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EECS Weekly News: August 17, 2015

IN THE NEWS

EECS names new head
At an age when most kids were dreaming of becoming firefighters or professional athletes, V. John Mathews knew exactly what he wanted to be — an engineer. After a national search, Oregon State University has hired Mathews, an expert in information processing and biomedical engineering, to take over as the new head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The Daily Barometer

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

New Relic's Portland workforce grows to 200 with more on the way
New Relic Inc.'s headquarters may be 636 miles away, but arguably its most important offices occupy three floors of U.S. Bancorp Tower. The San Francisco-based application management software firm has grown its Portland office to 200 people in the nearly three years since it leased space in Big Pink. Portland Business Journal

TechFestNW brings national tech luminaries – and a 'Talent Fair' – to Portland
Willamette Week's annual technology conference returns to Portland, bringing national tech superstars – and some of Oregon's best-known technologists – together for two days of talks. TechFestNW includes a "Talent Fair" featuring several top Portland tech companies in the city's ultracompetitive hiring market. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

Summer Computer Science Student Projects
Please review the latest computer science projects 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.

Cognitive Computing Challenge - Teaching Computers to Read
HeroX has launched the Cognitive Computing Challenge - 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. 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. Entry to compete is free. Last date for submission is January 11, 2016. Details

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

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007. Special Seminar: "Quality and Reliability of Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits: Modeling, Simulation, Testing" presented by Asst. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Berke Yelten, Electronics and Communications Engineering Department, İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey. 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 Body Language Basics That Make You Appear 100% More Trustworthy to Strangers
Whether it’s in the business world or in personal relations, there is one thing that we all need to get along and be successful: trust. We all strive to have people trust us, but the truth is that it is often hard to build. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to instantly appear more trustworthy. Here are five body language secrets to help you earn people’s trust. The Muse

3 Questions To Always Ask The Hiring Manager Back
But think about it - once you take the job, you're in it for at least a couple of years if not more. If you know that the biggest factor affecting your happiness, at work and outside of it, for this significant period of time is whether you will get along with your manager, why not just ask the questions to get to that information? LinkedIn

JOBS

Tutors and conversants, INTO OSU Learning Center. Are you interested in learning about different cultures in the OSU community? Do you like helping people? Qualifications: Professional and customer focused personality. Strong communication skills. Cultural sensitivity and maturity. Teaching experience and/or second language ability a plus! Details

Engineering Technician (intern), Amorphyx. This REU project will involve the investigation of physical and electronic properties of amorphous metal. The project will require the fabrication of thin-films and electronic devices using sputter deposition and photolithography techniques. The samples produced will be analyzed using ellipsometry, resistivity, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and electron microscopy with the goal of correlating these measurements to current-voltage and capacitance-voltage performance of electronic devices. Full 40 hours per week available until the term begins and whenever school is not in session. Minimum of 10 hours per week during each term. Details

Faculty Research Assistant-Electrical Engineer, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU. Work will focus on Endurance Array electronics, including: configuration and integration of scientific instruments onto moorings; being responsible for scientific instruments and electronics during research cruise deployment and recovery of oceanographic platforms; refurbishment of scientific instruments and mooring electronics. This FRA will actively participate in research related field operations, including equipment operation, maintenance, and installation cruises. The FRA ensures the data collected from the Endurance Array meets standards of the highest quality, has received proper quality control, and is disseminated to the principle investigators (PIs) for use in peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Details

Analyst Programmer, Enrollment Management, Oregon State University. This position will support the administration of the Banner Relationship Management (BRM) system for the Enrollment Management division. In addition to BRM this position provides expertise in the validation, testing, usage, and optimization of business-critical technical systems and processes in the Enrollment Management unit. Responsible for resolving non-routine problems as they arise, serving as a resource to Admissions, Institutional Research, Registrar, and Financial Aid. Helps to translate technical information to non-technical people, and provide training when the need arises. 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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