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October 13, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Broader Impacts: The Scientist’s Apprentice
For computer scientist Margaret Burnett, the call for broader impacts means reaching far and wide outside her door. But it begins right inside the heart of her lab at Oregon State University. Every year, she brings in a handful of students, both high schoolers and recent graduates, to work side-by-side with her team of budding computer engineers. Terra

Top Universities From Around The World Confirm Their Place In Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge
The Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge took on a truly global flavor this week as top university teams from around the world confirmed their place in the Challenge at a conference held at Masdar Institute. Representatives from as far afield as the US, Italy and Japan attended the conference and confirmed their place in the Middle East’s first International Solarcar Federation-sanctioned challenge which takes place from 16-19 January 2015. The US has four teams entering the 2015 challenge; Cal Sol from University of California-Berkeley, Mercury from Illinois State University, OSUVST from Oregon State University and RA 9 from Principia College. (Note: OSUSVT says their participation is still tentative as of this date.) AbuDhabiCityGuide.com

5 recent wearable tech devices you've never heard of
The 'black box' helmet, developed by students at Oregon State University in partnership with Intel, has a built-in data recorder to capture the moment a biker crashes. The prototype helmet, which records the distance, speed and direction at all times, can also make emergency calls, talk to users and provide hands-free calling. Computer Business Review

Grant to enhance minority participation in STEM disciplines
A collaboration of five universities in the Pacific Northwest has received a five-year, $3.44 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of minority students who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. “Changing demographics in Oregon make it critical to graduate a greater number of minority students in STEM disciplines to fill positions in industry and academia,” said Ellen Momsen, co-principal investigator of this program at OSU, and director of its Women and Minorities in Engineering program. OSU news release

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Urban Airship hires CEO: former Citrix Online president Brett Caine
In a blog post announcing his hire, Caine said he wants to duplicate the growth Citrix Online enjoyed, expanding from $40 million to $600 million. (Privately held Urban Airship does not report financial results.) He will also join Urban Airship's board, filling a slot Kveton left when he stepped down. The Oregonian

How a Portland startup, with the wave of a hand, is making its mark
The team at OnTheGo Platforms is hoping a new app powered by its gesture recognition technology can help show consumers as well as developers the potential in the tech. The company on Thursday released BrainWave, an app that allows users to control certain music players such as Pandora, Spotify or Beats, with the swipe of a hand. Listeners can play, pause and select tracks by waving over their hand a smartphone or tablet even with the lock screen on. Portland Business Journal

The Online Crime Fighters
“We’re virtual crime fighters,” says Greg Pierson, CEO and founder of Portland startup iovation. “More specifically, we support thousands of fraud managers who rely on us to stop bad guys.” Behind the scenes, virtual crime fighters at iovation’s headquarters analyze data and monitor online activity. And the numbers reveal the scope of their work. “Each day, we screen 10,000,000 transactions and stop 200,000 fraud attempts,” Pierson says. Oregon Business

Why this VC is so bullish about Portland’s red-hot startup scene
Many think Portland has become one of the best places in the world to start a company. One of those people is Diane Fraiman, an entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist who’s been a partner at Portland-based Voyager Capital since 2008. We had a chance to sit down with Fraiman and discuss why she’s so bullish about the Portland startup scene. GeekWire

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

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.

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

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

Mu Sigma Info Session
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6-7 pm, 226 Austin Hall
Interested in a career in Decision Sciences? Big Data? Analytics? You’re invited to an evening with Mu Sigma, and an opportunity to learn more about us and the work we do for our clients. Come experience the Mu Sigma vibe. 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

IEEE Seminars
Mark your calendars – IEEE is planning a number of seminars and meetings in the next two weeks! Seminars are a great way to find out about your employment options and enjoy some free food. Plus don’t miss the general meeting happening Wednesday, Oct. 15 @ 5. Questions? Contact osu-exec@IEEE.ORG

  • IEEE General Meeting
    Wednesday Oct. 15th @ 5pm in KEC 1001
    Come hear about why you should join IEEE! Pizza will be provided!
  • Rockwell Collins
    Friday Oct. 17th @ 12pm in KEC 1007
    Food provided.
  • Micron Technology
    Wednesday Oct. 22nd @ 12pm in KEC 1001
    Food provided.
  • McAfee/Intel Security
    Oct. 23rd @ 5pm in KEC 1007
    Food provided.

ON Semiconductor Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 4:30-5:30 pm, KEC 1001
Come chat with HR and hiring managers looking for summer 2015 interns and full-time hires! Bring a friend! Free food! Details

Career Fairs are coming up! Are you ready?
Wednesday, October 22nd All Majors Fair and Thursday, October 23rd Engineering Fair, 11- 4PM, CH2M Hill Alumni Center (across from the giant football at Reser)
An amazing opportunity, right here on campus to meet and network with over 220 employers interested in hiring OSU students and alumni. Employers attending these fairs represent a wide range of majors. Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Tuesday, October 14, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, KEC 1007. Special Seminar: "Evolution of Multi-Gigabit Wireline Transceivers in CMOS" presented by Ichiro Fujimori, PhD, Vice President of Engineering, Central Engineering, Broadcom Corporation. NOTE: This is NOT part of the EECS colloquium series.  Details

Wednesday, October 15, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. Special Seminar: "System Design for Direct Sampling RF Front Ends" presented by Ray (Ramon) Gomez, Senior Technical Director and Fellow, Broadcom Corp. NOTE: This is NOT part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Monday, October 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Weniger 275. "Topological Effects in Nanomagnetism: From Perpendicular Recording to Monopoles" presented by Hans-Benjamin Braun, School of Physics, University College Dublin, Ireland. 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

Beyond technical skills: IT pros need to show these characteristics to land the best jobs
In the current job market, technology professionals are in high demand — but that doesn’t mean tech candidates get a pass when it comes to their interview conduct. Just like every other job search, you need to leave a good impression and make every communication count. Portland Business Journal

I’ve Interviewed 100s of Candidates and the Ones I Hire Always Do This
Interviews can be stressful. Often you have less than an hour to convince an interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job. That interviewer is going to talk to others on the same day and have other things that they are occupied with. How are you going to stand out? LinkedIn

JOBS

Submit your resume to the annual resume book
Looking for an internship or job? Graduating in June? Then be sure to submit your resume to the EECS resume book by Wednesday, Oct. 15. This book will be shared with our industrial affiliates. To have your file included, submit your file by Wednesday, Oct. 15 at our website: http://register.eecs.oregonstate.edu/senior_dinner/views/upload_resume.php. All undergrads and grads are invited to have your resume included in the resume book.

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

Web developer/programmer for startup. Our company is LETumEAT and we currently have a website set up that celebrates all the members of the local food movement that we are calling The LETumEAT Collective: Seeders (farms and farmers), the Feeders (chefs and producers) and the Eaters (people who love to eat locally sourced ingredients). Right now, we are looking for a developer/programmer who is interested and passionate about this new trend to help us build a custom social community that focuses on user generated content. This project is in the proof of concept phase and we will shortly be going out for investment. The perfect candidate for this job is one with an advanced skill set and motivated by the idea of owning equity in a growing company with big investment goals and dreams. Details

Boeing Summer 2015 Engineering Internships Opportunities. At Boeing, our engineers share a relentless passion to set new and higher standards in everything we do. Join us to learn more about how you can play a role in shaping the future of aerospace. Boeing is seeking talented and motivated interns to assist in creating value for our business, partners, and customers. Opportunities are available across multiple sites and in a variety of engineering disciplines including: electrical, materials, mechanical/structural, and industrial. Details

Engineering Intern/Co-Op, Georgia-Pacific. Basic Qualifications: Completed at least one year of coursework in: Chemical Engineering, Pulp or Paper Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering or related disciplines; Application of Safety Procedures; Willingness to work in a tobacco free environment. Details

Entry Level Engineer, Georgia-Pacific. Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemical, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, Civil, Industrial, Manufacturing, Environmental, Reliability, Systems or other Engineering; Previous internship, co-op or work experience in an engineering discipline. Details

Junior Associate, Mu Sigma Inc. Work with clients to understand their business challenges and how to solve them. Work with your onsite team, and offsite team -based in India, to solve these problems using the analytical framework that we teach you. Present the results of your work to senior management, and give insightful recommendations that have tangible business impacts. Build relationships with clients to better understand their business, and to enable them to better understand how to use analytics to drive their business. Details

Firmware Engineer. We are currently seeking an Embedded Firmware Engineer with exceptional skills and talents to perform the following duties: Write embedded firmware for a variety of customer products. Develop associated tools for testing and validation of product code. Develop solutions as part of a cross discipline team (EE’s, ME’s, Systems Engineers). Work effectively in a team setting and collaborate openly with other engineers. Work through the product lifecycle, including design, implementation, and validation. Design and execution of acceptance criteria. Interface with the customer and write succinct and clear status reports. Details

Senior Software Developer in Test (SDET, Mobile), eBay. Do you like tackling some of the most difficult problems? Do you love breaking things and figuring out how they work? Do you consistently find ways to automate every repeatable test? This is a great opportunity for someone who is currently a software developer, software test engineer, or a test automation engineer who would like to be a software developer in a test environment. We are looking for Senior Software Engineer’s in Test (SDET) who like building automated testing solutions for mobile applications. This is a challenging, highly technical, quality engineering role.  We are looking for innovative, analytical thinkers who can build cutting-edge testing technologies and use next-generation automation techniques to validate code that drives the eBay mobile platform. 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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