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EECS Weekly News: May 4, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

EECS Graduation Celebration
Saturday, June 13, 7:30pm, LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium
Every year, EECS student clubs organize a School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduation. This event is shorter and more personal than the university-wide graduation and is tailored to the faculty and students of our school. Come join the celebration! EECS students who wish to participate in the School of EECS Graduation must register before May 31, 2015. Details and registration

Photos for the EECS Graduation Slideshow!
Graduating students: EECS Graduation is approaching! As part of the EECS Graduation ceremony, we put together a slideshow of the memories you've made in your time with us, to show off to your family and friends. If you have any questions, email eecs-graduation@engr.oregonstate.edu. To submit pictures for the slideshow:

  1. Post them to our Facebook group (search for "EECS Graduation Photos" or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/761332810557253/)
  2. Upload them to our Flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2805560@N20/pool/
  3. Or email them to oscar@eecs.oregonstate.edu

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

WIFO BOOSTS WI-FI BANDWIDTH TENFOLD
Thinh Nguyen, the associate professor involved with the project, predicts devices in the future will be equipped with photodiode receivers to take advantage of this. The group has secured a provisional patent and are seeking companies to work with them to develop and license the technology. InAVate (video)

OSU club takes on rocket science
The gravity and space club formed in fall 2014, put together by co-founders Alexsis Hundley-Kennaday, Sophia Zhang and Cristina Martinez, all friends and engineering majors. GRASP is in the middle of a project funded by the Oregon NASA Space Grant. Hundley-Kennaday, Zhang and Martinez are currently building a payload that will be launched in a sounding rocket in June for RockSat-C, a program through the University of Colorado Boulder. The Daily Barometer

Margaret Burnett
When Margaret Burnett was growing up in the 1960s, being a female with a gift for math led to one likely career: teaching. She didn’t see herself in front of a classroom, but when a neighbor got a job with IBM after majoring in math in college, Burnett saw an opportunity. Terra

Elusive Equity: Oregon State tackles the persistent bias inhibiting women in STEM fields
With support from the NSF, Oregon State is launching a program to explore the cultural and structural factors that steer women away from tenure-track positions in STEM fields. Known as Oregon State University ADVANCE, the program aims to change institutional practice as well as personal behavior. In 1992, Margaret Burnett broke another gender barrier: she and Cherri Pancake were the first tenure-track female faculty hired in computer science at Oregon State. Terra

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Where am I in Benton County? 042915
Test your knowledge of Benton County. Follow the picture clues and guess the location. The answer will be revealed on the last frame of this slideshow. Corvallis Gazette-Times

OPPORTUNITIES

2015 Commencement Human Interest Stories
In an effort to personalize the annual Commencement Ceremony, President Ray includes 3-4 human interest stories of personal achievement of our graduating students that he will highlight during his Commencement address. There are many untold stories of personal achievement and great accomplishments of our students. To nominate a student, please submit completed form to Amy.Roos@oregonstate.edu no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 6. Selected students and their nominators will be notified during the week of May 25 or earlier. Additional information and instructions can be found online at 2015 Human Interest Stories.

Join the Electric Shell Eco Marathon Team
If you are interested in joining the Electric Shell Eco Marathon team through ASME please attend the ASME weekly meetings Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in Rogers 230. If you cannot attend this meeting and are interested in participating, please email jonescha@onid.orst.edu.

What is an intuitive product? Participate in a research survey to share your opinion.
The Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is conducting research on the terms “intuitive use.” We are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old to complete a survey. The purpose of this study is to better understand how users and designers define the word intuitive with regards to products and interfaces. "This product is intuitive to use." What does that really mean? This study hopes to better understand the meaning behind the terms “intuitive use” to help designers produce better products and interfaces. SURVEY LINK: http://bit.ly/1I5mKW0

Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education, College of Engineering at Illinois
The Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) program invites promising students like you to visit campus for an all-expense-paid, in-depth view of the outstanding programs and facilities available to graduate students at Illinois. Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled or recently completed an accredited curriculum in engineering, or physics. Preference will be given to individuals who will be graduating in the coming year, with a GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale), and individuals whose cultural background will increase the diversity of the graduate student body. Details

MindSumo Projects
Please review the latest electrical engineering projects from MindSumo. MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to aaron@mindsumo.com.

VentureWell E-Team Program Grants
VentureWell’s E-Team Program gives college students the chance to move new tech ideas out of the lab and classroom and into the marketplace. The three-stage program provides grant funding, experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity to help teams manifest their projects’ full commercial potential. Award: Workshops and funding up to $75,000. Deadline: May 8. Details

PepsiCo/Society of Women Engineers Student Engineering Challenge
PepsiCo is looking to leverage young engineers to identify disruptive innovations – innovation that impact us across every function and country to address unmet needs and improve the way in which we make, move and sell our products in a way that furthers PepsiCo’s commitment to environmental sustainability as well as its impact on society. The challenge can be approached from any angle but must be innovative, and the solutions should explore any of the following functions: packaging; product and ingredient processing; equipment design. Submission deadline: May 29. Details

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

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 2015.  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

  • 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)

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

National Capital Area Leadership Scholarship
The undergraduate OSUAA scholarship of $3,500 is offered three times a year for internships physically located in Washington D.C. – students majoring in any field are encouraged to apply. The deadline for the Summer term applications for the OSUAA National Capital Area Leadership Scholarship are due on May 11. Please share this message with any student you think may be interested. 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

AfterCollege Scholarships
Apply and complete your AfterCollege profile for a chance to be the next scholarship recipient. This quarter's deadline to apply is June 30.

  • National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Details
  • Aerospace Corporation Science & Engineering Student Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, information systems, and mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Details
  • STEM Inclusion Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Details

Revel Scholars Program
Revel Systems POS is pleased to announce The Revel Scholars Program, which will award two $10,000 scholarships for the 2015/2016 school year to current high school and/or college students interested in entrepreneurship. In addition to receiving a scholarship towards their tuition, the two students selected for the Revel Scholars program will receive mentorship with Revel’s founders Lisa Falzone (CEO) and Chris Ciabarra (CTO) at regular intervals throughout the year for professional counsel and guidance. Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 1. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Mehiar Dabbagh. Major Advisor: Bechir Hamdaoui; Committee: Attila Yavuz, Bella Bose, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Towards Energy-Efficient Cloud Computing: Workload Prediction, Scheduling, and Overbooking." Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, May 4, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003. "On Security of Power System State Estimation" presented by Jinsub Kim, Assistant Professor, School of EECS, Oregon State University. Details

EVENTS

Spring Term Blood Drive at Oregon State University
Mon, May 11-Thurs, May 14 in the Memorial Union Ballroom
Fri, May 15 in the Memorial Union Multipurpose Room
You can save up to three lives with your donation! Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Go online to http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor and enter sponsor code “OSU,” or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your donation. There are also many opportunities available to volunteer each day. Sign up to volunteer at http://vols.pt/NPxt2v.

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

4 Steps for Answering "What Are You Looking for in a New Position?"
Whenever you get asked this question during an interview, it’s impossible to not feel like it’s a trap. What other answer can you possibly give for, “What are you looking for in a new position?” other than, “Everything this one offers?” Well, it depends on the humor of the hiring manager, but in general, that’s probably not your best option. To play it a little safer and to be thorough, follow these four steps. Remember, you want to be honest, but diplomatic. 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!

Student programmer, MIST (Middleware Integration Solution Team) group, Enterprise Computing Services at 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. Your job responsibilities will include software development and testing. We are looking for someone with the following qualifications: a dependent self-starter, an eager learner; talented with a passion in software development; preferred someone with experience in object-oriented software development and the Linux operating system; at least 2 years of school remaining before graduation. Details

Summer Tech Internship - Information Services (multiple), Expeditors. in our Information Services (IS) department, we have internship positions available in several technical disciplines: Java Development; EDI Development; EDI Systems Analysis; Application Support; Project Management; Networking; Messaging; Security; Systems Monitoring; PC Support; IS Training and Recruiting. Details

Software/Firmware Engineering internships, HP. Our team is looking for a Firmware Engineering Intern to develop the next generation software solutions for inkjet printers. Design enhancements, updates and improved solutions for subsystems of the firmware, and understand implementation tradeoffs to fulfill requirements across many families of products. Working with cross-functional teams to support new hardware bring-up for security subcomponents. Details

Postdoctoral Researcher - Analog & Mixed Signal Circuit Design, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Position is in the area of high speed data communications for future computing, storage and networking systems. Candidates should possess demonstrated skills in digital and analog/mixed-signal circuit design and implementation in deep-submicron Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) technologies. Key circuit blocks of interest may include high speed and high resolution analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, digital/analog adaptive signal processing functions such as feed-forward/decision feedback equalization, clock generation and recovery units. Background in information theory and communication systems is a plus. Details

Research Staff Member - Analog & Mixed Signal Circuit Design, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Join a talented research and development team involved in the conception of innovative high speed interconnect and analog/mixed-signal solutions for future computing, storage and networking systems. This role will span the areas of digital and analog/mixed-signal circuit design and implementation in deep-submicron Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technologies, design of signal processing and advanced coding solutions applied to high speed data transmission systems, test and characterization of complex functions. Specific examples of circuits may include high speed and high resolution analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, digital/analog adaptive signal processing functions such as feed-forward/decision feedback equalization, maximum likelihood sequence estimation, clock generation and recovery units. Details

Analog Design Engineer, Himax Imaging. Requirements: 0-2 years of analog design experience in CMOS process technologies. Possess design skills of schematic entry, HSPICE or SPECTRE simulation, Monte Carlo simulation, layout, DRC/LVS, parasitic extraction and post-layout simulation. Design experience in analog blocks such as biasing circuits, bandgap reference, operation amplifiers, regulators, comparators, switched-capacitor circuits, charge-pumps, ADC, DAC etc. Capability to work autonomously and as part of a team, with proficient written and oral communications skills. Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent. Details

Analog Mixed-Signal IC design position, Broadcom. Design analog blocks, systems or sub-systems using a combination of behavioral modeling tools and transistor level circuit design tools. The circuits to be developed include mixed-signal analog systems with ADCs, PGAs, DACs, filters, drivers, power management and low-jitter clocking circuits. Must be capable of defining and implementing innovative and optimal circuit architectures and transistor-level circuit solutions to achieve a variety of challenging noise, distortion, power consumption and cost requirements.Help mentor and take responsibility for projects with teams of analog engineers. Draw or oversee the drawing of the custom physical layout of these circuits. Work with others to define circuit board components to be used with these circuits. Define requirements for internal chip interfaces between the analog and digital circuits. Review the chip package pinout / ballout and review and revise the chip package route with package layout engineers. Design and/or review the PC test board schematics used for testing the IC performance. Characterize the performance of these ICs using lab equipment. Debug performance problems found during characterization of these analog circuits. Work with automatic test engineers (ATE) to develop production tests for these circuits. Document the operation and performance of these analog circuits. Details

Computer Science Opportunities at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport. Our division has a new project starting shortly and several existing projects that involve developing new C++ code and maintaining an existing codebase. The applications the division develops and maintains launch, plan and train-on submarine weapons. Our division is looking to recruit six more individuals. These are government, GS, jobs. We are looking for individuals that seek a position where they both develop and maintain C++ code and are looking to see their products directly affect how our sailors are able to conduct their missions. Details

IT Analyst Position, Myers Container. The IT Analyst will be a key member of the Administration team designed to provide value-added customer service and world class systems performance. He/she will report to the Director of Finance & Administration and will manage the enterprise’s full suite of computer and telecommunication systems & services. ;Within the scope of the position responsibilities, the candidate will learn to apply the Company Business System to both continually improve and eliminate waste within business systems. These business processes will provide world-class service, meet corporate values and enhance satisfaction. 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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