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October 27, 2014

KUDOS

Graduate student Tsung-Han (Hans) Chiang received the Best Young Researcher Oral Presentation Award at the Transparent Conductive Materials conference for his paper, "Ultrathin InGaZnO Channel Layers Thin-Film Transistors." The paper was co-authored by R. E. Presley, B-S. Yeh, and J. F. Wager.

Graduate student Kevin Stewart received the first place Young Scientist Award at TCO2014 for his paper, “Effect of Ultrathin Channel Layers on the Properties of Amorphous Al-In-Sn-O TFTs,” at the Transparent Conductive Oxides: Fundamentals and Applications conference. The paper was co-authored by V. Gouliouk, R. E. Presley, T-H. Chiang, B. S. Yeh, D. A. Keszler, J. F. Wager, T. K. Chuang, R. G. Manley, and D. G. Enicks.

2014-2015 PES Scholars
Congratulations to Steven Christmas and Philip Lenox, who were awarded IEEE Power & Energy Society scholarships. These undergraduate students are majoring in electrical engineering, are high achievers with strong GPAs with distinctive extracurricular commitments and are committed to exploring the power and energy field. IEEE PES

IN THE NEWS

Technical Assistance
Under the guidance of Oregon State robotics professor Bill Smart, students in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the University Honors College work to empower people with disabilities. Their idea: Equip an electric wheelchair with an operating system that can respond to verbal commands or eye blinks. Terra

New computer chip ‘recipe’ makes electronics greener, cheaper, faster
The technology that runs our daily lives, from laptops and cellphones to car sensors, relies on tiny computer chips. As consumers demand better, faster computers, the chips have to evolve, says Doug Keszler, director of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry at Oregon State University. Keszler and his team at the center are changing the way computer chips are made. PBS

Innovation: Smart Bike Helmet
Bike helmets have long proven their worth by helping to prevent head injuries. Now a team of OSU student interns who worked at Intel last summer has turned the durable plastic shells into an emergency beacon, communicator and diagnostic tool in the event of an accident. Terra

Engineering students rock the Rockwell Colllins sponsored HWeekend
Projects like a prosthetic hand and a spinning LED display were completed in just 30 hours at Oregon State University’s second hardware weekend (HWeekend) on October 18-19. It was a feat that amazed everyone involved including representatives from the sponsoring company, Rockwell Collins. EECS

Voice Control: Coming Soon to a House Near You
Oregon State University students use a TekBot that responds to voice command. Mashable

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Chip design and alternative therapy: LinkedIn analysis finds the most distinctly Portland jobs
Computer-chip design. Alternative medicine. Renewable energy. Graphic design. These are some of the most distinctly Portland jobs, according to a new analysis from LinkedIn, the professional networking site. LinkedIn analyzed the professional profiles of 175 million LinkedIn members in the United States and Europe, then identified the skills that most define each city. The Oregonian

Urban Airship raises $12 million from existing backers -- total investment nears $60 million
Portland mobile alerts company Urban Airship reported $12 million in new investment Wednesday from its existing backers, a sign of faith from investors that the company said it will spend on additional growth. The Oregonian

Lytics, marketing data startup, raises $7 million as second wave emerges in Portland's tech revival
The investment, large by Oregon standards, positions the two-year-old company among the best-funded of a second generation of young businesses leading Portland's ongoing tech renaissance. The Oregonian

As a software firm grows, it swoops into downtown Portland
It hasn't yet been a year since the merger of Portland's Sprint.ly with Boulder-based software consulting firm Quick Left but the combined company has already outgrown its old Portland digs. Portland Business Journal

Vadio, online music video startup, raises $2 million from prominent backers
Vadio hopes to enable higher advertising rates by supplementing audio streams with online video. Video commands much higher online ad rates than audio does alone. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Accelerator accepting applications
The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator program is accepting applications for their next cohort, which begins in January 2015 and runs for five months. Applications from innovative and high-growth traded sector companies that produce goods and services used outside the region are encouraged. More information and an application is available on the website, at www.oregonstate.edu/accelerator.

Try your luck in the 2014 OSU Phishing Derby
Now’s your chance to win a prize by turning in a phishing email during the 2014 Phishing Derby. Every unique phishing email submitted by an OSU student or employee through the Phishing Derby website until November 6th will count as an entry into the prize drawing. Enter as many times as you like—and if you don’t happen to receive any phishing emails, you can still go to the website and play our online “catch a phish” game to enter. For more information, and to learn what a phishing email is, visit the Phishing Derby site at: http://is.oregonstate.edu/ois/2014-osu-phishing-derby. The 2014 Phishing Derby is sponsored by the OSU Computer Helpdesk and the OSU Office of Information Security.

Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards 2015
The Bluetooth SIG is looking for the best of the best in Bluetooth® products, applications, prototypes, and student-led projects. The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards program highlights the most innovative products and applications available today, prototypes coming soon, and student-led projects in the making. Application deadline: December 5, 2014. Details

Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation
The Touch of Genius Prize was established to recognize an individual or group of individuals who contribute to innovation in the field of tactile literacy for blind people. The Prize can be granted for innovative, accessible computer software, Android applications, iOS applications, or tactile hardware that promotes braille and/or tactile literacy for blind people. The $20,000 prize is provided through support from The Gibney Family Foundation and National Braille Press. Applications must be received by January 7, 2015. 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

Humanity in the Machine: What Comes after Greed?
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7-8:15 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium, FREE and open to the public
Brian David Johnson, Futurist, Intel Corporation
In his lecture Johnson counters the myth of runaway, soulless machines, by investigating how technology reflects the mission and values of the societies that create it. From high-speed NASCAR racing to high-speed financial trading, we explore our intimate relationship with our machines and how we incessantly tune them for success, for profit, and routinely for greed. But what comes after greed? Can we optimize for something other than profit? Fairness, quality, safety or social responsibility? How do we comprehend the dark side of our choices? Ultimately Johnson discovers how we can design our machines and technology to become the reflection of our better selves. Details

Cultivating a STEM-Ready Society
Friday, October 31, 9:30 - 11:00 am, Memorial Union, Horizon Room
To introduce STEM and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning to the community, we invite you to hear Center Director Martin Storksdieck talk about “Cultivating a STEM-Ready Society.” Dr. Storksdieck arrived at Oregon State in June 2014 after serving as Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. RSVP: Please call 541-737-2226 or email karla.rockhold@oregonstate.edu. Details

Willamette Innovators' Network Shark Tank 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 6pm - 8pm, Corvallis Sports Park, $5 Student $10 General
Do you have what it takes to become the next big start-up? 5 minute pitch. 5 minutes of advice. Live and in-person. Join us for a local rendition of Shark Tank with Staff from the OSU Advantage Accelerator and a surprise guest Shark. The best idea will automatically be a finalist for acceptance into the Accelerator January 2015 cohort and receive two 1:1 sessions with the Co-Directors. Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Thursday, October 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Rogers 226. "Machine Learning and Optimization for Robotics" presented by Pieter Abbeel, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley. Details

Thursday Oct 30, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon. "Adaptive and Polymorphic Computer Architectures" presented by Assistant Professor Michel A. Kinsy, University of Oregon. Note: This is NOT part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Monday, November 3, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003. "Non-diffractive Airy Beams" presented by Kyoung-Youm Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Optical Engineering, Sejong University. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

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

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

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

TRIAD Scholarship
The OSU TRIAD Faculty Club expects to award one or two $500 scholarships to OSU students of any major. Preference is given to current juniors and seniors. Awards will be based equally on the applicant's record of academic progress and record of service to the institution or the community. The application deadline is December 5. Details

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Application deadline: December 15, 2014. Details

National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: Dec 31, 2014. Details

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
As a job and internship resource, our scholarships are for students who will be exemplary candidates in their field when the time comes to find an internship or job. This means that we evaluate applicants with the eye of a hiring manager, so: watch your grammar, check your spelling, put your best accomplishments forward and you may get paid for thinking about your future! Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: Dec 31, 2014. Details

Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program
Facebook created the fellowship program to encourage and support promising graduate students who are doing cutting edge research around the globe. We are excited for the opportunity to fund future thought leaders. This year, we are accepting applications for research in the following areas: architecture; computer Vision; data mining; databases; distributed systems; economics and computation; human-computer interaction/social computing; machine learning;  natural language processing; networking / operating systems; programming languages / compilers; security / privacy; software engineering. Application deadline: January 5, 2015. Details

AAUW Fellowships for Selected Professions
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs: architecture; computer/information sciences; engineering; mathematics/statistics. Application deadline: January 10, 2015. Details

Google Lime Scholarship Program
Access to knowledge is our thing. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, we don't want anything to stand in the way. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities. Recipients of the 2015 Google Lime Scholarship will each receive a scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Selected students will also be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, in 2015. Candidates will also be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science - $10,000 for those studying in the US and $5,000 for those studying in Canada (based on tuition costs). Application deadline: Sunday, January 18, 2015. Details

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Germany
RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. Application deadline: January 14, 2015. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The Top 3 résumé bloopers that people make
It's a new era of job search, and you need to change your game to stand out in this highly competitive and semi-automated employment market. Portland Business Journal

What Applicants Say In Interviews That Can Get Them Hired
The most irresistible job applicants marry their emotional intelligence with competency based answers in their job interviews to impress on all levels. These applicants understand an interview isn't an interrogation but an interactive platform for interviewer and interviewee to arrive at the same station - and feel good about it. LinkedIn

This genius (and free!) trick will boost your personal brand in minutes
Your email signature is often the perfect untapped place to market yourself for free, says Alisha Ramsey, a former captain in the U.S. Army who started Raleigh, N.C.-based Tellurvision Studios, a boutique video production and video marketing company, in 2007. 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

Visitor Services Intern: Web Development and Outreach, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Visitor Services Intern will work directly with the Visitor Services Manager for the Oregon Coast National W ildlife Refuge Complex to communicate with the general public through outreach, natural resource interpretation, website technology and social media. The intern will be responsible for building out six websites for the refuge complex, assisting with social media and conducting outreach and natural resource interpretation for school-aged children and the general public. This is a full-time internship requiring a 40-hour work week. Details

Electrical Engineer (Recent Graduate), Department of the Army. This position is part of the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS) and is a CIVILIAN position with the Department of Army. The incumbent will serve as an Electrical Engineer trainee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. Details

RAIL OPERATIONS ANALYST, LTK Engineering Services. Responsible for undertaking studies and analyses of travel time, rail system capacity, network improvements, traction power system performance and signal block layout/control line optimization, the Rail Operations Analyst will be part of LTK's Rail Operations Planning and Simulation practice. This position can be located at any of the firm's 14 permanent office locations in North America, with preference given to LTK locations in Ambler, PA; Brooklyn, NY; Newark, NJ; or Lebanon, NH. The Rail Operations Analyst will also develop rail service and operating plans, as well as support LTK’s Operations and Maintenance Cost modeling practice. A significant portion of the Analyst's time may be devoted to authoring technical reports, creating presentations and developing proposals for new assignments. Details

Information Security Analyst, Information Services - Office of Information Security, Oregon State University. n this role, you will be part of a recently formed team tasked with assessing and improving the security posture of the University's most sensitive and critical assets. You'll find a highly collaborative and dynamic environment in which you'll identify risks to data systems to help ensure compliance with university policies, relevant regulations, and security best practices. Serving as a resource person, you'll assess systems, processes, and projects as you interact with internal and external technical staff and project teams. Additionally, you'll be involved in testing, implementing, and operating information security tools and devices as well as being involved in incident response. Details

Analyst Programmer, competency level 1, Integrated Plant Protection Center, Oregon State University. IPPC hosts a number of websites that provide pesticide use risk analysis and interpretation tools that serve regional, national, and international users. The successful applicant for this position will be responsible for software development tasks that refine and extend our existing software libraries and applications. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 7 months from the appointment begin date. 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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