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August 25, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Meet Our Faculty: Mike Rosulek
Computer science grabbed Mike Rosulek’s imagination early on, and at the age of 7 years he was already writing a UFO adventure game. He had the advantage of growing up in a technical household. In fact, his family home was connected to the internet before there was a World Wide Web. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Conference explores going the distance with wave energy
The ninth annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference will take a tough look at where the wave energy industry is and what it will take to move it forward. The Sept. 24 and 25 conference is organized by the Oregon Wave Energy Trust and its partner, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. The gathering will take place at Portland’s Leftbank Annex. Portland Business Journal

New Research from Best Computer Science Degrees Compares Pricey vs. Cheap Degrees
A new web article by Best Computer Science Degrees explodes the myth that high-cost universities offer the best returns on investment. "Ultimate Computer Science Degree Shootout: Top 15 Affordable vs. Top 15 Cost-no-object Programs" makes a good case for low-cost, high-quality degree programs. (OSU is ranked 12th). PR Newswire

Portland's Vadio forms partnership with Vevo to take music videos to online radio services
Portland's Vadio Inc. has been tapped by Vevo LLC, a music-video website partly owned by the world's two biggest record labels, to distribute content through online radio services including Richard Branson's Virgin Radio. The goal of the partnership is to help Web radio services host music videos, which command higher rates for advertising, according to Vadio Chief Executive Officer Bryce Clemmer. The Oregonian

EBay goes all-in in Portland, makes room for additional 200 employees
EBay has been quietly growing in Portland since 2010 when it purchased mobile development company Critical Path Software. The Silicon Valley stalwart is now upping the ante, with aggressive growth plans that could see its downtown office balloon to 400 employees. Last year, apps developed by the Portland office did $202 billion worth of commerce which translates to one third of eBay’s marketplaces business globally. Portland Business Journal

Oregon State, Reed are Oregon's best colleges, Washington Monthly says
Oregon State University's is Oregon's best big research university, ranking No. 78 nationally, according to rankings of colleges by Washington Monthly that the magazine claims is "aren't ridiculous" like many other rankings. Washington Monthly's ranking system is based chiefly on whether a college helps low- and moderate-income students get ahead, does lots of research and promotes public service. The Oregonian

Scrappy Oregon startup to test its wave-energy device this summer
M3 Wave LLC's CEO, Mike Morrow, plans to deploy a unique wave-energy device off the coast of Oregon on or around Aug. 28, weather permitting. He and co-founder Mike Delos-Reyes invented it while students at Oregon State University in the early 1990s. His planned deployment comes after a New Jersey company's high-profile decision earlier this year to abandon its ambitious wave-energy park off the coast of Reedsport. KATU

Rick Wills, former Tektronix CEO, joins ESI's board
Rick Wills, who ran Tektronix in its last several years as an independent company and brokered its sale, has joined the board of another venerable Oregon tech business – Electro Scientific Industries. ESI and Tek are Oregon's oldest and second oldest technology companies, founded in 1944 and 1946, respectively. They remain among the state's largest. The Oregonian

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

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, September 2, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Archana Nandakumar Thampi. Co-Major Advisors: Thinh Nguyen, Bella Bose; Committee: Mike Rosulek; GCR: Clayton Petsche. "Efficient, Secure and Covert Channel Capacity Bounded Protocols for Multilevel Security Cross-domain Environments." Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

In the interview: How to have the dreaded 'salary conversation'
In an interview, how do I handle questions related to salary? I’m afraid of sharing information that may knock me out of the running. Here are some answers to always have in your hip pocket for this question. Portland Business Journal

I'm done with lazy LinkedIn users
Be more personal, more effective, and more formal, and you will get better results. 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

AppleCare College Program. In our AppleCare College Program, you’ll be supporting many of our popular products, from iPhones to iPads to MacBooks to desktop Macs. As our customers’ first point of contact, you’ll be the friendly voice of Apple, providing a world class customer experience, troubleshooting, and technical support. We’ll rely on you to listen to our customers and use your technical expertise, creativity, and passion to meet their needs — and remind them that behind our great products are amazing people. This position comes with competitive pay, full corporate benefits which includes tuition reimbursement, paid time off, discounts, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, and the opportunity to make a difference. 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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