Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Leviton Product Development Program and Internship Info Session October 28th

Engineering Product Development Program (ePDP)

Like to travel? Have a passion for ingenuity and innovation?

Bring your creative energy and talents to Leviton: a global leader in the development and manufacturing of electrical wiring devices.

Our progressive entry-level rotation program allows you to work on a variety of assignments for Leviton business units around the country.

Hear Husky alums and other rotating ePDP engineers tell you why they chose the Leviton Program:
  • First-hand experience working alongside top industry professionals
  • An environment that fosters creativity and innovation
  • A stable, 100+ year old privately-held company
  • A portfolio of more than 25,000 products and 600 patents
  • Leading developer of energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly devices
  • Excellent benefits and competitive salary packages
Learn more at Leviton’s Information Sessions: Enjoy food from Jimmy John’s and enter to win a fabulous door prize

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Room EEB303
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Room MEB103

College of Engineering Student Advisory Council 2014-15

The College of Engineering Student Advisory Council (COESAC) is seeking nominations, including self-nominations, of students who would be interested in serving on the Council for the 2014-15 academic year.  

Deadline: October 31st, 2014

                COESAC provides a student perspective on planning and budgeting issues for the College of Engineering.  The group, which consists of approximately 12 undergraduates, 5 graduate students, and 3 at-large representatives, meets on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 in the COE Dean’s conference room to discuss a broad range of issues.  During the 2013-14 academic year, COESAC submitted recommendations the Dean on issues ranging from changing the admissions model for UW COE departments to providing opportunities for multi-disciplinary capstones.  COESAC seeks to include a diverse range of student perspectives in its conversations, and to bring about tangible changes to the student experience in the College of Engineering. 
                The time commitment involved in serving on COESAC is significant.  The Council meets at least once a month, and will often generate its own agenda.  Students should be self-motivated to provide a student voice on issues facing the College.  The Dean will provide a charge to the Council at the beginning of the year and will come to the Council with planning questions for student input, but the Council will also be asked to identify one to two areas of need within the College and work independently on proposals for solving that need.  Applicants should ensure that they are available to meet on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00 for the duration of the academic year.  It has proved just too difficult to schedule meetings at any other time.  Dean Bragg or his designee will attend most of the Council’s meetings, except when the Council chooses to meet without him.  Although Council members are not strictly “representatives” of any particular student group (that is the role of ASUW), they are encouraged to solicit and present to the Council the views of as wide a cross-section of students as possible.
Students interested in applying to be members of COESAC for the 2014-15 academic year, should submit an application via Catalyst (above), detailing their qualifications for serving on the Council. 

Councilmember Duties

Student Advisory Councilmember Terms of Service:
  • Councilmembers will serve 1-year terms with 1-year reappointment possible.
  • Staggered terms (i.e., some will proceed for re-appointment at end of first year. The council will ask for volunteers to serve an additional year or end terms as needed for staggered terms.
  • Reappointment does not require a new application.
  • Total annual commitment: minimum 35-45 hours, including meeting time, preparation for meetings, and follow-through work arising from decisions at meetings.

Meeting Schedule:
  • Monthly meetings, except summer quarter (~8/year).
  • Standing meeting time set annually (1.5 hours/meeting).
  • Dean’s Office staff will attend meetings depending on agenda.
  • The Dean or his designee will likely attend most meetings as well, depending on schedules and the agenda.

Key topics that may be addressed annually by the Student Advisory Council:
  • Budget issues and planning
  • Student recruitment and retention (focus on increasing diversity)
  • Student engagement outside of the classroom
  • Course fees
  • Academic Programs (new programs and expansion of existing programs)
Questions? Contact dfeetham@uw.edu.

Physio-Control Information Session

Physio-Control is a leading manufacturer in the Emergency medical device field and has been in business for 55 years. We offer health care solutions for the pre-hospital and hospital market segments as well as products that help save lives in your workplace and community. We will be holding an information session at UW on October 30th  @5:30pm in Dempsey Hall (Room 102), and will be recruiting Juniors and Seniors for our 10-week paid summer internship program. Come learn about our company and meet with Physio team members while enjoying free pizza!

People from all backgrounds are welcome to come, we will be looking for interns interested in:
·        Mechanical Engineering
·        Computer Science Engineering
·        Industrial Engineering
·        Electrical Engineering
·        Finance
·        Marketing
·        Human Resources
·        Supply chain management
·        Clinical research
·        Operations
·        Human factors
·        Information Systems

Hope to see you there!

Government Career Fair-October 29th, MGH Commons!

Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a government setting? Don’t miss the Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center. We are offering you a great opportunity of interacting and connecting with government employers looking to recruit Huskies for part-time, full-time and internship opportunities. Bring your resumes, dress to impress, and come join us!

Government Career Fair
Wednesday, October 29th, 2-5pm
Mary Gates Commons
Open to all students and alumni from all 3 campuses.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Announcing new Foster School D-Prize Competition

The Global Business Center is partnering with D-Prize to launch the first Foster School D-Prize Competition - a new business for global impact competition opportunity for  UW graduate students!  We need your help spreading the word and encouraging students to apply! 

The competition challenges UW graduate student teams, which must include at least one MBA, to address distribution and scalability challenges for proven global poverty solutions.  Specifically, UW students will be grappling this year with 1) improving vaccine supply chains 2) distributing solar lamps and 3) providing “sugar daddy awareness” classes to reduce HIV infections. 

The competition will run in a series of rounds from December 15-March 13 with the opportunity for a team to win $10K to launch their solution on the ground summer 2015.

The Global Business Center will be hosting a Matchmaking event/information session for teams and individuals on Thursday, November 6, 5-6 p.m. in the Douglas Forum, 4th Floor Bank of America Executive Center (Map).  Students can register here for that event.

The first deadline is 12/15 for a two page concept note and team resumes.  To find out more, please go to: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/gbc/Pages/D-Prize.aspx.  

UW Graduate Fellowships/WSGC and NASA Opportunities

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) is currently offering graduate fellowships at the University of Washington for winter or spring 2015. Applications are desired from graduate students pursuing STEM degrees.

The WSGC fellowship provides a $5,500 stipend award, tuition and GAIP for either spring or winter 2015. Successful applicants designate which academic quarter S/he would prefer to apply the fellowship once offers are made. Applications are due on December 5, 2014 and may be found at the following URL: http://www.waspacegrant.org/for_students/graduate_programs/uw_fellowships.html

The goal of WSGC is to contribute to the nation¹s science enterprise by funding education, research, and informal education projects through a national network of university-based Space Grant consortia. Do not hesitate to contact me at nasa@uw.edu if you have any questions.

NASA DEVELOP Program for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants work in teams to complete rapid research projects in 10 weeks with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors. These projects demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resource management, disaster response, ecological forecasting, and other applications.

DEVELOP participants are challenged to think "outside the box," take initiative, and employ innovative ideas. They gain valuable management and leadership experience, along with experience in delivering results to officials in government, academia, and industry, thereby extending the benefits of NASA science and technology to the public. Ultimately, DEVELOP students are better prepared to handle environmental science challenges that face our society and future generations.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities include: literature review, data processing and analysis, composing of deliverables including a technical paper, presentation, and video.

Applicants should be able to commit up to 20 hours for our spring and fall terms, and full-time for the summer term. Both paid and volunteer positions are offered. Paid positions are funded as consultants using a rate determined by application type, education level, and location.

Details about the internship and how to apply can be found at http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/. The summer online application deadline is February 27th 2015, and the internship dates are June 1st ­ August 7th, 2015. Spring and fall term dates and application windows are also posted on the Apply page of the DEVELOP website. DEVELOP¹s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, thus applications are welcome from STEM academic backgrounds.

International Students:

International students interested in working with the DEVELOP Program must be currently registered at an accredited U.S. school. International students are not eligible to apply to NASA Center Locations (Ames, JPL, and others), however, they are eligible to apply to Regional Locations. There is an exception for the NSSTC (Marshall Space Flight Center) that allows international students to apply to this location. Acceptances for international students are conditional upon proof of a visa or approved OPT that will allow them to legally work within the U.S. Students who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to participate in the DEVELOP Program. Please see the DEVELOP website for details.

In California, we have two location choices:
1) NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View near San Francisco.
2) NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena near Los Angeles.
Applications are given the opportunity to select their 1st and 2nd choices.

Both of these are catered to the NASA Ames Research Center location. However, all these points also apply to DEVELOP as a whole national program.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or send them directly to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov

EEIC & IEEE Seattle Mock interview


The Electric Energy Industrial Consortium (EEIC) in collaboration with the IEEE Seattle Chapter is holding its annual mock interview.   The mock interview will be held at the Husky Union Building (HUB) room 337, on Nov 14th  2014 from 1600 to 1800 hrs. Please be ready 5 minutes before the event, and since we will have a limited number of interviewers, students will be scheduled for their mock interview in the order in which they responded to the RSVP (see registration and deadline).

The objectives of this event are:
·    to provide our engineering students with an opportunity to undergo a realistic job interview;
·    to expose industry representatives to student at the University of Washington;
·    to give our students and their prospective employers a chance to meet each other and explore common professional interests;



Registration and deadline

If you are interested in this opportunity, RSVP by 1700 hrs. on November 7th, 2014:


Please include your full name, your category (grad student or undergrad) and email. It is important that you RSVP on time, because we need to prepare the schedules for the interviews. Please see the next section for further instructions.



How to prepare

Be ready for the interview with the following:

·    Do some research about the place you applying to (your interviewer could be from SnoPUD, PSE, TP, BPA, Boeing, Alstom Grid, SCL or PNNL, Rextor Group; it is advisable to do some research about all of them before the mock interview)
·    Think what could you offer to them, and how do you see yourself working for that company
·    Prepare an updated Curriculum Vitæ
·    Prepare a cover letter for the job you are applying (you may want to prepare a generic cover letter explaining why you would be a valuable addition to the


company you are applying to.  Since it will be generic, extoll you qualities in the letter)
·    Dress professionally



Curriculum Vi

It is important to have an updated CV since this is the first item a potential employer will have a look at in order to screen possible employees.  This document should present in a concise manner a person’s experience and qualifications.  There are different formats for the CV, but all of them should contain the following basic information:

·    Contact information
·    Educational history
·    Employment history
·    Professional qualifications
·    Awards and honors
·    Professional memberships (if any)
·    Interests
·    Any other you may consider relevant

There are several places online where you can get templates for your CV, and many articles and books describing how to prepare a compelling CV.  For instance: Resume Empower!: Shattering the Paper Ceiling by Tom Washington and Gary Kanter among many others.  You may also find some tips on how to prepare your CV in places like linkedin.com or jobsearch.com among many others.



Cover letter

A cover letter should always accompany any CV you send out.  The purpose of the cover letter is to complement, not to duplicate your CV.  The reader of the cover letter should be able to get factual relevant data of your CV.  This description should be tailored to the particular position you are applying.   In this letter you can extoll the skills that you possess and that are necessary for the job you are applying.  Bear in mind that this in the first written contact that you will have with the company, so it is important to give a good impression.

Interview

This is probably the most important part of the process.  This includes two fundamental parts: i) the research that you have done about the place you want to work and how do you see yourself in that job and ii) how you conduct the actual interview.

Prepare for the interview.  Review the job description and think about the skills that are required for that particular position.  Think about how you see yourself growing in that position; and make a list of the characteristics of the company you are applying to, and try to self-evaluate how you fit in that company.  The interviewer will try to evaluate if you possess the skills, experience and qualifications for the job.  If you have identified the best possible way in which you could contribute to the company, you can leverage on that.

There are some books that give hints about what to expect in an interview, for instance: Interview Power: Selling Yourself Face to Face by Tom Washington; or websites like linkedin.com and jobsearch.com among others.  It would be advisable to have a look at them prior the interview.