IN THE NEWS

The Drum Majors Of The Oregon State University Marching Band
The Oregon State University Marching Band had their first performance, after just three days of band camp, where the 280 member band performed the entire pregame show and a shortened half-time show. The job of the drum majors — Ken, Sage, and Sarah — is to conduct to keep the band in time. This includes in the stands, pep rallies, tailgating, and on the field during performances. It is not an easy job. There are screaming fans, footballs flying at you in every direction, and 280 people all looking at you for guidance. Drum major Ken Anderson III is majoring in ECE who plays the trombone. The Odyssey

Top 10 Tips for New Engineering Students (and Even Returning Ones)
As a freshman, or maybe even a sophomore, college can seem a bit daunting. Classes are harder and larger, there are three-hour labs, recitations, financial aid, football games, pressure to start research, Greek life, midterms, new friends and 10 weeks later there’s finals week. All of these events and aspects can pile up and before you realize it, you’re drowning in a first-year mid-term crisis. As an entering sophomore in electrical and computer engineering here at OSU, I can recommend some resources and tips to help you through the hard times. EECS (Guest post by Hanna Anderson)

OSU scientists seek crowdfunding to map beaver DNA
Oregon State University scientists figured out how to hitch a research project to the Beaver athletics star and hope the association will mean big bucks for their proposed endeavor. They are angling to raise $30,000 to pay for mapping the DNA of the orange-blooded college mascot Benny the Beaver (but, seriously, using the blood of a real North American beaver for the job). The sequencing task involves extracting billions of data points from a strand of DNA and assembling it into a reference genome. “The computational work to assemble all that information into a complete genetic code — and to figure out where the genes are — that could take months,” [Stephen] Ramsey said. Eugene Register-Guard

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

NexPlanar, Hillsboro chip company backed by Intel and Samsung, sells for $142 million
NexPlanar, a little-known Hillsboro company whose technology helps reduce defects in computer chips, said Monday it has sold its business to an Illinois company called Cabot Microelectronics Corp. NexPlanar developed pads used to flatten silicon wafers and improve their quality, reducing defects in an industry where even microscopic abnormalities can wreck a product. The company has about 100 employees but had kept a low profile over the past two years. The Oregonian

Why don’t future engineers learn real-world skills in school?
Before Adam Schachner enrolled at McGill University, he thought of himself as an inventor. He figured a degree in mechanical engineering would teach him the skills to build almost anything, but it didn’t work out the way he hoped. “I wanted to work on projects and we almost never got to,” he says. Macleans

OPPORTUNITIES

Open Source Lab and Rock the Vote
For the last seven years the OSL has been the backbone of the registration application for the Rock the Vote campaign by providing hosting and infrastructure. National Voter Registration Day is September 22. Register to vote online and see OSU student work in action!

Postdoc Research Symposium
Tuesday, October 20, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m., MU 49 (Horizon Conference Room)
Postdocs and/or Research Associates: participate in the 4th Annual Postdoc Research Symposium organized by the OSU Postdoctoral Association. The event presents an opportunity for your postdocs/reseachers to share their work with other postdocs, faculty, and university administrators across campus. Deadline to submit a poster is Friday, October 2. Details

MindSumo Challenges
Please review the latest electrical engineering 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.

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

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

GRADUATE EXAMS

Friday, October 2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1107. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Hao Li. Major Advisor: Patrick Chiang; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Alan Wang, Arun Natarajan; GCR: Michelle Dolgos. "Design of Energy-Efficient High-Speed Silicon Photonics Transceiver." Details

Monday, October 5, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Nurcan Keskin. Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Gabor Temes, Bechir Hamdaoui, Julia Zhang; GCR: Leonard Coop. "Wireless Charging." Details

EVENTS

DevOps DayCamp
Saturday, October 3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1001-1007
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.

IEEE Seminar  Pariveda Solutions
Wednesday, Oct. 7, noon, KEC 1007
Join Pariveda Solutions and IEEE for a free lunch! No need to RSVP - just join us in KEC 1007 @ noon on Wednesday, October 7. The goal of the IEEE Seminar series is to give students exposure to the world outside of academics, and provide useful and interesting information. Hope you can join us!

Intel Technical Talk Hosted by HKN – all engineering and science students welcome
Wednesday, October 14, 5 pm -7 pm (with food!), Weniger Hall 151
Join Dr. Jack Hwang, Engineering Manager, Portland Technology Development Group at Intel Corporation. He will discuss Intel’s development of advancement of silicon process technology and how they brought advanced technologies to high volume manufacturing years ahead of their competitors. As we look to the future, Intel will continue its investment in inventing and developing new technologies. Intel is seeking candidates for Process Engineering and Technician positions: Immediate opportunities for BS, MS and PhD students in the science and engineering fields. Bring a resume.

Intel Day Open House Hosted by IEEE – all engineering and science students welcome
Thursday October 15, 10:00 am –3:30 pm, KEC 1005 & 1007
Join Intel leaders and technology experts! Hear from a variety of business groups including: platform engineering, corporate services, information technology, foundry, client computing group and design, logistics and technology services. Intel hires BS, MS, and PhDs in Chem E, Mech E, MatSci, ECE, CS, Chemistry and most all engineering and science related disciplines! Can sponsor limited degrees at MS level and all STEM related at PhD level. Bring a resume.

EECS-MIME Senior Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Memorial Union Ballroom
Whether you are looking for a job, an internship or just want to learn more about graduate school, this event is for you. Network, ask questions, connect with potential employers, find out more about their organizations and broaden your awareness of your career options. These connections you make now can be helpful in your quest for a job or internship. Details

SEMI Pacific Northwest Breakfast Forum: The Future of Moore’s Law
Friday, October 30, 7:30 AM-11:00 AM, Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville
$55-$75; Students: $15, promo code PNWSTUDENT
As the famous law that drives the Semiconductor industry turns 50 years old this year, this event invites industry experts to come and share their views on where it will take us from here. While the measure of the original statement whether in transistor count or cost has evolved over time, the relentless march towards next generation capabilities continues to be a testament to the breadth of human ingenuity. Please join us as we explore the possible future of our industry and the ways being explored to achieve it. Details and registration

WiN (Willamette Innovators Network) Expo 2015
Thursday, November 5, 4-7 p.m., Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, HP Campus, 1110 NE Circle Blvd., Corvallis Oregon; Admission: Free
WiN EXPO 2015 celebrates the smart ideas in all of us. You‘ll see innovative concepts, hot startups, and meet established businesses that are changing the world. This year, don’t miss live demonstrations, Happy Hour, Young Innovators Zone, and Speed Networking. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
The Data Incubator is an intensive 7 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master's or PhD program or who has already obtained a master's or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. 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

Why school is never out for the professional
You should always find new aspects of your profession to study, from research to new materials and from new tools to new methodologies. Would you want to go to a surgeon who never read his monthly medical journals? How about an auto mechanic who wasn't certified to fix cars made after 1990? Everyone must upgrade their basic skills from time to time, including a plumber, a bricklayer — and you. Portland Business Journal

10 tips on staying classy (and making an impression) at business meals
Business meals offer an opportunity to present yourself in a unique way that makes you stand out among other professionals or candidates. Portland Business Journal

5 Reputation-Ruining Phrases You Should Never Let Your Boss Hear You Say
If you want to get ahead at work, there are certain things you should steer clear of saying in the office. Even if what you’re saying is true (and everyone knows it!). Every time you want to lash out at an irritating manager or co-worker, take a breath and watch your words. Finding productive ways to work through your frustrations will put you that much closer to landing that promotion. The Muse

JOBS

Site Reliability Intern, Symantec. Responsibilities: Developing and maintaining monitoring tools. Participating in technical troubleshooting sessions. Leading projects for tools and processes implementation. Learning to research and investigate production application defects and provide solutions for resolution. Research and investigate production system incidents. Assist with configuration of monitoring tools. Assist with leading the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process on system incidents. Work and collaborate daily with globally dispersed teammates. Build relationships throughout the organization. Details

Advisory Consultant Intern, Analytics, Deloitte. Ready for an exciting, fast-paced career? Have a passion for digging in to data, drawing conclusions and developing recommendations? As an Analytics intern in the Advisory practice at Deloitte, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside leading professionals while building your professional skills in a variety of analytical techniques and industry skills. You’ll be involved in developing data analysis plans, innovative analytics strategies, and designing and implementing a variety of client solutions that address challenging business issues. You will perform detailed data analysis to develop meaningful insights necessary to address regulatory and business challenges for companies of all sizes across multiple industries. Details

Advisory Intern, Business Risk, Deloitte. Do you thrive in times of disruption? Have a passion for turning challenges and opportunities into long-term competitive advantages? As a Business Risk intern at Deloitte, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience working alongside leading professionals across diverse industries while building your professional skills in a variety of project experiences. You’ll be involved in helping assess, analyze, and improve the effectiveness of governance, financial and operational control processes, offer recommendations to improve operations, assist our clients with enterprise risk and compliance activities, and support forensic technology and investigation matters. Details

Advisory Intern, Technology Risk, Deloitte. Do you thrive in times of disruption? Have a passion for turning challenges and opportunities into long-term competitive advantages? As a Technology Risk intern at Deloitte, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside leading professionals across diverse industries while building your professional skills in a variety of project experiences. You’ll be involved in helping assess, analyze and improve the effectiveness of governance, financial and operational control processes, offer recommendations to improve operations, and assist clients with enterprise and compliance activities. Details

Advisory Consultant Intern, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte. As a Consultant in Cyber Risk, you will partner with our clients to design and implement solutions that integrate security into their processes, and improve their ability to detect and respond to cyber attacks, so they can achieve business growth and manage reputational risks. You’ll build on your foundations in Information Technology and Business to design and implement business-aligned cyber risk management programs, processes, and systems that help clients focus their investments on key information technology risks. Specific areas of work could include deploying various technologies to establish data privacy and security controls; helping to improve application security; managing system and software vulnerabilities; establishing methods for securing “smart” devices; development of advanced cyber monitoring and security analytics solutions; establishing cyber crisis management capabilities; or providing cyber forensics and incident response support. Details

Advisory Consultant, Analytics, Deloitte. Ready for an exciting, fast-paced career? Have a passion for digging in to data, drawing conclusions and developing recommendations? As an Analytics Consultant at Deloitte, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside leading professionals while building your professional skills in a variety of analytical techniques and industry skills. You’ll be involved in developing data analysis plans, innovative analytics strategies, and designing and implementing a variety of client solutions that address challenging business issues. You will perform detailed data analysis to develop meaningful insights necessary to address regulatory and business challenges for companies of all sizes across multiple industries. Details

Consultant - Advisory, Business Risk, Deloitte. Do you thrive in times of disruption? Have a passion for turning challenges and opportunities into long-term competitive advantages? As a Business Risk Consultant at Deloitte, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience working alongside leading professionals across diverse industries while building your professional skills in a variety of project experiences. You’ll be involved in helping assess, analyze, and improve the effectiveness of governance, financial and operational control processes, offer recommendations to improve operations, assist our clients with enterprise risk and compliance activities, and support forensic technology and investigation matters. Details

Consultant - Advisory, Technology Risk, Deloitte. Do you thrive in times of disruption? Have a passion for turning challenges and opportunities into long-term competitive advantages? As a Technology Risk Consultant at Deloitte, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside leading professionals across diverse industries while building your professional skills in a variety of project experiences. You’ll be involved in helping assess, analyze and improve the effectiveness of governance, financial and operational control processes, offer recommendations to improve operations, and assist clients with enterprise and compliance activities. Details

Consultant – Advisory, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte. As a Consultant in Cyber Risk, you will partner with our clients to design and implement solutions that integrate security into their processes, and improve their ability to detect and respond to cyber attacks, so they can achieve business growth and manage reputational risks. You’ll build on your foundations in Information Technology and Business to design and implement business-aligned cyber risk management programs, processes, and systems that help clients focus their investments on key information technology risks. Specific areas of work could include deploying various technologies to establish data privacy and security controls; helping to improve application security; managing system and software vulnerabilities; establishing methods for securing “smart” devices; development of advanced cyber monitoring and security analytics solutions; establishing cyber crisis management capabilities; or providing cyber forensics and incident response support. Details

Programmer, Food Guys. No matter where you fit in the food business: grower, processor, manufacturer, wholesaler, broker, trader or retailer, Compliance Cops will simplify tracking and organizing the inbound and outbound documents that you work with every day. Compliance Cops is a subscription-based, online tool that simplifies the management of the documentation that is required to accompany food products as they move from the field to the consumer. We’re looking for somebody to take ownership of our software in order to take our product to the next level. The right person is well-versed in C#, ASP.NET, JavaScript, MySQL and understands test-driven development and automated testing. They must be able to dig in and learn fast. We use agile design principles and manage our software using Git and code-reviewed pull requests. Details

Computer Programmer, EPA. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) at the EPA has a requirement for programming for two user-friendly decision support systems. Candidate shall assist in designing, building, testing and maintaining a new database inventory of community sustainability tools. In addition, the candidate may be asked to assist in other tool building efforts as well. Responsibilities will include: Working with other contractors designing and implementing initial tool prototypes. Working with EPA staff to design, implement and test multiple tool interfaces. Working with possible users of tools to create use cases and design requirements. Working with researchers to become familiar with decision making and natural resource management. 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:

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