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November 17, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Higher Education Is Making Way for BYOx
Oregon State University's College of Engineering has had a notebook requirement for almost a decade. For most of that time, students had to download and run an installer file and deal with licensing requirements for each piece of needed software — or trek to the computer lab to obtain access. As more and different devices began to arrive on campus, the IT department sought a way to simplify the process. "We were looking for a way to level the playing ground, and really make it so it didn't matter what kind of notebook or device you brought," says Todd Shechter, IT director for the college. EdTech Magazine

Colleges Encourage Graduates to Seek Second Bachelor's Degrees
Terri Fiez, a professor and director of strategic initiatives in Oregon State’s department of electrical engineering and computer science, conceived of the one-year, online postbaccalaureate program in response to demand from nearby software companies, and mindful of the many recent college graduates who couldn’t find work. "The combination of those two things," she said, "led me to think about, How do we realign their backgrounds with where the jobs are?" The Chronicle of Higher Education

From Soldier to Scholar
Young men and women who turn to the military as a means to pay for their education face a challenge when they finally come home years later — adjusting to life as both a civilian and a student. “My great-grandfather was Navy, my grandfather was decorated Army, my father was Navy and my brother’s Marine Corps,” said Andrew Nesseth, a senior in electrical engineering. Nesseth spent nearly five years with the marines before coming to Oregon State University. The Daily Barometer

A Successful DevOps DayCamp
DevOps DayCamp, a new event this year, was the kick-off for DevOps BootCamp, an extracurricular training program in its second year that takes place throughout the school year for OSU students and community members interested in DevOps. DayCamp is a dual-track event designed to accommodate varying levels of DevOps experience. Computer science student Anna Murphy, a beginner, says, “It was pretty intense, but as fast as it went it was still manageable. At the end of the day I was amazed by how much I had managed to learn. Open Source Lab

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Job Outlook: U.S. College Hiring to Increase 8.3 Percent
By broad category, graduates of the business, engineering, computer and information sciences, and math and sciences disciplines are most in demand at the bachelor’s degree level, with finance, accounting, and computer science the individual majors most in demand among employers. National Association of Colleges and Employers

The Bookseller
Everyone knows college is expensive, but a look at the numbers brings that into sharp — and painful — focus. College students spend an average of $1,100 per year on textbooks, according to Scholarships.com. “Textbook prices seem artificially inflated,” says Bookbyte CEO Steve Gross, “and that’s a burden on students.” Bookbyte seeks to ease that burden by selling new and used textbooks at competitive prices. Oregon Business

Valued at $111M, Oregon is building a top-10 video game industry
Oregon ranks ninth in the nation for video game industry employment with 2,359 people directly or indirectly employed by the industry, according to the report. Nationwide, there are 42,000 people in 36 states employed by the video game industry. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

DevOps Bootcamp
Every Monday, 7pm-9pm, KEC 1005
Interested in learning more about DevOps, Linux or software in general? Come to DevOps Bootcamp! Hosted by the OSU Open Source Lab, the program aims to teach the basics of system administration and software development from the ground up, with no assumed experience or knowledge. Any major is welcome! DevOps Bootcamp is a free and fun way to become more tech savvy, refine computer skills and get comfortable with your machine. Subscribe to our mailing list at http://lists.osuosl.org/mailman/listinfo/devops-bootcamp for weekly updates.  We look forward to seeing you there!

2015 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop
We are now accepting applications for the 2015 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop scheduled to take place in San Francisco, California on April 10-11, 2015. At the Grad Cohort Workshop, we welcome new women graduate students in their first year of graduate school into the community of computing researchers and professionals by providing them with a broad range of strategies and role models. Strategies and mentoring for students in their second and third years of graduate school will also be provided. Applications must be received by November 30, 2014 in order to be considered. Details

New MindSumo Projects
MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships.

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.

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

Join Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday for a movie night!
Monday November 17. Meet at Living Room Theater at 6:30pm and look for the TA3M group. Movie starts at 6:40pm.
What movie? Citizenfour: https://citizenfourfilm.com - the documentary thriller about government surveillance and Edward Snowden.
How much? FREE for the first 20 people to RSVP. 20 tickets have been generously donated to make this event possible. If you are not one of the first 20 people to RSVP, you can purchase tickets at the Living Room Theater box office at their regular rate. Details

Informational Presentation: Professional Career Opportunities in transportation engineering and planning
Tuesday November 18, 6:30 PM, Kearney 305
Learn more about internships and careers at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Pizza and beverages will be served. 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

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Chaoqiang Zhang. Major Advisor: Alex Groce; Committee: Carlos Jensen, Xiaoli Fern, Weng-Keen Wong; GCR: Margaret Niess. "Using Test Case Reduction and Prioritization to Improve Symbolic Execution." Details

Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 3114. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Fanghui Ren. Major Advisor: Alan Wang; Committee: John Conley, Larry Cheng, Huaping Liu; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Surface-normal Plasmonic Modulators for Three-dimensional Optical Interconnects." Details

Friday, November 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Fan Zhou. Major Advisor: John Wager; Committee: John Conley, Larry Cheng; GCR: Oksana Ostroverkhova. "Comprehensive Depletion-Mode Modeling of Oxide Thin-Film Transistors." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, November 17, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003. "The Fractal Nature of Bezier Curves and the Bezier Nature of Fractal Curves" presented by Ron Goldman, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rice University. Details

Friday, November 21, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Kearney 311. "Cyber-Physical Computing in the Earth Sciences: from Wireless Sensor Networks to Pattern Recognition" presented by Marc Rubin, Program Lead / Instructor at OSU-Cascades. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Monday, November 24, 4:00pm to 4:50pm, KEC 1003. "Adaptive and Polymorphic Computer Architectures" presented by Michel Kinsy, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information, University of Oregon. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. This program is designed to increase awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees. The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for under-represented students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: January 2. 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

12 Rules of Highly Effective Networkers
Despite casual dress and informal conversation, there are still unspoken rules of networking that should be followed if you don't want to offend. It's easy to scoff and assume the rules no longer apply, but most likely, if you are breaking the rules below, you are offending a few people and they just won't tell you. Inc.

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

Student Systems Engineer, OSU Open Source Lab. The OSU Open Source Lab is looking for two student systems engineers. This position is part time during the academic year, and full time during the summer. Working on the infrastructure that powers much of the open source ecosystem. Responsible for racking, deploying, maintaining and design of various parts of our infrastructure. Interacts with the community and clients via email and IRC on a daily basis on tasks such as troubleshooting issues and deploying new services. Details

Web Programmer, OSU College of Engineering. The College of Engineering is seeking a talented web designer to maintain current feature stories, modify structural elements within the CoE website, and work with a broad group of full time staff and faculty to maintain a professional and fluid website. Applicants must be available to work approximately 20 hours per week on campus in an assigned location and must have prior Drupal experience. Applicants may come from any major or discipline, no preference will be given to field of study. Details

Tester / QA (student), CORE Business Intelligence Center, Oregon State University. Test CORE reports to endure they meet department standards. Validate data on reports; research and document discrepancies. Provide appropriate feedback to report writer in a timely manner. Review and understand report requirements. Document test results. Develop test plans as needed. Details

Advancement Records – OSU Student Worker. The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an innovative Oregon State student to work in the Advancement Services department working with the Advancement Records Management staff. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable experience working with a large database with extensive volume of information. Applicants should have a basic understanding of the principles of electronic records management, be able to accurately enter coding and retrieve information from the OSUF Advance database. Preference will be given to applicants with web knowledge and database skills. Details

Graduate Student Success GRA - Call for Applications
The Graduate School is seeking to hire a 0.49 FTE Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for 2015 winter and spring terms to assist with graduate student success, retention and outreach initiatives. The Student Success GRA will serve as a Graduate School student representative in various student success initiatives across campus; will be a point of contact and engage in outreach with graduate student leaders and entities across campus; and will identify, develop and implement programming and resources that support graduate student retention, persistence, graduation and overall success. This position will report directly to and work closely with the Graduate School’s Student Success Team. Details

LifeMap Quality Assurance Internship, Cambia. This temporary role is scheduled to begin in November/December 2014. We are seeking candidates who are available on both a part-time and full-time basis. Participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems. Be responsible for the design of test plans, execution of tests, validation of tests as well as programming, debugging and testing of quality assurance automation tools in a development environment. This experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of enterprise software development and quality assurance practices, source control management, as well a good understanding of application deployment architecture. Details

John von Neumann Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Computational Science
Offers an exceptional opportunity to conduct innovative research in computational mathematics and scientific computing on advanced computing architectures.  As members of either the Computing Research Center at Sandia/New Mexico or the Computer Sciences and Information Systems Center at Sandia/California, von Neumann Fellows apply their research findings to a broad range of science and engineering problems of national importance. The application deadline is December 1, 2014. Details

Education Support Programmer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University. This position will work with the Computer Science on-line program instructors and staff to help develop and program new customized learning environments. This environment will identify deficiencies in learning and provide customized materials to help students master subjects in the curriculum. Additionally, by using data mining, predictive models to create recommender systems for the learner and instructors that will guide changes in academic performance. Details

Product Development Engineer Intern and Full-Time Product Development Engineer, Intel. Responsible for production support engineering with respect to creating software test methods (C++ language) for execution on Intel's high-volume manufacturing ATE. Creates software test regression procedures, and maps DFT features into optimized production qualifications relative to test cost constraints. May assist internal customers in device usage problems or customer testing of complex devices. Develops solutions to problems utilizing formal education and judgment based on standard Software lifecycle practices. Details

Senior Analog IC Design Engineer, Indice Semiconductor. Indice Semiconductor (www.indicesemi.com) is hiring at our fabless semiconductor design center in the Portland, Oregon area. The company develops unique encoder and control IP with applications in switch mode power supplies, power amplifiers, DACs and ADCs. We are looking for a Senior Analog IC Design Engineer with expertise in analog/mixed-signal design. The successful candidate will be a Technical Lead in an IC design group. The chosen candidate will be involved in research, definition, design, simulation, layout supervision, characterization and release to production of high-performance state of the art CMOS integrated circuits. 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:

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