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December 15, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Making apps is her thing
Nicole Phelps did not expect to love computer science, but a job developing mobile applications at Oregon State got her hooked, and it turned into passion that propelled her into a career in software development. Oregon Stater

Engineering Music
A chance encounter set Oregon State University computer science student, Daren Keck, on a path to create an electronic musical instrument that indulged his interests in choral and minimalist music. EECS

Connecting the Dots
Interdisciplinary collaboration was top on the list of reasons to come to Oregon State for 14 new faculty in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The new professors hired in the last two years specialize in diverse areas such as computer security, computational biology, sensors, signal processing and software engineering, but many are so cross-disciplinary they are hard to define by a single area group. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Tripwire sold for $710 million to Belden, St. Louis networking company
Portland cybersecurity specialist Tripwire, an anchor of Portland's tech scene for nearly two decades, sold Tuesday to a publicly traded St. Louis company called Belden for $710 million. Tripwire has 450 employees, 89 percent in the United States. The companies didn't immediately say what will happen to the Portland office, though Belden said retaining Tripwire's senior employees will be key to the deal's success. The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal

After $710M sale, Tripwire to boost R&D in Portland, CEO sticking around
Even though its ownership is changing, it will be business as usual at Tripwire, according to CEO Jim Johnson. Tripwire, which employs 400 people in total and keeps its headquarters in downtown Portland, will continue to operate as a standalone business under Johnson and no organizational structure changes are planned. Portland Business Journal

10 best tech companies to work for in 2015
Glassdoor compiled the top 50 places to work in 2015, based on feedback from employees. Out of the 50 options, the top 10 tech companies ran the gamut, from digital management giant Adobe to the iPhone overlords of Apple. However, many a tech name was beat out by other well-known companies, such as Nestle Purina, Chevron and (maybe best of all?) In-N-Out, the West Coast fast food joint, which actually nabbed the third overall spot. Mashable

As it prepares to hire like mad, Aruba Networks chooses hot tech building for its Portland home
Aruba Networks apparently has a home for the scores of workers it'll hire in Portland. "The new location will help expand our business while attracting and retaining talent across various job functions," said Greg Murphy, Aruba's VP of business operations, in a release. Portland Business Journal

Booz Allen Hamilton and Kaggle Launch Inaugural National Data Science Bowl
Booz Allen Hamilton, the management and technology consulting firm, and Kaggle, the leading online data science competition community, today announced the launch of the inaugural National Data Science Bowl. A 90-day competition, the National Data Science Bowl will provide the data science community with an opportunity to utilize its skills and training to create impact on a global scale. Specifically, in this inaugural competition, participants will develop complex algorithms to advance the study of ocean health, the result of which will generate an estimated one million dollar ‘in-kind’ donation of analytics research to the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University. Business Wire

OPPORTUNITIES

Show your creativity for Women In Technology!
For the new year we are requesting your help and creative genius to design our official Portland's Women in Technology T-shirt! The winning design will be announced in January. Deadline to enter is end of day Friday, January 12th. Details

CS 312: Linux System Administration
Introduction to Linux System Administration and DevOps methodologies. The goal of this course is to provide the foundation of knowledge with the tools and technologies used in managing today’s highly scalable and agile systems. Topics include:

  • Linux Basics
  • Configuration Management
  • System Monitoring
  • High Availability System Architecture
  • Virtualization and Containerization
  • Distributed Systems and Service Discovery

New Course, Winter 2014: Applied Bioinformatics, BB485/585
Time: MWF 4:00-4:50pm; Location: Nash 204; Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough introduction to the problems and methods of the bioinformatics of nucleic acid sequences and proteins. The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of bioinformatics and enable you to understand and employ software and methods used in answering contemporary questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as sequence alignment, motif finding, databases, phylogenetic tree construction, GO Terms, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, microRNA discovery using small RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Details

Design a web site this Winter!
CRN 38397, 4 credits. Meets Tues & Thurs 2:00pm to 3:50pm in GRAF 306. Contact the Instructor
CS 195 Beginning Web Authoring will teach you the basics of web site development:

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

Engineering for You Video Contest 2
You could win $25,000 for your video highlighting how engineering will create a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world by addressing the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. We want you to review NAE’s 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering, then create and submit a 1 to 2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world! Deadline to enter: March 2, 2015. Details

Alternative Spring Break
This is a unique opportunity for students to bond, learn, and serve. Applications are due Wednesday January 7, 2015 by 5pm online or to the Student Leadership & Involvement information desk in Snell 149. Students can learn more about the alternative break program, download the application packet, or apply online at http://sli.oregonstate.edu/alternativebreaks. Spring break trips for 2015 include:

  • Hunger & Homelessness in San Francisco, California, Estimated Trip Cost: $445  (includes 4 dinners and breakfast)
  • Community & Cultural Engagement in Yakima, Washington, Estimated Trip Cost: $145  (includes 4 dinners)
  • Environmental  Restoration & Conservation: Ashland, Oregon, Estimated Trip Cost: $ 220 (includes 4 dinners)

IEEE DIY Project
At IEEE, we want to promote the great projects engineers from our community are making themselves. That's what the IEEE DIY Project is all about. Submit your own engineering project (whether it's a robotic arm you built or a piece of computer software) for a chance to win $500. Details

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.

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

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

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

SAE International Scholarships Program
SAE International is proud to award scholarship money to both undergraduate and graduate engineering students. SAE scholarships assist in developing the future engineering workforce by helping students achieve their dreams of becoming an engineer. Application deadline: January 15. 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

Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship
To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be a currently enrolled full- time undergraduate student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. The applicant must be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following curricula: Engineering/ Engineering Technology; Computer Science/MIS; Pre-law; Political Science; Telecommunications/Information Technology. Application deadline: January 26. Details

Microsoft Scholarship
Microsoft awards college tuition scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. Chosen recipients will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence and leadership while working to make a difference in the software industry. In addition to STEM tuition scholarships, Microsoft enables students to participate in technical conferences like Grace Hopper, SHPE, NSBE, and others. A conference scholarship grant covers the cost of conference registration and a lump sum amount towards travel, hotel and other related expenses. Application deadline: January 30. Details

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Scholarships
To help support promising future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation annually awards financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs related to aerospace. The AIAA Foundation's undergraduate scholarship program offers scholarships to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year, and recipients can apply to renew their scholarship annually until they graduate. Application deadline: January 31. 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

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates
The program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in nanotechnology. This summer a total of approximately 70 students are hosted for a 10 week program, spread across the 14 NNIN facilities. Each student will work on an independent research project within their area of interest, using the advanced resources of our laboratories. Because of the breadth of expertise across these sites, we are able to offer exciting nanotechnology research projects across the spectrum of nanotechnology fields: Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, and Biomedical Engineering. Application deadline: February 11. Details

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 22 to August 21, 2015; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2015. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them
All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate. In the interest of helping more candidates make it past that first resume screen, here are the five biggest mistakes I see on resumes. 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

Research assistant position for CS undergrad student to develop an android app and work on machine to machine communications for an indoor localization system, with an outstanding team of graduate students that are working closely with high-tech companies. CS Undergraduate, experience in C, C++, java and android app development is required. Efficient in Visual Studio 2013. Experience in developing vcxproj and .NET solution is desirable. Experience in python, Ubuntu, MQTT, and matlab is desirable but not required. Details

Amorphyx, an innovator at the intersection of materials science and electronics, is seeking a thin-film technician to characterize and test thin films critical to a new class of device for next generation display technology. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the engineering team, collecting, organizing, and reporting data. The bulk of the work will be in Corvallis. Read the full job announcement at www.Amorphyx.com/careers.

Systems Engineer - New Grad - Flight Control Systems/Control Laws, Rockwell Collins. We are currently searching for a Systems Engineer to join our team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We are looking for a Systems Engineer to take on major design responsibilities in the development of automatic flight control systems for the next generation of business, regional, military and air-transport aircraft. System engineering duties will span the entire product lifecycle, from system design through system testing. Details

COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This position is part of a development team focused on C#/ASP.NET web development using Microsoft SQL Server databases. The position will be using object oriented programming techniques and will be expected to work with numerous technologies including, but not limited to, SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services, SQL Server Analysis Services, Google Maps, Visual Studio, e-learning tools (e.g., Moodle), C#, ASP.NET, Telerik .NET controls, and Team Foundation Server. The person hired may also spend a significant amount of time testing and documenting existing web applications. Business areas supported include, but are not limited to, Habitat and Species Conservation, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Law Enforcement, Licensing and Permitting, and Finance and Budget. 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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