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EECS Weekly News: October 19, 2015

IN THE NEWS

Oregon stalls in effort to make itself a source of highly trained cybersecurity experts
A 2014 survey of tech employers in Oregon found a “serious cybersecurity skills gap in the state’s workforce.” Rakesh Bobba, who specializes in cybersecurity, said he took the job at OSU last year to help build the school’s cyber­security program. OSU plans to hire additional faculty in cryptography, security protocols and network security. Bobba is working on a proposal for an undergraduate concentration in cybersecurity, and he plans a website to tout OSU’s soon-to-exist cybersecurity center, he said. Eugene Register-Guard

Will Tidal and Wave Energy Ever Live Up to Their Potential?
“The technology has kept moving forward, which is good news,” says Ted Brekken, an associate professor of energy systems at Oregon State University. “But the big issue is to get the cost down. Right now, there is the reality of surviving while we get there.” Yale Environment 360

Sequencing the beaver genome
Researchers Brett Tyler, Stephen Ramsey, Brent Kronmiller, and many others are eager to take on the responsibility of discovering all things beaver. Stephen Ramsey, assistant professor in biomedical sciences and electrical engineering and computer science, believes in the value of having students work hands-on. “I could stand up in class and give a powerpoint on genome sequencing, but students learn so much more by doing,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to involve undergraduate and graduate students, and to showcase the capabilities of genome mapping.” The Daily Barometer

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Cool Spaces: Inside 1001, the heart of Bend's burgeoning tech scene
When the 1001 Tech Center opened earlier this spring, it was billed as a gathering spot for the fragmented Bend tech scene. Now, the sleek space is home to startups, a hip coffee shop, a venture fund and an accelerator. And it has become the gathering place investor Dino Vendetti envisioned. Portland Business Journal

How Eugene's tech scene has exploded in the last six months
It’s been six months since the Technology Association of Oregon expanded its presence in the Southern Willamette Valley with the addition of Matt Sayre as TAO’s new Director in Eugene. The Eugene-Springfield area is home to more than 400 tech companies, and this past summer Eugene made Fast Company’s Top 10 list of Up-and-Coming Cities for Tech Jobs. Portland Business Journal

Lattice Semiconductor to layoff as many as 175 employees
The move to cut almost 13 percent of its workforce is aimed at lessening its R&D expenses. The company said the layoffs are "an integral part" of a plan to improve one measure of its operating income following its $600 million purchase of a California company called Silicon Image last winter. Oregon Business Magazine

Oregon's new 'talent' enablers emerge as state looks to address gaps
The newly created Oregon Talent Council has its first batch of members who want to bridge gaps between education and the employers' needs. The Council replaces the Engineering Technology and Industry Council. The tech industry had lobbied in Salem for the group during the last legislative session. Portland Business Journal

Portland Code School abruptly shutters, leaves students and instructors in limbo
Instructors arriving at Portland Code School this weekend found that their keys to get inside the Southwest Portland campus didn't work. Students and instructors are now trying to piece together what happened, and what will happen next. Portland Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer at the IEEE Store
The IEEE Store in the basement of Dearborn is currently looking for volunteers to help run the store. This is a great opportunity to gain volunteering experience, and familiarize yourself with a wide variety of electrical parts. The plan for this year is to be able to supply lab parts to those that need them, as well as some cool add-on's (knobs, LED's, switches, etc). This is in addition to the wide variety of parts we currently have to offer. Anyone interested in helping run the store should fill out the doodle poll below with the times you can show up. Please only sign up for sections you know you will be able to attend, as this doodle poll will also act as the store hours. http://doodle.com/poll/49cwpv64mxpz68mr.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity
The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Winter term 2016 and/or Spring term 2016. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. NOTE: the program description and application have been revised http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/undergraduate-research-innovation-scholarship-creativity-urisc.  Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov 2.

Volunteer to Conduct Wave Lab Tours
The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory is looking for 5 – 10 student volunteers to give tours on November 7, 9: 30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. as part of Dads and Family Weekend. To sign up, login with your onid account signup.engr.oregonstate.edu and navigate to the date/event for which you would like to volunteer. For more information, contact Kelly Tackett.

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!

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

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, October 19, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003. "Structure Learning for Sum-Product Networks" presented by Daniel Lowd, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon. Details

Monday, October 26, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003. "Deep UV laser based on III-nitride semiconductors" presented by Xiaohang Li, Assistant Professor, Division of Computer, Electrical, Mathematical Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Monday, October 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 1005. MS Final Examination – William Jernigan. Major Advisor: Margaret Burnett; Committee: Carlos Jensen, Anita Sarma; GCR: Jimmy Yang. "Generalizing the Idea Garden: Principles and Contexts." Details

EVENTS

Graduate Student Success Center Grand Opening Celebration
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2:00 – 5:00pm, Memorial Union 206
Come join folks from across the university in welcoming this exciting new resource for Graduate Students. Enjoy refreshments, tour the new space and see all the resources available, including lounge, reservable meeting rooms, free coffee, printing, massage chair and more! Details

Boeing Engineering Intern Program Information Session
Tuesday, October 20, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Dearborn 118
At Boeing, our employees share a relentless passion to always set new and higher standards in everything we do. Join us to learn more about you can play a role in shaping the future of aerospace. Refreshments Provided. Details

IEEE Seminar: Meet Micron
Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, KEC 1007
Micron and IEEE invite you for a free lunch! No need to RSVP - just join us. Details

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

Fall Engineering & Technology Career Fair
Thursday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Attend the Career Fair to meet over 100 employers interested in hiring OSU students and Alumni! Need some practice with your networking and interviewing skills? Check out Speed Mock Interviews and Mocktails under the Career Events tab to register for these great practice events the day before the Career Fair. 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

IEEE Hosts Microsoft & Coding Challenge
Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM, KEC 1007
Meet representatives from Microsoft as they share an overview of their company. No need to RSVP - just join us for pizza. This presentation will be followed by a coding competition! Details

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

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

13 Startup Founders Share: How to Nail Your Next Interview
Interviewing is tough. When there are many qualified candidates, standing out in an interview becomes about more than just presenting your accomplishments—it’s also about showcasing yourself and your skills in a compelling, memorable way. The Muse

5 things you should never say at the office, according to management experts
Your boss and coworkers probably won't consciously think less of you when you say these phrases, but raises, promotions and invitations to lunch might not be as forthcoming as you think they should be, The Independent wrote in an analysis of Travis Bradberry's work. The Oregonian

3 Smart Strategies for Answering "What's Your Greatest Strength?"
What are your greatest strengths?” seems like a pretty innocuous question. But that doesn’t mean you can skip preparing for it it. In fact, answer it well, and it’s one of the best ways you can show off your skills and show that you stand out among other candidates. The Muse

JOBS

Student Information Technology position, Community Network department, Oregon State University. Independently researches and resolves unique computer problems through on-line resources and consultation with colleagues, service providers and vendors. Enter all support requests into Helpdesk software application. Answer support requests in a timely manner. Refer customers to proper support staff when issue cannot be resolved. Utilize knowledgebase resources to answer customer requests. Details

AgBiz Logic, based out of the Applied Economics department at OSU, is seeking to hire student web developers familiar with python, SQL, and Javascript. For more information, visit http://www.agbizlogic.com/jobs/.

Student Information Technology (Report Reviewer), Budget / Fiscal Planning, Oregon State University. The Business Intelligence Center (BIC) team is recruiting for a motivated student employee to work part time during the school year (up to 20 hours a week) and possibly full-time during the summer months. Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance. Details

Innovation Force Software Developer/Entrepreneurship Internship, Cambia. The intern hired will be a member of Cambia’s Innovation Force, a small focused team that analyzes and creates elegant solutions to complex problems in the healthcare industry. Responsibilities include rapid prototyping of solutions to specific problems and iterative refinement of solutions with consumer response. The position requires frequent interaction and effective communication within a diverse multi-disciplinary team. The Innovation Force Software Developer/Entrepreneurship Intern will: participate in a team environment for the delivery and maintenance of application systems; be responsible for programming, debugging and testing of applications in a development environment; gain an understanding of enterprise software development practices in a start-up environment. Details

Business, IT & Health Care Internships, Kaiser Permanente. Do you have a background in accounting, communications, finance, IT, marketing or a health care related field? Are you passionate about driving the future of health care? Whether in an internship or career with us, you’ll gain experience and hone your expertise working on projects and assignments that have real impact. You’ll be challenged to think freely, question thoroughly, and explore deeply as you take on everything from analyzing financial software and developing marketing strategies, to designing mobile apps. Details

Entry level analog /mixed signal design engineers, Cypress Semiconductor. Looking for students at entry level with strong analog and/or mixed signal academic background. Work will include chip/block level IC design, layout and simulation. The work also includes silicon validation post tapeout (i.e. characterization of performance in labs, system level testing). Work environment is focused on technical excellence with access to state of the art tools and equipment. Individuals meeting requirements, who are high performers and work well in a strong team environment are encouraged to apply. Details

Entry level professional positions with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The Missile Defense Agency plans to hire over 65 ENTRY LEVEL (Bach/Master/PHD) professionals in the following career fields; Acquisition, Budget/Financial Management, Contracting, Cost Estimating, Cybersecurity, Engineering, Human Resources, Information Technology, Intelligence, Logistics, Quality Assurance/Mission Safety and Public Affairs Officers. We want Bachelor and Master degree students with degrees conferred by June 30, 2016. Details

Computer Programmer, Office of Research and Development, EPA. Looking for a paid position and Master’s project? In this project you will help federal researchers design, build, and test a software tool to assist communities who are making environmental management decisions. In addition, your responsibilities will include writing documentation for the tools and implementing new tool features and fixing bugs. If desired, a related Masters research project might come out of this, on topics such as how interaction design affects community decision making, design and use of expert systems, or any number of topics related to software development, testing, and usability. Details

Software Development Engineer, Expedia, Inc. Design, develop, debug, and modify components of software applications and tools. Drive technical implementation at the application/product level for small to mid-sized projects. Work in a team to design, spec, and schedule a component or feature of 1-4 weeks of duration. Provide quality implementation of a component or feature (typically 1-4 weeks in duration) with peer and manager support. Provide improvements to solutions for a given problem. Resolve problems and roadblocks as they occur with help from peers or managers. Follow through on details and drive issues to closure with help from peers or managers. Details

Entry Level CMOS Mixed Signal Circuit Design Engineer (Multiple Openings), Analog Bits. Design full-custom transistor-level design blocks optimized for performance, power and area. Analyze and customize circuits for use within high-precision PLLs, DLLs, SERDES Transceivers, Equalizers, high speed clock buffers and low-power custom analog circuits for SENSOR. Implement circuits at gate and transistor-level, and then verify performance and function using simulations. Define, generate or utilize circuits, schematics and Spice/Verilog models. Perform extensive spice simulations including Monte Carlo analysis. Collaborate with layout team and supervise layout implementation. Characterize/evaluate silicon in the lab. Support customers' engineering groups with both pre-sales and post delivery. Details

Entry-Level IC Design Engineer, Maxim. Maxim is seeking several entry-level IC design engineers to define, design, model, and implement analog, mixed-signal, and/or digital integrated circuits (ICs). As an IC design engineer, you will have the opportunity to work on technology for products in exciting industries such as automotive, mobile, cloud & data, industrial, healthcare, and micros & security. Details

Analyst Programmer, Information Services - Enterprise Computing Services, Oregon State University. This position works in the Information Services unit as a member of the Database and Systems administration team. As a team member this person designs, implements and maintains data management systems. This includes managing data resources essential to administrative systems and assisting department management in planning, budgeting, and policy decisions. Details

Computer Programmer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a Computer Programmer with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Corvallis, Oregon. 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. Writing documentation for the tools. Implementing new tool features and bug fixes. 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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