ANNOUNCEMENTS

Peer Tutoring
Tutoring is now being offered by the Peer Mentors in the EECS main office (KEC 1148). If you are struggling with concepts in CS 161, CS 162 or ECE 271, then stop by and get some help. You can sign in at the iPad at the front desk; just select EECS Peer Mentors and Tutoring. Tutoring will be available Monday through Friday from 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

IN THE NEWS

Unraveling the Origins of Heart Disease
TO TEASE OUT THE COMPLEX INTERPLAY of immunity and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), biomedical researcher Stephen Ramsey has designed software that can analyze both gene expression measurements and genetic information. With this new tool, he and his interdisciplinary team have found a significant increase in heart disease among animals deficient in a particular protein that regulates the immune system. Terra

Wired for Sound
JUST TO LOOK AT IT, YOU’D NEVER KNOW [computer science student] Daren Keck’s handmade gizmo is a musical instrument. A flat plastic contraption about the size of a thin, paperback novel, it bristles with wires of yellow, red, green and black alongside a row of stainless-steel switches. Any resemblance to, say, a violin or an oboe is nil. Terra

Solar racers picture a win 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 compete in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, a four-day, 1,200-kilometer race. They didn’t win the race, but they did — with an outside-the-box approach and assistance from a local camel tender — win another competition requiring inventiveness and bold thinking. Oregon Stater Magazine

Local startups compete for funding
Three early-stage Corvallis companies are in the hunt for up to $300,000 in investment funding at this year’s Willamette Angel Conference. The three local ventures that made the cut are Amorphyx, which makes innovative materials for flat panel display screens; Columbia Power Technologies, which is developing devices to generate electricity from wave energy; and Pure Living, an online news aggregator aimed at mothers. [Amorphyx and Columbia Power Technologies are based on technology developed by EECS and other faculty.] Corvallis Gazette-Times

OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold
Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The technology could be integrated with existing WiFi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in crowded locations, such as airport terminals or coffee shops, and in homes where several people have multiple WiFi devices. EurekAlert!, Phys.orgOSU news release

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Job Outlook: College Hiring to Increase 9.6 Percent
Employers are nudging up their initial hiring projections for this year’s college class as they now plan to hire 9.6 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update. National Association of Colleges and Employers

Portland’s tech talent growth outpaces Silicon Valley
The Portland market saw its tech talent pool grow 28 percent between 2010 and 2013, higher than Austin, Texas, at 26.5 percent, Silicon Valley, at 20.8 percent and Los Angeles, at 13.6 percent, according to a report from commercial real estate firm CBRE. Portland Business Journal

Mentor Graphics restructures, worldwide workforce to shrink by 4%
“Mentor Graphics has several high-growth opportunities including embedded software, the transportation market and the continued growth of the Pacific Rim, both as developers and consumers of advanced electronics,” said Walden Rhines, chairman and CEO, in a written statement. “These restructuring activities will enable Mentor to focus personnel and resources on priority opportunities and regions of the world, deliver long-term growth and build shareholder value.” Portland Business Journal

The Companies Hiring The Most Tech Talent Right Now
Forbes reported on The Companies Hiring Most Right Now, and found that the bulk of the listed job openings required tech skills, even those in industries like healthcare and financial services. Forbes

Another California company plots aggressive growth in Portland
San Francisco-based Trapit is the latest Bay Area startup to see the potential in Portland. Like other Bay Area companies that have migrated north, Trapit was drawn by the talent it found in Portland. Trapit has developed a platform that allows enterprise customers to source relevant Internet content using sophisticated algorithms, and easily share the content through social and other channels. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Google Hackathon
Friday-Sunday, April 25-26, Kelley Engineering Center
OSU App Club and Google will be coming together on April 25-26 for a weekend-long hackathon! This event will be open to all students wishing to learn and build mobile apps. Food is provided, and Google will be offering devices (tablet, phone) as prizes for best apps! Join us April 25th at 10am in Kelley 1001 for an awesome event. For more information, visit OSU App Club on Wednesdays at 6pm in KEC 1007, visit http://osu-app-club.github.io/ClubInfo, or contact Phillip Carter (carterp@onid.oregonstate.edu).

Vote for TA of the year
Now is your chance to vote for TA of the Year! Just go to this link and fill out the form: https://docs.google.com/a/onid.oregonstate.edu/forms/d/1F20FOL_LCQeQIyXP0cmsOLRi-tZBRK57lKdAtrBTncE/viewform?usp=send_form

IEEE Store Seeking Volunteers
The IEEE Student Chapter is now seeking volunteers to staff the IEEE Store. Located in the basement of Dearborn Hall, the store provides students with many common, esoteric, and special order electrical components and parts for their school or personal projects. Student volunteers are crucial to the operation of the store, which is entirely student-operated. This is your opportunity to better serve the OSU community. Volunteering is easy, fun, educational, and it looks great on scholarship applications and resumes. A typical volunteer may work in the store for only one or two hours per week, although more time is certainly welcomed. Details

Engaged for a Better Self and Better World!
The department of Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI) is seeking qualified candidates to fill a total of 6 student positions focused on media, marketing, webwork, social media and story-telling for the 2015-16 academic year.  For more information, and to apply, visit: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/jobs. Application deadline is April 27.  Students may apply for multiple positions. These positions are available in the following units:

  • Center for Civic Engagement (1 position)
  • ISOSU (International Students of OSU) Executive Team (1 position)
  • Student Events and Activities Center (3 positions)
  • Student Sustainability Initiative (1 position)

Volunteers needed for the College of Engineering Undergraduate Engineering Expo
The 2015 Undergraduate Engineering Expo is just around the corner! We’re looking for students who are willing to volunteer for set up on May 14th and for the event on May 15th. Everyone who volunteers for 2 or more hours will receive a free t-shirt! Sign up today at the OSU Engineering Expo 2015 site: http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/volunteer.

Accelerated Master's Platform
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

The Next MacGyver Campaign
Remember Angus MacGyver? He was the super-secret spy who rocked a mullet and used a ream of duct tape to save the world on a weekly basis in the 80’s and early 90’s. To this day, popular culture calls it “MacGyvering” when someone saves the day under less-than-optimal circumstances, especially in an engineering context. MacGyver inspired many in a generation of engineers to enter the field. Now it’s time to do it again—but this time, with a woman at the lead. Anyone can enter a script idea, as long as they are 18 years or older (you don’t have to be a woman or an engineer, but both might help.) Entering is relatively easy: 1-2 pages outlining a prospective title, genre, characters, and plot, as well as a paragraph on the pilot episode. Deadline to enter: May 1. Details

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 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.

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 20, 4:00pm to 4:50pm, KEC 1003. "Behavior-based Intrusion Detection in Cyber-Physical Systems with Real-Time Constraints" presented by Sibin Mohan, Research Scientist, Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Details

Tuesday, April 21, 3:30pm, 101 Jaqua Academic Center, University of Oregon. "Can We Build a Europe-Only Cloud, and Should We?" presented by Jon Crowcroft, FRS, University of Cambridge. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Wednesday, April 23, 3:30pm, 101 Jaqua Academic Center, University of Oregon. "How Quantitized Should a Digital System Be?" presented by Ivan Sutherland, Portland State University. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

EVENTS

Apple Information Session
Tuesday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Career Development Center, B008 Kerr Admin
Apple is hosting office hours for students who will be enrolled through May of 2016. Apple is a place where students can thrive. We have opportunities that can help you take your ideas and your passion to the next level. Develop skills and get the hands-on experience working with some of the best minds in the business. A job at Apple is unlike any other you've had. You'll be challenged. You'll be inspired. And you'll be proud. Because whatever your job is here, you'll be part of something big. Interested? Apple is looking to meet students who will be enrolled for at least 1 more year. 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

Life as a Software Engineer at Google
Friday, April 24, noon, KEC 1001
Come join Google Engineer and OSU Alum Nadia Payet for a talk about life as a software engineer! Nadia will speak about working at companies such as Google and what the industry is like for professionals today. Additionally, she would like to give people individual advice for how to be successful as a software engineer after they graduate from school! For more information, please contact Phillip Carter (carterp@onid.oregonstate.edu).

Google Hackathon
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, Kelley Engineering Center
OSU App Club and Google will be coming together on April 25-26 for a weekend-long hackathon! This event will be open to all students wishing to learn and build mobile apps. Food is provided, and Google will be offering devices (tablet, phone) as prizes for best apps! Join us April 25th at 10am in Kelley 1001 for an awesome event. For more information, visit OSU App Club on Wednesdays at 6pm in KEC 1007, visit http://osu-app-club.github.io/ClubInfo, or contact Phillip Carter (carterp@onid.oregonstate.edu).

Boeing Day Engineering Events

  • Boeing Resume Workshop
    Location: KEC 1007
    Date: Thursday, May 14
    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Boeing Information Session
    Location: Dearborn Hall 118
    Date: Thursday, May 14
    Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    *Refreshments Provided.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

5 Words You Should Never Use to Describe Yourself in an Interview
Hiring managers all have their favorite interview questions, but they’re typically some variation of the common ones. For example, you might get, “How would your colleagues describe you?” or “Use three words to describe yourself.” Either way, your overall approach would likely be the same. The thing you need to be mindful of, then, is what words you actually use. The Muse

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!

Electrical Engineering Summer Hire- Intern, Hollingsworth & Vose. This position will investigate, troubleshoot, and implement improvements in control systems and electrical power distribution systems at the Hollingsworth & Vose Fiber facility. The successful candidates will spend time in the operating industrial environment validating electrical circuits and components and time utilizing AutoCAD to update drawings. Details

Data Scientist Internship, Cambia. Our Data Scientists design, develop, and implement data-driven solutions using machine learning technologies and advanced statistical analyses. You should be passionate about finding insights in data, comfortable with large and fragmented data sets, and command a variety of analytic tools. In addition to quantitative mastery, the ideal candidate will effectively interpret and communicate strategic results to varied audiences, and provide analytic support for company-wide process and operational improvement efforts. The ideal candidate is an independent, solution-oriented thinker with a strong background analyzing large and small data sets, applying analytical rigor and statistical methods, and driving toward actionable insights and novel solutions. Details

Programmer Technician (internship), NW Exterior Professionals. The Programmer Technician will assist with the daily duties surrounding the design, testing, and documentation of programs that will be used to extract and organize data. Assist the IT Strategist with the design, testing, and documentation of programsl Evaluate and prioritize user requests for new and/or modified programs and respond to requests with programs that produce desired results in a timely manner. Provide ongoing database support. Details

Information Technology Consultant, Marine Science Center. This position functions as a desktop support position at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. It will provide desktop software, hardware and media support as directed by the Network Analyst II position for users as needed. Details

Facilities Electrical Engineer Level 1, Boeing. Assists with the development of basic conceptual designs, final designs, cost estimates and provides maintenance support for the engineering, design, and construction of buildings, equipment installations, utility systems and grounds. Aligns designs with customer requirements, building codes and applicable regulations by applying knowledge of construction principles, practices, and materials. Details

Software/Hardware Engineer, Marathon Coach, Inc. Develops and maintains various computer or embedded systems for fixed and mobile platforms. Designs embedded hardware or software, specifications based on consultations with supervisor, systems analysts other programmers and end users. Consults with supervisor, systems analysts, other programmers, and end users to gather information about program intent, functions, features, data requirements, input requirements, output requirements, internal and external checks and controls, hardware and operating system environment, and interfaces with other systems. Designs or writes program specifications based on consultations with supervisor, systems analysts, other programmers, and end users. Details

Software Engineer 1, Nordstrom. Come join our Infrastructure Engineering team as we hack, develop and deploy tools that enable infrastructure automation, help other teams deploy CD/CI pipelines, use public IaaS and expose infrastructure and application metrics to everyone in the company. In this role, you will: write software and contribute to Open Source projects; primary be working with Ruby, but not exclusively; be focused on writing tools and API's to help other development and operations teams within the Nordstrom technology group; represent Nordstrom in the technical community, which can include participating in conferences; demonstrate a passion and commitment toward advancing a culture obsessed with gathering and using data for everything. Details

Information Technology Systems Specialist, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. This Information Technology (IT) Systems Specialist serves as a member of the core team of scientists and students studying the Earth as an integrated system through an interdisciplinary approach and state-of-the-art technology and facilities, field experiments, theoretical investigations, numerical modeling and simulations. The IT Systems Specialist has specialized Information Technology knowledge to make recommendations for the course of action in the college. This position conducts research on new and emerging technologies and their application to Earth System Science. Through management of research and instructional computing for the College, the IT Systems Specialist assists faculty, staff and students in the quest for scientific understanding of the Earth's systems, environmental challenges, the study coastal zones, and ocean and atmosphere processes and interactions. Details

Analyst Programmer, Engineering Education Research Group, Oregon State University. Responsibilities include helping develop and maintain innovative technology-based software architectures and studying their efficacy. Requirements include knowledge of database design (MySQL) and web-application programming (PHP, HTML, JavaScript), and duties include the fielding, review and addressing of day-to-day application issues. The position allocates 10% time to self-directed software development projects in support of the Group's interests. 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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