IN THE NEWS

Tech Interns Create Smart Bike Helmet That Could Save Your Life
For the past half year, a group of five undergraduate students (Spencer Kresge, Cam Tu Vo, Aniket Borkar, Kyle Dillon, Evan Meichtry) from Oregon State University has been working with interns at Intel to create a smart safety helmet for cyclists. In a perfect world, the primary function of the helmet – to detect a crash and communicate to emergency contacts – would never be used. Intel Free Press

Intricate algae produce low-cost biosensors
Oregon State University researchers are combining diatoms, a type of single-celled photosynthetic algae, with nanoparticles to create a sensor capable of detecting miniscule amounts of protein or other biomarkers. "I've been working on this kind of sensor for a long time, and using diatoms instead of fabricating photonic crystals makes life much easier," said Alan Wang, an assistant professor of electrical engineering in the OSU College of Engineering. "And from a commercial point of view it's much lower cost, about 50 cents compared to $50." Phys.org, Opli, The West Wire NewsDaily News Entertainment Network

Staking a claim in wave energy research
Annette von Jouanne, her colleagues, and numerous student cohorts have been working hard for the past 16 years to ensure that Oregon and the United State claim leadership in wave energy research. College of Engineering

Story Next Door: OSU's Silveira uses technology to probe musical mysteries
Working with colleagues in the OSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Jason Silveira, assistant professor of music education, continues to explore how listeners react to music — and not just on a conscious level. Corvallis Gazette-Times (Related story: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/industry/2014/03/12/art-meets-engineering/)

Gender Code
Janice Levenhagen-Seeley (computer engineering, '06) tucks a strand of her below-the-shoulder brown hair behind thick glasses frames as she contemplates the example she’s set for the girls whose lives she wants to change. Oregon Business magazine

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Starting Salaries Climb 7.5 Percent for Class of 2014 Grads
Driving the sizable overall salary increase are the gains made by the communications and computer science disciplines, which are the biggest for Class of 2014 graduates. This is especially good news for computer science graduates, who were the only group who saw their overall average salary decrease last year. National Association of Colleges and Employers

Tech talent wars: Check out GlobeSherpa's recruitment rap video
Like so many other tech firms in town the move is necessary to accommodate the company’s growing team. The mobile payments and ticketing startup already has 21 people on staff but it's also looking for more with five open job descriptions on its Website. Portland Business Journal

College Hacker
It’s always hard to tell the difference between the cutting edge and the trendy. Either way, Ryan Carson isn’t afraid to leap into the unknown. Carson brings the same sense of experimentation — and relentless drive for self-improvement — to his job as co-founder and CEO of Treehouse, a fast-growing Portland-based company that offers online videos and interactive tutorials designed to help anyone learn to program, regardless of age or experience. Oregon Business Magazine

OPPORTUNITIES

There is a Form for That: Learn what the Government Thinks it Knows About You
Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: FOIA Party, Monday September 15, 6pm-7:30pm, Tentatively scheduled at Mozilla
Ever wonder what travel information the Department of Homeland Security maintains on you? There is a form for that. Want to know if you have an FBI file? There is a form for that. Want to know if law enforcement is setting up cell phone tracking towers in your area? There is a form for that. In this interactive session of TA3M we supply attendees with an easy way to send requests to state and federal agencies for personal and public information. RSVP and details

WiN 2014 Expo: Pre-startup Innovations-Free Booth-Space Limited - Apply Now!
Are you an OSU Entrepreneur looking for an opportunity to showcase your innovation? The Willamette Innovators Network is casting for its upcoming 2014 Expo (November 6th). WiN helps small and mid-sized traded sector companies share, learn, and connect for success. Participation is free for all pre-startup innovations, space is limited. Get exposed to venture capitalist and gaining valuable experience. To apply contact Betty Nickerson, Expo Coordinator at betty.nickerson@oregonstate.edu, 541-368-5205 by October 20.

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 9, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Kaushal Kestur Biligiri. Co-Major Advisors: Annette von Jouanne, Ean Amon; Committee: Ted Brekken; GCR: Belinda Batten. "Grid Emulator for Wave Energy Converter Testing." Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

5 Simple Ideas to Blow the Socks off Your Next Interview
The best candidates did a few extra things that allowed them to stand out from the crowd. These then became the basis of how I prepped my candidates to get ready. I'd cancel the interview if they didn't master these techniques. You should, too. LinkedIn

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

Broadcom's Fort Collins design center has a job opening, working on power management and wireless power. An OSU alum is collecting resumes from new grads who are interested. Details

Technical Developer Support Associate Engineer, Salesforce. Assist 3rd-party developers to troubleshoot their integration with Salesforce.com APIs and implementation of other Salesforce.com developer products. This will involve debugging, troubleshooting, and taking responsibility to see that the issue is fully resolved. Write sample code as needed. Provide feature explanation and coding best practices. Create knowledge base materials dedicated towards operational efficiency while also empowering and enabling the developer community. Details

Analog Mixed-Signal IC Design Engineer, Broadcom. Responsibilities: Develop high-speed analog/mixed-signal circuits in advanced CMOS technology for integration in system-on-chip products. Transistor-level design and layout of high-performance, low-power analog and digital circuits. Investigate architectures and circuits for high-speed data communication. Laboratory characterization and debug of prototype and production ICs. Design, model, document, and communicate Analog IP specifications to internal customers (e.g., create specifications, create circuit models, and define package and PC board requirements). Details

Teaching Opportunitiy, Evergreen. We find ourselves in a situation where the Computer Science programs are full with a full waiting list (and I suspect if there was a waiting list for the waiting list, it too would be full). The position could be tailored to full-time or half-time depending on the circumstances of the individual hired. 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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