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EECS Weekly News: March 9, 2015

KUDOS

Graduate students Weiyang Li and Garrett Clay were the EECS grand prize winner and runner-up prize winner, respectively, for their posters at the OSU College of Engineering Research Expo on March 4. Both students are members of the magnetics research group.

IN THE NEWS

OSU alum Rajeev Pandey and OSU Open Source Lab director Lance Albertson received HP Helion Most Valuable Professionals award. The HP Helion MVP is an exclusive program for top community influencers, leaders and contributors. The HP Helion MVP award acknowledges technical expertise, community contributions and the dedication to being a thought leader in the Cloud space. The program will recognize the contributions of individuals who have invested a significant amount of time and resources to become experts on OpenStack® and Cloud Foundry solutions and have shared their expertise and passion about cloud technology with the community. HP

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Where the Engineering Jobs Are: February 2015
Based on the last six months of activity, the most generally-applicable engineering disciplines are holding steady. It would take tremendous disruption to dislodge electrical, systems, and mechanical engineering from the top three; almost every industry has space for electrical or mechanical engineers, while the increasing complexity of modern projects drives demand for system engineers. EngineerJobs.com

OPPORTUNITIES

Black Graduate Student Association 4th annual research forum
Opportunity for minority undergraduate or graduate students that have conducted research and would like the opportunity to present either a poster or oral presentation. The BGSA is holding its 4th annual research forum and welcomes students to present their research on April 3rd. This forum will provide a platform for many students in underrepresented communities at OSU to practice their presentation skills in a professional, yet encouraging environment. We are looking for 3 oral presenters (10 mins each) and 8 posters. If you know of any students, please have them send a 250 word abstract to BGSAatOSU@gmail.com.by Mar 20. Details

EMC and NBC Universal Technology team up to celebrate Pi Day
In honor of National Pi Day, EMC Corporation and NBCUniversal Technology are sponsoring HackerRank’s Spring CodeSprint event on 3.14.15 to check out the coding capabilities from some of our top university students. Beginning at 2pm EST, student coders from near and far will have 24 hours to complete 7 coding challenges. What’s in it for them? For starters, a chance to make it to the top of the HackerRank Leaderboard and get featured as a CodeSprint Hero! Not only that, there are some stellar prizes to make their Pi Day even sweeter. Details

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  • Tagging in HTML 5
  • Styling in CSS 3
  • Graphic Design techniques
  • Incorporating JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery and API functions
  • Configuring Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Search Engine Optimization and Marketing (SEO/SEM)

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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

Beaver BarCamp 15
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM, Kelley Engineering Center
Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate, and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees. We welcome presentations of all kinds, and expertise is not required. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

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

Wednesday, March 11, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, KEC 3114. PhD Final Oral Examination – Bao-Sung Yeh. Major Advisor: John Wager; Committee: Douglas Keszler, John Conley, Karti Mayaram; GCR: Ethan Minot. "Modeling and Characterization of Amorphous Oxide Semiconductor Thin-Film Transistors." Details

Thursday, March 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Tsung-Han Chiang. Major Advisor: John Wager; Committee: Alan Wang, Larry Cheng, Albrecht Jander; GCR: Leonard Coop. "Investigation of Ultra-thin In-Ga-Zn-O Channel Thin-Film Transistors." Details

Thursday, March 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Jiajia Song. Co-Major Advisors: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Ted Brekken; Committee: Annette von Jouanne, Julia Zhang; GCR: Robert Albertani. "Dynamic Modeling of Cascading Failure in Power Systems." Details

Friday, March 13, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Lei Jin. Co-Major Advisors: Julia Zhang, Ted Brekken; Committee: Annette von Jouanne; GCR: Karl Haapala. "DC Bus Capacitor Discharge of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Drive Systems for Hybrid/Electric Vehicles." Details

Friday, March 13, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1126. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Shan Xue. Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Committee: Thomas Dietterich, Prasad Tadepalli, Lan Xue; GCR: Gary Egbert. "Control Optimization in Large-Scale Diffusion Network." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

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

4 Better Ways to Answer "Why Do You Want to Work at This Company?"
Since you can’t really talk about your skills, “Why this company?” might be the trickiest. So, how do you approach this super-common interview question without leaning on your resume and without sounding like every other candidate who goes on about how excited he or she is to work for a company that “values transparency” and has a “great company culture?” The Muse

5 Things You Should Never Do at Work!
What follows are five specific things that you should never do at work. I mention these because I have personally sat with clients who were in utter shock who walked into my office just hours after getting canned for things they never thought would get them into trouble. 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

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

Web/Database Developer Intern Positions, DemandLink. We are looking to fill two internship roles starting as early as March and running through the summer. The intern would be a member of our dynamic development team located in Salem Oregon, working to develop, test, and launch our next phase of BI (business intelligence) tools and mobile web-applications. These web-applications will need to adhere to strict usability and speed requirements across various networks and platforms (devices), while remaining scalable. Experience in programming SQL, ASP.Net, AJAX, C#, Java desirable. Details

Engineering Intern, Cowlitz PUD. Reporting to the Manager of System Engineering, the Engineering Intern will apply basic engineering skills in the performance of specific substation, transmission and distribution design assignments. Position is intended to develop engineering skills and judgment. Incumbent must be enrolled in an accredited college program leading to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (junior level or above preferred). Details

Career Opportunities at Kaiser Permanente. Whether in an internship or career with us, you'll gain experience and hone your expertise working on projects and assignments that have real impact. You'll be challenged to think freely, question thoroughly, and explore deeply as you take on everything from analyzing financial software and developing marketing strategies, to designing mobile apps. You'll help patient care and forge lasting relationships across our organization. Details

Corporate Marketing Engineer (EE, Functional Verification), (EE, PCB), (EE, custom IC layout), Mentor Graphics. The Corporate Marketing Engineer role is a great entry point into Mentor Graphics. As a technical professional, you will work with cross-functional teams with Sales Representatives, Application Engineers, Marketing Program Managers, and Customer Support to uncover customer's technical needs and sales potential. In today's workforce, an Engineer with both the technical aptitude and the ability to engage with customers is highly sought after, no matter what career path you take in the future. This position offers great visibility within the organization and a potential career path as a Sales Application Engineer (AE), Technical Marketing Engineer (TME), Account Manager (AM) or Customer Support Applications Engineer. Over the past seven years, 60% of employees in this role advanced into key technical roles at Mentor Graphics within two years. Details

Software Engineer (entry level, C, C++, OOD, Linux), Mentor Graphics. The Software Development Engineer will have responsibilities in development and improvement of the part of the compiler that analyzes the customer design in order to map it on the emulator resources. This includes analysis of clock and data networks, partitioning, placing and synthesis of logic to support the mapping of the customer design onto the emulator. The individual will participate in design and implementation of new functionality for this part of the compiler as well as support current functionality. The work will be mostly in C++ on Linux. They will write system level tests that use software simulation as well as develop new testing methods. This position will include interaction with other software teams as well as MED hardware teams in an international, multi-site, development environment. Details

Software Engineer - RET Modeling, Mentor Graphics. We are looking for a highly motivated software engineer to work in the RET team in the Calibre business unit. You will be responsible for developing, debugging and supporting the Calibre core software. You will be teaming up with a senior group of software engineers contributing to final production level quality of new software components and algorithms and to support existing components. You will be contributing to the development of advanced models that are used in OPC and Verification of semiconductor manufacturing processes. Experience in modeling of physical processes and experience in EDA will weigh in favorably in the hiring process. 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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