January 7, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The College of Engineering scholarship application for 2013-2014 is now OPEN
DO NOT miss the opportunity to get financial assistance with your studies this coming year. You have the ability to work on the application at your own pace, save changes, and edit your application. Do NOT forget to submit your online application by the February 1 deadline. “In progress” applications will not be reviewed. Details

IN THE NEWS

Star man: OSU alum helps explore universe
From 9,000 feet up on the driest place on Earth, Michael Thorburn is helping to build a radio telescope that is eavesdropping on the darkest secrets of the universe. It is called the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — or ALMA for short. ALMA, located in Chile, is the largest astronomical project in existence — and it is looking back farther and deeper into space than anything that has come before. Thorburn, 52, graduated from Oregon State University with an undergraduate degree in mathematics in 1983 and a doctorate in electrical engineering a few years later. Corvallis Gazette-Times, The Oregonian

Ready, set, robot: New season under way for high school teams
Robotics teams across the mid-valley celebrated the start of the new season Saturday. They gathered at 6:30 a.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University to learn about the 2013 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition. Michael Anderson, a 2012 Crescent Valley graduate and two-year member of the school’s robotics team, is one of the mentors this year. He’s a a freshman at Oregon State majoring in electrical and computer engineering. He also works in a robotics lab at Oregon State. Albany Democrat-Herald

OPPORTUNITIES

IEEE Store Seeking Volunteers
The IEEE Club is now seeking volunteers to staff the IEEE Store. Located in the basement of Dearborn Hall, the store provides students with many common, esoteric, and special order electrical components and parts for their school or personal projects. Student volunteers are crucial to the operation of the store, which is entirely student-operated. This is your opportunity to better serve the OSU community. Volunteering is easy, fun, educational, and it looks great on scholarship applications and resumes. A typical volunteer may work in the store for only one or two hours per week, although more time is certainly welcomed. Details

Unique Graduate Study Opportunit​ies at SUNY-Buffa​lo
The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) is one of the first Computer Science degree programs in the world (established in 1967) and one of the largest. With more than 35 full-time faculty members and over 850 graduate and undergraduate students, our graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, and consistently ranks among the top 60 best programs in the United States. Details

The Importance of Improving: The value of keeping an organization healthy, growing and competitive
College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM, LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium
Jon DeVaan, Senior Vice President Windows Development, Microsoft
As corporate vice president of Windows Development, Jon DeVaan manages the engineering team responsible for creating Microsoft Windows. One of the earliest programmers on Microsoft Excel, the Oregon State alumnus has helped develop the fundamental engineering practices used across Microsoft. A 28-year veteran of the company, he has worked in the Windows, Windows Server, Desktop Applications Office and TV Divisions. Jon will share what he has learned throughout his career about the importance of improving. Details

Windows 8 Student Holiday App Challenge
The Windows 8 Student Holiday App Challenge provides free software, in-depth instructional materials for students, and access to real-time support for building an app. Students who get even a simple app published to the store by January 20, 2013 will not only have learned some valuable skills and established real “street cred,” but will get a $100 gift card from Microsoft to help sweeten the deal. Details

Willamette Innovators Network January Tech Pub - How to Pitch It! Build It! Launch It!
Thursday, January 10, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Corvallis Country Club.
In preparation for the Willamette Startup Weekend here in Corvallis Jan, 25-27, come learn about how a simple 60-second pitch to a room of entrepreneurs may make your dreams come real. Come listen, or come try out your own 60-second pitch and get feedback on how to make it a winning pitch that can attract a team to help you build it and launch it at the Willamette Startup Weekend! Details

Willamette Startup Weekend
January 25th, 26th and 27th, Kearney Hall, Oregon State University
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and in some cities, win prizes. Details

Education Road Show: The Path to a Career in High Tech
Monday, January 28, 2:30 – 3:30 PM, Bexell 416
The Road Show is a free event designed for college students & alumni who want to learn more about technology careers and the educational paths available to enter the field. Recent graduates of the college's technology programs will join a panel of industry professionals to discuss career paths in tech. They’ll speak to subjects including how they got interested in technology, what their educational journey has been like, what their career aspirations are and a view into "a day in the life.” Details

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Aligning Forces for Quality Games to Generate Data Challenge
The competitive program challenges developers to create game applications that generate healthcare-quality data that can be used to improve health and health care. The Games Challenge is the second in a series of innovation competitions sponsored by the foundation through its AF4Q initiative. The first "app challenge" focused on creating applications to improve patient access to healthcare-quality information. In the new game challenge, competing developers will build on data from RWJF's AF4Q initiative, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, and other databases to create game applications that engage patients and health providers in generating new quality data. In addition, the Game Challenge requires participating developers to provide a means for the data generated to be directed toward healthcare improvement. Submission Deadline: February 22, 2013. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Microsoft College Scholarships
Microsoft is excited to be offering scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year. At Microsoft, we want to encourage students from groups currently under-represented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. While all candidates who meet the criteria for eligibility may apply, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, under-represented minority students or students with disabilities. Students must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted.  Students must be enrolled full-time and making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline, such as math or physics, with a demonstrated interest in computer science. The student must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0. We will target announcing scholarship recipients by March 1st, 2013.  Details

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Monday, January 7, 4:00pm - 4:50pm, KEC 1001. "Multi-objective Partitioning of Electrical Power Networks" presented by Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Assistant Professor, School of EECS, Oregon State University. Details

Thursday, January 10, 3:30 pm, 220 Deschutes, University of Oregon. "The Parallel BGL: A High-Performance Parallel Graph Algorithms Library" presented by Andrew Lumsdaine, Indiana University. NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series. Details

Monday, January 14, 4:00-4:50 pm, KEC 1001. "Analysis of the developing heart" presented by Cindy Grimm, Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University. Details

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
The NIST – SURF is soliciting applications from eligible colleges and universities located in the U.S. and its territories, nominating undergraduate students to participate in the NIST – SURF Gaithersburg or Boulder Programs. The programs will provide research opportunities for undergraduate students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research, and to promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering. The University Honors College (UHC) will take the lead in submitting proposals from Oregon State University (OSU). Please contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) if you are interested in applying to the NIST – SURF Gaithersburg or Boulder programs. Application deadline: February 15. Details

Summer Research Expeditions (SRE) in Computational Sciences, Systems and Engineering
Join us at Johns Hopkins University this summer in a world-class, unique, interdisciplinary summer research program in computational sciences, systems and engineering (SRE). SRE is an intensive, ten-week program to help undergraduates immerse themselves in research and taste the excitement of inventing. SRE is led by faculty members in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Example areas of research include Artificial Intellifence, Medical Robotics, Genomics, Neuro-Engineering, Natural Language Processing, Interactive Visualizations, Healthcare Cost-Effectiveness and Mobile Computing. See project list on the applications page below for more details. Application deadline: Feb 1. Details

National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges
The University of Alabama REU in NAE Grand Challenges is housed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This program spans nine weeks and offers opportunities for 10 students from UA and other institutions across the nation. Available research projects share the theme of solving the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. REU participants will undertake research that involves developing technologies related to these international issues. Application deadline: March 15. Details

Biology on a Chip Internship Program (BioChIP), UC Berkeley Bioengineering
Are you interested in creating new tools for biology and medical diagnostics? Do you want to learn more about microfluidics and gain hands-on experience with microfabrication? BioChIP (Biology on a Chip Internship Program) is a hands-on 10-week program where undergraduates from around the country design, prototype, and test microfluidic devices aimed at addressing questions in biology. BioChIP participants work in pairs and develop their project with two faculty mentors: one with expertise in engineering microdevices and one with expertise in biological/clinical science who has a need for a specific innovative experimental tool. Application deadline: February 22. Details

REU Site in Computer Systems
The Harvey Mudd College Department of Computer Science is pleased to offer an exciting Research Experience for Undergraduates site in the areas of artificial intelligence (robotics and music software) and computer systems. Our REU projects fall under a very wide “systems“ umbrella. In our vision of systems, practice dominates over theory — for other parts of computer science theory is enough, but from a systems standpoint, theory is useless if it doesn't produce tangible results for real-world problems. Even if you don't think that traditional “systems” classes like operating systems, or programming languages, it may be that one of our projects will interest you. Application Deadline: February 28. Details

Bio-Grid REU, University of Connecticut
The program offers undergraduate students nationwide the opportunity to participate in research activities associated with the Bio-Grid initiatives conducted at the University of Connecticut. The initiatives aim at advancing the application of modern computing infrastructure and information technology to research and practice in various life-science disciplines. Specific research activities include several inter-disciplinary projects led by researchers at the University of Connecticut. Application Deadline: March 15. Details

Summer Research for Undergraduates in High Performance Data Mining
The Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University hosts the NSF OCI REU Site: Summer Research for Undergraduates in High Performance Data Mining. 10 students' research projects focus on high performance data mining techniques merging parallel computing, cloud computing and machine learning and their broad applications such as bioinformatics and security. Application Deadline: March 15. Details

JOB-HUNTING & CAREER ADVICE

The Perfect Job Interview in 8 Simple Steps
You landed the interview. Awesome! Now don't screw it up. I've interviewed thousands of people for jobs ranging from entry-level to executive. Easily three-fourths of the candidates made basic interviewing mistakes. Did I still hire some of them? Absolutely... but never count on your qualifications and experience to outweigh a bad interview. LinkedIn

How Not to Answer Interview Questions
A job interview is an interesting dish consisting of equal parts terror, elation, relief, and uncertainty. And like the process of concocting any gourmet meal, it takes a lot of preparation to get an interview just right. As such, an excellent way to calm wayward nerves is to try and anticipate questions that may be asked of you during the interrogation. Recruiter.com

JOBS

Recent job postings on Beaver JobNet
Students must apply through Beaver JobNet to access/apply for the postings. Using their onid accounts, students/alums can log in here: https://oregonstate-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Any issues with Beaver JobNet, contact Cheryl.L.Herring@oregonstate.edu.

Did you know having an on-line resume is just as important as having one on paper? If you are looking for an internship or job this summer, start building your professional network by joining the Oregon State University EECS Alums
Group on LinkedIn. Any EECS student (or alum) can join!

For more tips on how to find a job or internship, visit
http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/undergraduate-students/opportunities-involvement/internships-jobs

Student Web Assistant, University Housing & Dining Services, Oregon State University. The web assistant works directly with University Housing & Dining Services’ online marketing specialist in order to update or produce content for the UHDS website, create digital communications, and maintain social networks to enhance online communications with current residents, prospective students and staff and faculty at OSU. Details

UHDS - MAC/ Web Assistant, OSU Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center. The web assistant works directly with University Housing & Dining Services’ online marketing specialist in order to update the UHDS website, create digital communications, and maintain social networks. Duties include: website updates; assisting in the production of videos, eNewsletters, blogs and photo galleries; and updating social networks. Details

2013 START Leader, OSU New Student Programs & Family Outreach. New Student Programs & Family Outreach is seeking to employ qualified, currently enrolled undergraduate students who are enthusiastic, hard-working and committed to assisting prospective and/or incoming students and their families through OSU’s START program. START is the summer advising and registration program for incoming students and their families. START leaders will take away new skills and experiences that will open doors and aid them in future careers and opportunities. Details

College Engineer/Design Intern, Hewlett-Packard. You will participate with other members of our R&D teams to drive new technology development, implementation, innovation and cost effective next generation printing, imaging, and MEMS technologies for our partners and customers. This is an Internship opportunity. The successful candidate WILL be currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Details

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is presently recruiting engineering students to be a part of our student development program. The program’s goal is to provide meaningful engineering experience while the student is still enrolled in school and a full time position once the student graduates. Most students work during the summer months with opportunities to work during school if they choose to do so.  Once accepted into the program, students are required to complete three rotations in different engineering workgroups. These rotational opportunities are usually done during successive summer breaks and are considered one of the keystone strengths of our program. Work locations are generally in the Portland/Vancouver area with some opportunities in the greater Washington/Oregon region. BPA is a power system utility with a heavy emphasis on power, control systems, communication systems, simulation modeling and design. We are recruiting students majoring in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and construction engineering management. Details

Sandia National Laboratories Recruiting Event for Mechanical, Electrical and System Engineers. Sandia National Laboratories is a premier national security laboratory involved in a variety of research, development and engineering programs to help the nation secure a peaceful and free world through technology. We develop technologies to create an effective and sustainable nuclear deterrent, prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, protect our national infrastructures, defend our nation against terrorism, provide new capabilities to our armed forces, and ensure the stability of our nation’s energy and water supplies. Come work at Sandia and help us change the world! Details

CampusPoint jobs:

Associate Transmission Planner, PacifiCorp. Contributes to planning and implementation of transmission projects necessary to ensure that the transmission system continues to reliably and efficiently accommodate customer needs. Utilizes engineering methods to demonstrate compliance with NERC/WECC Reliability Standards. Develops engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments associated with the planning, design, licensing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Company’s generation, transmission facilities/systems. Details

Electrical Hardware Engineer, HP. Designs, analyzes, develops, modifies and evaluates electrical/electronic parts, components, sub-systems, algorithms, or integrated circuitry for electrical/electronic equipment and other hardware systems. Conducts feasibility studies, design margin and validation analyses and empirical testing on new and modified designs. Assists in architecture development and assessment. Evaluates reliability of materials, properties, designs, and techniques used in production. May direct support personnel in the preparation of detailed design, design testing and prototype fabrication. Details

Linux System Administrator - Competency 3 OSNA, Oregon State University. The Linux system administrator supports core network applications for the university, such as DNS, DHCP and mail relay. This position also provides support to the Network Security, Network Engineering and Systems teams, provides daily guidance to a team of student programmers, and administers home-grown applications for IP address management, network registration, and network security/incident response. Details

CMOS Analog Circuit Designer, Hewlett-Packard. Designs, analyzes, develops, modifies and evaluates electrical/electronic parts, components, sub-systems, algorithms, or integrated circuitry for electrical/electronic equipment and other hardware systems. Conducts feasibility studies, design margin and validation analyses and empirical testing on new and modified designs. Assists in architecture development and assessment. Evaluates reliability of materials, properties, designs, and techniques used in production. May direct support personnel in the preparation of detailed design, design testing and prototype fabrication. Details

FY13 Graduate Engineer, Hewlett-Packard. Ability to apply intermediate level of subject matter knowledge to solve a variety of common business issues. Works on problems/projects of moderately complex scope. Exercises independent judgment within defined practices and procedures to determine appropriate action. Acts as an informed team member providing analysis of information and limited project direction input. Follows established guidelines and interprets policies. Evaluates unique circumstances and makes recommendations. Details

Entry Level Software Designer, Hewlett-Packard. Join a team of engineers in the development of technology solutions and roadmaps for an Image-Based Forensic Service. This Anti-Counterfeit and fraud detection/prevention platform uses HP-owned algorithms, web services, databases and processes to safeguard HP products and revenue. Analyzes, designs, programs, debugs, and modifies software enhancements and/or new products used in local, networked, or Internet-related computer programs, primarily for end users. Using current programming language and technologies, writes code, completes programming, and performs testing and debugging of applications. Completes documentation and procedures for installation and maintenance. May interact with users to define system requirements and/or necessary modifications. Details

Responsible for ensuring the testability and manufacturability of integrated circuits from the component feasibility stage through production ramp. Make significant contributions to design, development and validation of testability circuits. Evaluation, development and debug of complex test methods. Develops and debugs complex software programs to convert design validation vectors and drive complex test equipment. Creates and tests validation and production test hardware solutions. Tests, validates, modifies and re-designs circuits to guarantee component margin to specification. Analyzes and evaluates component specification versus performance to ensure optimal match of component requirements with production equipment capability with specific emphasis on yield analysis and bin split capability. Analyzes early customer returns with emphasis on driving test hole closure activities. Creates and applies concepts for optimizing component production relative to both quality and cost constraints. Autonomously plans and schedules own daily tasks, develops solutions to problems utilizing formal education and judgment. Details

Jobs listed through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed)

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students. Sample jobs:

  • Marin Software needs Engineers and Developers Marin Software Engineers and Developers are passionate about designing quality code through a collaborative process. They enjoy intense mathematics and computer science challenges and approach these problems with creativity and teamwork. Marin Software is a company that believes in building a product for the long-term, and creating a company that can grow as the market matures.
  • Engineering Intern - Puppet Labs | Portland, OR
  • Database Administrator - Planned Parenthood Mar Monte | San Jose, CA

 

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