Friday, June 3, 2011

IND E 351 Human Factors in Design: Summer 2011

ISE is offering a 4-credit Human Factors class this summer, TTh 2:20-4:30, which is open to all COE and ACMS students. There are no prerequisites, though a stats background would be helpful.

IND E 351 Human Factors in Design (4) Boyle
Engineering considerations of the abilities and limitations of the human aspect in the design of operational systems and components. Functional, psychological, physiological, and environmental considerations. Offered: Sp.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Microsoft: Senior Hardware Development Engineer (XBox 360)

Microsoft Career Site Requisition #: 744972

Group: Xbox Accessories

Location: Redmond, WA

Job Description:

Join the Xbox Accessories Group and make your mark on the coolest gaming platform. Our group designs, builds, and tests all of the Accessories for the Xbox 360, including the award winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, Wireless Microphone, and Wireless Racing Wheel. We are looking for an experienced and creative electrical engineer who has a proven track record of managing and developing complex high volume consumer products.

Candidates should be self-motivated with a deep understanding of hardware and software system principles and the ability to lead others to implement hardware and embedded software across a variety of products and technologies.

The Xbox Accessory team is looking for an experienced electrical engineer to lead the release of new accessory products which meets high quality, tight schedule, and consumer-oriented cost targets. The qualified candidate will draw upon their experience in system design and electrical engineering to deliver world class high volume consumer products.

As the senior EE in the team, you will be responsible for all aspects of product-level hardware engineering related to product design. You will work with other in-house and contract engineers to define and document the product architecture, write technical specifications, lead design reviews, and manage development partners to deliver the final manufacturing-ready electrical design including DSP, microprocessors, analog circuitry, displays, user interfaces, and power subsystems. You will be responsible for following Microsoft’s product development processes and best practices.

Qualified candidates must have track record in designing and developing high volume consumer electronics products, from concept to manufacturing, Candidates should have a broad understanding of PC or game console architecture, extensive knowledge of hardware product development processes and quality requirements of consumer electronic products, good knowledge on hardware testing, and familiar with high volume manufacturing process and test.

As a senior member of the team, a successful candidate has effective written and oral communication skills, well-developed cross-organizational and project management skills, and excellent technical design knowledge.

Responsibilities include

· Lead hardware system architecture while working with a cross functional team to achieve optimal balance of project priorities relative to performance, extensibility, development cost, and product cost with focus on building robust, scalable solutions.

· Hardware selection and implementation (make vs. buy, microprocessor and DSP processor selection, custom ASICs, etc.)

· Firmware design and analysis

· Circuit design and analysis

Skills and Qualifications

· Demonstrated hardware engineering experience with microprocessor based systems and the ability to move from high level vision, to design implementation.

· Experience designing high volume consumer products including integration of hardware and firmware with computer interaction.

· Demonstrated experience in integrating with cross functional groups including ID, marketing, planning and user research.

· Excellent communication skills

· Demonstrated competencies in customer focused innovation, technical excellence, strategic insight, impact and influence across a product group or beyond, and passion for quality.

· Knowledge and experience with standard communication protocols such as USB or Bluetooth preferred

· BS in Electrical Engineering required and MS degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering preferred from a major university

· Minimum 15 years’ experience in hardware development and contributed to 5 - 7 product development cycles

· Must be enthusiastic, motivated and self-driven

· Position requires domestic and international travel

Sacha Sarieddine | Staffing Consultant | Interactive Entertainment Business Division | Microsoft Corp.

(425)704-8675 ext. 48675 |

Microsoft: Senior Hardware Test Architect (XBox 360)

Microsoft Career Site Requisition #: 751986

Group: Xbox Accessories

Location: Redmond, WA

Job Description:

Do you want to help the Xbox 360 Business and the Entertainment & Devices divisions grow to the next level? Would you like to work on bringing great Accessories to Microsoft’s newest gaming platforms? How about contributing to technology that touches everyone in the gaming ecosystem, mainly our end users? We need your help!


As a key member of the Xbox 360 Accessories Test Team, your key responsibility will be to ensure that we are identifying and developing testing methodologies that lead to best practices and implement the most current methodologies. You will be responsible for the understanding of Product specific requirements and asking the appropriate questions to resolve any ambiguities. Drive quality across all disciplines, providing guidance, feedback, and suggestions to improve quality practices across an entire engineering team. As the Senior Validation Engineer/Architect you will be the Test Strategist for the organization and focused on defining the testing process and setting the test team up for continued success. This will require significant participation across our E&D business partners and internal engineering teams.

The ideal candidate should have 10 or more years of experience in hardware/software development and testing. As the Senior Validation Engineer/Architect, you should be able to provide guidance to other personnel and lead by example. Also required is an ability and willingness to learn while having fun in a fast-paced environment and a strong ability to think as the Customer in order to be able to empathize with their expectations. Excellent communication and leadership skills are a must, as you will be working closely with strong and established teams such as Development, Design Verification Engineering, Project Management and other Business partners both internal and external.

We are looking for a senior candidate with the following proven skills:

- The ability to think both strategically and tactically.

- The ability to effectively work and collaborate across groups and division boundaries.

- Passion for mentoring people from a technical point of view.

- An understanding of state of the art testing techniques and methodologies.

- An understanding of the Xbox 360 Accessories Ecosystem and customer needs is a plus.


10+ years of Engineering/Testing experience and a proven track record shipping quality hardware/software.

Strong problem solving, communication both written and verbal and interpersonal skills.

Strong Statistical/Analytical background.

A passion for testing and driving quality upstream.

Solid foundation in testing methodologies and automation strategies needed.

Advanced capabilities in a few of the following areas preferred: Labview, C, C++, C#, Robotics, Accelerometers.

A BS/MS in Electrical Engineering or related field or equivalent experience.

Experience and knowledge in the following areas is a plus:

RF Design

Digital Design

RF test

Electrical test

Functional test

Regulatory compliance

SW/HW system integration

Environmental test

Manufacturing test

Test Equipment Operation





Sacha Sarieddine | Staffing Consultant | Interactive Entertainment Business Division | Microsoft Corp.

(425)704-8675 ext. 48675 |

REMINDER: Levinson Emerging Scholars & Washington Research Foundation Funding-Apply by June 3

Call for Applications! Announcing two great funding opportunities for advanced undergraduate researchers in science and engineering fields:

=> The Levinson Emerging Scholars Program supports talented and motivated UW juniors and seniors who want to pursue creative and highly independent research in genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, and related fields in the life sciences. More information and application available at:

=> Washington Research Foundation Fellowships (WRFF) for advanced undergraduates support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated science and engineering research projects under the guidance of UW faculty. More information and application available at:
Questions? Contact the Undergraduate Research Program (; 543-4282)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

UW Environmental Innovation Practicum - Register now for fall quarter!

Innovation in Cleantech + Market Opportunity = Solutions for the Planet
ENVIR 450, ENGR 498, ENTRE 490/579
Fall Quarter 2011 (2credits)
Tuesdays 4:00-5:50 pm, Mary Gates Hall 389
Instructor: Deborah Hagen-Lukens,
For registration information contact: Pam Tufts,
No prerequisites, recommended for juniors, seniors and grad students

Unique interdisciplinary course designed for both graduate and undergraduate students focuses on what it takes to develop innovative cleantech solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges. Weekly speakers include top national, international and local experts in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, policy and law. Topics include alternative energy and energy efficiencies, green building, and transportation. Students will form teams, identify an environmental problem and possible opportunity to solve it. Interested teams are invited to enter the Spring UW Environmental Innovation Challenge.

For registration information contact Pam Tufts,