IN THE NEWS

Danny Dig Receives Google Faculty Research Award
Danny Dig, assistant professor of computer science at Oregon State University, was awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for a project to improve responsiveness of Android apps. Google selected 113 proposals of the 805 submitted this summer on computer science topics such as systems, machine learning, software engineering, security and mobile. EECS

The Essential Guide to SIGGRAPH 2015
Outstanding Service Award: Mike Bailey, Oregon State University. This award, presented for the first time at SIGGRAPH 98, is given annually to recognize outstanding service to ACM SIGGRAPH by a volunteer. It recognizes persons who have given extraordinary service to ACM SIGGRAPH, both in the trenches and in positions of more responsibility or visibility, over a significant period of time. Animation Magazine

Biosensors for continuous glucose monitoring
John Conley, professor in the School of EECS and co-director of the Materials Synthesis and Characterization facility at Oregon State, has been working closely with Pacific Diabetes Technologies to build the biosensors for what will eventually become an artificial pancreas. Momentum!

Magnetic particles for computer memory and imaging
Pallavi Dhagat, associate professor in the School of EECS, is investigating the potential for customizing additive manufacturing technologies to print magnetic materials composed of magnetic nanoparticles. These materials might be used in the future to 3-D print electronic components, nonvolatile memory elements, and even fully functional motors. Momentum!

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Intel is all in on IoT — but PCs still aren't dead
Much of Intel Corp.'s marketing focus of late relates to the company’s work on emerging tech spaces, powering everything from drones, to wearables to the Internet of Things. However, this week the company is putting the focus squarely back on the PC chips it is known for. At an electronics show in Berlin, the company unveiled its sixth generation Intel Core processor family. Called Skylake, the processors offer more than twice the performance, triple the battery life and 30 times better graphics capabilities, according to Intel. Portland Business Journal

Ahead of Split, Future HP Inc. CEO Weisler Shakes Up Printing Team
Dion Weisler, who is currently head of HP’s PC and printing division and who will be CEO of HP Inc. when it becomes an independent publicly traded company on Nov. 1, today named Steve Nigro, currently head of the printing business, to run HP’s new business devoted to 3-D printing. Recall that HP unveiled a plan to get into the nascent 3-D printing business last year, aimed not at the market for hobbyists and do-it-yourself consumers, but at industrial applications like prototyping. Its first 3-D product is getting close to being commercially available, and Weisler decided that the business needed an executive to run it full-time. Re/code

Elemental Technologies, Portland's biggest young tech company, sells to Amazon Web Services
Founded nine years ago in Portland, Elemental said it will continue to operate under its existing brand. Elemental makes video encoding technologies, which broadcasters including the BBC, Comcast, ESPN and HBO use to prepare their programming for transmission online. The Oregonian

Airbnb adds engineering to Portland office
“We are starting a new initiative of distributed engineering teams at Airbnb. There is much more that we want to build and so much that we could improve,” the site says. This engineering team builds the applications used within the company. Portland Business Journal, The Oregonian

The beer industry needs software too, and Portland tech delivers
Technology is a globalized industry, but individual tech hubs often have their own personalities and specialties. For instance, Portland-area tech companies have an unusually strong focus on the development of enterprise and data center software. Portland also has the largest number of breweries of any city in the world. You put these two together, and you come up with Beaverton’s Orchestra Software, a company dedicated to bringing enterprise software to beverage manufacturers everywhere. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

The OSL is kicking off DevOps BootCamp again this year with DevOps DayCamp!
DevOps DayCamp is a dual-track day with one track to help inexperienced attendees get started with DevOps, as well as a second track comprised of educational sessions proposed by industry and community members for the more advanced DevOps crowd. For more information visit the event website. Submit an advanced track proposal. Deadline to submit proposals is September 14 at 12 pm.

America's Greatest Makers
America's Greatest Makers (working title) is coming to television in 2016. Are you ready to build the next truly amazing device? Bring your big ideas to life with Intel, in collaboration with Mark Burnett, United Artists Media Group, and Turner Broadcasting System. Competitors will vie for $1 million in prizes and the opportunity to bring their creations to market. For your chance to be on America's Greatest Makers, submit a video to tell us a little about yourself and your idea, and why you want to be part of the challenge. Deadline: October 2, 2015. Details

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

EVENTS

Technology and Hiring Trends in Portland & Silicon Valley
Tuesday, September 15, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Mozilla, San Francisco
The OSU Alumni Association has partnered with Portland State University and Technology Association of Oregon to bring you the opportunity to learn more about how Silicon Valley is expanding their technology footprint into places like Portland. With the expanding ecosystem of technology communities, how do companies choose where to open additional offices, and what resources are available? What resources are available to these other cities? Jim Cook, Mozilla's Chief Financial Officer and Jessica Mah, InDinero's Founder & Chief Executive Officer will lead a discussion to help answer some of these and other questions about technology and hiring trends in Portland and the Silicon Valley. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Glamour's 2016 Top 10 College Women Competition
We’re looking for dynamic young women with leadership experience, excellent grades, and inspiring goals. We’ll award one grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3,000 prizes. All winners will receive a celebratory trip to New York City and recognition in Glamour. Application deadline: September 15. Details

OpenStack® Scholarship Program: advancing the next generation of female technologists
The scholarship is a special program for college women pursuing a career in technology. This HP program awards four female candidates a scholarship of $10,000 USD each, plus mentorship and potential internship possibilities in the future. All women who are enrolled full time in an information systems or computer science (or equivalent) major course of study and are capable of developing a project using OpenStack technology and/or Cloud Foundry are eligible. Application deadline: September 30. Details

Xerox Minority Scholarships
The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. This scholarship is available to US citizens and individuals with permanent resident visas. Application deadline: September 30. Details

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

American Public Power Association (APPA) Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED)
Scholarships are worth $2,000 each and are paid directly to student's university. The scholarship provides funding to support the education of students working toward technical careers that are in short supply and high demand by electric utilities. Applicant must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or college undergraduate. Applicant must be a full-time student accepted or enrolled in a vocational school, or accredited college or university to be eligible to apply. Application deadline: October 15. Details

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Application deadline: October 27. 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

Meet the Robots Reading Your Résumé
Have you ever applied online for a job you thought you were perfect for, only to never hear back from the employer? Your résumé may have been kicked out of the application pool because you designed it for human eyes — not for the robot eyes of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). The Financial Engineer

3 Rules That Guarantee You'll Nail the Answer to "Tell Me About a Time You Made a Mistake"
Being open about a specific example of when you dropped the ball will actually score you points, even with the toughest interviewer. Given the choice between a potential teammate who is willing to take tough feedback, and another who does everything possible to cover his or her you-know-what after a mistake, most people would choose the former. To give you the ammunition that’ll show The Person in Charge that you’ll work hard and are a great teammate, here are three rules to follow when you’re responding to that dreaded question. The Muse

14 expert tips for recent grads hoping to work for a startup
Are you a college graduate looking for opportunities at a startup? These 14 tips could help you land your dream job. Portland Business Journal

JOBS

Backend Software Developer Internship, Cambia. Cambia’s Data Strategy team is seeking a Backend Software Developer Intern to build APIs and micro-services working with product managers & developers, formulate software designs with enterprise architects, code, test, and help push into production in an AWS cloud & Git environment. This position will focus on build out of backend platform capabilities for a machine learning full stack application (data – services – API – mobile consumer experience) with numerous complex technology, security and consumer experience elements. We use the following technologies to develop software: JavaScript, React, HTML5, CSS, NodeJS, Java, Python, AWS services (DynamoDB, EC2 Linux, S3, RedShift, SNS, Spark / EMR), ElasticSearch (ELK stack), Cassandra, JSON, Git, Jenkins etc. Details

LifeMap Quality Assurance Internship, Cambia. Participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems. Be responsible for the design of test plans, execution of tests, validation of tests as well as programming, debugging and testing of quality assurance automation tools in a development environment. This experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of enterprise software development and quality assurance practices, source control management, as well a good understanding of application deployment architecture. Details

Mobile/Frontend Software Developer Internship, Cambia. The Mobile/Frontend Software Developer Intern will be responsible for designing, developing, packaging, and deploying technical solutions for iOS and Android based systems for Cambia’s Data Strategy team. This position will focus on build out of frontend platform capabilities for a machine learning full stack application (data – services – API – mobile consumer experience) with numerous complex technology, security and consumer experience elements. We use the following technologies to develop software: JavaScript, React, HTML5, CSS, NodeJS, Java, Python, AWS services (DynamoDB, EC2 Linux, S3, RedShift, SNS, Spark / EMR), ElasticSearch (ELK stack), Cassandra, JSON, Git, Jenkins etc. Details

CMOS mixed-signal IC designer, Stratos Genomics. An ideal candidate would have: CMOS analog design experience in weak and moderate inversion; mixed-signal design experience with CMOS imagers or other read-out integrated circuits (ROICs) with a similar architecture; extensive experience with CAD software for IC design; experience dealing with foundries and chip submission; background and interest in biological/biomedical/electrochemical application areas; embedded systems design experience (e.g., FPGAs, microcontrollers, PCB design). Details

Engineer-In Training, Lenity Architecture. The EIT is responsible for the design of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems for commercial and institutional projects. The EIT is responsible for coordination with a team of EITs, designers and production staff within the engineering discipline. During construction the EIT is responsible for coordination with construction personnel. The EIT is responsible for all aspects of the engineering team’s output including reviewing and approving drawing sets. 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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