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EECS Weekly News: June 8, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduating Students - we need your help
Whether you or are registered for the EECS Graduation Celebration, participating in the OSU graduation ceremony, or even if you are skipping graduation – please take a moment to take the “survey for the College of Engineering” linked to: https://secure.onid.oregonstate.edu/login?service=eecs_grad&survey=1. Completing the survey is important to the School of EECS and helps our school maintain its accreditation.

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

IN THE NEWS

Internet Pioneer’s Greatest Contribution May Not Be Technological
Doug Engelbart (BSEE 1948) will be long and justifiably remembered as the inventor of the computer mouse, as a pioneer in the development of hypertext and for the December 9, 1968 "Mother of All Demos," the first exhibition of integrated point-and-click, windows, hypertext, hyperlinking, word processing display editing and collaborative computing nearly three decades before such cyber-environments became the norm. But, though he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame last year, Dr. Engelbart's greatest contribution to society may not have been technological. The Internet pioneer's greatest breakthrough may be to change how we think, how we learn and innovate, and how we collaborate. Internet Society

EECS Graduation Speaker, Ben Nader: Entrepreneur of Life
“Something positive always comes from putting yourself in an uncomfortable position,” said Ben Nader, Oregon State alumnus (’07) of electrical and computer engineering. He truly knows the meaning of the word “uncomfortable” having recently left a successful career in Silicon Valley to start a business where no salary is guaranteed. EECS

2015 Graduate, Mollie Holmes: True to Herself
Mollie Holmes took a risk to change her direction in life and return to school as a post-baccalaureate to receive a computer science degree through Oregon State’s online degree program. It meant quitting her job and moving back home to become a non-traditional student in a field dominated by men. And there were times she wondered if she had made a huge mistake. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Anxiety Is Most Common Mental Health Diagnosis For College Students
According to new research from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State and the American College Health Association, “anxiety has now surpassed depression as the most common mental health diagnosis among college students,” with nearly one out of six college students having been “diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last 12 months.” students cite causes ranging from “mounting academic pressure at earlier ages to overprotective parents to compulsive engagement with social media.” New York Times

Intel plans job cuts across the company, internal memo says
Intel is quietly making plans to lay off employees across the company later this month in response to disappointing sales. Intel wants to keep expenses flat to match the company's reduced revenue outlook for 2015, citing plans it announced in April to cut its research and administrative budget by $300 million this year. The Oregonian

Robot wins $2 million in disaster challenge
The next time a disaster hits, it might be a robot from South Korea that saves the day. Named DRC-Hubo, the robot and its Team Kaist walked away with the $2 million prize over the weekend in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. CBS

OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

EVENTS

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. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – Janhavi Kulkarni. Major Advisor: Ted Brekken; Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Julia Zhang; GCR: Nathan Gibson. "Rapid Grid State Estimation using Singular Value Decomposition." Details

Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 3057. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Duong Nguyen-Huu. Major Advisor: Thinh Nguyen; Committee: Raviv Raich, Alan Fern, Bella Bose; GCR: Yevgeniy Kovchegov. "On Rank of Random Matrices over Finite Fields and its Application to Network Coding." Details

Tuesday, June 9, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Amir Azarbakht. Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen; Committee: Margaret Burnett, Ronald Metoyer, Christopher Scaffidi; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Temporal Analysis of Dynamic Collaboration Graphs of Open Source Software Development: Forking." Details

Wednesday, June 10, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Chaoqiang Zhang. Major Advisor: Alex Groce; Committee: Xiaoli Fern, Carlos Jensen, Weng-Keen Wong; GCR: Maggie Niess. "Test Case Reduction, Prioritization, and Selection for Symbolic Execution." Details

Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 2114. MS Final Examination – Bryan Pawlowski. Major Advisor: Mike Bailey; Committee: Ron Metoyer, Eugene Zhang; GCR: Leonard Coop. "New Approaches to Depth-Based Render Techniques Using Pixel Synchronization." Details

Wednesday, June 10, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 3114. MS Final Examination – Qingkai Lu. Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Committee: Mike Bailey, Prasad Tadepalli; GCR: Daniel Borello. "Offensive Direction Inference in Real-World Football Video." Details

Thursday, June 11, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Benjamin McCamish. Major Advisor: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; Committee: Ted Brekken, Rakesh Bobba; GCR: Kyle Niemeyer. "Bitmap Indexing: Energy Applications and Improvements." Details

Thursday, June 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, KEC 1005. PhD Final Oral Examination – Jervis Pinto. Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Committee: Alex Groce, Prasad Tadepalli, Thinh Nguyen; GCR: Belinda Batten. "Incorporating and Learning Behavior Constraints for Sequential Decision Making." Details

Thursday, June 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Chen Huo. Major Advisor: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; Committee: Ted Brekken, Jinsub Kim, Julia Zhang; GCR: Chinweike Eseonu. "A Microgrid Design Case Study: Synchrophasor Placement and Development of a Protection Laboratory for the Oregon State University – Corvallis Campus." Details

Friday, June 12, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Bruce Querbach. Major Advisor: Patrick Chiang; Committee: Huaping Liu, Ram Krishnamurthy, Shih-Lien L Lu; GCR: Leonard Coop. "The Architecture of a Reusable Built-In Self-Test for Link Training, IO and Memory Defect Detection and Auto Repair on 14nm SOC." Details

Friday, June 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – Richard Meier. Major Advisor: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez; Committee: Ted Brekken, Alan Fern; GCR: Geoff Hollinger. "Toward Automated Decision-Making in Power Systems Wide-Area Protection." Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

How to Do a Video Meeting or Skype Interview Without Feeling Totally Awkward
Short of hopping into a time machine, there is no avoiding the video-centric communication as a modern job hunter, so kill the camera-shy nerves and nail four of the most common video-related career scenarios. The Muse

9 Tiny Tweaks That'll Make Your LinkedIn Profile Top-Notch
Taking your profile from good to great doesn’t need to take quite as long. In fact, using the resources below to make a few small changes can completely transform your LinkedIn presence. The Muse

JOBS

Part Time Computer Programmer, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a Computer Programmer with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Corvallis, Oregon. The position entails assisting in the creation of a tool to help communities understand the local preferences for ecosystem services and the supply of those ecosystem services. Details

Controls Engineer I, CorrQuest Automation. We are looking for a motivated engineering graduate to join our staff. Any engineering discipline will be considered with electrical background preferred. Typical CorrQuest designs utilize PLCs, HMIs, drives, motors and other automation components. Experience with any of these is a plus, but not required. Details

Manufacturing Test Engineer, Planar. Planar is seeking a Manufacturing Test Engineer with an electrical engineering background for its production facility in Hillsboro, Oregon. The candidate is responsible for the development and implementation of manufacturing test plans, test systems, and data mining for display assemblies and subassemblies during any phase of the product life cycle. Provide Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Design for Testability (DFT) feedback during the New Product Introduction (NPI) phase. This position will work cross functionally to develop test solutions, troubleshoot problems and provide root cause analysis in addition to working directly with suppliers to develop test protocols. Test development may include both hardware and software and include responsibility for documentation and training of production operators. A key responsibility for this position is daily support of the production lines. Details

Control Systems Engineer, MESNAC Americas Co., Ltd. Review, analyze, and design control systems that integrate:  sensors, drives, motors, PLCs, PCs, and other data acquisition and control components; to the existing/new machines. Knowledge of Rockwell control systems. Knowing of Siemens and other control systems is an advantage. Review, analyze, and design motor drive systems that integrate: voltage transformers, circuit breakers, motor starters, relays, terminal blocks, wires, and cables among other components appropriately per the intended function and needs of the system. Draw schematics and panel layouts of the designed system. Inspect, check-out, and set-up the electrical and control system components after the electrical assemblers have completed build/wiring. Details

Data Analysis and Machine Learning Engineer, MESNAC Americas Co., Ltd. We are looking for a talented machine-learning algorithm developer to join our team in the creation of the ‘Smart Factory’. We are a small team with a start-up mentality inside a global company. The right candidate exudes initiative and is passionate about machine learning and design, has a proven record of product innovation, and is excited about the opportunity to push the boundaries of intelligent manufacturing systems. Details

Software Developer Associate or Software Developer I, Cambia. This first-level position, Software Development Associate participates in a team environment for the development, delivery, testing and/or maintenance of application systems and may include supporting quality assurance efforts. Develops efficient and maintainable program code. Develops efficient and effective program and system solutions in solving simple business problems. Provides consulting support for IT and Business partners by researching, identifying and resolving technical programming problems. Develops innovative solutions to problems. Design and write formal test plans and test specifications to address unit, system and integration testing. Creates and maintains automated test scripts. Details

Faculty Positions at IIIT-Delhi. The Institute plans to hold selections for tenure-track faculty positions during August-Sep, 2015. The Institute is looking for tenure-track faculty to strengthen its programs in Computer Science and Engineering. The areas of interest are: Information Security and Privacy; Mobile Computing, Sensor Networks and Systems; Data Science and Machine Learning; Human Computer Interaction; Software Engineering and Programming Languages; Digital Media; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Other areas like Algorithms, Theory of Computing, Computational Neuroscience, etc. 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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