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EECS Weekly News: April 13, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The School of EECS is pleased to announce a new Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP). This allows you to apply for a master's degree (MS/MEng in CS or ECE) while you are still in your junior year and matriculate into the master's program during the following fall term. With careful planning and taking some graduate classes in your senior year, you can complete the master's degree within one year after your bachelor's. The applications are due by June 30, 2015 for admission to Fall 2016. Details

IN THE NEWS

On board and online: OSU students are outfitting an old city bus with Internet-linked electronics
Most people who asked Oregon State University students Alex Jacobson and Ryan Kalb about the bus in their driveway assumed they'd bought it as a party bus. Others asked if it was stolen. They both are electrical and computer engineering majors, and have a little something different in mind: they plan to convert the bus into a mobile electronics lab that would visit schools to teach students about the “Internet of Things.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, Washington (DC) Times, Eugene Register-Guard, Bend Bulletin

Low-cost optical sensor can detect, analyze gases
Engineers at Oregon State University have combined innovative optical technology with nanocomposite thin films to create an optical sensor that is inexpensive, fast, highly sensitive, and able to detect and analyze a wide range of gases. Gas detection can be valuable in finding explosives, and new technologies such as this might find application in airport or border security. BioOptics WorldEurekAlert!

David Piorkowski receives IBM Fellowship Award
Graduate student David Piorkowski received an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award in March 2015. The fellowship is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Google leases new downtown Portland office
Google is joining the fray. The company is the latest big technology business with plans to grow a Portland outpost, announcing Wednesday it expects to gradually expand a Portland office it acquired five years ago, leasing new space downtown with room for dozens of employees. The Oregonian

Why Google will set up shop in Portland
What stands out about a Portland office is what isn’t here. Many Google offices grow up around a research institution where the Internet giant can scoop up talent as soon as it graduates. Portland doesn’t have such an institution, but as other tech companies have noted, the talent is coming here anyway. Portland Business Journal

CH2M is over the Hill: Engineering giant unveils new name, logo
Global engineering firm CH2M Hill has built a new name for itself — without the Hill. The Douglas County-based company announced Monday that from now on it will use CH2M as its corporate brand name. Actually, CH2M is the company's original name, dating from its 1946 founding in Fred Merryfield, an Oregon State University civil engineering professor (the "M" in the name), and three of his students: Holly Cornell (the "C") as well as James Howland and Thomas Burke Hayes (the "H2."). Denver Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

3 Day Startup
May 15 – May 17, 2015
3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. The 3 Day Startup program provides colleges and universities the tools they need to cultivate student entrepreneurs. Over 6270+ 3DS alumni from 132 programs across 5 continents–including programs at Harvard, MIT, Technion and Peking University–have launched more than 79 companies that have collectively raised $49 million in investor capital. A heavy focus on education is why 57% of our programs yield alumni that found successful companies in less than a year. By emphasizing learning-bydoing, rapid prototyping, fast failure, and customer feedback, 3 Day Startup program alumni become equipped for future success: students not only learn the skills to found a company but also land jobs in startups, drive innovation in established corporations, and kickstart social impact projects. Application Deadline: May 1. Details

Air Force Technical Degree Sponsorship Program
Are you in the process of working towards a technical degree in electrical/computer engineering? If so the Air Force has a great program that may be for you. The Technical Degree Sponsorship Program (TDSP) is an excellent way to earn money while you finish your education. Upon graduation, you will be commissioned as an officer and get started in an Air Force job that utilizes your technical skills. If you are looking for a life full of opportunity, where freedom and honor is a part of everything you do, the United States Air Force can help. Details

OSU College of Engineering Leadership Academy Spring 2015 Events
The Academy is an innovative new program developed and delivered with the involvement and support of key industry partners. The Academy accelerates engineering students' development as EP2IC leaders; increasing graduates' competitiveness for employment and success as early career professionals. Engineering students in good academic standing with sophomore status (45 total earned credits) are eligible to apply. Additional information: http://leadership.engr.oregonstate.edu/home

  • April 14: OSU Day at the Capital
    COE & OSU Government Relations
  • April 16: Law for Engineers
    Carsten Grellmann (Klarquist)
  • April 18: Service Project: Produce for the People
    Partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement ETHICAL
  • April 20: Strengths Based Leadership
    Melissa Yamamoto (Gallup Certified Trainer; OSU Center for Leadership Development)
  • April 28: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
    Dave Chin (BusinessCoachofOregon)
  • May 5: Leading Change
    Barry Hendrix (HBG Consulting)
  • May 13: Ethical Leadership
    Randy Smith (retired CH2M-HILL)
  • May 19: Examining Power
    Scott Paja (Academy Director)
  • May 20: Portland Business Roundtable Trip
    Numerous
  • May 28-30 Seattle Trip
    Numerous at Seattle Business Roundtable; visits to: Expedia, Microsoft, and Boeing PROFESSIONAL + 1 (member choice)

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.

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

Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS) 2015-16 HENAAC Scholarship
Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students, who intend to or are currently pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, are encouraged to apply for these merit-based scholarships. In addition, students must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA and must be of Hispanic descent or demonstrate leadership/service within the Hispanic community. Scholarship awards range from $500-$10,000. Application deadline: April 30, 2015. Details

Aerospace States Association scholarships sponsored by Rockwell Collins
An integral part of the mission of the Aerospace States Association (ASA) is to: support and develop initiatives that significantly enhance student and teacher education in space and aeronautics and increases the number of students in the pipeline. These scholarships are for college sophomores and juniors studying aerospace subjects, including: physical sciences, engineering, or aviation or aerospace related fields. Application deadline: April 30. Details

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

Monday, April 13, - 4:00pm to 4:50pm, KEC 1003. "Data-driven Decision-making" presented by Scott Sanner, Assistant Professor, School of EECS, Oregon State University. Details

EVENTS

Career Development Workshop
Tuesday, April 14, 5:00PM - 7:00PM, Agriculture Science Room, LaSells Stewart Center
The OSU Postdoctoral Association will host a workshop for those interested in careers outside of the academic environment. The focus of the workshop is career planning and skills necessary to start a career in industry, business, or agency. OSU postdocs and graduate students are invited to this workshop, where representatives from OSU and local industries will discuss career options and critical skills. The workshop will also include focused round-table sessions where participants can receive valuable feedback on resume writing, networking skills, and self-presentation. Space is limited, so register soon. Light refreshments will be provided. 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

SPEED MOCK INTERVIEWS & MOCKTAIL HOUR
Tuesday, April 21, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Willamette Room
Register at career.oregonstate.edu/speed-mocks for a confirmed 30 minute appointment. Walk-ins welcome, first come first served, as space permits. For alternative formats or accommodations related to a disability, please contact the Career Development Center at 541-737-4085 or career.services@oregonstate.edu.

  • SPEED MOCK INTERVIEWS
    2:00pm
    Come for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialist and receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing! Bring resume.
    (Virtual interviews available as needed)
  • MOCKTAIL HOUR
    4:30pm
    Does the word “networking” make you nervous? Want some practice in a no-pressure, fun environment? Come to our Mocktail Hour and enjoy food and drink and tips from professionals on how to network!

All Majors Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, April 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Join employers for the last Career Fair of the year and learn about jobs, internships and graduate education. Additional information: career.oregonstate.edu/career-fairs

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The 7 Qualities Of Tomorrow's Top Leaders
Tomorrow´s leaders will - more than ever before - live, work, and compete in a highly fluid, disruptive, and sensitive world. To succeed and to live a fulfilled professional and personal life, this breed of leaders possess very unique skills, characteristics, and values – 7 distinctive qualities! LinkedIn

What to say when an interviewer asks you about money
These questions are tricky because you don't want to scare the hiring manager off by throwing out a number they can't afford to give you — and you don't want to leave money on the table by choosing an amount that's lower than they would've offered you. 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!

Analyst Programmer, Eastern Oregon University. Programming – Write/modify computer programs specific to institutional reporting needs. This includes application and database programming to maintain data warehouse, build dashboards, create data census points and report writing. Data Administration – Establish and maintain data standards necessary for consistent and accurate data outputs. Work with data custodians to facilitate data cleaning, validation and resolve data problems. Create backups necessary for historical reporting and disaster recovery. Data Analysis and Reporting – Perform statistical analysis and projections. Prepare appropriate output reports, charts, diagrams, narratives, conclusions and recommendations. 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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