 people in Oregon and expects to bring on 105 more by this time next year. Its headquarters is in Portland while its production facility is in Corvallis. Portland Business Journal

TechFestNW refines its vision with big-name speakers, job fair and venture capitalists
This time, TechFestNW is thinking beyond the Northwest. The annual technology conference, returning for its third year Aug. 15 and 16, reached outside the region for its latest incarnation, an effort to raise its profile. And the event succeeded in landing speakers with national reputations, including the NFL's director of mobile technology, one of the nation's best-known tech journalists, and a U.S. senator. The Oregonian

Cracking The Girl Code: How to End the Tech Gender Gap
Changing that kind of mind-set is a national strategic challenge. By 2020, U.S. universities will not be able to fill even a third of the country’s 1.4 million computing positions with qualified graduates. The industry needs to tap the other 50% of the population if it hopes to find candidates for crucial jobs. TIME

Looking for a tech job? Pacific Northwest could be the place to be
Oregon and Washington cracked the list of top five states with the fastest growing states for tech jobs, according to data analyzed by the tech job website Dice. Talk to any tech related company in town and they will tell you one of the biggest business challenges is finding talent. Videos have been created touting working in Portland and talent fairs are being thrown. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Google Announces Million-Dollar Engineering Challenge
Google is offering $1 million to anyone who can take a power inverter — a device used to convert energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles, and wind — and shrink it to 1/10th its normal size. Such devices are normally the size of a picnic basket. It’s called the Little Box Challenge, and it’s being offered in partnership with IEEE. According to the blog, “A smaller inverter could help create low-cost microgrids in remote parts of the world. Or allow you to keep the lights on during a blackout via your electric car’s battery. Or enable advances we haven’t even thought of yet.” The challenge requires teams to register by September 30, 2014 in order to submit a technical approach and application by July of next year. Details

Spirit of Innovation Challenge
The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites teams of students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship by creating commercially viable products in sustainability to benefit humanity. They work in four categories: aerospace and aviation, cyber security, energy, and health. Winning students are not only named Pete Conrad Scholars, but have a chance at being awarded seed grants, scholarships, patent support, and other opportunities to turn their ideas into small businesses. For the first year, the competition is open to university students, college-age active military, and veterans ages 19-25. The 2015 challenge starts off with teams submitting an investor pitch from mid-August to mid-October 2014. Details

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

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/

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.

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!

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, August 5, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 2114. MS Final Examination – Sheena Ellenburg. Major Advisor: Ron Metoyer; Committee: Mike Bailey, Carlos Jensen. "Ambient Visualization Applications in Agile Software Development Cycles." 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

Student programmer, MIST (Middelware Integration Solution Team) group of the Department of Enterprise Computing Services, Oregon State University. You will be working with a group of talented and passionate developers to implement web-based applications that serve various needs of the university. Your job responsibilities will include software development and testing. Details

Backend Developer, Revelry Agency. We are looking for a back-end developer interested in working in the marketing communications industry.  Along with the job requirements below, you must be: self-motivated, eager to learn new technologies, and a great problem solver. Job Requirements: PHP website coding experience, specifically with WordPress and Drupal content management systems; proficient with developing custom templates, modules, and plugins; working knowledge of WordPress and Drupal maintenance practices; proficient in web standards (HTML5), best practices and writing clean, semantic code; proficient with JavaScript, good knowledge of jQuery and creating/debugging jQuery plugins; working knowledge of responsive design practices. Details

IT Associate, Cambia. This first-level position, IT Associate participates in a team environment for the development, delivery, testing and/or maintenance of application systems and may include supporting quality assurance efforts. Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with creating complex computer science/ application development projects with one or more of the following key technologies: Java, J2EE, C# .NET, Unix Infrastructure, Oracle, mobile apps, and/or SQL Server, which could occur in an academic environment. 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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