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EECS Weekly News: May 26, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Web Usability Survey
Students in CS 352 – Introduction to Usability Engineering are seeking your input for a class project. They are learning the basic principles of usability engineering methods for the design and evaluation of software systems, including the study of human-machine interactions, user interface characteristics and design strategies, software evaluation methods, and related guidelines and standards. As a class project, they are testing the usability of the College of Engineering website. If you use this website, please complete a brief survey at http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~gopinath/coe/survey.php. Your input will provide CS 352 students with real-users data and help inform ongoing efforts in the maintenance and development of the College of Engineering website.

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

KUDOS

Jing Yang, Gregory L. Rorrer and Alan X. Wang received the runner up SPIE Best Paper Award for their publication, "Bioenabled SERS substrates for food safety and drinking water monitoring," presented at the Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety VII conference.

IN THE NEWS

OSU Student Brilliance Shines
Last Friday Kelley Engineering Center erupted with ingenuity and excellence as more than 600 undergraduates demonstrated their senior projects capping their careers as OSU engineering students. These brilliant beavers worked hard for a year or more to bring their ideas to reality and warrant our hardy congratulations for their successful projects and especially for bringing their academic efforts to commencement. 300-plus projects from all 8 engineering disciplines departments were on display and I was fortunate to talk with a few dozen of the groups about their work; here are my impressions of a few. Jon Dorbolo

OSU Engineering Expo provides a glimpse into the future
From solar-powered water aeration systems and human-powered riding lawnmowers to a wireless DJ glove, the engineering projects featured during the expo sought to tackle a wide variety of challenges in the world. Corvallis Gazette-Times

EECS Students Win Top Expo Awards
Students in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) won three of the four overall awards at the Engineering Expo 2015. Additionally, the Industry Advisory Board for EECS recognized six other outstanding projects. EECS

OSU Solar Vehicle Team faces uncertain future
April 28 the team was hit by its latest crisis: Leaders were called to a meeting and told by College of Engineering administrators that the department had decided to dissolve the team. The department had previously officially sponsored the group. The sponsorship meant they had a workshop on campus, coverage by the university’s liability insurance and, perhaps most importantly, the ability for people and businesses to make tax-deductible donations to the group using the university’s nonprofit status. Corvallis Gazette-TimesSeattle Daily Journal of CommerceBradenton (Florida) Herald, Bend Bulletin, Miami Herald, Salem Statesman-Journal

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

What's my college degree worth? 11 most valuable majors in Oregon
In an annual study released just in time for graduation, Georgetown University tries to answer the question on many students' minds: what is my major actually worth? Based on their findings, here are the 11 college majors that pay off the most in Oregon. The Oregonian

Wave Energy Device
Ethan and Justin from the Cayman Islands used curriculum posted on the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center website to make a science project and video. These boys won first place in their Science Fair! They are trying to get 1,000 views on YouTube. Watch, like, and share! YouTube

Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works
Thirty percent of University of Washington bachelor’s degrees in computer science last year went to women. Ed Lazowska, chairman in computer science and engineering at the university, called that share “not great.” Still, it is twice the national average and up from 20 percent in 2010 and 15 percent in 2005. The university has done three big things to diversify its student base, Mr. Lazowska said. New York Times

Want to be one of SpaceX's first Puget Sound-area employees? Better be ready to solve Elon Musk's favorite riddle
Break out that brainteaser book from high school. SpaceX is expected to begin hiring hundreds in the Puget Sound region, and answering a riddle may be a prerequisite to getting a job. Puget Sound Business Journal

Class of 2014 First-Destination Survey: Salaries for Computer Sciences Majors
Computer science majors earned the top average starting salary among Class of 2014 computer and information sciences graduates at the bachelor’s degree level, according to NACE’s Spring 2015 Salary Survey report. At $66,801, the average starting salary of computer science majors was the only one of the computer and information sciences graduates to top $60,000. National Association of Colleges and Employers

OPPORTUNITIES

Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) Education Roadshow
Thursday, May 28, 8:30am - 9:50am, Gilfillan Auditorium
Have you ever wondered how your professional life will look like after you graduate? Did you ask yourself what can you do today to prepare yourself for tomorrow's industry job market? Come and find out the answer to these and other career questions. Additional information. Panelists include:

  • Bryce Clemmer, CEO and co-founder at Vadio
  • Andy Neville, OSU alum, Director of eCommerce Technology at Columbia Sportswear
  • Andy Doan, OSU alum, senior QA Analyst at AKQA
  • Craig Greenwald, Senior Mobile Technology Specialist at GeoMobile Innovations
  • David Whitlock, Scrum Master and Team Lead at Tripwire
  • Shelly Reasoner, Manager at HP

Fall Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
The Data Incubator is an intensive 7 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. All sections will be from 2015-09-08 to 2015-10-16. Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Details

Build a web site this summer! Enroll in CS 195 Beginning Web Authoring (Web Design) and focus on:

  • Tagging in HTML5
  • Styling in CSS3
  • Efficiencies with PHP
  • Graphic Design techniques
  • Mobile to desktop responsive techniques
  • Search Engine Optimization and Marketing (SEO/SEM)

In just 4 weeks, you'll have a launchable site. Sign up right away! Learn more: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/testing

Oregon State University to host ‘The Co.’ – an interactive event focused on maker culture
Oregon State University on May 28 will host “The Co.,” an interactive event showcasing the wide array of “maker” activities happening in and around Corvallis. The event, which is free and open to people of all ages, will run from noon to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom. The Co. was designed to honor the simple act of creating and to allow campus and community groups to network. It will feature an array of activities including a maker fair, speakers, interactive demonstrations, kinetic sculptures from the da Vinci Days festival and more. 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.

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

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

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

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

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, June 1, 4:00pm to 4:50pm, KEC 1003. "Inter-Flow Consistency: A Novel SDN Update Abstraction for Supporting Inter-Flow Constraints" presented by Rakesh Bobba, Assistant Professor, School of EECS, Oregon State University. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Friday, May 29, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Pratik Krishnamurthy. Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi; Committee: Patrick Chiang, Siew Sun Wong. "End-user Programming Tool for Creating Custom Health Surveys with Automatically Generated Reports." Details

Monday, June 1, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – Teresa Tjahja. Major Advisor: Xiaoli Fern; Committee: Raviv Raich, Sinisa Todorovic; GCR: Geoffrey Hollinger. "Supervised Hierarchical Segmentation for Bird Song Recording." Details

Monday, June 1, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Salman Safdar; Co-Major Advisors: Bechir Hamdaoui, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; Committee: Rakesh Bobba; GCR: Julie Tucker. "Delay Performance Evaluation of IEC 61850 Standard in Transmission Substation." Details

EVENTS

Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) Education Roadshow
Thursday, May 28, 8:30am - 9:50am, Gilfillan Auditorium
Have you ever wondered how your professional life will look like after you graduate? Did you ask yourself what can you do today to prepare yourself for tomorrow's industry job market? Come and find out the answer to these and other career questions. Additional information. Panelists include:

  • Bryce Clemmer, CEO and co-founder at Vadio
  • Andy Neville, OSU alum, Director of eCommerce Technology at Columbia Sportswear
  • Andy Doan, OSU alum, senior QA Analyst at AKQA
  • Craig Greenwald, Senior Mobile Technology Specialist at GeoMobile Innovations
  • David Whitlock, Scrum Master and Team Lead at Tripwire
  • Shelly Reasoner, Manager at HP

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The Trick to Getting More People to Look at Your LinkedIn Profile Is Almost Too Easy
Fact: Most recruiters will only spend about 10 seconds on your LinkedIn profile. Which is nowhere near enough time for them to understand your work experience or see how great you are! So how do you turn those 10 seconds into 120? Here's a trick that's incredibly simple, but that will make sure hiring managers and recruiters will see what you're made of. The Muse

5 things you MUST learn about your dream company
Research the company you want to work for. Here’s the list of top 5 things you must know about your future employer(s) ... long before you apply or interview for a job there. LinkedIn

How Instagram Can Get You Ahead of the Competition to Land the Job
Instagram is great for checking out filtered photos of your friends and food. But, as this job seeker learned, it can help you land a new gig, too. How? Follow these step-by-step instructions for checking out companies and hiring managers on Instagram and using what you've learned to stand above the competition. 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. We are the MIST (Middleware Integration Solution Team) group within Enterprise Computing Services at OSU. You will be working with a group of talented and passionate developers to implement web-based applications that serve various needs of the university. Your job responsibilities will include software development and testing. Details

HS testing and SI intern, Intel. Under the mentorship, the intern is expected to assume the following responsibilities: Create models for certain high-speed component including socket, add-in cards, cables, interposers, and etc. based on currently employed technology in platform/system validation environment; perform link/channel level simulation to quantify the eye margin degradation of each high speed component on the link; explore the possible solution to mitigate the signal degradation seen in platform test; design the test boards to characterize different socket technologies. Details

Environmental Planning Tool Associate, EPA. We are seeking an individual who has completed a Bachelor’s degree to assist in the creation of this tool. This effort is expected to begin approximately June 2015 and is part-time, averaging 20 hours per week. Responsibilities will include: Working with team members designing and implementing initial tool prototype. Working with planning tool developers to become familiar with planning tools and plug in architectures. Working with researchers to become familiar with SWMM code and use. Working with possible users of the tool to create use cases and design requirements. Writing documentation for storm water tool. Implementing new tool features and bug fixes. This job will be located at EPA’s facility in Corvallis, Oregon. Details

Entry Level Software Developer, OptiTrack. OptiTrack is the fastest-growing company in the motion capture and 3D tracking sector and we are expanding our software development team to continue to improve our product lineup. You will be designing and developing applications on the leading edge of motion capture. Responsibilities will include: Create clean, fast, well-documented code as part of a larger framework in a small team of developers. Develop unit tests, testing frameworks, and participate in software quality improvement. Manage and continue to develop the in-house build system and software installers. Participate in code reviews and peer code testing to ensure application quality. Details

Adjunct/Visitor Instructor, Lewis & Clark College. The Department of Mathematical Sciences invites applications for instructors to teach one to three courses for Fall Term 2015. A Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education or Computer Science and evidence of excellence in teaching are required. A PhD is preferred. We seek instructors for Elementary Functions, Calculus I, and Computer Science I. 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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