IN THE NEWS

Duy Nguyen – Student Spotlight
Duy is a senior studying computer science with minors in mathematics and psychology. He has a keen interest in social robotics, a discipline blending psychology and robotics, which he hopes to continue studying in the future. Duy’s family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam five years ago, and the language barriers he experienced sparked his interest in social communication. Honors Link

Managing The Artificial Intelligence Risk
Artificial intelligence has always struck humans as exciting and scary. We can’t resist it. And we don’t know where it will take us. Now that we’re talking to Siri and going where Google Maps point us and contemplating self-driving cars, it’s getting more present, more palpable. Guests: Max Tegmark, co-founder of the Future of Life Institute; Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University; Thomas Dietterich, professor of computer science at Oregon State University. On Point (NPR audio broadcast)

OSU AIAA Club Launches Another Winning Rocket
For the second year in a row, the Oregon State University’s branch of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) took first place in the payload competition at the Intercollegiate Rocketry Engineering Competition held in Green River, Utah. The team also placed third in the overall competition in the advanced category that targets an altitude of 25,000 feet — their launch reached 17,611 feet and a maximum speed of Mach 1.4. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Intel resets the clock: Pace for shrinking chips will slow
The world's largest chipmaker conceded Wednesday that it can no longer maintain its two-year cycle for shrinking the features in its microprocessors. Difficulties in crafting smaller features on its chips mean the pace of Moore's Law will slow to two-and-a-half years. The Oregonian

Oregon indie game studio's Kickstarter campaign off to sizzling start
JumpDrive Studios, one of the many indie game shops working to create a vibrant Oregon game scene, has formally arrived. JumpDrive has released the first footage of its inaugural game, XO, and has launched a Kickstarter campaign through which it hopes to raise $40,000. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

WE CODE: Women's Hackathon
July 24-25, Puppet Labs Office - 308 SW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97204
NIKE Consumer Digital Tech and Puppet Labs are collaborating to host WE CODE, a 2nd hackathon for women. Web designers and developers of all levels are invited to work on a fun project in small teams at this creative and collaborative coding event for women in tech. T-shirts, prizes, and food will be provided. Details

Academics invited to create new Microsoft HoloLens experiences
We are pleased to announce the Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research request for proposals (RFP), which will enable the academic community to join us in advancing the creation of new holographic computing experiences. The Microsoft HoloLens Academic RFP will award US$100,000 and two HoloLens development kits to academic institutions. This emerging technology teems with opportunity, so we’ve issued this RFP to inspire the academic community to investigate the potential roles and applications for holographic computing in society. Microsoft Research

MindSumo Projects
Please review the latest EE project 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.

IEEE Computer Society Student Design Showcase
IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors member Greg Byrd is looking for student projects to feature in his new Student Design Showcase column in Computer. The column is dedicated to innovative, interesting student projects from computer science and engineering. Details

Cognitive Computing Challenge
This is a $200,000 USD incentive prize to build a cognitive system that can read a document, then accurately load a database with what it finds. Essentially, to teach a computer to mimic the human brain. Currently, a huge amount of information is locked in written documents which is read and analyzed manually by humans. The solution to this challenge will eliminate repetitive tasks, reduce time and minimize errors. This world-wide challenge is sponsored by Dynamic Risk, whose focus is to improve pipeline safety and reduce environmental impact. However, this technology has broader applications across industries such as healthcare, security and emergency response. Submission deadline: January 11, 2016. Details

New course: CS 446 Biological Networks
Fall 2015, Stephen Ramsey
Big Data methods have become ubiquitous in life sciences research. To gain insights from massive biological datasets, computational proficiency in working with large networks is required. We will use examples from biology to learn how to: mathematically describe a network and its structure; computationally analyze the structure of a large network; infer the structure of a network using data-driven methods; use the software package igraph for network analysis. Details

EVENTS

TechfestNW
Thursday, August 20th and Friday, August 21st, 8am-5pm, Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St, Portland, OR
A gathering of leading thinkers passionate about technology, design, entrepreneurship and innovation. Two days of speakers, parties, networking opportunities and a talent/ recruitment fair. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

5 Reasons You're Getting Knocked Out in the First Round of Interviews (and How to Stop)
You thought the interview went OK. Maybe it could’ve gone better, but certainly you didn’t totally bomb it, right? So why hasn’t anyone called to set up the next interview or extend an offer? What went wrong? Why is this not progressing? Why? What now? How do you improve your interview game if you don’t even understand what you’re doing wrong? Certainly, there are many variables at play, but if you’re looking for possibilities, consider these five common issues that prompt hiring managers to take you out of the race. The Muse

8 simple things to do over summer to prepare for grad school
As graduates celebrate the end of an era, a new one begins for those attending grad school. In preparation for this new adventure you are about to embark on, here are eight things to accomplish beforehand. USA Today

7 Brilliant Ways to Start a Presentation
When we speak, we have about 60 seconds to capture our audience’s attention, establish credibility, orient them to our topic, and motivate them to listen. If you waste those precious opening seconds with a joke, an agenda, an apology, housekeeping details, a string of thank-yous, or a rambling, pointless paragraph littered with “ums” and “uhs,” your audience’s minds are likely to drift, and you may not get them back. Levo

JOBS

Student Programmer, Enterprise Computing Services department, Oregon State University. This is a part-time position during the school year and could be full time during vacation if interested. You will be working with an inclusive 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

Research Technician Aid with IT emphasis (student position), USDA genebank. This is part-time federal position. Program a labelling machine to incorporate QR and Barcode along with text for labeling containerized plants. Prepare and upload information and plant images to our national germplasm databank (GRIN). Assist staff with work station management for unit computers. Details

LifeMap Quality Assurance Internship, Cambia. Participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems. Be responsible for the design of test plans, execution of tests, validation of tests as well as programming, debugging and testing of quality assurance automation tools in a development environment. This experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of enterprise software development and quality assurance practices, source control management, as well a good understanding of application deployment architecture. Details

Systems Engineer Intern, Intel. Intern's main responsibility is to enable the optimization and execution efficiency of Intel Silicon design flows based on Electronic Design Automation (EDA) applications like Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor Graphics. Other components are project and program management. Ideal candidate should relate to the following traits: System level validation of Silicon Design Flows. Finding Design Test Floor performance coverage. Design Flow qualification and driving and technically managing OS migrations. Design Flow optimizations. Driving qualification of EDA applications. Details

Analog design engineer, American Semi. We are a small company that provides opportunities to work on a lot of different analog and mixed-signal circuits. For example, the person who is leaving has recently done or is doing design work for us on I/Os, bandgap, ADC, temp sensor and memories. Details

Engineer, HP. Maintain and repair specialized equipment used in the manufacture and testing of electronic equipment. Support all aspects of ensuring maximum uptime and performance of assigned equipment. Skills Required: Troubleshooting and repair of electrical and mechanical systems on custom built equipment. Ability to edit or create programs using contemporary command languages to control the equipment. Working Knowledge of PLC controlled equipment, able to monitor and trouble shoot. Participate in the development of maintenance and operational documentation of equipment. Evaluate spare parts needs and use available systems to warehouse and track inventory/availability. Reads/interprets mechanical drawings, schematics, printouts, specifications and test procedures. Performs tests to determine the functionality of mechanical or computer equipment. May participate in basic design and analysis via computer-aided design. Details

EE Controls Engineer. The Controls Engineer will manage the process control fiber optic media server base network; provide control engineering support for DCS, PLC and PI systems; provide instrument and engineering support; develop and execute repair plans; develop equipment specs, oversee outside support and provide project engineering for capital and other mill projects; oversee accurate documentation for all mill E&I systems. Details

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