Thursday, March 1, 2012

Electrical Engineering Professional Master's Program - attend an info session!

Whether you're already working as a bachelor's level electrical engineer or want to break into a new field, the UW Professional Master's Program (PMP) may be for you. The Electrical Engineering PMP offers a work-compatible Master's degree in electrical engineering and courses taught by UW Seattle's world class Electrical Engineering faculty. Our faculty's cutting edge research informs their teaching, allowing you to bring the latest ideas to bear in your career. The program typically takes 3 years to complete, with students taking one class per quarter in the evening as well as a 1-credit quarterly seminar. The PMP leads to the same degree offered through the daytime program: the MSEE.

Interested in learning more? Attend one of our upcoming information sessions:

*Online* Information Session
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, 5:15PM

*On Campus* Information Session
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, 6PM

Please RSVP at:

We hope you'll join us!

Summer Internship with FIAlab Instruments

Intern position / Instrument control software design
FIAlab Instruments Inc has an open position for a 2012 summer internship, in the area of software design. The position is intended for a PhD/Master degree student or a senior/junior with outstanding grades.

The intern will participate in a development project for instrument control software. Duties will include software design, optimization and documentation. The position is available for 2-3 months, with a workload of 30-40 hours / week.

The software controls different analyzer parts, such as
- pumps and valves (usually actuated by stepper motors, via a microcontroller)
- miniature spectrometers
- data collection modules (e.g. photomultiplier tubes, external A/D modules)

As data communication plays a central role in the software, knowledge of serial communication protocols (RS-232, RS-485) is desired, and knowledge of USB communication is a further plus. Likewise, experience with microcontroller programming is necessary. The candidate should have excellent command of material typically taught in a 400-level embedded systems class. Experience in robotics or sensor control projects would be ideal.

In addition to component control, the software performs data processing and analysis (filtering, peak detection, regression fit etc.). Therefore, experience in implementing numerical data processing algorithms is a plus.
FIAlab Instruments was founded in 1987 by the inventor of Flow Injection Analysis, and is now known as a leading instrument manufacturer in its field. FIAlab has an extensive product line including fluidic analyzers, flow cells, light sources and light detectors. Our customer base is truly global, spanning a broad range of companies and universities, and our products have been deployed on every continent (including Antarctica). The company is located in Bellevue.

Applications, including a CV and a grade transcript, can be sent by email to, addressed to the General Manager. The subject line should specify “Summer intern”.
FIAlab Instruments, Inc.
14450 NE 29th Place, Suite 113

Studying in the UK

Who: Students, faculty, and advisors are welcome
What: Presentation on studying in the UK
When: Thursday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Mary Gates Hall 258
We are excited to have Monika Harms from University College London, UCL, visit the UW campus on March 8, 2012. This is a great opportunity to have students, advisors and others learn about graduate education in the UK as well as some of the scholarships that have been developed to support that study. In addition, Ms Harms will introduce the campus to exciting graduate offerings, both taught and through research, being offered at UCL. We cur-rently have a BioE alum, Jesse Burk-Rafel, at UCL completing a one-year MRes in Clinical and Ex-perimental Medicine as a Whitaker Fellow.
Please RSVP for this presentation at the following link:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award

Named for one of Seattle's foremost civic leaders, the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award recognizes individual students (junior or senior undergraduates) who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, provided outstanding leadership in the community, and who are committed to continued creative civic participation. The Carlson Student Leadership Award recipient will receive $2500 and be honored at the 2012 Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership on May 11, 2012.

The application deadline for the 2012 Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award is Monday, April 2nd at 5 pm Pacific Time (via email preferred).  Details about eligibility and complete  application instructions can be found on the Carlson Center's website:

If you would like to nominate a student for the award, please contact Rachel Vaughn directly (206.685.2705 or by Thursday, March 15th. The student will be contacted by the Carlson Center and invited to apply for the award.

STMicroelectronics Electrical Engineer Internship

STMicroelectronics has an excellent opportunity for a junior level engineer in our Redmond, WA location. The individual will perform testing and debugging of STMicroelectronics device drivers, installation packages and applications. Support our senior engineers in the design and development of future sensor designs. The engineer will also be responsible for creating test plans and coding regression tools to satisfy our quality control standards.

Enrolled in local College or University.
-  9-12 months of internship commitment.
-  Targeted degrees would be EE or CE.
-  Above average programming experience. C/C++ is preferred.
-  “Perfectionist” type attitude and methodology in attacking problems, individual will be testing
   and QA’ing our development work so it needs to be as close to perfect upon release as 
-  Demonstrated engineering project experience at school and/or previous internships.
-  Project and programming experience is key.


About STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with net revenues of US$ 9.73 billion in 2011. Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions by leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength.

Email resume to:

Career Panel in Environmental Health This Wednesday

This discussion is for those who might have an interest in environmental or public health as well as those who are curious about how to apply their science and problem solving skills to real world problems. 

The Student Environmental Health Association hosts
An Environmental Health Career Panel

Speakers from three different practice areas: 
Geoffrey Crofoot, Environmental Health Division of the Snohomish Health District
Martin Rose, President and Principal Consultant of Rose Environmental
Wayne Turnberg, Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology of the Washington State Department of Health

Wednesday, February 29th at 4:30 PM
Health Sciences T663
Refreshments provided

Environmental Health is the study of human health in the environment. The field concerns itself with maintaining a safe supply of food and drinking water; discovering the mechanisms of environmentally related diseases; treating and disposing of solid and toxic wastes; reducing air, water, food, and noise pollution; and controlling workplace hazards.

Monday, February 27, 2012

$1,000 Library Research Award for Undergraduates

On behalf of the UW Libraries, we are pleased to announce the ninth annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates.

The Research Award recognizes undergraduate students for excellent research and scholarship that demonstrates creative use of scholarly materials and library resources.

Students may submit any research project they've completed between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012.  In addition, they are asked to submit a short reflective essay about the research process.

- *Deadline*: Monday, May 14, 2012
- Winners receive $1,000
- Categories: Senior Thesis/Honors Thesis, Senior Non-Thesis, and Non-Senior
- Any media (project format) accepted
- All undergraduates enrolled at the University of Washington are eligible.
- Projects completed in Spring Quarter 2011 through Spring Quarter 2012 are eligible.
- Projects must have been completed for UW course credit, for the Undergraduate Research Program (URP), or the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Application information, previous winners, 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:

Introduction to Technology Commercialization – ENGR 498A / BIOEN 504

How can we most efficiently move technology from the university to the market? The revised Program on Technology Commercialization (PTC) course sequence is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of this process and suggest how we can most efficiently do this translational process.

Spring Quarter's Introductory Course (ENGR 498A / BIOEN 504 - Wednesdays & Fridays, 3:30-5:20pm, Electrical Engineering Building  Room 105 will feature outstanding guest lecturers from the local entrepreneurial community sharing knowledge, expertise, and personal experiences as they relate to topics such as:
  • Business opportunity (risk)
  • Markets
  • Entrepreneurship vs. intrapreneurship
  • Selling your business idea (communication)
  • How to start and run a company
  • Management
  • IP and product development
  • Ethics in business and R&D
  • Marketing, sales and distribution
  • Networking with industry experts
  • Developing nations -- huge opportunities

We want all senior undergraduates and graduate students in the College of Engineering interested in the commercialization process to take the course - the topics are general and not specific to a particular area of engineering. Later courses in the sequence will focus on particular technology areas, but this course is a general introduction with a modest work load. Students also will meet a number of outstanding entrepreneurs from the Seattle community.