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EECS Weekly News: November 2, 2015

IN THE NEWS

Rocket club aims for the stars, prepares for competition
Started only three years ago, the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) team has already established themselves as national champions, taking home first place in multiple categories at their first two years of competition. “We don’t only make sweet rockets, we make the best payloads,” Elliot Fudim, a senior in electrical engineering and lead electrical engineer for the Active Stability Control Team explained. The Daily Barometer

Margaret Burnett Brings Home Another Award
For the second time in the last four years, Margaret Burnett, computer science professor at Oregon State University, has won the Most Influential Paper Award from the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing. The awards demonstrate the leadership role Burnett has taken in the field in human computer interaction (HCI). EECS

Liang Huang Receives Yahoo Award
Liang Huang, assistant professor of computer science, received the 2015 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program Award. Yahoo gave 24 faculty awards worldwide in 2015 to “produce the highest quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by engaging with faculty and students conducting research in areas of mutual interest.” It is the first time an Oregon State faculty member has received this award. EECS

Matthew Johnson: A Mission to Serve
Although Matthew Johnson knew he wanted to be an engineer eventually, he felt compelled to accomplish another goal first — become a Marine. Johnson served as a Marine for four years, including a deployment to Afghanistan, and then started on his goal of becoming an industrial engineer. Johnson switched his major to computer science, and after just two terms, he took a job with the Open Source Lab (OSL) as a software engineer. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

F5 Networks continues hiring spree as revenue hits new milestone
Seattle’s F5 Networks is continuing its robust hiring plans this quarter after exceeding such plans last quarter. The company bumped up its plans to hire 120 employees last quarter – which ended Sept. 30 – to 135 and now has its sights set on hiring another 100 by the end of 2015. The new hires will serve the software portion of its business. Puget Sound Business Journal

How Seattle's highest salaries fare in top tech hubs
The Seattle area's lower cost of living means tech recruiters here can offer the same quality of life for less when they hire from other high-tech markets. That's a huge advantage in a region that struggles to train enough workers to sustain its growing tech industry. Puget Sound Business Journal

Hewlett-Packard splits in two this weekend
One of the nation's most storied tech companies will split in two this weekend, another casualty of seismic shifts in the way people use technology - and big-company sluggishness in responding. The Oregonian (AP)

OPPORTUNITIES

Startup Weekend Corvallis
Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015, Austin Hall, Oregon State University
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Willamette designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback! Tweet @WillametteSW or post about us on Facebook to get a promo code for a free student ticket.

University of Oregon Master's Industrial Internship Program
Tuesday, November 3, 5:30PM, 212 Kearney Hall
Learn how you can earn a degree in chemistry or applied physics and start your career in industry at the same time! This program combines targeted lab and course work with a 9-month paid internship in one of three areas: Photovoltaic & Semiconductor Device Processing; Optical Materials & Devices; Polymer Science. Historically, 98% of our students complete internships and close to 90% of those receive regular positions at the end of their internships. Internship pay in recent years has ranged from $3000 - $5400 per month.

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.

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.

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Regression Methods in Semantic Segmentation, Video Object Discovery and Tracking
Monday, November 16, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Fuxin Li, Assistant Professor
School of EECS, Oregon State University

GRADUATE EXAMS

MS Final Examination – Catharina Vijay
End-User Programming Tool for Analyzing Data from Automated Multiple-Pass Method (AMPM) Food Surveys and Building a Comprehensive Food Profile
Tuesday, November 3, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007
Major Advisor: Christopher Scaffidi; Committee: Mike Bailey; Committee: Siew Sun Wong

PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Yi Zhang
Thursday, November 5, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, KEC 1114
Micro-Power Multi-Step Incremental Analog-to-Digital Converters
Major Advisor: Gabor Temes; Committee: Un-Ku Moon, Arun Natarajan, Raviv Raich; GCR: Maggie Niess

EVENTS

ASOSU Textbook Rally
Wednesday, November 4, 1:00 p.m., Student Experience Center Plaza
tHE goal of the Textbook Rally is to begin the conversations on how we can lessen the costs of textbooks by switching over to open educational resources (OER’s), educate students and faculty on how they can be involved in advocating for this issue, and share our initiatives for further action on textbook affordability with the Beaver community.

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

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

New Faces of Engineering - College Edition
This award recognizes the best and brightest whose academic successes and experiences in the engineering field have positioned them to make an impact. You must be a member of a participating engineering society. You must be an undergraduate engineering student (3rd, 4th, 5th year). You must have a track record of engineering experiences (i.e., internships, volunteer, or work related). Your grade point average must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or 4.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale). Applications are due on Friday November 20, 2015. Details

National Security Agency Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31. 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. Application deadline: December 31. 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. Application deadline: December 31. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

4 Personal Branding Strategies You Can Steal From Big, Successful Companies
Corporations can learn from how humans innately communicate and connect with one another. There are also some important personal branding lessons that you can learn from those big companies. The Muse

Why women should negotiate salaries from the start
Women leave approximately $500,000 on the table over the course of their careers. The reason for this is simple — many do not negotiate a first salary out of college. And future earnings, as we all know, are often predicated upon past ones. So as you make your way up the food chain, what you will make in the next job is frequently based upon what you made in your last job. Portland Business Journal

4 Lies (and 1 Truth) About Applicant Tracking Systems
Should you really be penning your resume for machines as opposed to humans? And if you need to get through both, how do you stand out from the pile of resumes with hiring managers but blend in enough to make it past the tracking systems? The Muse

JOBS

Student Help Desk Technician, College of Engineering
This position is for a single position on the College of Engineering Help Desk for a Linux experienced technician. This position will be based out of the student run help desk (open from 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.) in Dearborn 120a.

Social Media Intern, University Marketing
The Social Media Intern will assist in the creation and execution of a social media strategy determined by the Social Media Manager that promotes Oregon State as a state, country and world-leading institution. This person will assist to moderate, strategize and engage with key social media audiences on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, with a focus on Snapchat and Periscope.

Student web developers, AgBiz Logic
AgBiz Logic, based out of the Applied Economics department at OSU, is seeking to hire student web developers familiar with python, SQL, and Javascript.

Distribution Feeder Modeling and Applications – Electrical Internship, Idaho Power
The intern will work directly with Reliability Engineers and others to build and evaluate new and improved modeling tools with a focus on the use of the existing Synergi feeder models and analysis software. These tools may include volt/var optimization, reliability improvements, PV distributed generation analysis or automated fault locating and restoration. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn how the distribution system operates through field trips with our regional engineers and technicians.

Emergency PQ Generator Limits – Electrical Internship, Idaho Power
The intern will generate an emergency D-curve (PQ curve) to be used when performing power system analysis of the Idaho Power system. Utilizing an emergency rating based on the P-Q characteristics of a generator will more accurately represent the response of the generator during emergency conditions following a critical outage. A criterion needs to be established for synchronous generators when establishing their emergency D-curves. The intern will have the opportunity to use over and under excitation dynamic models in order to derive emergency ratings of generators based on actual control settings.

Inter-Technology Control – Electrical Internship, Idaho Power
The intern will work with staff planning engineers to complete the analysis of voltage and reactive power pilot projects. These pilot projects are looking at methods to manage the voltage and VAr flow on our system with varying loads and intermittent distributed generation such as wind and solar. The intern will also learn about Volt/VAr control, be exposed to smart-grid technologies and learn about different forms of renewable generation and interconnection challenges. The electric utility industry is also increasingly interested in working with customers to resolve harmonic issues that arise. As a second goal, the Intern will work with power quality meters to verify or update settings for permanently installed meters along with some work to assist with specific field installations.

Photovoltaic/Energy Storage Demonstration Project – Electrical Internship, Idaho Power
An intern will work with Idaho Power engineers to finalize the design and installation of an “end of feeder PV” pilot project. Additionally, Idaho Power is interested in exploring energy storage applications. Energy storage can be used to shift peak load, mitigate low feeder voltage and firm up variable generation such as PV. An intern will assist in the development of an energy storage system.

Treasure Valley Long Term Plan – Transmission Policy & Development Internship, Idaho Power
The intern will work with Planning staff to develop a future power system model to identify potential transmission issues regarding serving Treasure Valley load. This project focuses on modeling several future electrical system scenarios, including adding/removing/modifying electrical system characteristics such as transmission lines, loads, and generators. The intern will also have the opportunity to develop load forecasts and project the location of load growth in the Treasure Valley area.

Software Engineer Verification IP Development, Cadence
Responsible for software development of Verification IP as a member of Cadence’s VIP R&D group. Duties will include implementation and verification of Verification IP software models including PCIE, NVME, DisplayPort, USB3.1 and SATA protocols. The candidate will take complex requirements and implement a reusable robust software solution for the functional models. The candidate will work on modular software code development to address the latest emerging industry standards in VIP development. The candidate will also work with technical support teams (and customers) to resolve customer issues where Cadence VIP products are used within various verification environments/methodologies.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at Rockefeller University
The Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, at The Rockefeller University, expects to have a small number of postdoctoral fellowships available for appointments in September 2016. We are seeking theoretical physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists with a demonstrable interest in the interface between their discipline and biology. The Fellows are to be at that stage of career as to function as independent members of the Center, free to work alone or in collaboration with any members of The Rockefeller University faculty.

Mixed-signal circuit design engineer, Maxim
Maxim's Advanced Circuits and Systems Team is seeking a mixed-signal circuit design engineer to focus on developing high-performance mixed-signal IP for a variety of exciting applications in the Chelmsford, MA location, including power management, sensors and data converters. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: mixed-signal circuit design, focusing on either analog or digital circuit design; algorithm development; behavioral modeling; verification.

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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