IN THE NEWS

OSU fills top EECS post
Oregon State University has hired V. John Mathews as the head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, filling a position that has been vacant since the controversial ouster of Terri Fiez nearly a year and a half ago. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Developing ideas today, innovating tomorrow
Current and recent Oregon State University students are part of a company that is working to successfully create cutting-edge display technology in the near future. Amorphyx is a spinoff from OSU’s Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, and continues to near its fourth year of operations. Much of the company’s work in their research comes from their use in the Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility in Owen Hall. The Daily Barometer

In Defense of Engineering Education
An essay by Gabor Temes and Laszlo Solymar that presents arguments for the stance that the workforce benefits from colleges and universities that offer engineering students a combination of a quality liberal arts education with the intellectual content of a science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) subjects and courses. Proceedings of the IEEE (access availalble through the OSU Libraries)

OSU racing team wins big in Germany
A student organization sponsored by the Oregon State University College of Engineering won the top place in a formula car design and racing event in Germany on Sunday. The team, called Global Formula Racing, is a collaboration between OSU students and students from a German university, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg. Corvallis Gazette-Times

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Why NASA, SpaceX are interested in game developers
Video games' top priority may be to entertain the player, but for space industry leaders and engineers, those games could be the key to addressing important aerospace problems and finding the right talent to solve them. According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, "In gaming, there is a lot of smart engineering talent doing really complex things." Puget Sound Business Journal

Innovation on Display
The technology industry is always in flux. And this rapid rate of change poses challenges to companies ranging from nimble startups aiming to make their mark to established organizations fighting to remain relevant. This is particularly true in the competitive digital display market, where an Oregon company has been at the forefront of nearly every major breakthrough in the last three decades. Oregon Business

Tech leaders question Portland's laissez-faire approach to boosting tech diversity
Portland area-based organizations say they have found greater support from companies outside of this area. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition
Saturday, October 24
IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members—advised and proctored by an IEEE member, and often supported by an IEEE Student Branch—compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. As a student member there are lots of great reasons to participate - fun, fame, prizes and to prove your coding skills to the world in this well-known international competition. Registration will be open between August 17 and October 12. Details

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

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Thursday, August 13, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, KEC 1005. Special Seminar: "Wearables for the dawn of a new health system" presented by Samira Zali, IMEC. Details

Thursday, Aug 13, 3:30 p.m. talk, refreshments following talk, 220 Deschutes Hall (Colloquium Room), University of Oregon. "Distance Constrained Labeling on Graphs with Bounded Neighborhood Diversity" presented by Professor Jirka Fiala, with joint work from T. Gavenciak, D. Knop, M. Koutecky and J. Kratochvil, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. 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

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. This scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin, past president of the IEEE Computer Society, to recognize and reward student leadership. Graduate students, and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. Application deadline: September 30. Details

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 Small Things That Make Recruiters Leave Your LinkedIn Profile (and Never Come Back)
LinkedIn can make or break your chances of getting an interview—you probably already know this. But just like with your resume, what you leave off your profile is just as important as what you keep on it. The Muse

Social media continues to cast a shadow over Millennials
Social media is now a major part of people’s lives and Millennials are continuing to feel the effect that it can have on finding and keeping a job. A Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder last year found that 43% of employers surveyed used social media to research candidates. USA Today

JOBS

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

Test Technician, Vanguard EMS. Test and debug products in accordance with directions from Vanguard and its customers. Essential Functions: Operate HP and other test equipment. Debug ATE board failures. Coordinate Test and Debug schedules. Assist New Product Introductions (NPI’s). Implement ECO’s. Analyze and track data…Engineering/customer interface. Details

Programmer, Performance Technology Partners. Application Development Programmer responsible for core development of Child Support Enforcement transfer system from the State of California to the State of Oregon. Functions as developer in one or more technical areas of the CSE application. Identifies and resolves problems in application software, coordinating with application users to determine symptoms and ensure accurate problem definition. Applies Object Oriented Programming (OOP) concepts. Designs, codes, unit tests, unit integration tests, and maintains application components based on detailed design specifications solutions to meet user requirements. Develops unit and unit integration test plans and procedures. Creates and executes unit and unit integration regression test scripts; creates personal and common test data, tracks actual vs. expected results, and evaluates quality of modules created. Follows configuration control procedures over application source libraries at pre-release levels. Details

Network & Security Engineer, NAVEX Global. As a key member of the information technology organization you will support all aspects of our operations environments. You will be working as part of a small, dedicated, hands-on team of system professionals to ensure a positive experience for our clients while making strong technical business decisions as part of a larger team. Specifically, you will be responsible for implementing, operating, and maintaining the corporate local-area and wide-area networks, supporting internal and externally-facing environments, in company offices. Your role also includes operation, maintenance and upgrades of network security systems, such as firewalls, VPN concentrators, IPS and IDS. Details

Analog and RF IC Designer (principal / senior), IMEC. Architect and implement milliWatt transceiver SoCs including innovative methods and circuits. Take the lead in the design of multi-disciplinary aspects like the implementation of mixed-signal system loops such as AGC and CFO and other calibration loops. Design state-of-the-art innovative circuits as part of an ultra-low power wireless system. Together with the team, create new ideas and/or new technical methods based on your solid technical experience. Contribute to the vision for the evolution of ULP transceivers over the next years. Details

System Architect, Green Data Centers - Infrastructure - Internet of Things (IoT), IMEC. As System Architect, Green Data Centers for the Hardware Infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) you will set up this new innovative business program working on the creation of first of a kind systems using our portfolio of technologies. You will have the opportunity to work in a world-class Research Center with a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals and technical expert teams. The first of a kind systems once created will later be executed for/with leading worldwide customers and partners and you will be responsible for delivering industry-relevant solutions to these customers. Details

SENIOR RESEARCHER Flexible Transistors and its Applications, IMEC. You perform leading-edge research exploring new applications domains for flexible thin-film transistor technologies. You will be working at the interface of materials science, process technology and device physics in a multidisciplinary research environment, together with industry. 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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