Thursday, December 22, 2011

Guaranteed Scholarships for Spring DC Internships, Dec 29 Webinar

As fall quarter ends and the holidays approach, have you considered your plans for the new year? Perhaps you'd be interested in spending the spring quarter as an intern in the nation's capital?

If you apply and are admitted to The Washington Center's spring internship program in D.C. and if you are a Washington resident, you will receive a minimum scholarship of $3,000 to substantially defray the cost of attending. If you are not a WA state resident, you will receive a minimum scholarship of $1,000, and you should find that the cost of a quarter in D.C. actually is comparable to (or even less than) what you would pay to stay at UW. (Please note that applicants to the Postgraduate Professional Development Program will not be eligible for these awards at this time.)

Financial assistance above these minimums is available--UW applicants will be given priority consideration upon acceptance. In addition to the internship, TWC's evening course and supplemental programming will help you to grow professionally, academically, and personally.

At UW, program participants enroll in 15 credits of Pol S 498 - Washington Center Internship. Financial aid recipients are still eligible for their aid, and the quarter spent in D.C. will still help you advance toward graduation.

If you would like to learn more, TWC is hosting a webinar on Thursday, December 29 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please RSVP at: Information is also available on TWC's website at If you have questions you are welcome to contact Meera Roy, UW's liaison to TWC, at or 206-543-9456, or Reid May, Program Coordinator at The Washington Center, at or 202-238-7702. All applications must be approved by Meera prior to submission.

The spring quarter deadline is soon, January 13, but extensions will be granted as needed.

If you would like to apply for another quarter, upcoming application deadlines are:
 * Summer 2012, Competitive*: 2/17/12; Regular: 3/16/12
 * Autumn 2012, Early**: 1/20/12, Competitive*: 5/4/12, Regular: 6/15/12
 * Spring 2013, Early**: 5/21/12, Competitive*: 10/12/12, Regular: 1/11/13
        * Deadline for eligibility for most scholarships
       ** See for the list of organizations that require applications by the early deadline.

The spring deadline is quickly approaching, so we hope that you will either participate in the webinar or contact Meera or Reid soon.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Engineering Professional Portfolio Studio

All current and prospective engineering majors* are encouraged to enroll in a one-credit course next quarter, in which you will produce a portfolio that communicates your preparedness for professional engineering. (*All engineering and comp. sci. students are invited to enroll. Pre-major undergraduates intending to major in engineering or comp. sci. are also welcome.)

Engineering Professional Portfolio Studio
ENGR 498, Section C, 2012 winter
Every other Wednesday, 3:30-5:20 pm (MEB 243)
Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 08, 22; Mar. 07

Past portfolio studio students have described the sessions as uniquely valuable for preparing for job applications/interviews and graduate school admissions. They also said they benefited from the chance to identify, reflect on, and integrate their engineering learning experiences and professional goals. Here are some student quotes:

"Oh, yes. I would totally encourage people to do this portfolio project, because sometimes we forget what we did, and we don't have a track back to see what we've been through, you know, since the beginning of the college time. This portfolio is like online scrapbook of your career."

"I can use [portfolios] in another application or another interview. I mean I can always use information that I've already thought about andwritten, maybe for grad school application or just be more prepared in a job interview, I've already thought about what my strengths are and how I can be a valuable team asset."
This studio is offered as a course meeting in five, two-hour sessions. This is a one-credit course, and grading will be credit/no-credit. See the web site for the current quarter's offering for details:

Students are invited to direct questions about the portfolio studio to Ken Yasuhara <>, Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT).

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bonneville Power Administration Internships

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is presently recruiting engineering students to be a part of our student development program.  The program's goal is to provide meaningful engineering experience while the student is still enrolled in school and a full time position once the student graduates.  Most students work during the summer months with opportunities to work during school if they choose to do so.  Once accepted into the program, students are required to complete three rotations in different engineering workgroups.  These rotational opportunities are usually done during successive summer breaks and are considered one of the keystone strengths of our program.  Work locations are generally in the Portland/Vancouver area with some opportunities in the greater Washington/Oregon region.  BPA is a power system utility with a heavy emphasis on power, control systems, communication systems, simulation modeling and design.  We are primarily recruiting students majoring in electrical engineering; however we do have a few positions available in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and construction engineering management.  As you may know, in the past we have successfully recruited and hired a significant number of University of Washington graduates in all engineering disciplines.  Some of these students are still in our student program, and the rest are in vital roles as engineers at BPA.

This program has been very successful in attracting high caliber students that are seeking on-the-job engineering experience in a highly technical organization. Students who are successful in the student program may be offered permanent positions at BPA once they graduate.  To date, all of the students in our program have been offered positions upon graduation.  Admission into the program is competitive and we target students with good grades (3.0 GPA or higher, some lower are considered) in their sophomore or junior years (some exceptional freshmen will be considered) who have been admitted into an accredited engineering program.  Seniors that are going onto Graduate School are also strongly considered.  We offer limited tuition assistance and the opportunity to gain experience in an engineering environment, learning and working closely with professional engineers. We have over 30 students in our program now and will begin looking for approximately 12 additional qualified and interested engineering students in January and February, 2012 for employment in May/June, 2012.  We will need students that are interested in this opportunity to apply as soon as possible, but no later than February 1st, 2012.

Information about BPA and our company profile can be found at  Information about the BPA student program and how to apply can be found at   Anything you can do to get this information to your students would be greatly appreciated.  If you, or the students, have any questions please telephone me at 360-619-6777 or E-mail John Haner at  

2012 Women in Science and Engineering Conference

The College of Engineering, Student Academic Services (SAS) presents:
The 21st Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference

Time For Success - Create the Possible
Saturday, February 25, 2012
8:30am - 5:00pm
UW Seattle Campus - Mary Gates Hall (MGH)

This will be a day devoted to celebrating women in engineering and science.

Workshops and presentations will be offered all day that speak to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational and career opportunities as well as professional and personal development. A few areas of discussion that will be shared include: identifying a major, career pathway, transition into higher education, challenges and benefits of STEM fields. The workshops run simultaneously so the individual student can tailor the conference for their interests. We encourage students of science and engineering at all levels to attend. The student and professional registration fee is minimal, and there are great opportunities to network and explore opportunities.

For more information visit:
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Boeing Engineering Jobs

I'm a recent UW MSEE graduate, now working in the Flight Deck Displays
group at Boeing, in the Applied Simulation Engineering dept.  We are
currently looking for talented engineers to join our team.  The focus
of our group is developing flight deck displays used in the
engineering research simulators.  These simulators are full flight
deck cabin environments that simulate different airplane flight decks.
 Much of our work is in support of product development and prototyping
new features, such as touchscreens, which use the simulated cabs as a
test environment.  While the majority of the work is software related,
there are some opportunities for hardware work as well.

Here are links to the job postings; they can be found on the Boeing
jobs website as well.

Software Engineer 1/2

Software Engineer 1/2

Software Engineer 3

 Please feel free to forward to any potential applicants.
Graduating/graduated BS, MS, and PhD students are all welcome to
apply.  See postings for further details.

Thank you.

Jayson Bowen