Friday, April 1, 2011

Game Night Announcement

Hey EEs!

Ready to get your game on? Next Friday, UW IEEE, HKN and the Informatics guys will be hosting a game night!

What: PC and Console Gaming LAN Party
Where: MGH 4th Floor
When: Friday, April 8th. 8:30pm for console gaming. PC gaming starts 9:30pm.

Food will be provided and expect a nominal door fee of $3.


Siemens Medical Devices Internship Opportunity

I am a UW alum, and my company is looking for a couple of interns, one software related, and one hardware related (so EE and CSE interest). I have already listed a position with HuskyJobs, but I thought I might also pass information on to you with the interest in bringing the opportunity to other interested students. I have pasted the full details below, and can send the HuskyJob listing if desired.

Technical skills:
Understanding of software principals and concepts related to creating and testing Windows applications.
Must understand basic Object Oriented programming concepts.
Able to organize and analyze data
Experience with C#, and XML a plus.
Experience with networking and client/server relationships a plus.

Other requirements:
Ability to work on a team
Excellent communication skills
Experience with Microsoft Office.

Your ability to work independently and as a team member while innovating solutions will be key in your success as an Intern at Siemens.
We will be selecting a candidate that can organize information for presentations, develop statistics and recognize trends, and support conclusions using Spreadsheets containing graphs, charts, tables and text.
This internship is an opportunity to get your foot in the door in SW design and QA. It is also a good introduction to working in the medical devices industry.

Please include in your cover letter what is important about testing software, or why medical devices interest you.
The ideal candidate will be available to work at least 20 hours/week and up to 32 hours/week for at least six months.

Internship responsibilities:
- Software, Test, System set up & Configuration for use.
- Work with an integrated team of Engineers and Clinical professionals
- Install SW, Perform simple testing. Characterize failures and faults in the systems
- Build testing tools that are used to evaluate complex systems.
- Research performance related issues on the Internet.
- Find, and implement solutions to simple technical problems

Salary: $18-22 per hour

Anthony Bundy
Test Engineer
Siemens Medical Solutions
Ultrasound Division

Thursday, March 31, 2011

EE 472 Winter 2011 Quadcopter Projects

EE 472 in Winter 2011 put on an impressive final project demonstration using the Parrot AR Drone. Take a look at this website for videos, images, interviews and more!

Summer Internships at Paccar


A PACR Company

is seeking a motivated

Electrical Engineering Student

for a

Summer Internship

For More Info – and to Apply go to

Search for Req. No. 00000982

Entry-Level Engineering Position in Automation and Controls

A steadily growing Custom Automation & Packaging Machinery Manufacturer seeks a hands-on customer focused Electrical Controls Engineer to fill a new team-based staff position at our headquarters in Spokane, WA. Sporadic but planned travel to customer locations will be required during defined phases of the project development cycle. Exciting opportunity for a recent Electrical Engineering Graduate that has interest in Control Systems, Motion Control, Robotics, etc. Competitve compensation and benefits package along with great long term career opportunity.

Responsibilities (Under Supervision):
• Review and analyze customer provided project specifications to prepare a detailed project submittal, bill of materials (BOM) and project plan specification.
• Utilize electrical engineering skills to create project drawings, utilizing AutoCAD to document and provide cost effective control solutions.
• You will design equipment control systems using established design standards with an eye to current technology and industry trends
• Based on engineering drawings and customer provided project specifications, you will utilize specialized development software supporting a number of widely used PLC's and HMI’s to create sophisticated automation and control applications.
• Commission equipment, including final acceptance, prior to shipment. Commission equipment at customer's facility as required.

• BSEE from accredited university
• Ability to read and interpret technical specifications / drawings and translate those requirements into graphic and physical applications that provide automation and control systems for our growing customer base.
• Positive attitude and a passion for controls systems engineering

Interested candidates can contact Dave Henry directly at or by phone at 503-641-7808

2011 Deloitte UW Case Challenge

I hope your Spring quarter is off to a great start! I’m writing on behalf of Deloitte Consulting and would like to let you know of our fourth annual “UW Case Challenge” event. The competition will kick-off on Friday April 29th, with final presentations taking place on Friday May 6th. Registration details are being finalized, but I wanted to let you know of this opportunity. This is a unique opportunity to put your strategic and analytical skills to use while gaining case competition experience and networking with consulting professionals.

Participants of the Challenge will be presented with a business scenario on Friday April 29th and will have a few days to analyze the case and develop a solution. The competition will culminate with a presentation to campus faculty and Deloitte senior management. The winning team will garner both a prize and the opportunity to claim the Case Challenge trophy for their respective school for the year. Last year, over 75 students participated in this exciting event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly ( or the event team ( Official announcements with additional registration information will be provided in the next few weeks, which I will share with you as well. Thank you so much for your interest, and we look forward to your participation!

Nikola labs now seeking second Student System Administrator

The Nikola Project which supports the SSLI <HTTP://>
and MTML labs in the Electrical Engineering department is seeking a student
System Administrator to join a team of people performing project work and
daily maintenance of roughly 250 Unix (Linux, Solaris, OS X,
FreeBSD) and a few Win2K/XP systems.

To qualify you must have some experience with computers and computer
operating systems. Excellent candidates will have experience with Unix or
Linux, be willing to learn (a lot - quickly), and have a helpful attitude.
Experience with IP networking a plus. Programming experience also a plus.

You do not need to be a CSE or EE major. System administration skills
training will be provided with expectation of quick grasp of concepts and a
willingness to be challenged. Hiring preference will be given to candidates
who are already experienced with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (or related

This is a long-term position hopefully lasting two to three (or more) years.
You must be available to work at least 12 hours per week, preferably more.
Work times are mostly flexible. The job is year round, including full time
during the Summer and term breaks.

Work study is helpful but not required.

Contact for further information or to
apply by submitting your resume (in text, postscript, or PDF only).
Please be sure to indicate how long you expect to be an undergraduate
student at the University of Washington.

Application is open until Friday evening, April 8th, 2011.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

Johns Hopkins University is looking for engineering students who may be interested in working for our summer programs as an instructor or teaching assistant for one of our engineering courses, offered through the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). (Graduate students typically serve as instructors and undergraduate students serve as teaching assistants)

CTY provides educational summer programs to academically talented students in grades 7 through 10. Our open positions are listed below. Since our programs are residential for students and staff, in addition to salary we also provide room and board. The salary for the instructor position is $2100-$3000 per session based on experience, and the salary for the teaching assistant position is $1100 per session. The employment dates are June 23 - ­ July 16 and July 16 -­ August 6. Staff can work one or both sessions.

More information can be found on our website at

Open Positions

Course: Principles of Engineering Design
Position: Instructor and TA
Locations: Bristol, RI at Roger Williams University
Easton, PA at Lafayette College
Santa Cruz, CA at UC Santa Cruz

Course: Electrical Engineering
Position: Instructor and TA
Locations: Carlisle, PA at Dickinson University

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge

The IOM and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the National Academies invite college and university students to participate in an exciting, new initiative to transform health data into innovative, effective new applications (apps) and tools that take on the nation’s pressing health issues. With reams of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) data and other health data newly available as part of the Health Data Initiative (HDI), students have an unprecedented opportunity to create interactive apps and other tools that engage and empower people in ways that lead to better health. The IOM and NAE believe that college students, working in interdisciplinary teams that meld technological skills with health knowledge, can generate powerful new products—the next “viral app”— to improve health for communities and individuals.

Using social networking, mobile apps, and other new technologies, how can the power of health data be unleashed to increase awareness of health problems and inspire positive action at the community level?

The Challenge

  • Identify a health problem (e.g., smoking, obesity, vaccination rates, health disparities, mental health, access to care, palliative care) in your college’s or university’s surrounding community.
  • Assemble an interdisciplinary student team to create an app or other product using data from the HHS Health Indicators Warehouse and other sources (e.g., including crowdsourcing methods).
  • Demonstrate how your solution could engage people in your community to promote action that will improve their health and health care.

Please review the eligibility and terms, judging criteria, data resources, and prize information in the sidebar to the right, and submit your entry before the April 27, 2011 deadline (9:00pm PDT). Teams interested in taking the challenge should register by April 22, 2011 to have their eligibility confirmed and to receive the submission link.

The Go Viral to Improve Health: IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge is being administered by Health 2.0 as a part of its Developer Challenge.

April 6 D.C. Internships Info Sessions and Deadlines

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C.? Placements include internships with federal agencies, think tanks, media organizations, museums and arts organizations, international organizations, corporations, law offices and courts, lobbying firms, and non-profits.

If you would like to learn more, please come to an information session about The Washington Center Internship Program on Wednesday, April 6, at the following times:

10:30-11:30am in GWN 1B (ground floor of Gowen Hall)

12:30-1:20pm in MEB 250

2:30-3:20pm in DEN 205

The Washington Center (TWC) runs a full-time internship program in Washington, D.C. that is open to all UW students and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW's affiliation in 1977, and many have made connections that led to careers.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I will discuss the program, scholarships and the application process.

Through autumn 2011 the quarterly program cost is $5,650 and the housing cost is $3,660. In addition, students pay UW registration, transportation, and personal expenses. Students may use financial aid for this program, UW tuition is charged at a reduced rate, and students may apply for scholarships (many UW students receive scholarships of $1000-$3000).

Upcoming application deadlines are:
Autumn Quarter 2011, Competitive*: 5/2/11, Regular: 6/10/11
Spring Quarter 2012, Early**: 5/23/11, Competitive*: 10/7/11, Regular: 1/13/12
Summer Quarter 2012, Early**: 9/23/11, Competitive*: 2/17/12, Regular: 3/16/12
* Deadline for TWC scholarship eligibility
** See for the list of organizations that require applications by the early deadline

Note that some established internship programs, such as the Congressional Black Caucus, may require earlier application submissions than the deadlines noted above.

Regardless of your major, there is an internship position for you. If you would like to know more, please come to an information session or contact me for an appointment. Information about TWC is also available online at


Interested in getting paid to work fulltime on your startup this summer?
Not ready to give up any equity in your company?
Looking for free office space in Menlo Park, CA and access to a venture capital firm and mentorship?
Want to try entrepreneurship fulltime but not the responsibilities associated with accepting funds from investors?

Lightspeed is now accepting applications for its 2011 Summer Grant Program.

For the fifth consecutive year, Lightspeed Venture Partners is offering fellowships for entrepreneurs with at least one team member who was an undergraduate or graduate students studying engineering and computer science in 2010-2011. The program is meant for people who are interested in exploring an entrepreneurial opportunity over the summer of 2011 in the technology or alternative energy fields.

1. Up to 20 individual grants will be awarded.
2. Each team member will receive $10,000 and each team will receive $5,000 for discretionary use.
3. Students will be provided office space at Lightspeed's office complex at 2200 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA in from June through September.
4. Grant winners are required to work full time on their startup project for minimum 10 weeks.
5. Lightspeed will organize weekly seminars from portfolio company executives and functional experts including: founders, CEOs, Angel Investors, CFO's, PR specialists and recruiters.
6. There are two, independent submission deadlines. The Round 2 deadline is April 15th 2011.

· Each team must include at least one individual who was a student (graduate or undergraduate) in the 2010-2011 academic school year
· At least ONE member of the team must have a degree in Computer Science or Engineering
· Only team members committed to working full time in the Menlo Park office for 10-12 weeks in the
summer of 2011 are eligible to receive the grants
· Groups of 1 to 4 people may submit proposals as a team

· Provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to spend the summer building their startup.
· Create an environment where entrepreneurs can:
§ Devote 100% to your startup idea and work closely with their team members
§ Interact with entrepreneurially-minded peers
§ Receive frequent guidance from the professionals at Lightspeed and experienced executives.
Not stress over the obligations of accepting funds from investors or giving up too much equity in your company at such an early stage.

Application information can be found at
Applications are submitted by email to
Send questions to John Vrionis at

· Grant winners are under no obligation to Lightspeed
· Lightspeed does not take equity as part of the program

· Round 2 submissions are due April 15, 2011.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

EE T-Shirt Design Contest, $50 cash prize!!! -- Deadline April 15th

Hey everyone!
HKN and IEEE are sponsoring a T-shirt design contest for the official 2011 EE Student T-shirt!
Please read the following details.

1. Design must include the words "University of Washington", "EE", "Electrical Engineering" (or some variant of Electrical Engineering), and "2011" somewhere in the design
2. Design must be original

The designer of the winning design will receive a $50 cash prize!

Please submit you design at

Good Luck!

HKN / IEEE officers

Full Time Position with Soletron

Job Title:
Lead Developer / Coder

Job Locations:
Atlanta, Georgia; Seattle, Washington

Send (1) Resume & (2) URL of prior completed websites to

Shane Robinson

Looking for a full time lead developer and coders to step in and help build a product from the ground up and take a long term role. Familiarity with Shopify/e-commerce/social networking is highly preferred.

• Report directly to COO/CTO and may be expected to recruit/manage the tech team (if hired as CTO)
• High visibility with industry leaders including company CEOs and pro athletes
• Compensation of equity/cash (tbd upon negotiation)

Business & Functionality:
• Soletron is a blog, e-commerce and social networking platform where independent designers, retailers and collectors come to buy, sell and discuss
their styles
• Auction-based functionality, social networking and sharing

• Over 15K visits to the site in first few days of blog launch, without advertising campaign in place
• Established relationships with ~400 premium vendors who will be selling on the site
• Advisory Board with two former public company CEOs, a VC company founder and Super Bowl MVP
• Founders with successful track records in retail, investment banking and as investment professionals in the venture capital/private equity industry
• CEO is prior owner/founder of a well-known specialty retail boutique operating in our target industry
• Opportunity to take ownership in the creation of a very exciting company from the ground up

• Experience with Shopify or other related platforms (Magento, Big Commerce, etc.)
• Should be able to present prior completed work/URL
• Honesty, integrity and good communication skills a must
Desired proficiencies languages (possessing all is not necessary):
• Ruby on Rails, PHP programming / OOP / LAMP, Zend, Symfony, CakePHP, XML, JSON, CVS, SVN, AJAX, Adobe Flex / AIR / ActiveScript, JavaScript, Network Administration/Security/Configuration, pache web server, Email (Sendmail, Postfix,Qmail), DNS-BIND servers, WAP, High Availability / Cluster systems, XWindow, Linux/Windows/Unix operating systems, Web Services (SOAP, RPC, RSS, JSON), cloud computing

GWSS work-study position: Digital Imaging Assistant

Digital Imaging Assistant:

Duties and Responsibilities:
Scan photographs and images from catalogues for an image database to support a research website/online exhibit in development; edit digital images using Photoshop; enter image metadata in spreadsheet and/or image management software such as Aperture; coordinate with supervisor and other research consultants about database development

Minimum Qualifications:
Required: demonstrated extreme attention to detail; competency with computers and an interest in digital imaging plus a willingness and ability to learn new software and/or equipment; ability to follow instructions closely and consistently; dedication to maintain a regular weekly schedule.

Desired: comfort with the Macintosh operating system; basic knowledge of Photoshop a plus; strong verbal and written communication skills; Chinese language skills a plus but not required (the image database under development covers Chinese contemporary art and visual culture).

Educational Benefits:

One-on-one experience with a professor to develop a research-related database to support a website/digital companion to a forthcoming book on Chinese contemporary art; gain computer, digital imaging, and digital asset management skills that can be applied in future work.

Link to the Work Study official job notice:
Contact Sasha Welland for more information or to apply:

GREEN-Educational Breakthrough in Costa Rica

Have you ever thought about mixing Adventure with Culture? Social Responsibility with cutting edge Education?

The GREEN Educational Adventure Programs in Costa Rica offer a unique way to satisfy your intellectual curiosity while experiencing unforgettable adventures, gaining a cultural experience, and giving back to the community though socially responsible projects.

The Programs in Costa Rica are focused on Renewable Energy Education, Adventure, Culture, and Social Responsibility.

The 12-day trip gives students a chance to explore the topics of RENEWABLE ENERGY and SUSTAINABILITY through interactive lectures and exclusive hands-on site visits to functioning power plants, like wind farms and geothermal plants, and residential facilities, such as organic sustainable farms and green-centric housing developments. The benefits of the educational component are enhanced by the excitement of the adventure and cultural excursions that make Costa Rica the epicenter of EcoTourism and travel.

Students who attended this program in the past have cited it as "one of the best experiences of their life". Some have returned to Costa Rica for summer internships in the renewable energy sector. Others applied their experiences to succeed in internships and jobs in the United States.

The Global Renewable Energy Education Network (GREEN) inspires University students to explore the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. In doing so, we aim to assemble motivated collegiate minds in engineering, business, policy, ecology, and other related fields, to spark a flame of though and passion centered around renewable energy, sustainable living, and improved societal standards. Our objective is to do so by pipe-lining these students into the GREEN industry through an intensive educational program.

For additional details please visit to watch our program video featuring students and their experiences.
Spots on our Summer Programs are still available. Please visit our website for more details and to apply.

Career Fair Invite from Concept Systems to ME, EE, CSE students

Do you have a special interest in robotics, Controls or Mechatronics?

Graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Automation Technology or equivalent?

How would it feel to graduate with an exciting position at a great company already lined up?

You’re invited to visit our Booth!

Who: Concept Systems Inc.

When: Thursday, April 14th

Where: UW Career Fair

Why: Because you want a great career at a great company!

Visit us to learn more:

Submit your resume before the career fair:

We will be reviewing your resumes prior to the fair as we receive them and hope to meet you at our booth to get to know you and your career interests! Following the career fair we will be holding interviews at our Seattle office for candidates we select to move forward in the process. Send us your resume!

About Concept Systems:

Concept Systems is an award winning control systems integration company specializing in PLC and DCS based controls, motion control, vision inspection, PC database systems. Utilizing this expertise in multiple industries such as aerospace, food processing, wood products and many more, it’s never the same day twice!

We provide systems that range in size from Greenfield facilities, OEM retrofits, turnkey machinery to small machine center upgrades, Concept Systems offers a unique work experience in terms of variety and challenges.

Our organization has earned a reputation for exceptional results and we appreciate the value of individuals who can think, create and achieve. At Concept Systems we strive to provide our employees a supportive working environment that fosters innovation and growth.

· Control Engineering Magazine’s Integrator of the Year Hall of Fame

· Certified CSIA (Control System Integrators Association) Integrator since 2005


As a Concept engineer you will spend your time taking care of others. It is only fitting that Concept Systems Inc. takes good care of you! Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits including a generous paid vacation to full medical and dental coverage.

Here are the highlights:

· Competitive Salary Structure

· Discretionary Bonus Plan

· Quarterly Gain Sharing Plan

· Medical & Dental Insurance

· 401(k) Plan with Match

· Vacation Program

· Sick Leave Program

· Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

· Company Paid Training

· Cell Phone Reimbursement

· Career Development and Growth Opportunities

Job Description:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


· Thorough understanding of project scope, budget and expectations

· System Design

· Develop electrical schematics and interconnect diagrams

· Develop Bill of Materials

· On-Site Startup

· Motion control system design and implementation

· Hardware testing and quality control

· Complete and accurate project documentation

Project Management

· Maintain project schedules

· Keep projects within budget

· Understand and follow project methodology

Sales Support

· Assist in preparing proposal estimates and complete technical research

· Provide technical content at sales meetings

· Write project briefs for larger projects

· Keep resume information current

Customer Relations

· Maintain existing relationships

· Fast and courteous response to service and support issues


Skills Required:

· Excellent problem solving skills

· Good organizational skills

· Ability to focus on the customer needs

· Passion for control systems integration

Computer Skills:

· PLC programming

· HMI Configuration

Education and/or experience:

· BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field


· Understand safety requirements

· Carry and maintain required safety gear

· Carry and maintain all necessary tools

· Participate in safety training


· Travel to support project and sales requirements

· Valid Driver’s License

· Valid Passport

Work Environment

· Office and industrial manufacturing


Submit your resume to

Thank You,

Megan VanDelinder

Recruiting Coordinator
Concept Systems Inc.
Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Hall of Fame
Certified CSIA Integrator since 2005

1957 Fescue St. SE

Albany, OR 97322

Phone: 541-791-8140

Fax: 541-791-8130

Cell: 541-223-2615


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