KUDOS

Qiwei Wang, Thinh Nguyen, and Alan Wang received the runner-up award for their short paper, “Channel Capacity Optimization for an integrated Wi-Fi and Free-space Optic Communication System (WiFiFO)” at the Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems conference last month.

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Oregon tech leaders will seek $2.5 million from Legislature for 'Center for Cyber Excellence'
The project aims to create a pipeline of skilled workers from Oregon universities to go to work in cyber security, support research in the field and build cyber awareness at businesses – and even in elementary and high schools. The Oregonian

Data don’t lie: Portland jumps up the ranks of national tech cities
The elements examined for the ranking include employment growth, high-tech office employment concentration, market dynamism, innovation and investment trends. A major factor in Portland’s rise in the rankings came from the city’s “market dynamism,” which translates to concentration of amenities, walkability, high-tech clustering and vibrancy of the broader market beyond office space. Portland Business Journal

Young adults clueless on cybersecurity profession
Millennials aged 18 to 26 understand the importance of protecting themselves online and the majority take steps to do so, the poll of 1,000 young adults, found. But while this awareness has sparked an interest in Internet security, more than six in 10 of the respondents were unaware of the cybersecurity profession and what the job entailed. CSO

Technology Association of Oregon has a new recruiting tool
For Portland’s fast-growing tech companies attracting talent is a major undertaking as software developers, data analysts and engineers are in short supply in almost every city with a thriving tech scene. Part of TAO’s mission is to help its members find talent. The new site allows people to post and search jobs or post resumes. Portland Business Journal

Hewlett-Packard confirms it will split the company: Printer and PC group will be 'HP Inc.'
Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services such as data storage, servers and software, betting that it can drive faster sales growth with more-focused operations. HP invented its inkjet printer technology in Corvallis, and the division was enormously profitable for the company for many years. The printer business has faded considerably, though, and successive layoffs have reduced the Corvallis site to fewer than 2,000. The Oregonian

A brand name globally, eBay strives for recognition in Portland
With 200 employees downtown, and the space to double, eBay says it still has a hard time getting noticed in Portland. With demand for Oregon tech workers at a 12-year high, the California company hopes its freewheeling office and a new community space will help it attract more software developers. The Oregonian

Opal Labs raises $8 million investment, led by Madrona Ventures
Within Portland's startup community Opal is among the city's best-regarded young companies. The four-year-old business specializes in social media marketing tools and has a formidable client list including Levi Strauss & Co, Nike, Target, NASA, Nestlé and Burberry. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Information Session on Study Abroad Funding: David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Thursday, October 16, 2pm, University Plaza, Room 280
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year. The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows can be awarded up to $30,000. Details

Volunteer to improve bike parking on campus!
October 14 and 15 or October 21 and 22, depending on weather, from 10am-12pm we need people in groups of two to count total number of bike parking spaces, number of bikes currently parked, and note the condition of the racks. Those of you who do participate will receive a thank you in the form of swag. More information can be found here in the ecologue http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/blog/2014/09/volunteer-for-the-bike-parking-utilization-study-and-get-swag/. To sign up, or if you have any questions please contact Alaina.Hawley@oregonstate.edu.

Code Hunt: A New Coding Competition – Every Month!
Code Hunt is a game from Microsoft Research where players code for fun, finding the patterns in clues and writing code to solve a secret algorithm. Code is played by hundreds of thousands of students and enthusiasts worldwide. Now we have teamed up with Imagine Cup to run monthly competitions with big prizes. All students can enter at https://www.imaginecup.com/codehunt. The next one is on the weekend of October 18-19 (starts at 12am UTC). Puzzles range from easy to really challenging, so there is something for everyone. In April, there will be a random draw for $5,000 for all who entered the contest.

Volunteer at Career Fairs
OSU Career Services Fall Career Fairs are quickly approaching and we would love some help! This year we will have an All-Majors Fair on Wednesday, October 22nd and an Engineering Fair on Thursday, October 23rd. We will also be hosting over 50 employers for two Interview Days on Thursday and Friday Oct 23 & 24 to provide them with a time and space to immediately interview OSU students. We are looking for student and staff volunteers to help these events be successful for both students and employers. Volunteering at Career Fairs is a great way to check out what’s happening on campus, network with employers, and fulfill service hours for clubs and organizations! By volunteering, you will be entered to win a prize from the Beaver Store worth $25! Details

DOT: Do One Thing to better the world; Join the movement!
You can make a difference and help to improve the community and world we share. The DOT initiative inspires OSU community members to take action to better the world and encourages them to make commitments to create positive social change. Be part of the movement! Learn more about the DOT initiative and declare your DOT here: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/DOT. And check out this DOT video!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3hCKmOUW38

Design a web site this Fall! The CS 195 Beginning Web Authoring course will teach you the basics of web site development:

  • Design and production with HTML5, CSS3, and PHP
  • Graphic design and image optimization
  • Site management
  • Online promotion

In just 11 weeks, you'll have a functional web site for the topic of your choice. Build a site for your portfolio, club, or friends and family. No textbook cost or lab fees! Sign up right away! 4 Credits.

Are you savvy? Enroll in WGSS 320 Gender & Technology to meet the BACC Science Technology Synthesis requirements through meaningful activities:

  • Research and write about the social and economic impacts of women in the technology industry.
  • See technology products through a Gender Lens.
  • Discuss trends in STEM and STEAM.
  • Learn to add your research and writing to a web site.
  • Plan for your greatest dream!

No textbook cost! 3 credits. Offered online. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/wgss320/
Need Graduate Credit? Then take the WGSS 525 version of Gender & Technology. 3 credits. Offered online.

New Course: ECE 599 - Bioelectronic Systems and Devices
Fall 2014 - MWF 15:00-15:50
This course will provide a somewhat high-level look at bioelectronics, primarily from an applications perspective. Topics will include electrical and physical interfaces with biological systems, protein and DNA biosensors, device micro/nanofabrication, implantable electronics, neuronal interfaces, biological energy harvesting, and CMOS-based biosensor platforms. We will focus on applications in DNA sequencing, molecular diagnostics, ubiquitous monitoring, implantable systems, microfluidic handling, and lab-on-chip integration methods. 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.

MindSumo Challenges
Solve real company problems to win job opportunities, gain experience, and earn cash. MindSumo challenges are a great opportunity to get work experience by applying the skills you're learning in classes, win cash prizes, and prove yourself to potential employers.

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

Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize
Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The student prize competition is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare and consumer technologies. Application deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015. Details

EVENTS

Robotics Club Invites You to Kickoff Event
Thursday, Oct 9, 6:30-8pm, Kelley Atrium
The Oregon State Robotics Club is kicking off the 2014-2015 school year with an event to learn about the club's various projects, robotics teams, and other resources that it provides. All engineering students are welcome and free pizza will be provided. Membership registration will also be available at $10 for the year or $15 with a t-shirt included. More information is available at the club website.

The OSL is kicking off DevOps BootCamp this year with the brand new DevOps DayCamp!
DevOps DayCamp is a dual-track day with one track to help inexperienced attendees get started with DevOps, as well as a second track comprised of a hands-on hackathon with educational sessions throughout the day for the more advanced DevOps crowd. Sessions will be given by industry professionals and will include Ansible, Travis CI and Docker. Join us on October 11th at 9am in the Kelley Engineering Center. For more information check out osl.io/devopsdaycamp.

WiN Pubtalk: Computer Security and Personal Privacy: Are They Even Possible Anymore?
Tuesday, October 14, 6pm - 8pm, Corvallis Sports Park, 175 SW Twin Oaks Circle
$5 Student $10 General
Data breaches happen with such stunning regularity that virtually every active person in today's Internet economy has had their credit card or password information stolen at least once. Encryption might make it hard to hack what you can't see, can you keep it unseen by the NSA? Or a hostile nation working in league with organized crime? What today on the Internet can truly be said to be secure or private? Speakers include Molly O'Hearn, VP Operations and Co-Founder, iovation; Carlos Jensen, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University; Craig Cole, Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer, OSU Federal. Details

Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays: Being Mindful on the Web
Monday, Oct 20, 6pm-7:30pm, TBA - Downtown Portland
A special hands-on event as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Portland Techno-Activism Third Mondays and PDXTech4Good are teaming up to provide a hands-on workshop about how nonprofits and activists can keep themselves safe online. This will be a hands-on workshop, so bring your laptop if you can! Sean McGregor will give an interactive presentation on what it takes to maintain personal privacy online. You will learn what the government and companies know about web users and how this data can be used. First you'll become an investigator using private data, then Sean will teach you a few simple ways to protect yourself (and others) in the future. Free, but please RSVP: http://ta3m-pdx-14.eventbrite.com

GRADUATE EXAMS

Thursday, October 2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Burt 193. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Alex Wiggins. Major Advisor: Mike Bailey; Committee: Mark Abbott, Ron Metoyer, Alex Groce; GCR: Mike Olson. "Adaptive Power-Aware Distributed Computer Architecture for Long-Duration Autonomous Vehicle Systems." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

FRIDAY, Oct 10, 2:30pm, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon. UO CIS Colloquium: "Extending Partial Geometric Representations of Graphs" presented by Professor Jan Kratochvil, Charles university, Praque, Czech Republic. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Monday, October 13, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1003. "High-technology R&D: Personal views on options for Science & Engineering students outside of academia" presented by Jeff Childress; Research Staff Member & Manager, Sensor Materials & Technology; San Jose Research Center; HGST, a Western Digital company. Details

Monday, October 20, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003. "Supporting Software Development Work" presented by Thomas LaToza, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Irvine. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

New Faces of Engineering - College Edition
Recognizes the best and brightest whose academic successes and experiences in the engineering field have positioned them to make an impact. Each year a new class of College Edition winners are selected. Winners receive a scholarship ranging from $500 to $1,000, are recognized on our website and College Edition’s Facebook page with a photo and a brief statement of their accomplishments, and are featured in an ad in their college newspaper. College Edition winners are also recognized by their nominating engineering society in a variety of ways, such as articles in the organization’s member magazine and at national and local events. The application deadline is November 14, 2014. Details

5 Year Graduate Fellowships from The Hertz Foundation
Successful Candidates are: Innovators who see challenges in new ways. Eager to make a positive impact in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. Applying to a PhD program or are in the first year of one. An American citizen or permanent resident. Hertz Fellowships offer full tuition equivalent for up to five years; a stipend of $32,000 per academic year; $5,000 annually for dependent childcare. Application deadline: October 31, 2014. Details

Future Engineers Scholarship Program
One winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to be used toward eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board during the 2015 calendar year. Candidates must be full-time students at the time of application submittal, pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada during the calendar year, and be accepted into the School of Engineering. Scholarships will not be awarded to 1st Year undergraduate students, or those 4th Year undergraduate students who will be graduating on or before June of the award year. Application deadline: October 15, 2014. Details

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. Graduate students, and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. IEEE Computer Society membership is required. Application deadline: October 31. Details

IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship
The scholarship carries a stipend of up to US$24,000 and is awarded for one year of full-time graduate work in electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing located in the US. To be eligible, the student must be a permanent resident of the US, have majored in the field of electrical engineering, and have received a bachelor's degree from an engineering college of recognized standing. The scholarship will be awarded to a first-year full-time graduate student only. Application deadline: November 15, 2014. Details

IEEE Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering
The fellowship is awarded annually to a first year, full-time graduate student for work in the area of electrical engineering at an engineering school/program of recognized standing worldwide. The award carries a stipend of US$10,000 per year. Application deadline: November 15. Details

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowships
US$5,000 for a graduate student wishing to pursue graduate degree in microwave engineering on a full-time basis from a reputable institution of higher education. Both the student and faculty member must be a member of MTT-S. Application deadline: November 30. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

How to answer the most common job interview question
How do I answer this interview question: “Tell me about yourself”? I struggle with that. 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

Energize Corvallis Internships. Energize Corvallis is dedicated to helping Corvallis become one of the most energy-efficient and climate-friendly communities in the United States. Applications for our 2014-2015 internships are due on Monday, October 13. Students and community members are welcome to apply. Details

Student Engineer, PacifiCorp. To assist in the development of engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, design documents, and performance assessments associated with the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the company’s transmission and distribution system. Details

CTS Platform A Tablets SW/HW Intern (MS/PhD level), Intel. Come intern with Intel's Mobile Communications Group (MCG) in the Customer Technology Solutions (CTS) organization. CTS is responsible for providing MCG's OEM, ODM customers with the engineering, collateral, tools, services, and support to enable them to ramp high-volume winning tablet products based on Intel Atom platforms. Details

There are job openings in our group at Broadcom, Irvine, CA. We mainly design multi-giga samples/s wide-band 10b+ ADCs for cable/satellite/ODU applications. Anyone graduated/graduating very soon with solid analog/mixed-signal background is welcome. Data converter background is preferred. Potential candidates please contact Tao Wang at taowang@broadcom.com.

Web Developer, Mozilla. In this role, you are responsible for delivering high quality and scalable code for the front-end and back-end of dynamic web applications. Responsibilities: Be self-motivated, capable of managing your time well, and work efficiently without close supervision; Gracefully give, receive and act on feedback and code reviews; Be able to adapt and solve problems with new technologies; Write tests, documentation and invest time towards the maintainability of your work; Take pride in writing reusable, readable and pragmatic code (our code is open source); Keep current on developing technologies and showcase them in your work; Provide accurate time estimates for engineering tasks and articulate progress and milestones; Sketch diagrams and visualizations for your technical solutions; Understand web application scalability and performance; Identify and prevent a wide array of security vulnerabilities. Details

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed). Sample jobs:

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students:


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