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EECS Weekly News: March 23, 2015

KUDOS

Congratulations to Team Banana (Benny Zhao, Elias Rademacher, Hai Nguyen, Russell Pochis) for Best Object-Oriented Design Project in CS 361.

Congratulations to Team Coconut (Cody Ray Hoeft, Bryan Liauw, Adam Puckette, Evan Schallerer, Greg Vandelune) for Most Refactored Object-Oriented Design Project in CS 361.

IN THE NEWS

“Additive manufacturing” could greatly improve diabetes management
The technology would create an “artificial pancreas” using a single point of bodily entry, or catheter, instead of existing systems that require four entry points, usually in a type of belt worn around the waist. “The challenges of making these sensors on such thin plastic films were difficult to overcome, but we found that additive manufacturing approaches simplified the process, and should lead to much lower costs,” said John Conley, an OSU professor of electrical engineering. OSU news release, Nanotechnology Now, EurekAlert!, Phys.org, ENGINEERING.com

Oregon State University Researchers Turn to 3D Printing to Help Manage Diabetes
Through use of additive manufacturing techniques, researchers were able to improve upon current designs of glucose monitoring systems. “E-jet” (electrohydrodynamic jet) printing is to create the system’s sensor. In addition to the bio-“ink” material, incredibly thin substrates are key to the success of this design. Through use of fine plastic substrates — about as thin as familiar cling wrap seen in kitchen drawers everywhere — with the biomaterial, a sensor could be created that wraps around a catheter serving as the artificial pancreas system. 3DPrint.com

OSU expert: Artificial intelligence more apt to fail than destroy
The most realistic risks about the dangers of artificial intelligence are basic mistakes, breakdowns and cyber attacks, an expert in the field says – more so than machines that become super-powerful, run amok and try to destroy the human race. Thomas Dietterich, president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and a distinguished professor of computer science at Oregon State University, said that the recent contribution of $10 million by Elon Musk to the Future of Life Institute will help support some important and needed efforts to ensure AI safety. But the real risks may not be as dramatic as some people visualize, he said. OSU news releaseKTVZ

Leveraging the power of academia in your open source project (by Emily Dunham)
Academia is a particularly promising area seeking such contributors because students are often drawn to engineering programs by desire to change the world, solve fascinating puzzles, or pursue lucrative careers. Those motivations match up excellently with the rewards that they can attain by getting involved with free and open source software! Opensource.com

Sharing Data for Clean Energy
Postdoc Bret Bosma is involved in several projects, but his focus is on the WEC-Sim code validation project, a collaboration with Oregon State University (OSU), Sandia National Labs, and NREL, with testing at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at OSU later this year. Another project Bret is working on this year is an Open Data project, aimed at providing free and open Marine and HydroKinetic (MHK) testing data to researchers and developers. NNMREC

11 startups to bet on in 2015
Every year we survey the field of startups selling their wares to businesses to find the ones we think are sure-fire winners. These are companies with great technology, great leadership, massive investor backing, or tons of partnerships and industry attention. Or all the above. Alex Polvi (CS '07) launched CoreOS in 2013 to make computer software for huge cloud-data centers. CNN

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Portland company turns HQ into enormous video game
The digital creative team at Wild is focused on shifting technology from screens into the real world. To that end, people walking along Southeast Division Street near 25th Avenue will, starting Friday, be transported into an interactive game to save "alternate Portland." The attraction is that the game is played on the large windows of Wild's studio at 2502 S.E. Division St. Players control their characters through cell phone keypads and interact with other characters by talking on the phone. Portland Business Journal

Vacasa, Simple among 23 Oregon Technology Awards finalists
The Technology Association of Oregon has narrowed in on the best of the best when it comes to the state’s tech sector with this year’s slate of Oregon Technology Award finalists. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Rohde & Schwarz International Case Study Competition
April 17, 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Rohde & Schwarz
This competition gives students majoring in a technical field a detailed look into the everyday work of an engineer. You can expand your scientific knowledge and use the latest Rohde & Schwarz technology to work on a current, real-life task. Over the last eleven years, there have been numerous exciting topics, standards and innovations. The team with the best problem-solving approach and most convincing presentation from each preliminary round will be invited to attend the final round in Munich, where they will compete against the winners from the other preliminary rounds. In addition to a cash prize of EUR 2000, you will also have the chance to win other great prizes for your university. Registration deadline: April 10. Details

MindSumo EE Challenge
MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships.

Take your web design skills to the professional level! Enroll in CS 295 Intermediate Web Authoring and focus on:

  • 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)

In just 10 weeks, you'll build two professional-level web sites that incorporate modern markup, scripts, style, and function.
Sign up right away!
Learn more: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/testing

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

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

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

2015 Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB) Spring Conference/Colloquium
Monday, April 6, 2015 - full day event
CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Oregon State University
All individuals with an interest in computational biology are invited to attend and participate. The Spring Conference/Colloquium will feature excellent science from invited guests, OSU faculty, students and staff. Additional information: http://cgrb.oregonstate.edu/spring-conference

ACT-W Portland: A Conference to Advance the Careers of Tech Women
Friday, April 10 - Sunday, April 12
As the Portland tech scene continues to grow, more and more opportunities for both current and future professionals are added every day. ACT-W is designed to help women professionals network, grow their skills, and discover employers looking for exceptional talent. This event is open to the public and is an exceptional forum for those who are dedicated to the advancement of women in technology. Whether entry level or executive, we welcome all professionals in the industry and invite you to take advantage of this great event! Details

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

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

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

Choose Between a Master's, Ph.D. in Engineering
When it comes to employment, graduates with a bachelor's degree in engineering are on solid footing, relatively speaking. With high salaries and some of the best odds of finding full-time work, they can escape the career angst that often plagues their peers with freshly-minted English or history diplomas. Still, many engineers may find themselves wondering what a graduate degree could do for their career. US 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

Remote internships in Free and Open Source Software: Google Summer of Code
Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for projects from 137 participating FOSS organizations. Applicants must be able to make the project their primary focus during the summer. Participants work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their project’s community. The application deadline for Google Summer of Code is March 27 and the program dates are May 25 to August 21. The stipend for the program is $5,500 (USD). Details

Remote internships in Free and Open Source Software: Outreachy
In an effort to improve diversity in FOSS, a number of organizations are offering similar remote and mentored Outreachy internships through a program organized by Software Freedom Conservancy. These internships are open to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Applicants must be available for full-time, 40-hours a week, internships. The application deadline for Outreachy is March 24 and the program dates are May 25 to August 25. The stipend for the program is also $5,500 (USD). Details

College Graduate Career Opportunities with Intel. Intel Corporation is actively accepting applications for their BS, MS and PhD New Grad openings and would like to invite students from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to apply. Details

Web Developer (Analyst Programmer 2), Professional and Continuing Education, Oregon State University. This position provides support for the development and maintenance of web applications using the Drupal and Moodle content management systems. This position works with members of the PACE team to design and develop instructional technology and other web-based educational resources. This position assists in the design and development of support and production infrastructure for course development and delivery. The holder of this position will function as part of a team developing e-learning and web-related projects using the agile software development framework. 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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