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EECS Weekly News: February 23, 2015

KUDOS

CS student and Open Source Lab sysadmin Emily Dunham is a candidate for Red Hat's Women in Open Source Award. Judges narrowed the field from more than 100 nominations to 10 finalists. The award was created to recognize the contributions that women are making and inspire a new generation to join the open source movement. You can vote for Emily daily here until March 6.

Yuliya Dennis, EECS Post-Bacc CS Online Admissions Advisor, has been elected to the Board of Directors for Oregon Women in Higher Education. The mission of Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) is inspiring women to connect, grow and lead change in higher education.

IN THE NEWS

Half-time Rover
However, OSU's Robotics Club scored a half-time win with a demonstration of its robot, the Mars Rover. The robot's antics were just part of the talents that the club's 150 budding mechanical engineers, computer scientists and others hope to see recognized with the OSU Mars Rover's selection by NASA for a future trip to Mars. Corvallis Gazette-Times

EECS Alum Receives Google PhD Fellowship
Kyle Rector, who graduated from OSU in 2010 with degrees in computer science and electrical and computer engineering, is now a PhD student at the University of Washington. She was named one of just 15 2015 North American Google PhD Fellows in the nation. The program was created "to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in Computer Science and related disciplines." As an undergraduate, Rector conducted research in human-computer interaction, mentored by Margaret Burnett. Google

Portland-based ChickTech launches national campaign
ChickTech, a Portland-based organization aiming to get more women in the tech industry, would like to expand into five new cities. But first they need to raise some money, which leaders of the group hope they can do via crowdfunding. [EECS alum] Janice Levenhagen-Seeley has established Seattle, New York and Chicago as three of the five cities she would like to expand into. Portland Business Journal

Intel now No. 1 sponsor of Linux contributions
Intel, one of the world's largest computer hardware companies, is now also among the biggest contributors to open-source software. Intel employs several thousand software developers, many of them in Hillsboro, who help build new features into Linux and help steer the operating system's course. The chipmaker's software group is run by one of its top Oregon executives, Doug Fisher ('85 ECE), who serves on the Linux Foundation's board. The Oregonian

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Technology Association of Oregon opens Eugene office to support Lane County tech
The Eugene area is home to more than 200 tech and tech-enabled companies. The security giant Symantec has a large presence in the Eugene-Springfield area, and the University of Oregon is particularly strong in research related to education technology. The university also has a strong business school, and its computer science department is making an effort to establish better relationships with the local tech industry. Portland Business Journal

Can an LED-filled “robot garden” make coding more accessible?
A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a tablet-operated system that illustrates their cutting-edge research on distributed algorithms via robotic sheep, origami flowers that can open and change colors, and robotic ducks that fold into shape by being heated in an oven. MIT

15 Hot Skill Sets For IT Pros In 2015
Tech job site Dice gave InformationWeek a rundown of the IT job skills that have seen the greatest increases in the number of open positions listed on its site from January 2014 to January 2015. These are drawn from any category with at least 1,000 positions listed. JIRA has seen a 69% jump in the number of listings in that time period, while Puppet saw a 67% increase, making them two of the site's top three fastest-growing tech skills areas. InformationWeek

OPPORTUNITIES

Online Parallel Programming Class
Spring Quarter 2015 (March 30 - June 5, 2015)
Parallel computing is quickly becoming a required skill set for all Computer Science practitioners. With the advent of the Big Data revolution, we are all trying to get lower execution times for the same data size, or the same execution time for a larger data size. In this course, we will focus on Desktop Parallel Computing, including multicore, vector, and GPU programming. We will look at some of the theory, but will mainly highlight some of the techniques and APIs that can be used in real applications. We will also show performance benchmark graphs and discuss what they tell us about what we can and can't do with Parallel Computing. More information on the online course can be found at: http://cs.oregonstate.edu/~mjb/onlineparallelclass

Join the ChickTech Corvallis Leadership Team
Join the ChickTech movement and help to kickoff another year with ChickTech Corvallis! We are looking for students, and people working in the tech industry who want to step up and drive change in the numbers of young women who are exposed to opportunities to learn to code, build robots, apps and more. The chapter will join existing chapters in Portland, Seattle and San Francisco with an annual program for 100 amazing high school girls who don't think of themselves as technical but who have the aptitude to do well, with a focus on disadvantaged youth. Help us to improve their futures while giving the tech industry what it needs: diversity. For more information, please email corvallis@chicktech.org.

Communicating Science 2015 Workshop
Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2015 workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 18-20, 2015. Graduate students and postdocs at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering are encouraged to apply. Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. There will be panel discussions on the following topics: Communicating with Non-Scientific Audiences; Science Communication in Popular Culture; Communicating as a Science Advocate; Multimedia Communication for Scientists; Addressing Diversity through Communication. Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance of the workshop is free and travel support will be provided to accepted applicants. Application deadline: March 1. Details

DevOps Bootcamp
Mondays at 7 pm in KEC 1005
Interested in learning more about systems administration, software development and Linux? Join DevOps Bootcamp! Hosted by the OSU Open Source Lab, we aim to teach the basics of DevOps from the ground up, with no assumed experience or knowledge. Everybody is welcome! DevOps Bootcamp is a free and fun way to develop real-world technical skills. Subscribe to our mailing list at http://lists.osuosl.org/mailman/listinfo/devops-bootcamp for weekly updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 - $25,000 Grand Prize
Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. We want you to review the 14 Grand Challenges, and 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! The Grand Prize of $25,000 will go to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. We hope that you will participate in the contest and also encourage those in your communities to enter as well! The E4U2 Video Contest is open for video submissions from January 5, 2015 to March 2, 2015. Visit www.e4uvideocontest.org to learn more!

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
Rewards students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom—and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It provides up to $25,000 per year for 50 first-time freshmen or existing college students, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program. Deadline: February 27, 2015. Details

OSURA Student Scholarship
The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) provides scholarship support to undergraduate students at Oregon State University who are majoring in a subject that contributes to a career promoting healthy aging. Currently enrolled OSU undergraduate students are encouraged to apply who have completed at least one academic year at OSU with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better, and have at least one year of study yet to be completed towards their first bachelor’s (B.S./B.A.) degree. Applications are due Monday, March 2, 2015 by 4:30 PM. Details

C.E. Boucher Memorial Scholarship
To honor and financially assist engineering students attending school in Washington or Oregon at the University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Oregon or Oregon State University. Application deadline: March 1. Details

Human Rights and Economic Justice Fellowship Program
The Forgotten International is presently seeking applicants for volunteer placements abroad through our Human Rights and Economic Justice Fellowship Program. In doing so, we look to place caring individuals in the field to do the work of poverty alleviation around the world with our partner organizations. This year we are pleased to offer Fellowship opportunities in Cambodia, India, Kenya, Nepal and Peru. Applications are due by March 1, 2015. Details

Rockwell Collins-SVA STEM Scholarship
Student Veterans of America is proud to partner with Rockwell Collins to award three $2,500 scholarships to student veterans that are interested in pursuing a STEM degree path. This scholarship will not only build a diverse talent pool of candidates that can meet the emerging workforce demands of Rockwell Collins, but it will also ensure that student veterans can achieve their goal of earning a college education. Application deadline: March 15. Details

OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship
The Older-Than-Average Scholarships are made possible by the work of the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop in Corvallis. These scholarships are awarded to women who are U.S. citizens and residents of either Benton County, Linn County or Monmouth or Independence in Polk County, are age thirty (30) or older by the application deadline date, and who will be attending OSU in 2015-2016 as full-time students each term while pursuing a bachelor's, master's, or professional degree. Preference is given to women who have had a break in their post-secondary studies and are returning after an absence. Application deadline: March 30. Details

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research. Must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by July 1, 2015. Must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and/or mathematics. Application deadline: March 20, 2015. Details

AfterCollege scholarships are awarded to currently enrolled students who demonstrate professionalism and a passion for their future career. This quarter’s deadline to apply is March 31. Details

  • NSA Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
    $500-Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Aerospace Corporation Science & Engineering Student Scholarship
    $500-Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (BA, BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, information systems, and mathematics.
  • STEM Inclusion Scholarship
    $500-Open to students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study.

Reed Tech Scholarship Opportunity
Reed Tech, a Lexis Nexis company, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to all STEM students enrolled in universities for the 2015/2016 school year. Applicants must write an essay about a significant innovation that has materially changed both work and leisure lives, the benefits it has provided, and how you would improve it. Deadline: May 30, 2015. Details

Southland Electrical Supply Scholarship Program
The Southland Electrical Supply Scholarship Program is offering a $1,000 scholarship in an essay contest for all students studying, or planning to study, a STEM major. The essay topic is “How innovation affects the science, technology and trade industry.” Deadline: May 30, 2015. Details

EVENTS

Webcast: A Day in the Life of a Puppet Labs Intern
Friday, February 27, 11:00 am
Ever wonder what it's like to work at Puppet Labs? Join our webcast to hear how current employees who started as interns describe their experience working for an exciting tech company. As one of the fastest growing companies in Portland, our teams are eager for you to learn about our culture and how you can make an impact in Engineering, Customer Success, and Marketing. This is your chance to get a behind the scenes look at Puppet Labs that you couldn't get anywhere else! Please be sure to register to secure your spot! https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=wxakxp7hmaz3 

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Thursday, February 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 1007. "Towards Querying and Mining of Big - Graphs" presented by Arijit Khan, Post-doctorate Researcher, Systems Group, ETH Zurich. Details

Friday, February 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1001. Special Seminar: "The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) – Background, Technology & Challenges" presented by Michael Thorburn, Former Head ALMA Department of Engineering & Joint ALMA Observatory Project Manager (Presently at DIRECTV). Details

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Robots in the Real World
The Robotics program at Oregon State University is offering exciting summer research opportunities for undergraduates in a variety of areas of robotics that deal with the real world; from remote marine sensing, to building and controlling legged robots, to picking up and manipulating objects, to how we can incorporate robots into our daily lives. Exciting research is, however, only part of the story. We want students to leave our program excited about continuing to do research in robotics, and to give them the tools to successfully transition to graduate-level research, and to continue research at their home institutions. In particular, we provide a novel opportunity for students to design follow-on robotics research at their home institution, and to return to Oregon State during the academic year in order to use the robotics facilities here to conduct that research. Application deadline: February 27. Details

University of Washington 2015 Jelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology
We are seeking outstanding members of the current junior class to join a summer research workshop on language engineering from June 22 to August 14, 2015. The 8-week workshop provides an intense intellectual environment. The teams and topics for summer 2015 include: far-field speech enhancement and recognition in mismatched settings; continuous wide-band machine translation; probabilistic transcription of languages with no native-language transcribers. Application deadline: February 27. Details

USC Institute for Creative Technologies
The Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) offers a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates in interactive virtual experiences. A multidisciplinary research institute affiliated with the University of Southern California, the ICT was established in 1999 to combine leading academic researchers in computing with the creative talents of Hollywood and the video game industry. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of ICT research, we welcome applications from students in computer science, as well as many other fields, such as psychology, art/animation, interactive media, linguistics, and communications. Undergraduates will join a team of students, research staff, and faculty in one of several labs focusing on different aspects of interactive virtual experiences. Application deadline: February 28. 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

Undergraduate Computer Research (UnCoRe) in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
The Computer Science and Engineering Department at Oakland University invites students to apply to its eleventh summer of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduate students. The students selected to participate will be immersed in a research environment under the mentoring of CSE faculty. This program is a full-time comprehensive educational experience targeted to women and minorities in particular.Variety of research topics available in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace. Application deadline: March 18. Details

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Collaborative Data Visualization Applications
Clemson Computing and Information Technology's Advanced Visualization Division invites undergraduates with an interest in visualizaiton to participate in cutting-edge undergraduate research at Clemson University. The program identifies research collaborators with visualization needs and assigns each student to a REU team. Each REU Team consists of a research/science collaborator, a visualization mentor and a visualization REU student. This arrangement fosters collaboration among team members, an appreciation of the visualization process and an understanding of the role visualization plays in discovery and analysis. Research areas of this site include: computer science, genetics and biochemistry, geophysics, sociology, molecular modeling and simulation, inorganic chemistry, social media, parks recreation tourism management, biological sciences and digital humanities. All undergraduates with an interest in visualization are encouraged to apply. Top priority given to applicants from members of underrepresented populations in undergraduate programs, and/or from schools with limited research opportunities. Application deadline: April 1. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

8 Subtle Ways to Ace the Interview
Want to land the job? Who doesn’t, right? You go on an interview in your Sunday finest, being the consummate professional. Well, hiring managers strive to hire the candidate who is best suited for the job in terms of their skills and experience, but they’re also looking to identify the best fit. Who did their hiring team like the best? Who would fit in well with the culture? This boils down to several subtle ways a candidate can shine during the interview. U.S. News & World Report

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 worker, Cascade Design Inc. We are looking for a student who would be willing to work around their studies on a part time basis to start and then more hours as we transition to summer. We would like the student to be able to use visual studio in order to help us maintain a Structural Engineering software program. The software is StruCalc and the website is www.strucalc.com. Details

Student programmer, Enterprise Computing Services, OSU. We are looking for a student programmer to join a software development team. This is a part-time position during the school year and could be full time during vacation if interested. We are the MIST (Middleware Integration Solution Team) group within Enterprise Computing Services at OSU. You will be working with a group of talented and passionate developers to implement web-based applications that serve various needs of the university. Your job responsibilities will include software development and testing. Details

Software Engineer (Programmer) Intern, Open Dental. The ideal candidate for the Software Engineer (Programming) intern position will meet the following requirements: Computer Science/Computer Engineering major, Junior standing or greater. Not required but helpful: Java and or C# knowledge or experience; SQL/MySQL knowledge or experience; willing to work part time during the school year. Details

Data Mining Research Intern: Time Series Event Prediction. The Data Mining Research team is looking for an enthusiastic intern to work on event prediction for time series data. Specifically, the goal of this internship will involve surveying available event prediction approaches for asynchronous time series datasets, especially focusing on probabilistic graphical models, and implementing one/two state-of-the-art algorithms. Some of the outcomes of this internship could include software prototypes, reports on performance comparisons between approaches and/or developing new machine learning algorithms. Internships are expected to be at least 10-12 weeks long during the summer months. Details

Student Trainee (Engineering) - Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, and Construction Engineers, US Army Corps of Engineers. Participate in Construction Management by assisting engineers and scientist with researching and collecting data, performing calculations using standard mathematical and engineering formulas, recording factual data from tests and other studies. The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Details

Entry level engineer, CorrQuest. We are looking for a motivated engineering graduate to join our staff. Any engineering discipline will be considered, with electrical background preferred. Typical CorrQuest designs utilize PLCs, HMis, drives, motors and other automation components. Experience with any of these is a plus, but is not required. Please detail any experience you have in these areas in your cover letter or resume when submitting them for the position. This position will provide oversight and instruction for the entry level engineer. Details

Product Engineer, Oracle. Do you want to work on cool products with leading edge technology? Come work for Oracle. The Oracle Product Engineer is the product owner from an operations engineering perspective for a product. The successful candidate will be able to learn and apply technical expertise to maintain an efficient, quality manufacturing process. Monitor product quality goals, assist in defining product test architectures and manufacturing requirements, and drive continuous product yield and process improvement for system level tests. Details

Data Architect/Database Administrator, Washington State University. The job will be to work on the WSU-Decision Aid System (das.wsu.edu) along with 1-2 other programmers to work to implement new features on our system. The work location will be in Wenatchee at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center and will provide the person with the ability to grow their expertise and work on a diversity of platforms (including desktop and phones). We’re really looking for imaginative programmers who are adaptable and would work together well as part of a team. We currently have >400 users of our DSS system and will be moving to a pay-system that will help provide longer term stability to the system and the job for the successful applicant. This job is listed as a one year position with later years contingent on funding and job performance. Details

Silicon System Electrical Engineer, Hewlett Packard. The Silicon Systems Electrical Engineer in HP's Printing Technology Development Lab works with Inkjet R&D engineers, circuit designers, test engineers and process engineers to specify, design, and integrate micro fluidic and microelectronic circuit designs into silicon for Thermal Inkjet print heads. This engineer is responsible for the electrical integration of the print head circuit into the print head assembly (PHA), and supporting the electrical integration of the PHA into printers and the PHA manufacturing process. Responsible for the design specification, electrical test, and trouble-shooting of new print head designs. Will also drive performance improvements of existing designs. Details

Jr. and Sr. Controls Engineers. Specify DCS's, PLC's, HMI's, servo systems, motors, drives, sensors, vision sensors, and data collection hardware. Evaluates and select electrical equipment from multiple sources. Complete hardware schematics. Leads/supports internal Project & Process Engineers, Maintenance & Production personnel, OEM's vendors, and contractors to design, install, interface, and start up new equipment. Assesses, identifies, schematically designs, and makes complex modifications in PLC, HMI and servo controller logic to improve individual equipment and overall system performance. 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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