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August 11, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Christopher Scaffidi’s First Paper Named Most Influential
The first peer-reviewed paper Christopher Scaffidi wrote has just been named the Most Influential Paper at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, (VL/HCC) in Melbourne, Australia, July 28-Aug 1. Scaffidi said the importance of the paper is that is highlights an area of research that is becoming more critical in our society. The research aims to make end-user programming easier and more accessible to a broader range of people. EECS, Carnegie Mellon University

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Semiconductor sales hit all-time high in June
Computer chip sales continue to enjoy an extended up cycle, hitting $27.6 billion in June – the highest monthly total on record. TriQuint Semiconductor, poised to merge with rival RF Micro Devices, is enjoying its best year on record. Intel shares are at their highest point in more than a decade, buoyed by unexpectedly strong PC sales. And Linear Technology Corp. is due to announce construction of a second chip factory at its site in Camas to meet growing demand, an investment worth hundreds of millions of dollars and dozens or hundreds of jobs. The Oregonian

HP to test wearables market by working with partners
Hewlett-Packard’s initial approach to the wearables market will be through partnerships, rather than developing products entirely in-house. HP will provide the engineering and technology for partner companies to use in their wearable products, a source familiar with the company’s plans said. CIO

Up To Speed: IBM unveils new chip said to mimic the brain
International Business Machines claims its latest microchip simulates the human brain in its processes, thus making it far better at certain tasks than traditional microchip designs. Aside from holding the potential for identifying patterns and other tasks that brains are exceptionally good at, IBM is also touting the new chip's reduced power needs. 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

Wednesday, August 13, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Youngho Jung. Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Raviv Raich, Arun Natarajan; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Wideband and High Accuracy Delta Sigma Modulation Data Converter." 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

I was wondering if you knew of any students with a computer programming background that would want to do a few smaller jobs on a website that I manage. I am here in corvallis by the way...If you know of anyone please let me know. Details

PDG/PCH Component Design Engineer Intern 2014, Intel. Intel PCH (chipset) circuit team is looking for an intern. It is preferred that the candidate is working on his/her graduate degree. Look for Candidates with 3.0+GPA with EE/CE/CS degrees that are still available and have perm right to work. Perl (look for script writing experience if possible on resume). FPGA, board design, logic design, chip, validation, debug, scope, logic analyzer, oscilloscope. Details

IT Associate, SpendWell. 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: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PostgreSQL, and MySQL, which could occur in an academic environment. Details

Business Systems Analyst/Technology Team, City of Portland. The Business Systems Analyst for the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is responsible for partnering with BDS internal customers, external customers and software vendors to clarify business and operational requirements for information technology and systems, including upgrading the citywide permit and case management system from CSDC’s AMANDA Systems to the Hansen/Infor system. Duties include coordinating the implementation of software, translating business requirements into system designs and specifications, coordinating the transformation of the specifications into software solutions and testing solutions against user requirements. Details

Being on the forefront of technology, the Air Force needs dedicated people to help defend our nation through air, space and cyberspace. Use your degree to open a world of exciting possibilities where you not only make a real difference in your life, but in others as well. As an Air Force officer your leadership and management skills are more than just resume fillers. They’re highly valued by Airmen who rely on your guidance and judgment. Our technical specialty career fields are critical to the Air Force mission. Each job carries its own unique challenges and opportunities offering you important professional growth and experience you can use in the civilian We need officers in these technical career fields: Weather; Engineer (architectural, civil, electrical, environmental, general and mechanical); Scientist (analytical and physicist/nuclear); Developmental Engineer (aeronautical, aerospace, computer systems, and electrical/electronic). Details

Estimator, Rick Franklin Corp. While maybe not a typical role for an EECS grad, the company is open to graduates from any engineering major as long as they have good basic technical competence, great skills, and can be trained. Required Qualifications: strong math skills; strong written/oral communication skills; ability to read engineering/surveying reports; self-motivated/independent worker; must be able to navigate a fast moving workplace and handle several projects at the same time; travel and home time will be split about 50/50 during the year. Details

The High-Speed Converter Group at Analog Devices would like to establish contact with electrical engineering students who are completing graduate degrees and are interested in working within High-Speed Converter Group after graduation. The group develops industry-leading high-performance analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog data converter technology and products. The group has offices in Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, and Toronto. 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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