OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

You are here

January 5, 2015

IN THE NEWS

John Conley’s career honored with IEEE Fellow status
John F. Conley, Jr., professor of electrical engineering at Oregon State, has been named the only 2015 IEEE Fellow in Oregon. He is being recognized for “contributions to semiconductor process technology to improve radiation hardening of MOS devices,” according to the IEEE awards committee. Conley’s work has had direct impact on earth orbiting satellites, military applications, and the robotic exploration of deep space, as well as the reliability and lifetime of everyday electronic devices. EECS

Creating Rocket Scientists from Scratch
Twenty-seven undergraduates in mechanical and electrical engineering put forth a Herculean effort that includes countless meetings, long hours of research in libraries and labs, late nights with gallons of Red Bull, hands-on testing and retesting, successes and setbacks. Nine months later, the team packs up and drives cross-country to the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in the desert near Green River, Utah. They beat 22 other teams from around the world with an almost perfect launch of 10,280 feet and take home the $1,000 prize in the Basic Category. College of Engineering

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Nvidia unveils its most powerful chip ever — and it's for cars
Chipmaker Nvidia just introduced its most powerful mobile processor ever, the Tegra X1 — which is capable of doing teraflops, or trillions of calculations every second. But it isn't for necessarily phones, tablets or even gaming, at least for now. No, the target market appears to be cars. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang (BSEE '84) took the stage at CES 2015 Sunday night to unveil the tiny, remarkably powerful CPU with 256 processor cores, a mobile chip that can pump out 4K video at 60 Hz. Huang called it "the world's first mobile super chip." Mashable

The 10 smartest cities in America
The pursuit of higher education is more common in America today than in previous generations. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 41% of Americans aged 18 to 24 were enrolled in a two- or four-year degree-granting institution, far more than the 25.5% enrolled in 1967. As of last year, nearly 30% of all American adults 25 and older had attained at least a bachelor’s degree. Yet, in some cities, a far higher percentage of residents are college educated. See where Corvallis ranks. Yahoo!

Oregon's video game industry gets an association of its own
As Oregon video game developers organize into the newly launched Oregon Video Game Association, the move is also an experiment within the Technology Association of Oregon to try to incubate an emerging group. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

ECE 599 Special Topics – Interconnection Networks
Winter 2015: M/W/F 9:00am‐9:50am
Instructor: Lizhong Chen, Assistant Professor
This special topic course introduces students to the fundamentals of interconnection networks in modern many‐core processors, high‐performance computing systems, and datacenters, which are playing crucial roles in many sectors of society. Details

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

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

Bechtel Corporation Scholarship
Applicant must be a woman, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be an SWE member. Applicant must be in an ABET-accredited engineering program, engineering at SWE-approved colleges and universities, or computer science in a CSAB-accredited program or at an ABET-accredited or SWE-approved institution. Eligibility: College sophomore, College junior, College senior. Application deadline: February 1. Details

Lydia I. Pickup Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be a woman, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and attend an ABET-accredited engineering program, engineering at SWE-approved colleges and universities, or commputer science in a CSAB-accredited program or at an ABET-accredited or SWE-approved institution. Award is for education to advance applicant's career in engineering or computer science. Eligibility: Master's-level study. Application deadline: February 1. Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Thursday, Jan 8, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon. "Exascale Computing, Flow Visualization, and Data Exploration: A Strategy for Achieving All Three" presented by Hank Childs, University of Oregon. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. 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

2015 Nebraska Summer Research Program
Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers. Summer 2015 programs include Applied Mathematics, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Minority Health Disparities, Nanohybrid Functional Materials, Optics and Laser Physics, Redox Biology, Sustainability of Civil Infrastructures in Rural Environments, Virology. Priority review begins Monday, February 2 and all applications must be completed by Monday, March 2. Details

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

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Info Session/Seminar
Thursday, January 8, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, KEC 1005
Paid Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory www.pnnl.gov. What if you could discover dark matter... curb U.S. dependence on foreign fuel... clean up an oil spill... or save the world from acts of violence before they happen — all by making a vital scientific discovery today? Better yet, what if you could improve humanity for generations to come by finding and nurturing the scientists who will discover a myriad of ways to improve the world around us? Would you? We are. Details

Student Support Technician 1, College of Business at OSU. The Level 1 Student Support Technician's primary task is to provide hands on end-user support to the College of Business students,faculty, and staff. This position will have access to confidential data. Details

Informal Learning Space Student Worker, OSU TRIO Student Support Services. Informal Learning Space Student Workers will monitor, maintain, and answer questions about technology housed in Waldo Hall 301 (iPad, iMac, SmartTV, MacBook, and accessories). Workers will be available after standard SSS Hours (9AM-5PM) allowing students to access technology into the evening. They will work collaboratively with TRiO-SSS, Technology Across The Curriculum, and Student Media Services to organize technology presentations, and track attendance at technology presentations. Details

Application Engineering Intern Opportunities, Cadence. Are you looking to start your career interning with  the leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) and system design technologies? If you have EE, CS, CE, Physics, or Math experience through internships or US graduate university courses or have recently graduated in the top 15% of a US Masters/PhD program, Cadence may be the place for you. As a Cadence application engineering intern, you will not only get new technical knowledge and strong experience with our EDA tools, but also learn how a company like Cadence works, what internal processes exist, and how to efficiently work with your colleagues, and how we interact with our customers. In this unique and prominent position, you will take a versatile role, gaining a lot of expertise in different contexts. Details

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists, University of Illinois Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC). The University of Illinois Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) in Singapore seeks Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists for an exciting new project on “A Cyber-Physical Approach to Securing Urban Transportation Systems.” Future cities will increasingly be smart, providing an environment where people’s everyday lives are supported by various cyber-physical infrastructures. Particularly for a modern city with dense population like Singapore, the security, safety, and reliability of its urban transportation systems are critical. By collaborating with Singapore’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and a number of industry partners, ADSC will develop new security technologies for urban transportation systems and make fundamental breakthroughs in cyber security research. Applicants should possess a PhD in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field. Details

Thin Film Technician, Amorphyx. Characterize and test thin films critical to a new class of device for next generation display technology in a fast-paced start-up. You will be an integral part of the engineering team, collecting, organizing, and reporting data to a highly accomplished and diverse team. The bulk of the work will be in Corvallis and includes processing of samples using thin film deposition equipment, performing equipment maintenance, collecting electrical performance results, and reporting the results. Details

Assistant Business Systems Analyst, City of Portland. The Assistant Business Systems Analyst for the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is responsible for partnering with BDS internal customers, external customers and software vendors to clarify business and operational requirements for information technology and systems, including upgrading the citywide permit and case management system from CSDC’s AMANDA Systems to the Infor Public Sector (IPS) system (formally Hansen). Duties include coordinating the implementation of software, translating business requirements into system designs and specifications, coordinating the transformation of the specifications into software solutions and testing solutions against user requirements. 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:


Want to include an item in this newsletter? Send the info here.