IN THE NEWS

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science names new head
V. John Mathews, an expert in biomedical signal and information processing with a track record for growing  research funding and student enrollment, has been selected as the new head of the Oregon State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). OSU news release

Oregon State hires new chief for engineering and computer science school after tumult at the top
Seventeen months after Oregon State ousted the head of its School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the university on Friday named a replacement. The school's new head is V. John Mathews, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and had been at Utah since 1985. The Oregonian

All girls, all tech
Hillsboro High School’s computer and technology labs were filled with eager girls — all wearing bright pink T-shirts and delving into computer programming, robotics and everything high-tech. It was the fifth year of the summer Girls Get IT (Innovative Technology) camp, founded in 2011 by Savannah Loberger, who attends Oregon State University and is majoring in applied computer science. Hillsboro Tribune

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Intel, Micron unveil memory chip 1,000 times faster than Flash
Intel and Micron say they've been working more than a decade on their new, "3D XPoint" chip, which is based on a new, three-dimensional structure and a different set of materials than standard memory chips. The new chip doesn't use transistors, which are the standard on/off switches in microprocessors and nearly every other category of computer chip. The Oregonian

Why IBM is hiring 1,000 software designers
IBM is one of the latest traditional technology behemoths to see design as a key differentiator in enterprise software. In a session at last week's Cultivate Conference (co-located with the influential open-source OSCON event in Portland), IBM's General Manager of Design Phil Gilbert told attendees about Big Blue's attempt to create a "culture of design" at the 130-year-old company. To help make that happen, he added, the company is committed to hiring 1,000 formally trained designers in the next six years, two-thirds of whom will be recent college graduates. Network World

OPPORTUNITIES

Open Source Day 2015
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Grace Hopper Conference, Houston, TX
More than two hundred women of varied skills and experience levels will work together to develop projects during the Code-A-Thon. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and work with mentors from a variety of commercial and nonprofit organizations. At the end of the day, each project will have the opportunity to present their work to the other participants. Attendees will take home tangible proof of their contributions and the confidence to begin their own community-developed software projects. Participation is limited to the first 229 applicants. Details

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

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

Monday, August 10, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – MohammadJavad NoroozOliaee. Major Advisor: Bechir Hamdaoui; Committee: Bella Bose, Scott Sanner, Sinisa Todorovic; GCR: Abi Farsoni. "Design and Analysis of Distributed Resource Allocation Techniques for Large-Scale Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks." Details

Monday, August 10, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1114. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Sean McGregor. Major Advisor: Thomas Dietterich; Committee: Ronald Metoyer, Prasad Tadepalli, Margaret Burnett; GCR: Chris Knowles. "Facilitating Testing and Debugging of Markov Decision Processes with Interactive Visualization." Details

EVENTS

Hatfield Marine Science Center 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 7, 4:30 pm, HMSC campus, Newport
The Celebration will feature speakers, a historical slide show and a new video celebrating HMSC's bright future. The Celebration, located outdoors in front of the HMSC Visitor Center, will be followed by a reception in the Visitor Center from 5:30pm to 7pm. Don't miss "How Oceanography Saved The World,” a presentation at 3 pm by OSU Alumnus and NOAA Chief Scientist Rick Spinrad! This special event will be in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Details

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

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

AfterCollege scholarships

  • National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: September 30. Details
  • AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS,AAS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: September 30. Details
  • AfterCollege 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. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: September 30. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

5 Follow-up Emails That Scare Hiring Managers (and What to Write Instead)
As with everything else, you need to find a way to phrase what you’re really thinking (i.e., “Hire me!”) in the best way possible. The Muse

8 Surprisingly Easy Ways You Can Wow the Person Interviewing You (According to Real, Live Hiring Managers)
Naturally, job candidates talk a lot during an interview. So does the interviewer (though in that case, less should be more). But there are a number of things interviewers wish they could say to job candidates before the interview ever takes place. The Muse

6 simple job search tips people tend to forget
Let’s boil things down to a short list of sound, timeless job searching tips that’ll help you fine-tune your strategy so that you may sail through the process (or at least cut out some of the unnecessary time and frustration). USA Today

11 Secrets of Irresistible People
Irresistible people aren’t constantly searching for validation, because they’re confident enough to find it in themselves. There are certain habits they pursue every day to maintain this healthy perspective. Entrepreneur

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

Project Scheduler-Electrical Construction, Olsson Industrial Electric. Preparing and maintaining project schedules using a scheduling software e.g. Primavera (P6), MS Project, etc. Presenting simplified, easy to visualize schedule roll ups for high level management reporting. Communicating and coordinating with the project client and with individual subcontractors and construction management teams. Coordinating and resolving long- and short-term planning and scheduling challenges or delays with the Project Manager and other personnel on project teams. Assisting in technical evaluation of contracts. Conducting time impact analyses. Analyzing critical paths and restraints to determine effect of changes on the schedule and recommending workarounds to mitigate impacts. Details

Operating Systems-Network Analyst, competency level 3, Department of Athletics, Oregon State University. This position provides comprehensive computer network, hardware, and software technical support to Department of Athletics users, which includes at least 12 facilities and approximately 140 regular employees. The Operating Systems-Network Analyst has a varying level of responsibility for the design, analysis, modification, maintenance, installation, and administration of operating systems, physical databases, and voice, data, and video network to meet campus needs. Responsibilities include ensuring the availability, integrity, and reliability of assigned systems to include MAC and PC platforms. 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:Systems/Software Engineer (Entry Level/Graduate) - Hewlett Packard | Fremont, California

 

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