Friday, June 15, 2012

UW Entrepreneurship*Lavin Google Hangout*Summer Open Houses

Lavin Entrepreneurial Action Program - 2012-2013
Entrepreneurship is a dynamic union of innovation and opportunity, passion and vision, risk and reward.

The Lavin Program prepares a select group of entering University of Washington undergraduate students, regardless of major, for careers as entrepreneurs. Students with a passion for entrepreneurship and a willingness to experience the risks as well as the rewards will thrive in the program's peer-group based environment.  Students will graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of entrepreneurship, real experience starting and running their own companies, and a summer internship in an early-stage firm.  The Center for Entrepreneurship has more than 20 years of connecting with the local entrepreneurial community, giving Lavin students access to world-class mentors and networking opportunities. 

By combining entrepreneurship courses with opportunities for practical experience, Lavin students will emerge from the program with a strong foundation for adding value-either within their own start-ups or at an established firm.

The online application for the Lavin Program will be open on August 15 and close on October 3.

To find out more about the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's Undergraduate Programs
, including the specialty Lavin Program, attend one of the CIE Open Houses this summer.  Parents are welcome. 

Email me if you have questions, or if you would like to be sent information about the Lavin application and the CIE Summer Open Houses.

Welcome to the University of Washington - we look forward to helping you reach your entrepreneurial aspirations.

Pam Tufts, Assistant Director
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Washington Foster School of Business

Google Hangouts! 7-8pm!
July 18, August 27, September 26
Lavin Entrepreneurship students will host 3 Google Hangouts this summer to answer any questions you have (for you non-early adopters, Hangouts are multi-person video chats). If you'd like to join us, add our page to your Google+ circles. If you aren't planning on joining, add our page anyway! :) Then just visit our Google+ page during one of the times listed below and you should see an invite to join the Hangout. It's important to add our page to your circles, or else you won't be able to Hangout. Technical problems? Email us at
. See you there!

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Job Opening with Western Electricity Coordinating Council

Position Title: EMS Modeling Engineer
Posting Date: June 7, 2012
Department: Reliability Coordination
Location: Vancouver, WA
Reports To: Director, EMS Engineering

Position Overview:
This position will work under the technical guidance of the WECC Lead EMS Modeling Engineer and will be responsible for supporting ongoing maintenance of the West Wide System Model (WSM) for the Western Interconnection. The WSM model is an integral part of the reliability monitoring of the Western Interconnection, which includes the maintenance of an Energy Management System (EMS) Network, SCADA and Alarm models, the real-time ICCP measurements, and the EMS displays used to provide an accurate representation of the state of the Western Interconnection Bulk Electric System (BES). This position will be assisting with all technical details of the WECC modeling effort in formats and exports for planning, EMS and network applications purposes. This position includes a close working relationship with other modeling engineers, vendors and WECC members.

Major Duties:

  • Implement, enhance and resolve issues of modeling the Western Interconnection, including, but not limited to, updating the WSM EMS Network, SCADA, Alarm, and ICCP models.
  • Implement, enhance, and resolve issues associated with EMS overview and substation displays which are used by the WECC Reliability Coordinators to maintain real-time situational awareness.
  • Work closely with Balancing Authority and Transmission Operator engineering teams, vendors, and modeling team members to resolve issues.
  • Work closely with the Reliability Coordinators and the EMS engineering team to provide support pertaining to the maintenance and enhancement of the EMS models to better meet the needs and functionality of the reliability coordination function of WECC.
  • Integrate, and maintain the relationship between Synchrophasor / Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) and the WSM EMS models, as part of the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP) used to identify and analyze system vulnerabilities in real-time, as well as to detect evolving disturbances on the Western bulk electric system (BES).
  • Recommend creative and innovative information systems solutions to various business or technical problems. Ensure work is technically sound and in compliance with established standards, codes, and regulations.
  • Routinely involved in the modification, integration and migration of EMS systems to new software versions. Plan and coordinate database and display changes to reflect the true and ever-changing configuration of the transmission system to correct problems and to meet user needs, requests, and schedules.
  • Analyze system failures and work with other system support staff to identify corrective actions and implement changes as necessary to correct problems.

Job Announcement
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in electrical or power engineering or equivalent combination of education and work experience resulting in demonstrated ability to perform major duties.
  • Progressively responsible experience demonstrating knowledge of modeling electrical systems in a variety of formats (Alstom / Areva EMS, PSSE, PSLF, CIM, etc).
  • Solid understanding of EMS, network applications, power flow applications and thorough understanding of the Western Interconnection details.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply problem analysis/resolution techniques and knowledge of systems design.
  • Experience in working with and supporting a real time transmission or reliability operation.
  • Proficiency in the application of information systems methodologies, information systems guidelines and architectures, and information systems technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience working on a major EMS system supporting either real time transmission or reliability operations.

Preferred Qualifications:
Above minimum qualifications and the following:

  • Advanced degree in Power Engineering or related area of study.
  • Excellent history working on data modeling teams requiring expert technical skills and solid understanding of business functions.
  • Background and experience with the Alstom / Areva EMS, E-terramodeler and E-terrasource products.
  • Background and knowledge of grid planning tools and EMS network applications modeling.
  • Experience with WECC business practices and committees.
  • Familiar with the West Wide System Model project and implementation.
  • Participation in WECC or NERC committees.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary will be competitive and commensurate with relevant experience as well as the responsibilities of the position. The position is eligible for an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, 401(k) plan, and paid personal time.
For consideration, qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter including salary history to:
WECC Human Resources

About Western Electricity Coordinating Council:
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices in Loveland, Colorado and Vancouver Washington, WECC is the Regional Entity responsible for coordinating and promoting bulk electric system reliability in the Western Interconnection. In addition, WECC provides an environment for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its members.
WECC is geographically the largest and most diverse of eight Regional Entities that have Delegation Agreements with NERC. WECC members, representing all segments of the electric industry, provide electricity to 14 western states, two Canadian provinces, and portions of one Mexican state.
WECC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate against employees or applicants on any basis prohibited by law. For additional information or questions regarding WECC’s policies, please contact WECC’s Human Resources Director

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Online COURSE SUMMER 2012: BSE 211 Creativity and Society 5 credits VLPA/I&S

The course is offered Online Summer Quarter 2012

Why students should risk taking this course?

Because, by the end of the course, they will have developed skills that will help them excel in their future careers in whatever society they choose to live.

Students will achieve an understanding of the role of creativity and innovation in various societies and thereby help release the creative abilities that each and every person possesses. It is expected that students will meet the following objectives:

  • Understand the basic principles of Creativity and Innovation
  • Develop creative thinking by opening the mind and overcoming in-brain resistance.
  • Use various thinking and problem-solving methods.
  • Comprehend the processes of innovation in different societies.
  • Consider the opportunities in society to start a new company through creativity and make it successful through innovation.

Some topics that will be explored:

  • Why creativity is important in societies and life
  • Who is creative in society
  • What creativity in societies is
  • When creativity occurs in societies
  • Where creativity can be found in societies
  • How creativity can change society and one’s life

The course is offered online, Summer Quarter 2012
BSE 211 SLN # 10554 5 (VLPA/I&S) Credits
For more information contact Professor Amar Yahiaoui:

Engineering Intern with CoriumGroup

We are looking for an Engineering Intern to work in our Menlo Park, California facility.  The employment term will be no more than 6 months.  This is an exciting opportunity to work for a rapidly growing organization that provides a stimulating environment for professional advancement and to work on projects that are at the leading edge of drug delivery technology.

The Engineering Intern is responsible for performing assigned duties relating to the development of a technology for delivering small and large molecular weight drugs through the skin.  This person will also participate in the testing, characterization or development of formulations, methods, equipment or the product.

This person will report to the Director, Engineering and will have the following responsibilities:

·         Solve problems using the scientific method.
  • Write specifications, methods and test plans.
  • Perform physical, mechanical or chemical testing and characterization of product or components.
  • Test raw materials and components to specifications.
  • Maintain communications with other team members to coordinate activities and present results of experiments along with recommendations.
  • Make detailed observations, analyze data and interpret results.
  • Write development and test reports of findings.

Note: Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the previous. Other duties may be assigned.

The qualifications for the position are:

  • Working toward a Bachelors Degree in the Science or Engineering field
  • Familiarity with lab equipment
  • No work experience required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, SolidWorks
  • Authorized to work in the US

Ashutosh Shastry, Ph.D.
Director, Engineering
Corium International, Inc.
235 Constitution Drive,
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Main Phone: 650.298.8255
Fax: 650.298.8012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Internships at Talyst

Talyst is located in Kirkland and we believe we engineering the safer pharmacy. The company was founded in 2002 to provide easy-to-use, automated medication management systems to acute care hospital pharmacies. The following year, Talyst launched AutoPharmR, the innovative software platform designed to integrate medication storage, inventory, ordering, barcoding, and clinical systems.

By mid 2010, Talyst had installed pharmacy automation systems in close to 500 acute care hospitals and integrated healthcare companies. By leveraging our expertise in acute care pharmacy automation, we are now building unique systems designed specifically to meet the needs of long-term care facilities and correctional institutions. Talyst is dedicated to delivering world-class software and proven hardware components to enhance efficiency, provide greater inventory control, and improve patient safety in all care environments.

Here's a brief description of the position:

Objective:  Use learned skills to assist in the development of Prototype device along with the R&D team lead by the VP of R&D.

Duties and Responsibilities:
.       Research and recommend electrical solutions to meet prototype requirements
.       Program PLCs, micro controllers, or other firmware control solutions as required.
.       Assist in circuit design and prototyping as required.
.       Partner with internal stakeholders such as Sales, Tech/Customer Support and Development to ensure feature set for prototypes meet business needs for each department.
.       Experience with integration of system components including PLCs, Industrial PCs, and third party supplied drivers and control systems
.       Support and promote Talyst values through positive interactions with both internal and external stakeholders.
.       Attend to other initiatives and goals as requested.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications:
.       3rd or 4th year Engineering student
.       Willing to work in a small cross functional team
.       Hands on development skills and experience a major plus.
.       Experience with automation is considered an asset
.       Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
.       Skilled and experienced in listening to prospects/customers, analyzing concerns, articulating understanding of pain points and developing innovative solutions to address them.

More information on Talyst can be found at Please let me
know if you have students interested in internships. We'd love to meet with

Kim Luke
Employee Services Generalist
425.289.5654 Direct
425.289.5400  Main
1.877.4.Talyst  Toll Free
425.289.5661  Fax  Email

11335 NE 122nd Way, Suite 200
Kirkland, Washington 98034

Space in new intro CS course! CSE 190p, Data Programming

CSE 190P, Introduction to data programming with applications

Summer 2012, full-term
MWF    1050-1150 
Instructor: Professor Mike Ernst

CSE 190P is for people with zero programming experience! It's designed to help non-CS majors use programming in their own subjects. You'll get to analyze and visualize data from social sciences, natural sciences, government, and more. You'll learn the Python programming language, which is known as a great language for beginners.

If you're curious about computer science and want to 'test out' the subject, this is the perfect course. The instructor is really great, too. :)

Questions? Email