Friday, March 4, 2011

Course Announcement: Product Liability

Product Liability:
The Role of Product Safety in Design
ME 498J/599J, 3CR
(SLN: 19405)
T TH 1:30-2:50, LOW 105
This course will introduce the role of products liability in the design of engineering
products. Because U.S. industry is often driven by fear of losing major products liability
lawsuits, it is increasingly important for graduate engineers to have an understanding of
products liability and how the interaction between engineering and legal systems affects
the design process.
The course will consist of a mixture of regular lectures by the course instructors, guest
lectures by industry and legal experts, and case studies illustrating failures of a wide range
of products from all fields of engineering. It will involve the application of multiple
disciplines to analysis of intriguing failures of actual products and systems, and
consideration of the benefits and consequences of alternate designs.
· Designing, testing, and manufacturing for safety
· Products liability litigation and the law
· Failure analysis techniques
· Design of warnings and instructions
· Evaluation of defects
· Intellectual property protection
· The role of regulation on product design
The course will be multidisciplinary in nature and therefore has no specific prerequisites
other than senior standing (or permission from the instructor). Class activities will be
project-oriented and relevant to current events.
For more information contact Prof. Robert Scheibe, UW and GT Engineering, (425) 556-
5555, or Prof. Per Reinhall, (206) 543-5628,

Library Research Award for Undergraduates

On behalf of UW Libraries, I am pleased to announce the eighth annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates program.

The award recognizes undergraduate students for excellent research and scholarship that demonstrates creative use of scholarly materials.

Please encourage your students to participate. Most of our applicants say they submitted because they were encouraged to by their instructors or advisers.

Students may submit any research project they've completed between Spring 2010 and Spring 2011. In addition, they are asked to submit a short reflective essay about the research process.

- *Deadline*: Monday, May 16, 2011.
- Winners receive $1,000.
- Categories: Senior Thesis/Honors Thesis, Senior Non-Thesis, and Non-Senior
- Any media (project format) accepted.

Application information, previous winners, FAQ, and selection criteria are available at:

The award jury is comprised of librarians and faculty evaluators, crossing disciplines and the three UW campuses.

Questions? Email:

Research Opportunity for Undergrads

Missouri S&T's Additive Manufacturing
Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

2011 Program Dates: June 5 - August 14
Learn more, apply online here:
Would you like to be paid to learn about the latest developments in manufacturing while gaining a valuable research experience? Then welcome to Missouri S&T's Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Program in Additive Manufacturing (AM)! Participation in the AM REU Program will provide you with:
  • an exciting opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary team working closely with faculty and graduate students to conduct a research project in additive manufacturing
  • a foundation in conducting research and effectively presenting your results
  • a chance to network with students, faculty, and people in industry actively working in the latest manufacturing trends
  • a $5000 stipend plus travel and living expenses
  • an opportunity to enjoy wonderful outdoor activities in the Ozarks
More information about the AM REU Program and an application package can be found by accessing the links on the right. We look forward to working with you this summer!

Learn more, apply online here:

Spring Quarter 1 Credit Seminar Course: Law for Engineers

Law for Engineers open to those in the College of Engineering

AA 498A SLN: 10016 M 3:30 - 4:20 for undergrads and
AA 598B SLN: 10044 for graduate students

It will meet on Monday, 3:30 - 4:20 in SIEG 134. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis, no overloads, no entry codes.


Engineering and legal principles govern most everything in our society today. This course examines and explains the practical application of the law to engineering, and assists the engineer in industry, higher education, and life. Topics focus on intellectual property law, business and contract law, tort law, and engineering ethics. Discussions explore patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, specifically what they are, how to obtain them, how to use them, and how to lose them. Additionally, the class considers how businesses are started and governed, product liability law, and the ethical duties an engineer owes to an employer and the public. This course is applicable to all engineering disciplines.

Panasonic hiring MS students in EE!

Panasonic is hiring electrical engineers for its office in Bothell Washington and Orange County, California!
To be considered, send your resume to Pankaj Rastogi
  • There are a number of job openings, and even if you aren't about to graduate Panasonic would like to meet you and find out if they can offer you a position.
  • Some positions are for hardware engineers in the Bothell, Washington, office, which has a workforce of 400 people, 100 of whom are engineers.
  • Several positions are in the Research and Development Division in Orange County, California. 2,000 personnel are located at this site with 900 engineers.
  • My contact at Panasonic tells me they've even hired strong students with only one year of their master's completed and then the company pays for the student to complete their degree!
  • The manufacturing operations are in Japan and the jobs do involve some travel.
  • Panasonic provides a wonderful work environment which results in very low turnover.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

NASA Opportunities

1. Deadline Extension - 8th International Planetary Probe Workshop


Please forward this announcement to any students or researchers who you believe may be interested.

Please note the NEW DEADLINE DATES...

Attached you will find an announcement for the 8th International Planetary Probe Workshop, 6-10 June, 2011 in Portsmouth, VA.

NEW DATE: Student Scholarship Applications are due 11 March 2011
NEW DATE: Abstracts are due 7 March 2011

Funding for a limited number of students is available but the deadline for applying for student scholarships and for the submittal of abstracts is soon. This conference also includes an exciting Short Course on Atmospheric Entry Systems Technologies on 4-5 June.

The announcement contains program, venue, and registration information, also found at:
The Web site is open for abstract submittal and registration. Short Course attendance is limited, so please register soon!

2. The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC)

Dear Space Grant Colleagues,

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC) is Montana Space Grant Consortium’s (MSGC’s) Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. Starting in 2011, the yearly competition will involve more than 28 undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the country. Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations, and best presentation of results. In the first year alone, teams are competing for $48,000 in scholarships and 16 travel awards to the launch of the IRIS satellite.

This is an exciting opportunity for student teams to build a ground based solar spectrograph as part of an undergraduate interdisciplinary team and then travel to Montana to demonstrate their spectrograph’s capabilities. MSGC is pleased to be hosting the NSSSC May 16-18, 2012 in Bozeman, Montana. Spectrograph designs can begin in September 2011 and finish with the competition in Bozeman.

Teams consisting of 3 to 6 students will demonstrate the resolution and sensitivity of their device by observing absorption lines in the visible spectrum and resolving as many lines as possible. In addition, teams will demonstrate a secondary scientific capability of their spectrograph, e.g. measure line width.

Teams may apply for NASA Build Award funding of up to $2000 / team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Key registration dates:

February 2011 Applications Available for 2011-2012 Competition
May 30, 2011 Priority Deadline for Applications to be considered for Build Awards
June 2011 Teams Announced for 2011-2012 Competition and Build Awards Distributed
August 30, 2011 Deadline for Late Applications

Competition details and registration information can be found at the NSSSC website:

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition would not be complete without a day to play in the sun of the Big Sky country. We have partnered with Montana Whitewater to offer some unique Montana experiences on, above and around the Gallatin River in the beautiful Gallatin Canyon. Activities include whitewater rafting, ziplining, fly fishing, and hiking.

Help us get the word out to your affiliates (flyer attached) and encourage them to register a team by using the simple on-line registration. Consider sponsoring a team -this is a great way to partner with a MSI if you donĂ¢€™t have an MSI in your state!

Questions? See the NSSSC website or contact Randy Larimer.

Work-Study Office Assistant Position HCDE

JOB TITLE Office Assistant
DEPARTMENT NAME Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE)
JOB LOCATION HCDE Main Office, 423 Sieg Hall
PHONE NUMBER 206-543-2567 (Complete 10-digit number)
RATE OF PAY $11/hour

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assist with daily activities of main departmental office, including reception, distribution of mail, copying and faxing documents, filing, and other administrative tasks. Periodically assist with space assignments and moves.
• Support for events, open houses, and receptions
• Fiscal support including matching BARs & receipts once a month, matching ProCard printout with receipts once a month, labels made for file folders, periodically pick up petty cash, assist setting up files

Minimum Qualifications:

• Must be eligible for work study as indicated by the Office of Student Financial Aid
• Knowledge of computer and MS Word and Excel software,
• Able to work independently; able to answer busy phones, take messages, and direct calls; and able to follow written and verbal instructions.
• Availability in afternoons, approximately 2-5pm, Monday-Friday

Educational Benefits:

• To obtain hands-on knowledge of working in an office setting;
• To become familiar with administrative and financial activities of a campus department;
• To gain experience planning events;
• Opportunity to work with students, faculty, and staff in an academic environment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Electrical Student Engineer Internship: Seattle City Light - Application deadline 3/15

Opening for a student engineer in Seattle City Light.

Please go to to find the description and application process.

April start. 3/15 application deadline.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Nippon Paper info session to recruit students

Nippon Paper is recruiting ME and EE students for summer jobs, and they’re holding an recruiting event to meet students. Nippon hopes to use these summer jobs as “extended interviews,” so to speak, and plans to make some full-time job offers to students at the conclusion. Nippon is interested in juniors and seniors. Interested students should:

Submit resume & RSVP through the Co-op web page:

PRIORITY DEADLINE: Thursday, March 3
Information session: Tuesday, March 8

Medical Products Development & Policy (PHARM 532 SLN 16921)

MW 1:00-2:50
SOCC 309
Faculty: Tom Hazlet, PharmD, Dr. P.H.
Lou Garrison, PhD

Topics to include, among others:
Regulatory and Quasi-regulatory structures
Non-clinical Evaluation of Medical Products
Clinical Trials
Post-marketing Obligations

This class in Medical Products Development and Policy would be of interest to those in the following disciplines:
health policy, bioengineering, health services, pharmacy policy, law, political science as it relates to health care, business majors interested in healthcare fields.

Seattle Pacifc U Job & Internship Fair Wed March 2!

2011 Job & Internship Fair
Wednesday, March 2nd, 11:30am-
Third Floor, Upper Gwinn Commons

Click here for complete event information!

The Center for Career & Calling - 2nd Floor, Student Union Building | | 206-281-2485

Monday, February 28, 2011

CSE Student Lab Assistant

The University of Washington Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering has a
great opportunity for current UW students with a strong interest in
computing and previous PC tech experience. Candidates should be outgoing,
motivated and ready to work in a fun, dynamic technical environment. Primary
responsibilities are to answer CSE helpdesk questions and provide technical
support to CSE dept. Faculty, Staff and Students. Daily tasks also involve
building/deploying Windows PC’s, printer maintenance, managing loaner
equipment, troubleshooting minor software, hardware, networking problems,
and other special projects.

Interested applicants should be looking for 10 to 19.5 shift hours/week,
with the option of additional hours during quarter breaks and summer. Hours
desired are flexible daytime hours (we schedule around your classes), and
the possibility of weekend shifts.

Starting pay is $11/hour.

If interested, please send a resume to

Carlson Center Hiring Student STEM Service Learning Coordinator

Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center Center for Experiential Learning
Sustainability Service-Learning Liaison Position Announcement

As a part of the University of Washington Center for Experiential Learning (, the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center ( is committed to engaging undergraduates in understanding, building and improving our communities. Working at the Carlson Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about public service and the world of non-profit organizations, as well as gain a better understanding of what it takes to cultivate partnerships between the University of Washington, community organizations, and students. Working at the Carlson Center also means having fun and joining a talented team of hard working and passionate people!
The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is seeking a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student to join our team as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Service-Learning Coordinator. As a sub-grantee of Washington Campus Compact’s Learn and Serve America Program, the Northwest Sustainability Initiative, we seek to increase service-learning opportunities for undergraduate students in STEM disciplines (particularly those focused on sustainability), to improve partnerships with on campus Registered Student Organizations with a sustainability focus, and to increase collaboration with the UW Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office.
Specific duties, often performed collaboratively with other Carlson Center staff members, include:
Community Outreach
• Research community-based organizations in the Puget Sound region with a sustainability focus
• Contact and inform environmentally/sustainability focused organizations in the Puget Sound region regarding Carlson Center programs
• Explore community-based service-learning opportunities for UW undergraduate students, particularly those opportunities appropriate to students in STEM disciplines
• Participation in Service-Learning Opportunity Development as part of the Carlson Center Service-Learning Team
• Serve as a liaison between UW faculty and instructors and community partners, connecting relevant service-learning experiences to courses in the STEM disciplines.

Campus Outreach
• Research campus based organizations at UW Seattle with a sustainability focus
• Contact and inform environmentally/sustainability focused student groups regarding Carlson Center programs.
• Explore campus-based service-learning opportunities for UW undergraduate students, particularly those opportunities appropriate to students in STEM disciplines
• Maintain regular communication with the University of Washington Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office, the Campus Sustainability Fund, and other relevant campus groups
• Assist with faculty/instructor outreach for courses in the STEM fields that have potential for a strong service-learning component.
• Serve as a liaison between community partners and UW faculty and instructors, communicating the details of service-learning positions to course instructors and linking positions and organizations to appropriate courses based on course learning goals and objectives.

General Office Support:
• Disseminating information to the internship and volunteer opportunity email lists
• Contributing to writing projects and/or web page development and maintenance
• Staffing the Center for Experiential Learning reception desk—answering questions about all programs housed in the Center
• Lending logistical support to Carlson Center-coordinated events including the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership
• Attending weekly staff meetings

• Good organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
• Ability to work independently
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Able to communicate effectively with people (especially students) of diverse backgrounds.
• Experience or interest in community-based learning (volunteer service, service-learning, internships, etc.)
• Preferred but not required: academic studies in a STEM field

Hours: 15 hrs/week. Flexible scheduling within normal business hours. Prefer ability to work over spring break, but not required.
Compensation: $12-$15 per hour depending on experience and qualifications
Duration: Spring Quarter 2011, with the potential for continuation in Summer 2011 and the 2011/2012 academic year.
Selection: Priority will be given to candidates who apply by March 9, 2011.

Application Procedure:
Submit a letter explaining your interest in the position and working at the Carlson Center, along with a resume indicating previous work experience and computer skills. Please include the name and contact information for two references. Application materials should be emailed to Rachel Vaughn at
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or

Scholarship/Fellowship/Internship Opportunities in Germany - INFO SESSION THURSDAY MARCH 3

Denny Hall 303

DAAD offers a host of opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in ALL fields. Really fantastic opportunities. And a knowledge of the German language is not always required! For more information, see their website noted below and come to the information session on Thursday!

study :: research :: internships

Thursday, 3 March
10:30am – 12:00pm

Denny Hall 308
Year & Semester Program Deadlines:
Graduate Study Grant – Nov 15
Undergraduate Scholarship – Jan 31
Graduate Research Grant –Nov 15, May 15

Summer & Short Program Deadlines:

Faculty Research Grant – Oct 15, May 15
Group Study Visit – May 1, Nov 1, Feb 1
RISE Internships – Jan 31
Summer Course Grant – Dec 15