Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to apply for grad school presentation 11/5

Next week Bruce Nelson (ESS faculty) will be presenting at the GeoClub meeting on how to apply for graduate school. This is a great way for students to learn more about the process as well as get some good tips to help them get into grad school!

We'd like to invite students from all the SAM fields to attend. This is a great way for students to get the ball rolling on grad school applications no matter what field they are in. 

Currently the meeting will be on Wednesday 11/5 at 5:30 in JHN 117, but if there is sufficient interest we will find a bigger room.

Software Developer( Image Processing)

About Ubi Interactive:
Ubi interactive is a Seattle based technology startup, that offers a patent pending gesture-control solution to turn every surface into a 3D multi-touch screen. Our solution making use of the latest depth sensing camera technology from Microsoft is uniquely innovative. We were selected by Microsoft as one of the eleven promising companies from all over the word to be part of its first accelerator program. During this program we developed and perfected our technology making use of the close technical and business guidance from Microsoft. Our unique technology has caught the world attention and has been featured in CNN, Wired Magazine etc. Microsoft called our technology the future of digital displays and featured it in the World Partner Conference.

Within the first six year of its launch more than 1000 organizations in more than 80 countries have adopted Ubi in conference rooms, class rooms and public displays.

Job Description:
Ubi has developed the most innovative Kinect based application to date. As part of the team working on the core library, you will play a crucial role in developing the basic algorithms driving our proprietary gesture recognition engine. This is a very open, research oriented job that requires you to do more than just software development. You will
  • Design new algorithms to solve unique problems in image processing and gesture recognition
  • Rapidly test and evaluate the algorithms using Matlab and C software development kits such as Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK and OpenNI
  • Implement image processing algorithms optimized for memory footprint and computation
Ubi is currently working on a high priority project with world’s leading semiconductor company to redefine the form factor of PCs. You will be joining this project as one of the lead developers.

  • You must have a BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science
  • You must have experience building applications in C, C++ and Matlab
  • You should have a strong understanding of image processing and computer vision algorithms. Any experience in Kinect programming is a plus.
  • You must be a quick learner who can learn new concepts fast
  • You should have excellent problem solving skills
What will you get:
  • You will build contribute to a very unique and innovative product that is already used by many influential customers
  • You will learn new skills and improve your knowledge by solving real world problems
  • You get to work with SDKs and sensors that only handful of developers in the country have access to.
  • You will work with the best of the programmers in this area educating yourself in the cutting edge technologies in the field of machine vision and gesture recognition You will be get the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs and mentors of various skills and expertise in Seattle’s largest technology incubator. This will be especially useful if you are very entrepreneurial
  • You will be working with a team that is highly motivated, talented and very international
  • You will get to work in a very challenging and yet rewarding atmosphere of a high-tech startup. You will get very competitive compensation package include equity options.
  • You will get to play with a 120 inch 3D interactive screen anytime.
Start Time:
ASAP. Part time or full time. Contract/FTE
Office Location:
Downtown Seattle

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Submarine Tour Opportunity

Interested in using your degree, but outside the confines of a cubicle?  Do you desire advanced education opportunities, including paid graduate school?  Perhaps the outlook of paying student loans for the first 10 years after graduation seems daunting. 

I am Brendan Tower, a 2007 UW EE alumnus and Navy Submarine Officer.  I direct operations on a multi-billion dollar submersible nuclear reactor, loaded with advanced technology.  My job is to know how everything works and to lead its operation. I am writing you today to extend a rare invitation to tour one of our Ohio Class submarines. The US Navy's Ohio Class Submarines are 560ft long, they displace 18,750 tonnes, and are jammed pack with advanced technology, and I would love to take you on a tour of one of these warships and teach you more about our program.

We have scholarships available where you can earn over $100,000 before graduation, and a job guarantee after graduation in a highly challenging and rewarding field while earning more than 95% of your peers. 

The date of the tour is November 13th. Please feel free to respond if interested or if you have any questions.
Brendan Tower

UW Commencement online study

The University Marketing & Communications web team is looking for help rounding up students to take a 10-minute online study. This survey will help them better organize content on the UW Commencement website – and therefore improve the overall user experience.

New Capstone and Concentration in Photonics Winter/Spring 2015.

EE 485 Introduction to Photonics (Winter 2015)
EE 488 Photonics Design Lab (Spring 2015)

The Electrical Engineering Department will have a Photonics Concentration Area starting this year.  The description about the Photonics Concentration and its course requirement can be found on  EE 485 is a pre-requisite to EE 488.

EE 485 (4 credits) covers basic topics in Optics and Photonics.  We start with presenting light in the form of electromagnetic waves, discussing its properties such as polarization, interference and diffraction.  Then we introduce the concept of photon, which enables us to learn about laser basics, laser operation and photodetection.  More specialized topics such as nonlinear optics and light modulation are also planned for this course.

EE 488 (4 credits): In this class you will have hands-on experience with optical setups and experiments. You will get familiar with various optical components, including lenses, mirrors, filters, gratings, light sources and detectors. In the first half of the course, you will build your own microscope or spectrometer. Once you are familiar with the basic technique, you will design a capstone project and carry it out.

University Disciplinary Committee Seeking Student Members

Greetings, UW Students-

The Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct is currently seeking new student members for the University Disciplinary Committee (UDC).  The University Disciplinary Committee is comprised of students and faculty who hear disciplinary cases on behalf of the University. Students who have allegedly violated the Student Conduct Code can appear before the University Disciplinary Committee or may choose to have an informal hearing with a Community Standards and Student Conduct Hearing Officer.  Additionally, the UDC hears appeals of cases in which a student may have been found responsible for a violation of the code but the student disagrees with the initial finding or sanctions.

New student members will begin their one-year term in January 2015 and will complete their term at the end of December 2015. In order to serve on the University Disciplinary Committee, students must be enrolled full-time (either undergraduate or graduate) and be in good academic standing. Additionally, students must be able to commit to meeting as a committee 5-7 hours per month and should be interested in gaining leadership skills through serving on this University Wide Committee.

Students are selected at random from those students who identify an interest in the University Disciplinary Committee and then training is provided for those selected. This year’s first required training for all new UDC members will be held at the beginning of Winter quarter in January and details will be provided to selected students.

If you are interested in submitting your name for random selection of students to serve on the UDC, please email me directly at In your email, please include your name, major, college or school, and year in school. This is the only information I need prior to randomly selecting students. The deadline to submit your name for random selection is 5pm on Monday, November 10th. Students will be notified via email whether or not they have been selected by Tuesday, November 18th.

Thank you and best wishes for the end of the term.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Winter Quarter Course EE 400 D: Device Design Capstone

SLN 13282 EE 400 D
TTh 2:30-4:20 p.m.

I am introducing a devices capstone, to be offered for the first time in Winter 2015 as EE 400 D. We have not previously had truly device-focused capstone due to the practical challenges involved with device fabrication.  In this course, we overcome this barrier by using the state-of-the-art Sentaurus TCAD (technology computer aided design) tool. This is the same software suite that top device companies use to design their technology. Small student groups will design and test devices based on the goals they establish at the beginning of the course. Sentaurus allows coupled simulation of optics, heat and carrier transport in 1, 2 and 3 dimensional device structures. Thus, possible devices that students might design include thin film solar cells, ultra-low power transistors, high sensitivity or high speed photodetectors, RF components, and high voltage power switching transistors. The course prerequisite is EE 482. More details to come soon. Feel free to send me questions at

This will be an alternate capstone for the Sensors and Devices concentration.