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EECS Weekly News: March 3, 2015

IN THE NEWS

2015 Oregon Stater Awards
This year's EECS awardees include:

  • Paul E. McKenney (BS CS '81), Distinguished Engineer, IBM Linux Technology Center
  • Michael Thorburn (PhD EE '92), Senior Director, Communications Systems Engineering, DIRECTV

Innov8 with POWER8 University Challenge
Innov8 with POWER8 is a new academic program for computer science senior and graduate students. The Innov8 with POWER8 challenge looks to launch a brand-new academic program featuring students and universities tackling real-world business challenges. The program involves three top universities from across the country – North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, and Rice University. During the fall semester of 2014, students from each school were provided with new Power Systems built on POWER8 architecture and participating OpenPOWER partner infrastructure. You can help decide the outcome of this challenge! Vote here.

Wave and Tidal Energy in 2015: Finally Emerging from the Labs
According to new analysis, published recently in the journal Renewable Energy, large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be “comparatively steady, dependable and able to be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power.” “Ocean wave energy tends to have low short term variability when aggregated over a large area, which results in a calculated integration cost, in terms of impact to reserve generation requirements, that is relatively low, and much lower than wind,” said report co-author Ted Brekken, Associate Professor of Energy Systems at Oregon State University. RenewableEnergyWorld.com

Solar Car Race Offers Gold Standard Learning in Abu Dhabi
Call it the experience of a lifetime. Or just call it part of a great education at Oregon State. In January, nine OSU students took a solar car they built to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, a four-day, 1,200 kilometer race. This was the first international competition for the university’s Solar Vehicle Team, made possible by generous underwriting by the race sponsors – including air shipment for OSU’s vehicle, aptly named the Phoenix. Life@OSU

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Portland’s ChickTech strives to bring its programs to more communities
ChickTech — a tech program designed to encourage high school girls and career level women to pursue technology careers — is looking to take its programming to a much larger stage. But they could use your help to do it. Why should you help? Silicon Florist

25 Highest Rated Companies for Internships (2015)
With more than 27,500 open internships across the U.S., according to Glassdoor data, now is the time for college students and young professionals to apply to summer internships. Glassdoor combed through thousands of company reviews shared by interns over the past year to identify the companies that offer the best experience, revealing its fourth annual report of the 25 Highest Rated Companies for Internships in 2015. Glassdoor

Even with HP deal, Aruba still plans to expand in Portland
Hewlett-Packard is buying Aruba Networks and though it is still early in the integration planning process, the deal isn't expected to derail Aruba's existing plans. "Aruba is fully committed to continue to develop the Portland site," said Greg Murphy, vice president of business operations. Portland Business Journal

Tech firm doubles its Hillsboro space, plans plenty of new hires
A little more than two-and-a-half years after consolidating its operations in Hillsboro, Eid Passport has inked a deal to double its office space to accommodate its continued expansion. The new space will give Eid's 330 full-time employees and more than 70 temporary employees a little more breathing room. It will also make way for at least 40 more full-timers — and up to 90 temporaries — it's looking to hire in the coming months. Portland Business Journal

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

Instructables Pi/e Day Contest
All things pi or pie are eligible. So if you have a tech project that you’ve been wanting to build, or a recipe that you’d like to share, enter it for a chance to win prizes and robotics kits from Dexter Industries. Create a new Step By Step, Photo, or Video Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the right-hand column. Instructables must be published between Feb 23, 2015 and Apr 20, 2015 (11:59pm PT) to be eligible. 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!

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

Oregon CTF
Saturday, March 7, 10am-5pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave., FAB 10 (Fourth Ave. Building), Portland
Oregon CTF is a capture-the-flag security event sponsored by Raytheon and Oregon's ETIC and organized by Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University. The event is open to all enrolled students at the high-school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Registration is required. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Thursday, March 5, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1126. PhD Final Oral Examination – Steen Larsen. Major Advisor: Ben Lee; Committee: Bechir Hamdaoui, Bella Bose, Thinh Nguyen; GCR: Guenter Schneider. "Offloading of I/O Transactions in Current CPU Architectures." Details

Thursday, March 5, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1005. PhD Final Oral Examination – Allen Waters. Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon; Committee: Karti Mayaram, Gabor Temes, Huaping Liu; GCR: Karen Shell. "Automated Verilog-to-Layout Synthesis of ADCs Using Custom Analog Cells." Details

Monday, March 9, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, KEC 2057. MS Final Examination – Xu Hu. Major Advisor: Sinisa Todorovic; Committee: Thomas Dietterich, Prasad Tadepalli. "Reconfigurable Chain Models for Part-Based Object Recognition." Details

Tuesday, March 10, 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – Scott Harpool. Major Advisor: Annette von Jouanne; Committee: Ted Brekken, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Alex Yokochi; GCR: Solomon Yim. "Aggregated Reserve Requirements of Geographically Diverse Renewable Portfolios in the Pacific Northwest." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Thursday, March 5, 10:00am to 11:00am, KEC 1007. "Visual understanding of human actions" presented by Hamed Pirsiavash, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT. Details

Friday, March 6, 9:00am to 10:00am, KEC 1007. "First-Person Activity Recognition: Understanding Videos from One's Own Viewpoint" presented by Michael S. Ryoo, Research Staff, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Details

Tuesday, March 10, 10:00am to 11:00am, KEC 1007. "Secure and Robust Software Through Testing and Verification" presented by Rene Just, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Programming Languages and Software Engineering Group, University of Washington. Details

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

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

7 ways to banish (almost) all of your pre-interview jitters
Getting an invitation to interview is always exciting — but the second that post-interview invitation glow wears off and the pre-interview jitters sets in, it’s all downhill from there. Your anxiety builds and builds, and by the time the meeting rolls around, you’re just a ball of nerves. It doesn’t help that first impressions are so critical. To make sure you don’t walk into your next big interview a sweaty and nervous mess, here are a few strategies to try out prior to the big day. USA TODAY College

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 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

Web Communications Intern, South Corvallis Food Bank. The South Corvallis Food Bank (SCFB) serves the low-income community south of the OSU campus. It is the largest food bank in Corvallis and serves an average of 300 households a month. The SCFB is seeking to improve and expand its web presence and effectiveness, particularly in its relationships with donors, clients, and volunteers. SCFB would like to work with an intern who could do this work for 10 hours per week for 10 weeks. The intern for this project will: work with pantry staff to identify specific web-communication needs; implement a system for engaging with donors; implement a system for engaging with clients; implement a system for recruiting volunteers; improve the system for communication with volunteers; expand the social media outreach of the SCFB. 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

HealthSparq Software Developer/QA Internship, Cambia Health Solutions. Provide support to the Application Development/QA Team in the following role: participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems; will be responsible for programming, debugging and testing of applications in a development environment; this experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of enterprise software development practices, source control management as well a good understanding of application deployment architecture. Details

Communication and Process Internship, Cambia. The Communication and Process Intern will work with members of the Office of the Data Strategy team to improve the use and communication of information on our intranet site and create technical documentation. The Communication and Process Intern will work on the following goals and tasks: create useable tools and processes to improve access to information and data; update and revise existing documents, tools and resources Create documentation and communication materials; input new or clean existing data in tracking systems as defined by changing processes; in addition to the above duties, the Communication and Process intern will function as part of the Data Strategy team and work in areas necessary to gain an understanding of the organization. This may include working in a capacity which is outside the specific scope of the project. Details

Intern- Product Marketing, Cirrus Logic. Seeking a highly technical and motivated intern with a background in engineering. Candidates must be able to understand embedded systems and work directly with cross-functional teams to help drive product definition activities. Candidates are also expected to participate in process-improvement tasks that help streamline marketing activities within the division. Example projects / activities / tasks include: competitive analysis of embedded systems; generate launch material and sales support collateral for new products; drive demand creation initiatives and provide recommendations for improvement; support field applications and sales teams with samples, technical presentations and training; conduct and analyze market research; improve marketing infrastructure/processes. Details

Intern- Mixed Signal Audio Applications Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Cirrus Logic's Audio Division is seeking EE undergrads to join our team of applications engineers supporting our mixed-signal audio and digital signal processing solutions, developing technical documentation, reference designs, and demonstration platforms for low-power audio converter and signal processing ICs that serve the portable, professional, and consumer audio markets. As a mixed-signal audio applications intern, you will help support our customers’ device integration. Details

Intern- Acoustic Systems Engineering, Cirrus Logic. The Audio Division of Cirrus Logic is looking for an outstanding graduate student with a background in acoustics and signal processing for a summer 2015 internship in Austin, TX. This full time internship will work closely with the acoustic systems team on projects related to headphone acoustic design, real time audio processing, robust control system tuning and end user experience. Solid understanding of the fundamentals of electrical engineering and MATLAB programming is required. Previous hands on lab experience with high quality audio interfaces, anechoic/reverberant measurements, head & torso simulators and critical listening are all pluses. Details

Intern- Mixed Signal IC Validation Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Responsibilities: Work with the IC Design Engineers and Applications Engineering to determine requirements for device post-silicon validation. Defines, develops, and/or acquires software and/or hardware tools in support of silicon validation efforts. Development and execution of validation test plans, designing test boards, writing automation test scripts and putting together system configurations. Develops state of the art evaluation methodologies to assure Zero Defects. Assist Design Engineers with the characterization and functional testing to determine root cause failure analysis and resolving silicon issues using logic analyzers, audio performance analyzers, and oscilloscopes. Candidate will provide qualification and characterization data to Product Test Engineering. Accurately reports all test failures using software tracking tools. Details

Intern/Co-op – Physical Design Engineer, Cirrus Logic. You will assist with all aspects of physical implementation from RTL to GDS, including RTL synthesis, scan stitching, timing constraints creation, Power analysis, chip floor plan, clock distribution, full chip assembly, Timing driven Placement & Route, Static Timing Analysis, timing closure, ECO and tapeout. Interface with other design groups to ensure time to market and quality of results. You will also participate in design/architecture reviews, establishing & defining physical design methodologies and flow automation. Details

Intern/Co-op - Design Verification Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Assists experienced engineers with functional verification of mixed-signal audio CODECs. Detailed responsibilities include but are not limited to helping with: verification planning, testbench development, failure analysis and resolution, coverage analysis and population, digital/mixed-signal modeling, directed/constraint-random test generation, and flow development. Candidates must work closely with digital/analog designers, applications engineers and manufacturing test to support both pre-silicon verification and post silicon validation efforts. Details

Intern- Verification CAD, Cirrus Logic. Tasks include gathering requirements, defining and documenting work flows, developing, testing, supporting internal software applications, and providing user training. The applicant will be a key contributor to driving design process improvements that raise the level of quality and efficiency of the entire organization. Applicants must be able to work independently, be a team player, have initiative, and self-motivation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in software development and a working knowledge of IC design and verification. Details

Intern/Co-op - Digital Design Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Assist in the design of digital logic circuits and digital filters for Mixed Signal Audio applications. Primary activities include: design using Verilog, logic simulation, functional verification, and synthesis of DSP and data conversion ICs in a mixed signal environment. Implement RTL modules and work with design team for integration and integrated functional verification. Responsibilities will also include support of activities such as behavioral modeling of analog and mixed signal circuits, test vector generation and lab test development. Details

Intern/Co-op – Analog Design Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Assist engineers in the design and characterization of high performance data converter IC’s for professional and consumer audio markets. Qualifications include: strong knowledge of analog integrated circuit design fundamentals; understanding of CMOS operational amplifier design; discrete time and continuous time signal process skills; strong lab and silicon validation skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills. Details

Sort Test Technology Development Module Engineer, Intel. Sort Engineers own and improve test equipment applications, software and operation systems in order to enhance the quality, reliability and manufacture of sort testing equipment. This position is for a module engineering role within the Sort Test Technology Development (STTD) group. As an STTD module engineer, the candidate will be expected to understand and develop HW and/or SW capability for the new equipment sets, be able to construct and execute Designs of Experiment, and perfect the sort process for release to high-volume manufacturing. Details

Software Ace, Coelo Company of Design. Coelo Company of Design seeks a consummate team player and highly skilled software developer for customer application development as well as internal R&D projects. We are a growing software house that serves Fortune 30 enterprises, technical startups and world-class research institutions; our Code3Simulator product is the leading technology for predictive modeling for fire/EMS agencies. We have an immediate opening on an intensely challenging, rewarding and high-visibility project on data that is Big, in volume, complexity and importance. Details

Entry Level Design Verification Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Assists experienced engineers with functional verification of mixed-signal audio CODECs. Detailed responsibilities include but are not limited to helping with: verification planning, testbench development, failure analysis and resolution, coverage analysis and population, digital/mixed-signal modeling, directed/constraint-random test generation, and flow development. Candidates must work closely with digital/analog designers, applications engineers and manufacturing test to support both pre-silicon verification and post silicon validation efforts. Details

Entry Level Analog Design Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Join us in developing low-power/low-voltage Audio-class delta-sigma ADCs and DACs; Headphone, Line and Speaker drivers; Proprietary Low-Voltage Line Drivers; DC/DC Converters; and other various supporting circuitry in advanced CMOS processes. You will participate in all aspects of the design, from concept to production silicon, including: specification, architectural development, transistor-level design, SPICE, Matlab and Verilog (SystemVerilog, VerilogA, Verilog-AMS) modeling and simulation, layout supervision, post-layout simulation, chip-level verification, and lab validation. Details

Entry Level Digital Design Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Primary activities include: design using Verilog, logic simulation, functional verification, and synthesis of DSP and data conversion ICs in a mixed signal environment. Implement RTL modules and work with design team with integration and integrated functional verification. Responsibilities will also include support activities such as behavioral modeling of analog and mixed signal circuits, test vector generation and lab test development. Details

Entry Level Digital Design Automation Engineer, Cirrus Logic. Join a team responsible for defining the future of chip development methodologies for the entire company. The applicant will help with development, deployment, and support of the front end digital design and verification methodology. Applicants must be able to work independently and in small teams, have initiative and self-motivation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The ideal candidate will possess strong background in IC design and be proficient at script development. Details

Linux Systems Administrator/Application Administrator, Intel. This position is in the Intel SSG Open Source Technology Center Infrastructure team. Candidate will support distributed infrastructure for some of Intel's major open source software products. The successful applicant will be part of a team responsible for (but not limited to) monitoring, maintaining, upgrading, testing, troubleshooting software in a distributed computing environment. Monitors usage, load and performance of remote or locally sited servers. Installs and tests operating systems, databases and/or supported applications. Troubleshoots for errors, performs recovery steps remotely or on site. Researches, recommends and/or implements system enhancements that will improve server/OS/application deployment, reliability, security and performance. Provides first level support for internal customers and partners. Trains personnel on system usage. Administering user access. 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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