IN THE NEWS

Big Data Is for the Birds
In Ithaca, New York, a virtual machine in a laboratory at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology sits in the night, humming. About every five minutes, Bubo grabs an image from Northeast weather radar stations, and feeds it through a pipeline of artificial-intelligence algorithms. “If we could see at night, we would see millions of birds flying overhead,” says Thomas Dietterich, a professor of computer science at Oregon State University, who works with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Nautilus

Wave energy industry growing
Video features the ways American and Canadian researchers are working to harness the power of the ocean. Oregon is the hotspot of wave energy research in North America, and EECS professor Annette von Jouanne has been one of the pioneers of wave energy research since the late 1990s. CBC

Teaching DevOps and open source to a new generation
We had the chance to interview Lance Albertson, the director of Open Source Lab (OSL) at Oregon State University (OSU), who is at LinuxCon this year to speak about what they do to help their students bridge this skill gap and how they work with open source projects to train the next generation of people who will keep the Internet running. Opensource.com

LinuxCon Day 2 recap: Security-centric
Lance Albertson is the Open Source Lab (OSL) director at Oregon State University. He started with an introduction of what the OSL does (provides hosting for FOSS projects, including the Apache Software Foundation and the Linux Foundation), and services it offers, such as virtualization, managed and unmanaged hosting, email, DNS, and mailing lists. Opensource.com

AI football manager knows how different teams play the game
Alan Fern at Oregon State University has worked on a project to develop AI for match analysis. He says computers still need to get better at picking out the patterns worth flagging to coaches. But he believes they have great promise. New Scientist

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

TechfestNW: Former Intel futurist says the robots are coming
TechfestNW kicked-off Thursday with a talk by futurist Steve Brown looking at life in the next 10 years. Brown, a former futurist at chip giant Intel, explained how technology products — once designed to become obsolete and discarded — are now made to last longer as they become portals into people's lives for critical services. “Robots will escape their cages,” he said. Portland Business Journal

Cool Spaces: Expanding New Relic extends its vibes across three floors of Big Pink
Back in 2012, New Relic, a San Francisco-based application management software firm, became one of the first of a new wave of tenants to move into the U.S. Bancorp Tower and reshape the office tower's traditional feel. The company is now up to 200 Portland employees and has openings for at least 20 more here in town. Portland Business Journal

Tripwire's retiring CEO has a parting message: Care for Portland's core, boost education
Tripwire chief executive Jim Johnson, who came out of retirement 11 years ago to rescue one of Portland's most promising technology companies, will retire at the end of September -- for real, this time, he says. Unlike most Oregon tech leaders, Johnson has been consistently engaged in the state's civic affairs dating to his time at Intel. He's been an advocate for improved public education, especially in science and technology. The Oregonian

Huh? Schools Think Kids Don’t Want to Learn Computer Science
TIMES HAVE NEVER been better for computer science workers. Jobs in computing are growing at twice the national rate of other types of jobs. By 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1 million more computer science-related jobs than graduating students qualified to fill them. In a big survey conducted with Gallup and released today, Google found a range of dysfunctional reasons more K-12 students aren’t learning computer science skills. Perhaps the most surprising: schools don’t think the demand from parents and students is there. Wired

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.

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

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

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

Intelligence Undergraduate Scholarships
Intelligence Scholarships of $2250 (undergraduate) will be awarded to students enrolled full-time in degree-granting programs in fields directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence or homeland security enterprises, and/or foreign languages. Application deadline: November 15. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The Reference Check You Didn’t Know You Were Getting
When an employer asks for your references, you put down the names of three people who pretty much think you walk on water. Employers know that. And they know that when they call the list of names you gave, they’re going to get glowing reviews. Which is why, nowadays, they don’t stop there. Many hiring managers (especially at startups or for senior-level roles) now do a little something called a back-channel reference check. The Muse

5 Ways to Stop Embarrassing Yourself on LinkedIn
In business, it’s vital to focus on developing a quality LinkedIn profile and avoid making a poor first impression. Here are five ways to ensure you don't embarrass yourself on this fast-growing and powerful platform. Entrepreneur

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

LifeMap Migration Internship, Cambia. As a LifeMap Migration Intern, you will: Participate in a team environment to migrate data from one system to another. Accurately inputs information into the system while maintaining productivity, accuracy and dependability requirements as established by department. Organize, keep current and readily accessible, all references, documents, policies and procedures. Look for ways to improve efficiencies. Track and report time spent on tasks as required. 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

DevOps Engineer, NAVEX Global. In This Role You Will Often: Write scripts to automate the provisioning and maintenance of systems. Work in an agile development environment, collaborating with Product Engineering, IT Operations, and DevOps teams. Manage and administer development tools – TFS, TeamCity, Octopus, Git, etc. Build deployment automation workflows to deploy our software. Identify, troubleshoot, and resolve problems with the build, deployment, and continuous integration process. Take ownership of development environments and manage our configurations. Document processes and maintain detailed notes for audit purposes. Be able to creatively bring value and innovation to assignments. Assist in release-related activities. 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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