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EECS Weekly News: July 27, 2015

IN THE NEWS

OSU Open Source Lab improves infrastructure, services
The Open Source Lab in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University has significantly upgraded the FTP service used by the open source software community and increased its download speeds by 900 percent. OSU press release

Fiez Receives IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award
Terri Fiez, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Oregon State University, was selected as the 2016 winner of the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award “for innovative undergraduate engineering and computing curriculum development fostering student engagement and retention.” IEEE is the world’s largest professional technical association, and honors one individual each year for inspirational undergraduate teaching. EECS

Exceeding Expectations
Transitioning from a band teacher to a software engineer seemed like a huge leap at first for Jennifer Burns, but things quickly started falling into place for her after she made the switch. While she was enrolled in Oregon State’s online degree program for post-baccalaureates, she held a year-long internship with Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Tektronix sales up again; spinoff awaits
Tektronix reported another quarter of growth, the fourth in a row, as its parent company prepares to spin Tek off into a new organization. The test-and-measurement business, which includes Tek and Everett, Wash.-based Fluke Corp., is due to spin off as Danaher splits in two. Danaher will retain its growing science and technology businesses while others, including Tek and Fluke, will be part of a new, publicly traded conglomerate. The Oregonian

Intel to shift Hillsboro engineers to Texas for open source project
Intel Corp. engineers from Portland will play a role in the development in a new tech development center that's opening in San Antonio. Intel announced a significant investment with Rackspace in a new OpenStack Innovation Center that will be based at Rackspace's headquarters in San Antonio. Portland Business Journal

How Qorvo components played a critical role in Pluto exploration flight
Qorvo, the company formed from the merger between Hillsboro-based TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and Greensboro, N.C.-based RF Micro Devices Inc., has made a galactic splash. Roger Hall, general manager of defense and space products at Qorvo, said that components from both RF Micro and TriQuint supported the spacecraft's communication system. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Oregon Bioscience Association Annual Conference
Wednesday, September 9, Collaborative Life Science Building, Portland, OR
This event is open for interested faculty, post-docs, and graduate students to present their work. Poster abstract submission deadline: August 14. Details

VentureWell E-Team Program Student Grants
VentureWell supports the development of technological innovations that are scalable, commercially promising, and have a positive impact on society and/or the environment. This program is for US-based college or university student-led teams, not for individual inventors. VentureWell encourages proposals that involve students and advisors from engineering, science, business, design, and liberal arts disciplines. Strong E-Team projects consist of multidisciplinary advisors, mentors with relevant industry experience and connections, strong partnerships (required if you are working outside the US), and experiential learning opportunities. Graduate and/or undergraduate students should serve as the entrepreneurial leaders of a team, regardless of the origin of the idea or invention. Application deadline: October 7. 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

GRADUATE EXAMS

Friday, July 31, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 2057. MS Final Examination – Yao Zhou. Major Advisor: Sinisa Todorovic; Committee: Thomas Dietterich, Mike Bailey. "Scoring Shape Characters of Monocot Leaves." Details

Monday, August 3, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Keying Xu. Major Advisor: Martin Erwig; Committee: Prasad Tadepalli, Eric Walkingshaw. "Representing Program Edits with the Choice Calculus." 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 Smart Approaches to Take When You're Asked to Name Your Salary (Besides Just Writing All the Zeros)
You’re interviewing for a pretty great gig, and things are going really well. Until, well, they ask you what seems like a trick question: How much money do you think you deserve? It’s normal to be scared that you’re asking for too much (or, heaven forbid, too little). The Muse

Cover Letters Are Hard to Write — But This Template Makes it a Breeze
There’s no point in taking all that time to tailor your resume to each application if you’re going to use a fill-in-the-blank cover letter. Wondering how to customize your own cover letter? The Muse

How to Make a Killer First Impression Before You Even Open Your Mouth
While you may look like a rock star on paper or on the internet, those first face-to-face moments can make or break how you’re perceived. So how do you make a killer first impression within just seconds of meeting someone in person? The Muse

Google Interns' Top 5 Resume Tips
We asked Google interns to submit their best resume tips. Here are the 5 tips that kept coming up. Google Student Blog

JOBS

Student Information Technology (Digital Repository Student Assistant), OSU Library. The student assistant will play an important role in supporting the software development of OSU Libraries' digital repositories and faculty research. Working on assigned tasks related with digital repositories such as discovery UI, usage statistics, and metadata cleanup. Supporting CDSS faculty research with data analysis. Other issues assigned by supervisor. Details

Student Information Technology - COSINE Helpdesk Student, OSU. Members of the Cosine helpdesk are the first line of technical support for the Colleges of Science, Liberal Arts, Education and a few departments in the College of Agriculture at Oregon State University. Cosine is responsible for all aspects of IT support for its customers. Details

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

I am looking for a graduate student to review/edit a new textbook "Antenna Physics". I need someone very familiar with Maxwell's equations, but also review the accuracy of many equations. The task should take about 1 day and I am willing to pay $250 for a good edit job. 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

Innovation Force Software Developer/Entrepreneurship Internship, Cambia. The intern hired will be a member of Cambia’s Innovation Force, a small focused team that analyzes and creates elegant solutions to complex problems in the healthcare industry. Responsibilities include rapid prototyping of solutions to specific problems and iterative refinement of solutions with consumer response. The position requires frequent interaction and effective communication within a diverse multi-disciplinary team. The Innovation Force Software Developer/Entrepreneurship Intern will: participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems; be responsible for programming, debugging and testing of applications in a development environment; gain an understanding of enterprise software development practices in a start-up environment. 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

Senior Software Engineer, Glu Mobile. Define, architect, & develop core engine components clientside technologies in Unity. Develop, innovate & integrate new technologies and tools (working with content teams). Architect & develop new (and extend existing) backend architectures with Java and/or PHP. Work with content teams (artists & designers) to develop gameplay mechanics. Scope & execute on large tasks, or systems. Details

Principal Software Engineer, Glu Mobile. Define, architect, & develop core engine components in Unity. Develop, innovate & integrate new technologies and tools (working with content teams). Architect & develop new (and extend existing) backend architectures with Java and/or PHP. Optimize code & memory for high performance simulations with tight constraints on multiple mobile platforms. Scope & execute on large tasks, or systems (possibly delegating some tasks to, and mentoring other engineers). Details

Software Engineer, Glu Mobile. Help develop clientside technologies, working quickly and efficiently in Unity. Help develop backend functionality in Java and/or PHP (serverside components, user support portals, etc.). Work closely with content teams to develop & extend gameplay mechanics. Help to scope & execute on smaller tasks, or systems. Details

Lead Computer Vision Engineer, Naked Labs. Join Naked Labs in a mission to build the body analyzer of our generation. You will be driving the core innovation making our body analyzer possible. We are looking for someone can write real time 3D reconstruction algorithms on embedded systems and is adept with point cloud analysis. Naked Labs is a venture backed seed round startup funded by very well-known angel investors in the bay area. The founders have a strong techno‐commercial background and have a proven track record of building successful products and businesses. 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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