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EECS Weekly News: March 30, 2015

IN THE NEWS

Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts
University of Illinois professor Pavan Hanumolu (ECE PhD '06) invented the world's first on/off transceiver capable of commercialization and which could save $837 million per year in datacenter electricity bills. EE Times

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Portland entrepreneurs gaining the edge on their global peers
Portland entrepreneurs appear to be faring better than their peers. So indicates a new report from the Portland chapter of the global Entrepreneurs’ Organization network. The “Global Entrepreneur Indicator” is a semi-annual survey of 10,000-plus entrepreneurs across 46 countries. Portland Business Journal

California companies announce plans to expand in Portland area
Two companies from California are following the national trend and are moving to Oregon. Biotech giant Genentech will spend $125 million to expand its Hillsboro facility. InDinero, a tech startup, is moving to Portland and intends on making the city its "primary office." Oregon Business Magazine

Hiring the Top 12 Most Valuable, In-Demand Tech Professionals in 2015
Glassdoor’s recent report on the top 25 lucrative, in-demand jobs for 2015 is a good indication that companies are willing to pay top dollar for tech professionals, more than any other industry. Of the top 25 highest-paying, in-demand jobs, more than half are in technology. And most of them require strong programming skills. Forbes

Top Jobs for STEM: Big Data, IT Product Management
There could be up to 19 million new technology- and engineering-related jobs created worldwide over the next 15 years, according to a recent Corporate Executive Board (CEB) report. The report highlighted seven core technology and engineering functions that will experience growth driven by vendors and corporate information technology (IT) organizations. ACM

Jama Software secures $20 million venture round, begins hiring surge
The money will fund new features for Jama's product-planning software and finance an ambitious hiring plan for a company that moved to big new downtown headquarters late last year. Jama plans to expand by 50 people this year, increasing its workforce by more than a third and adding to all elements of its work force -- engineering, marketing, sales and customer service. The Oregonian (Also see Cool Spaces: Inside Jama Software's new downtown Portland offices)

OPPORTUNITIES

Spring HWeekend
April 10-12, Kelley Engineering Center
Have you ever wanted to create something fun and unique? HWeekend is your opportunity! This hardware development competition brings students of all levels and majors together with industry and faculty mentors to create something new — all packed into an intense weekend of activity. Unlike other weekend events, this one will involve all areas of design, including mechanical, electrical, and programing. Some projects will also involve art, music, science, business or whatever else you want to do. Apply now! Details

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.
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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

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

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Thursday, April 2, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM, KEC 1007. "Towards Realizing Energy Proportional High-Speed Wireline Systems" presented by Tejasvi Anand, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Details

Monday, April 6, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM, KEC 1007. "Wireless Health: From Childhood Obesity to Elderly Falls and Everything in Between" presented by Navid Amini, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Stein Eye Institute; Researcher, UCLA Wireless Health Institute. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Subarna Kar. Major Advisor: Ronald Metoyer; Committee: Carlos Jensen, Arijit Sinha. "Interactive Exploration of High Dimensional Large Tables Using Data Seriation." 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

IEEE Intel Career Day
Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, KEC 1005 & KEC 1007
Bring your resume and come as you are! It’s an Intel career day! Stop by between classes, bring a resume and meet the team! Chat about Intel, receive resume tips, career advice or whatever else is on your mind. This your chance to spend time with the hiring team and learn about immediate opportunities. Details

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

2015 Innovation Showcase: Highlighting Science and Engineering at OSU and UO
Wednesday, April 15, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Oregon State University
We will share how basic scientific and engineering research is being informed and influenced by a market lens; how this approach results in excellence both in science and commercialization; how successful industry-standard approaches to market validation are being incorporated into the educational process to train the innovator; and how you can participate in a thriving innovation ecosystem. 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

7 things to avoid when networking
Graduation is in less than 2 months and graduating students looking to enter the job market are faced with the task of networking. But just as knowing how to network is important, so is knowing how not to network. USA TODAY College

How to Give Your Job Search a Good Spring Cleaning
In an effort to set yourself apart from the competition, while in search of your dream job, here are four areas to consider giving a good cleanse this season. CareerShift

4 Steps for Answering "Tell Me About a Time You Failed"
How do you answer this honestly while also not scaring away your potential future employer by bringing up that time you fat-fingered a trade and lost the company a lot of money? It’s a tricky situation to be in. You want to impress, but you’re explicitly being asked to talk about something you failed at. So, what do you do? The Muse

8 Common Smartphone Mistakes You're Making At Work
In fact, upper and mid-level managers say that “untimely and inappropriate use of cellphones” is the number one etiquette breach of their employees, according to a recent survey by Kessler International. Forbes

Job hunting tips for millennials
"Millennials face a different situation than most generations when entering the workplace," explained Andrew Challenger, vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas. "There's a huge build-up because there wasn't a job in 2008 so a lot of people were under-working or went back to school and now ... they are fighting for jobs with people graduating today." CNBC

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 Software Engineer, OSU Open Source Lab. The OSU Open Source Lab is looking for two student software engineers. This position is part time during the academic year, and full time during the summer. Designing, developing and maintaining open source projects in Python, PHP, Ruby, Java and other languages. Writing open source code, comprehensive documentation, and educational materials supporting the OSL's infrastructure and the world-wide open source community. Working with infrastructure maintainers on configuration management and deployment technologies for open source software. Communicating with peers, users, and the wider open source community via email, IRC and others as needed. Details

AppleCare College Program - Oregon State University. In our AppleCare College Program, you’ll be supporting many of our popular products, from iPhones to iPads to MacBooks to desktop Macs. As our customers’ first point of contact, you’ll be the friendly voice of Apple, providing a world class customer experience, troubleshooting, and technical support. We’ll rely on you to listen to our customers and use your technical expertise, creativity, and passion to meet their needs — and remind them that behind our great products are amazing people. Details

Quality Assurance Test Engineer – Intern, Trimble. As a quality assurance test engineer, you will test GNSS and optical total station survey instruments working with different field software applications. You will be responsible for executing test plans, validating field survey results, entering observed defects into a database, and monitoring these issues through to resolution. The right candidate may also have the opportunity to write code in C++ and/or C# to contribute to the the software team’s development and automated testing activities. Details

SDET Internship, Columbia Sportswear. The eCommerce development team at Columbia Sportswear is an Agile development team that uses cutting-edge, relevant technologies and processes, to create a world-class, online shopping experience.As part of this team, you will be expected to learn how to be a Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET), and your responsibilities will include: interact closely with the development/QA team to understand story requirements and testing needs; be an active, contributing member of an Agile (Scrum) development team; help us improve our Test Driven Development capabilities; learn our open-source automated testing framework, and use your finest scripting work to write tests/build out the framework to accommodate testing across 50+ global eCommerce sites; contribute to the code base for internal tools projects; assist in the setup and management of AWS EC2 instances (Ubuntu), infrastructure that is critical to automated testing, Continuous Integration, and other internal tools. Details

Business, IT & Health Care Internships with 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

Developer, HedgeServ. You will be a member of the team building and supporting applications for internal and external users. Our server applications are written in a combination of Java, C#, and C++. Our web applications are built using a state-of-the-art HTML5 technology stack. Our financial engines utilize advanced middleware and risk analytics software from a variety of vendors. Details

The image sensor design team here in Corvallis is looking for a new analog designer to add to the analog team. Experience in ADC design is desired, though no particular architecture is required (they are currently leaning towards more SAR and Delta-Sigma architectures though, so familiarity with these would be a plus). Details

Staff RF/MS IC Design Engineer, Maxlinear. Join MaxLinear and you will work closely with a world-class team of IC designers to design high-performance ICs with RF, analog, mixed-signal and digital systems integrated on a single chip. Responsibilities handled by the team: architecture, design, implementation, and verification of RF/mixed-signal systems that include circuit blocks such as LNAs, Mixers, PAs, PLLs, VCOs, ADCs, DACs; characterize and debug relevant blocks; analyze the effects of non-idealities on circuit performance; collaborate with system engineers to optimize circuit designs and system specification trade-offs; report the results of IC design, analysis and evaluation. 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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