Friday, February 4, 2011

UW Environmental Innovation Challenge 2011

Intent to Submit Online Application - Click Here due Feb 17

EIC Workshop

Thinking through Market/Financial 0pportunity and General Q & A

Thurs, February 17, 5:00-5:45 (prior to Resource Nights)
Bank of America Executive Education Center (EXED) Rm 320
Understanding the market opportunity is essential in defining the potential impact of your project. We'll talk about judging criteria and the competition on March 31.
*If you are still looking for a team to join, come and hear what others are doing.

Insights from Past Participants of the UW EIC & the BPC - Resource Nights
Thurs, Feb 17, Paccar Hall 391, 6-7:30 pm

UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, Thursday March 31, 2011
Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center

For more info

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Talent Games Initial Invite

Let the games begin! My name is Daniel and I'm a recruiter at Microsoft in the Windows/Windows Live Division. Over the next two weeks, I'm piloting a new way to connect and interact with a diverse range of talented individuals using online and offline interactions in a gaming format (think Alternate Reality Games, puzzles, etc.). I'm building small community of tech savvy individuals that can participate in and influence these Talent Games we're putting together.

Benefits of participating:

-Connecting with other technical individuals across the US

-Interacting with Microsoft staffing and core-tech employees

-Influencing and co-creating a new, fun way to learn about and interact with Microsoft

-Benefiting society by helping nonprofits and social organizations (as part of the games)

-Winning prizes and access to other unique experiences and opportunities through becoming part of a community

Stay connected, join our Talent Network

GFIS Database Workshop -- Additional Dates

*Using Databases to Find Funding*
This workshop will discuss the different funding databases/resources
available to UW students. It will overview some of the main ones for the
Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, International Students and
International Study, Women and Minorities, Disabled, Veterans, and
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered. The workshop will also devote time to
two large grant databases, GrantSelect and Community of Science (it's not
just for Science), and attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on
experience using COS. Tips for searching databases will also be covered.

This workshop will be held in the Suzallo Instructional Lab on:

Tuesday, 8 February 2011, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monday, 14 February 2011, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Please register for one of the sessions at:

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Julie at

Paid Undergraduate research position

Nathan Kutz's (Professor of Applied Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of
Electrical Engineering) computational neuroscience group in the applied math
department is looking for an interested electrical engineering student to
continue work on a circuit design project related to networks of interacting
neurons. The work is focused on using hardware rather than software to
perform difficult and time- intensive calculations. Using numerical
simulations to simulate large networks of neurons consumes a great deal of
computation time. By constructing circuits that obey the same models that we
use in running numerical simulations, we are able to simulate networks with
the computation time independent of network size. Essentially, our hardware
is performing the calculation in real-time. We have completed a prototype
for a simple linear model of a relatively small network and are looking to
expand this project to more complex models and much larger scales.
Applicants should be very comfortable with differential equations and MATLAB
and have a broad knowledge of circuit design and implementation. A basic
knowledge of neuroscience is helpful, but not necessary. We are looking for
someone to both build on what has been accomplished and take it in their
own direction.

Hourly pay can be made available for the project. Potentially a senior
capstone could also results as a consequence of the research agenda.

For more information, please contact Prof. Kutz,

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Free Practice Test event at Univ of Washington, Feb 26th

Thinking about applying to a graduate school program? Take a free practice exam on UW's campus and find out how you would score!

This is a great opportunity to take a simulated or released exam under test-like conditions and receive your scores back the same day. Your personalized score report will walk you through your strengths and weaknesses on each of the different sections, content tested, and question types. You will also receive access to explanations to every single question to help you prepare for the exam.

This opportunity is only offered twice a calendar year and space is limited, so register today to ensure you have a seat reserved.

To register, please click on:

For more information, please visit

Puget Sound Energy Information Session

Electrical Engineering Careers
Puget Sound Energy
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
EEB 403
Gourmet sandwiches and beverages will be provided

Don’t miss the chance to learn about the local engineering opportunities Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has to offer. At PSE, you will join a dynamic engineering work force where we strive to build your future with unique training opportunities, exciting real world projects, and a supportive work environment.

Visit to apply for current regular full time and intern positions.

Full Time Positions: Engineer in Training (EIT) # 4341 – Available Online soon

The Engineer in Training program is a unique training opportunity offered by PSE where engineers rotate through approximately 15 different engineering related departments within a 12 month time period. The purpose of the program is to jump start the careers of new engineers by providing a variety of experiences and a chance to build meaningful relationships with different PSE personnel. Upon completion of the program, the engineer will transition into one of the departments visited during the rotation and continue to develop his or her professional knowledge and abilities.

Intern Positions: Engineering Intern Program – Available Online soon

Become a Puget Sound Energy intern and gain the real-world experience you need to compete in today’s job market. PSE will give you the chance to enhance your technical and communication skills, while learning the essential inner-workings of the utility business environment. Start building your future today with practical knowledge that will compliment your achievements made while in school.

Working alongside talented engineers in one of the many engineering related departments at PSE, interns will learn about natural gas and electric infrastructure. They will also have the opportunity to see the systems being planned, designed, constructed, operated, and maintained.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is the largest combination natural gas and electric utility in the Pacific Northwest serving nearly 750,000 natural gas and more than a million electric customers. Headquartered in Bellevue, PSE supports a 6,000 square mile service territory in eleven different Washington counties.

PSE is an Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage persons of diverse backgrounds to apply.
Please apply online at

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Upcoming Career Fairs

Serve & Protect Career Fair
February 16th, 2011
2:30-5:30pm, MGH Commons (UW Seattle campus)

Government Career Fair
February 17th, 2011
2:30-5:30pm, MGH Commons (UW Seattle campus)

Internship Fair
February 23rd, 2011
2:30-5:30pm, MGH Commons (UW Seattle campus)

SMD/Space Grant Internships

Descriptions of the internships are located on our MDSGC web site ( - there is a link from the top page of announcements. There is also a link to the application site at the NSGF. Due date Feb 21
The internship opportunities are listed below. Select one that is of interest to you and go to the application site.
You will be asked to select one or more choices in your application, using these titles.

NASA Lunar Science Research Institute-Colorado node (Boulder):
Study of Dust Impact Processes for the Lunar Dust Experiment

Location: Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies,
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Mentor: Mihaly Horanyi & Stephanie Renfrow

Open to: undergraduate and graduate students

Timeline: Two months during the summer of 2011.

The possible projects the interns will participate are:

1) Test and calibration of the Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) for the

Job Description: CCLDAS is proposing to host two undergraduate
interns for the duration of 2 months during the summer of 2011. The
interns will participate in experiments at our dust accelerator
facility and learn about a combination of the following items - based
on their background and interest:

a) understanding and operating vacuum systems; b) the development and
use of computerized data acquisition using LabView; c) data
visualization using IDL; d) the analysis and interpretation of
experimental data.

The interns will work with CCLDAS faculty, graduate and undergraduate
students. In addition to working with them at CCLDAS during their
internship period, our goals also include establishing possible long-
term collaborations with their home institutions, and provide a
research experience that will greatly enhance their interest and
chances for graduate studies.

Atmosphere and Dust Environment (LADEE) mission.

2) The study of hypervelocity dust impact related processes,
including the measurements of plasma and neutral yields.

3) The study of polyvinylidine-fluoride (PVDF) dust sensors, to
establish the missing calibrations for the Student Dust Counter (SDC)
onboard the New Horizons mission to Pluto. PVDF sensors are excellent
candidates to build a large surface area detector system on the lunar
surface to measure large interplanetary dust impacts.

Required Skills: Students in relevant STEM majors, with basic
programming and data analysis skills

Relevant web site:

Chandra X-Ray Observatory (Cambridge, MA) [note that priority will be
given to applicants from a minority serving institution]:Location:
Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mentor: Depends on project.

Open to: undergraduate and graduate students, mainly in
engineering. Priority will be given to students from minority
serving institutions.

Timeline: 10 weeks, summer of 2011. A possibility exists for
continued, remote involvement during the academic year.

Job Description: The Chandra program seeks a few talented individuals
to assist in engineering analysis and software tool development for
the Chandra Flight Operations Team.

Position Summaries:

Chandra interns will assist the Northrop Grumman Flight Operations
Team in analysis and software development in support of the Chandra X-
ray Observatory mission. Chandra was launched in 1999 and is the
third of NASA

Columbia River PUD Scholarships

Scholarship Program

Columbia River PUD is now offering utility industry and community service scholarships to seniors from local high schools.

Columbia River PUD offers three $4,000 Utility Industry Scholarships and three $1,000 Community Service Scholarships to students from the PUD's service area. Students may apply during their senior year of high school. College juniors who are pursuing a degree in power or energy system engineering, or renewable energy engineering, may also apply.

Utility Industry Scholarships

  • $4,000 Scholarships
  • Three are available to students who reside within the PUD's service area.
  • For these utility specific careers
    • Linemen
    • Electrical Engineers - Power or Energy Systems
    • Field Engineering Technicians
    • Energy Efficiency Specialists
    • Renewable Energy Specialists
    • Renewable Energy Engineers
    • Energy Management Engineers
  • College juniors who are from the PUD's service area and are pursuing a degree in power or energy system engineering, or renewable energy engineering, may also apply
  • Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the PUD to request a job shadow. Call (503) 397-1844 to make your request.

Community Service Scholarships

  • $1,000 Scholarships
  • One scholarship will be awarded at each of the the three local high schools: St. Helens, Scappoose and Rainier
  • Recognizes students for their outstanding community service efforts

How to apply:

Download the Utility Industry Scholarship Information Sheet

Download the 2011 Utility Industry Scholarship Application Form

Download the 2011 Community Service Scholarship Application Form

Applications are available in the counseling offices local high schools and at the PUD office in Deer Island.

Submit completed applications to:
PUD Scholarship Team
P.O. Box 1193
St. Helens, OR 97051
fax: (503) 397-5215

Application Deadline:

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2011. For Information, please contact Libby Calnon at (503) 366-3264 or


UW IEEE is working on forming a MicroMouse team to compete in next academic year's contest. For more information, check out our website:

IEEE Paper and Presentation Contest

Want a chance to win a cash prize for a paper based on past internship experience or your senior capstone? Then compete in this year's IEEE student paper and presentation contest!

IEEE-Seattle will be hosting their annual student paper and presentation contest this coming March 26th at Seattle University.

The contest consists of a written paper on any technical or managerial topic and a live presentation to IEEE-Seattle judges about the paper's content.

For more info, check out our website at:

APPLY NOW DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Class of 2012!

Mortar Board was founded in 1909 as Tolo Club on the University of Washington campus. It is currently the oldest honor society on campus and just celebrated its centennial last year. Tolo Chapter alumni include prominent leaders in government and law, medicine, business, technology, education, the arts and literature. Mary Gates, Marion Oliver McCaw, and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna are among famous Tolo Chapter alumni. Mortar Boardrecognizes college seniors for their achievements, promotes service to the university, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

As a member of Mortar Board, you can be a part of an intelligent, dynamic, and fun group of seniors from the Class of 2012. New members are selected on the basis of achievement in scholarship, leadership and service from a wide range of majors and backgrounds and serve as active members during their senior year. The application form can be found at

The deadline for the application has been extended due to a large number of requests, and is now due at 11:59 P.M. on February 7th, 2011.

To learn more about Mortar Board please visit our website at If you have any questions comments or concerns, please email us at, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Hopefully you had a restful holiday break, and are excited for the opportunities that await you. If you would like to be considered for Mortar Board membership for the Class of 2012, we look forward to reviewing your application!

Monday, January 31, 2011

In need of EE student tutors

My name is Erin Hill and I am the Acting Director of UW Bothell’s Quantitative Skills Center (QSC). In addition to supporting the quantitative needs of our faculty, the Center provides free tutoring to UWB students. Most of my tutoring staff is made up of exceptional students who have an affinity for quantitative material and friendly personalities. UW Bothell recently offered an Electrical Engineering degree and I am in need of seasoned EE students to tutor in the QSC. I would greatly appreciate it if you would pass along that the Quantitative Skills Center is hiring and that more details can be found on our website (

GORE Medical Summer Internships

GORE Medical is coming to UW to do interviews for summer internships here at GORE Medical in Flagstaff, AZ. We will be conducting an information session on Wednesday, February 16th at 5:30pm in Mary Gates Hall Rm. 134 with interviews the next morning. The deadline to apply for the internships via HuskyJobs, however, is February 7th.