Friday, April 13, 2012

Research Project on Use of Color in Displays: Subjects Sought

My name is Alma Emadi and I'm a Presidential scholar and a senior in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. My team and I are conducting a research study in use and allocation of colors in designing displays. We are looking for graduate and undergraduate students in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering majors to take part in our experiment. Our experiment will be set up as a 15-minute information session followed by a 5-minute simulation game. . The whole procedure should not take more than 30 minutes and will be conducted in a convenient location on campus. We will schedule the experiment with our subject at a time of your convenience and will provide free delicious food to those who participate. We will not be collecting any personal data apart from gender and age and will not keep a separate link between our subjects and the acquired data. There are no physical risks associated with this experiment, and it should be relatively easy for you to do. Please help us by spreading the word in your department and between your friends. We would greatly appreciate your help!. If you want to read more about our research, you can read a short summary of it below this letter. Furthermore, if you'd like to get more information about it, you can reach us at or by phone at (206)-501-6946. You can also schedule your participation appointment at: If none of those times work for you, just email us and we will find another time that works for you.
Best regards,
Alma Emadi

Do you wonder how displays are classified and defined?
Displays in general are designed objects meant for communication and notification. The display design has become even more important as the necessity of such information communication increases, such as displays used in control rooms and in manufacturing systems. The ineffectiveness of such displays can lead the operator to be in one of the following situations: The operator will make a type-one error, where he/she falsely detects a signal, or the operator will make a type-two error, where he/she fails to detect the signal when the signal is actually present. Lastly, the operator will be under heavy stress and even though he/she might not make a mistake yet, the chances of such occurrence increase dramatically. While there have been many advancements in the physical configuration of displays, the use of color in designing such objects has not been studied excessively and there have been contradicting results in regard to the benefits of using colors in display design. Moreover, with regards to the selection of colors and allocating them on the display, no general solution exists.

What is this research about exactly?
This research will place an emphasis on finding a methodology for the use and allocation of colors in display design and will be an innovative contribution to the field of display design and, more generally, human factors engineering. Our research question is divided into two parts. The first part is that we will determine if incorporating colors into displays is effective in reducing recognition time and increasing accuracy of signals. Secondly, we will investigate how colors should be allocated and successful methods of color-coding. Our research hypothesis is that use of colors will yield higher accuracy rate and lower detection time; however, we will weight accuracy more strongly than speed. In that matter, we believe that using colors as an additional tag of data will improve both priorities. The form our experiment would be similar to a short simulation game. We have designed a display using a simulation program called NetLogo. The display has multiple elements. It is programed in a way that would automatically simulate a thermodynamic reaction when activated. Users will be asked to detect the signals in a timely manner and respond to prompts appearing on the screen. The simulation game will record the time and accuracy of the responses. These data will be analyzed and conclusions will be drawn.

What am I asked to do exactly?
You will be asked to seat in front of a projected computer screen and a keyboard. You will be asked to monitor the screen and look for any signals, alarms, and commands appearing on the screen. A typical alarm would be a flashing red signal indicating that a value has gone over the accepted value. A typical signal would be a flashing light indicating a change in an indicated value, and a typical command would be a text based command appearing on the screen asking the subject to key in the value of a given element (e.g temperature valve) using the numerical keys on the keyboard. All the alarms and signals will be connected to an alphabetical key on the keyboard and will indicate that on the screen. You will only use the keyboard to enter the requested information. The simulation game will automatically record two data points for each signal, alarm, or signal. The first data point will be recording the time from signal initiation to signal detection by the user, and the second data point will record the accuracy of the input. This data point can have two different kinds of values: the first kind is for indicating whether or not the detected signal by the user was an actual signal or not (if it's false alarm or not). The second type of data point will record the actual numerical value of the input the subject has given in response to a command from the simulation game. These data will not have identifying tags and will be only recording experiment number. These data will be kept on a flash drive that is password protected and will only be accessible by the investigators and the advising faculty. After the simulation game is done, we will ask you to take a very short survey about your experience and will ask you to provide us with your age, gender, and opinion about using colors in designing displays. This survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. After the survey you will be treated to some delicious food! We thank you in advance for helping us out and we hope you enjoy the experience.
>> Please note that if you have been diagnosed with color-blindness we will unfortunately be unable to accept you as a subject for this experiment.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Networking Night for Veterans - April 25, 2012

The University of Washington invites you!

This event is open to all veterans at the UW and in the Puget Sound community.

Networking Night for Veterans
April 25, 2012
Kane Hall, Room 210 (UW Seattle campus)
RSVP required:

Thinking about your career? 
Come connect with employers like Starbucks, Amazon, T-Mobile and more who are interested in your military experience.

A moderated panel will kick off the event and give you a chance to hear first-hand from employer representatives how to succeed in a today's job market, what "networking" is all about, and how to best translate your military experience into the civilian workplace.

Following the panel, enjoy a unique opportunity to connect face-to-face to employer representatives to ask your own questions, get one-on-one advice and learn more about how their company supports veterans.

Employers confirmed to participate include:
Alaska Airlines
Enterprise Rent A Car
Port of Seattle
Progressive Insurance
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Fire Department
UW Employment
World Vision

To RSVP for this event, please email by no later than Monday, April 23rd.

This event is co-sponsored by:
UW Career Center
UW Counseling Center,
Husky United Military Veterans
UW Veterans Center
UW Alumni Association
Veteran Corps

Dress to impress in business casual attire.

Summer Employment with UW Engineering Math Academy

NOW HIRING: Educational & Residential Group Leader/Tutor

The College of Engineering Math Academy is seeking four undergraduate students to fill the full-time, temporary (hourly) staff positions of Educational & Residential Group Leader. The dates of employment will run 7/5-8/3, (including training dates). The purpose of this position is to provide supervisory and tutorial support to students, assistance to instructors during the academic component of summer programming, and recreational and residential supervision to students.  All Educational & Residential Group Leaders will be required to live on campus with Math Academy students (housing and meals will be provided in addition to compensation).

Math Academy is a four-week residential summer program for rising high school seniors.  The ultimate goal of Math Academy is to increase the diversity of students successfully completing engineering degrees and entering the STEM workforce.  The program is designed to help high school students better prepare themselves for college-level mathematics and engineering coursework at the UW. The curriculum focuses on intensive problem solving based mathematics derived from UW math texts, and will help students gain an awareness of the areas that they need to improve in order to be a competitive applicant to the UW College of Engineering.

The Educational & Residential Group Leader will be responsible for providing: supervision, mentorship and leadership to students during program activities; instructional and tutoring assistance during study sessions; grading assistance to lead instructors; and ensuring student safety and responsibility in dormitory settings.

Summary of qualifications:
  • Engineering students strongly preferred; pre-engineers and related majors also encouraged to apply
  • Previous math tutoring experience, and history working with children, teenagers, or students required
  • Experience in residential/dormitory settings preferred; comfort with serving as an authority figure essential
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; experience and interest in working with diverse groups/minority students
  • Enthusiasm for and appreciation of the field of engineering

The specific duties of this individual would be to:
  • Attend daily math lecture with students
  • Help students with math and engineering assignments and projects
  • Read and comment/correct homework assignments and exams
  • Supervise and engage students during afternoon workshops, meals, activities and field trips
  • Assist with organization, supervision, and facilitation of evening and weekend recreation activities
  • Supervising students in residence halls (on duty some weeknights and scheduled weekends): ensuring students are getting to bed and getting up on time for breakfast and morning classes; cooperating with housing staff to enforce quiet hours

Additional Duties may include:
  • Media coverage of program activities including photos, video and website management
  • Creating and facilitating engineering activities, tours, leadership activities, social events

Work Schedule & Compensation: Due to the residential nature of our program, long hours are required.  However, we provide generous compensation, free housing and meals, and great work experience!

Submit cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript by Friday, April 27 to: Math Academy, Box 352180, Loew Hall 301, Seattle, WA 98195 ATTN: Tiffany Fujioka or

Marketing Position with VMWare


Date: Apr 6, 2012
Location: Seattle, WA, US

About Us: VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, two areas that consistently rank as top priorities among CIOs. VMware delivers award-winning, customer-proven solutions that accelerate IT by reducing complexity and enabling more flexible, agile service delivery. Our solutions help organizations of all sizes, lower costs, increase business agility and ensure freedom of choice. We are searching for people who are ready to accelerate, innovate and lead to join our team of more than 9,000 employees in 40+ locations worldwide working to develop innovative solutions that deliver the future of IT through cloud computing. Having the audacity to challenge constraints and problem-solve for tomorrow starts today, and it starts with you. Learn more at

Why work for our Division: VMware�s world-class, award-winning R&D team is comprised of thousands of top-notch computer scientists and software engineers that are transforming computing through virtualization. Members of the R&D team voice their creative ideas and watch them become initiatives, participate in exciting short-term and long-term products on the VMware roadmap, initiate advanced research projects, and/or write and test code that ships. At VMware, our engineers continue to learn and grow by working with top professionals from around the world and recent graduates of top universities and by taking advantage of our extensive internal training opportunities and generous external education assistance program. R&D team members work on the latest computing equipment and have access to the ACM and IEEE libraries. VMware has R&D offices in: Silicon Valley; Cambridge, MA; Broomfield, CO; Sofia, Bulgaria; Aarhus, Denmark; London, UK; Herzliya, Israel; Bangalore, India; and Beijing, China.

Why work with our group: Engineers interested in algorithms, building distributed applications, APIs and fault-tolerant computing use virtualization as a key technology to design and implement applications that solve real-world problems. They work on developing scalable software capable of managing thousands of systems.

Job Description The VMware CTO office is growing an entrepreneurial team that develops and incubates new products that apply advanced technology in a startup-like environment within VMware. We are seeking a superstar to help build core components for these new products.


- B.S. degree in Computer Science or equivalent
- Java application design and coding experience.
- Experience in building REST-based web services.
- Experience using design patterns.
- Experience in data models and query languages
- Experience with distributed systems

Additional Skills:
- Experience working in an agile environment, or knowledge of agile concepts (e.g. XP, Scrum).
- Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience using Spring framework.
- Experience with writing unit tests, especially using JUnit.
- Willingness to learn new technologies, including commercial and open-source.
- Familiarity with Maven
- Experience with source control systems, especially GIT

Location: Seattle, WA, US
Requisition Number: 30980BR
Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Job Segments: Cloud, Computer Science, Developer, Engineer, Engineering, Java, Open Source, R&D, R&D Engineer, Research, Software Engineer, Technology, Test Engineer, Testing, Virtualization

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

AY 2012-13 50% GSA Web Tech position at Simpson Center for the Humanities

Graduate Staff Assistant/Associate: Web Tech and Communications Assistant (50%, 10 months)

Application Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2012

The UW Simpson Center for the Humanities seeks a 50% GSA to fill its Web Tech and Communications Assistant position for the 2012-13 academic year. Primary responsibilities of the appointment include maintaining and developing the Simpson Center's online presence via its website, events calendar, weekly and monthly e-mails, social media accounts, and other new and/or emerging digital technologies as they become applicable; administering the Center's general email account and other shared accounts; and developing and maintaining Simpson Center listservs for regular web- and email-based contact with faculty, graduate students, and friends. Additional responsibilities include providing technical support for Simpson Center activities, conducting research that supports the development of the Simpson Center's technical infrastructure, collecting and assessing analytics for Simpson Center website and social media, conducting research that supports the Simpson Center's digital humanities initiatives, and providing assistance and support in generating, tracking, and disseminating public information and documentation of Simpson Center activities.

To qualify for this position, graduate students must maintain full-time enrollment and good standing in a UW degree program. For a complete description of and application instructions for this position, please visit Requisition #83331<> on the central UW Employment site.
More information is also posted at

Monday, April 9, 2012

WED & THU: D.C. Internships Information Sessions for Students

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C.?

If yes, please join us for information meetings about The Washington Center Internship Program at the following times:

Wednesday, April 11
  1230-120 in GWN 1A,
   230-320 in SMI 115,

Thursday, April 12
  1030-1120am in GWN 1A
  1230- 120pm in GWN 1A
   330- 430pm in SMI 311

(GWN 1A is on the ground floor of Gowen Hall; wheelchair entrance is via the ramp between GWN and Suzzalo)

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. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits and international organizations. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW's affiliation in 1977, and many have made connections that led to post-degree employment.

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

For 2012 the quarterly program cost is $5,850 and the housing cost is $3,790. 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 (because of this, the cost for nonresidents is comparable to a quarter at UW), and students may apply for scholarships (many UW students receive scholarships of $1000-2000).

Upcoming application deadlines are:
 Autumn Quarter 2012, Competitive*: 5/4/12, Regular: 6/15/12
 Spring Quarter 2013, Early**: 5/21/12, Competitive*: 10/12/12, Regular: 1/11/13
 Summer Quarter 2013, Early**: 9/23/12, Competitive*: 2/17/12, Regular: 4/6/12
  * Deadline for eligibility for most scholarships (some scholarships available with regular deadline)
 ** 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 is also available online at

DIY 3D Printing Club

ME, CSE, EE, HCDE, Industrial Design Students and others who are interested,

We are starting an informal student club focused on DIY 3-D printers. (If you aren't sure what that is, see links below.) If you don't have a 3-D printer, this would be the club that helps you build your own. As a group we may even be able to get price breaks on printer parts.  We are looking into the possibility of building a number of printers as a group that can be shared by all club members.  If you have already built or are building a printer, the club will be a good place to troubleshoot and share ideas. We will also schedule "how to" workshops concerning both hardware and software to help you get up and running with the necessary skills.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday April 12 at 4:30 in MEB 103. Here's what we will do at the first meeting:

1)    Take a look at the various DIY printers and get a feel for what it takes to put one together. We will have a few printers to play around with and print a few parts. (If you have your own machine you should bring it if you can.)

2)    Get input from the group on defining the club. What do you want out of it?

3)    Pick a regular meeting time.

4)    Brainstorm projects that we take on using our 3-D printers such as fully printable water pump for developing countries.

5)  Explore designing a method to recycle plastic that could be used with a printer.

We will even have some snacks for you. If you can't come, but are interested send an email and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop. Thursday at 4:30 will not necessarily be our normal meeting time.

Thanks and hope to see you Thursday,

Matt Rogge and Adam Commons


The Possibilities are endless.....

UW�s own site run by Professors Mark Ganter and Duane Storti

EE Awards Ceremony - Call for Nominations

Every year, our department holds an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding students, staff and faculty in our department.  These awards are a great way to honor those who go above and beyond to make EE a stronger community.  On behalf of EE Awards Committee, I would like to encourage all faculty, staff, and students to nominate candidates for this year's awards.  A complete list of these awards and the nomination procedures can be found at


Outstanding Staff

Staff Service Award

Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Outstanding Research

Yang Award

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Assistant

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project

Outstanding Research Advisor

Outstanding Teaching

Spirit of Community Award

Faculty Service Award

Chair's Award

It is recommended that you gather the following information before starting the online nomination form:
  1. Nominator's name and contact information.
  2. Nominee's name and contact information.
  3. Nomination letter: You can upload a PDF, cut-and-paste from a Word document or type directly into the space provided on the form.
  4. Two to three letters of support in addition to your original nomination (optional, but recommended).
To submit a nomination, please go to:

Please note these upcoming dates:
May 4 - Nomination Deadline (by 5 pm)
May 18 - Awards Decisions Finalized
May 24 - Notification of Awardees
May 31 - Awards Reception: PAC Atrium 2:30-4:00pm

Tour at Crane Aerospace and Electronics, Redmond

Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Focus of the presentation and tour will be mechatronics. For more information, contact Chase Ruebel, .