Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ph.D. Programs at USC: Join us at REACH 2012 - Deadline Extended

Greetings from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering!
We are pleased to announce our REACH (Recruitment of Engineering Achievers) program taking place October 25 & 26, 2012 on the USC campus in Los Angeles. Please note that the application deadline is Friday, September 14, 2012 .
REACH is a unique opportunity for talented students to visit our campus to learn more about engineering PhD programs at USC.  Travel stipends will be offered to qualified students on a competitive basis. Historically underrepresented students in the STEM fields are highly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
For more information and to apply for the program, visit our REACH page.

PCB layout project

I have a project for a student who is proficient in Altium.
I need someone to convert our current 2 layer PCBs to a four layer design. We also need a few component changes as well. Nothing to tricky, probably a few hours of work for each of a few boards.   Experience with LEDs is a plus. I have the native Altium files.  Project to start ASAP.

Thanks for posting.

Ryan Sherman
(206) 650-8722

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC) Opportunity for Undergraduates to Participate in a Real World Research Experience

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you looking for a real world design problem? 
  • Do you want to participate on an interdisciplinary team?  
  • Do you want experience with mechanical components, optics, electronics and software?
  • Are you looking for an independent study or a capstone project?
  • Do you want to travel to the 'Big Sky' state? 
  • Do you want a chance to win scholarship and travel prizes?

If you answered yes to these questions then this competition is for you! Get your team of 3 to 6 students together and register today.

The yearly National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC) is Montana Space Grant Consortium's Education and Public Outreach (EP/O) Program for NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. A Spectrograph is an instrument used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum by separating the incoming light into its characteristic frequencies of wavelengths (spectrum).  Spectrographs have a wide range of complexity from simple grating or prisms to the cutting edge IRIS spectrograph.

The NSSSC provides students from across the country the opportunity to work as part of an undergraduate interdisciplinary team to design, build and test a ground based solar spectrograph. Over the course of nine months, teams come up with their own science goals and then build an instrument to collect data in support of their goals. Teams then travel to Bozeman, MT to demonstrate their instruments and present their results in a competitive science fair environment. There are four judged categories:  best build, best design, best science and best presentation.  Each student on the winning teams receives a scholarship award of $3,000 and a travel award to a NASA launch.

College students interested in designing a spectrograph can now register for the 2012-2013 competition.  Build awards of $2,000 per team are available for teams that register by Sept. 30.

Comments about the NSSSC:

"NASA is in a unique position to use scientific space missions like IRIS to foster student interest in science and engineering," said Diane DeTroye, of NASA's education office in Washington, D.C. "Giving students a chance to get hands-on experience often encourages them to pursue and continue STEM studies. This helps build an important pipeline of talent for future NASA missions."

"The concept of having undergraduates design, build and test a scientific instrument is certainly unique as far as I know. This is a marvelous opportunity for young people to develop high level skills in instrument building.  Using the instrument to answer science questions makes it even better.  I commend and thank you for this wonderful experience.  All of us will learn so much as we successfully complete this project.  NSSSC provides participating students a better chance for admission to the graduate school of their choice.  Also, they will receive better fellowships when they are accepted to graduate school.  It will give some of them a direction for their career.  I know of no other opportunity to engage in instrument design and application."   Edmond Wilson, Faculty Advisor Harding University

"The opportunity to work on a real project has been a true motivation for our students who can feel isolated at a small school with no significant research going on."  Jim Boger, Faculty Advisor Flat Head Valley Community College

The 2012-2013 Final Competition Dates are May 15-18, 2013 in Bozeman, MT.  Any questions please contact Randy Larimer at or 406-994-6085

Registration and more information is available at  

Social Media Link:

Thank you in advance for your consideration!


PS If you are not interested would you please pass this on to a student or faculty member that might be interested.

Randal M.  (Randy)  Larimer, P.E.
Deputy Director
Montana Space Grant Consortium
416 Cobleigh Hall, P.O. Box 173835
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT  59717-3835

Phone:  406-994-6085                                     Fax:             406-994-4452
Email:               Amateur Radio:      KE7SXE

SRI: Electrical Designer

Top aerospace company in the Seattle area is looking for a electrical designer, proficient in either CATIA V5 or Pro-E.  Any amount of experience welcome, as long as knowledge of CATIA V5 or Pro-E is apparent.  Any RSD, Cable Assembly, routing harness experience a plus.  This is a contract position with the ability to go direct.  If you are interested in learning more, please send your resume to me at, or give me a call at 425.505.4123.  Thanks!

Danielle De Marco | 425-505-4123 | c. 630-408-1113

10500 N.E. 8th St., Suite 1925 Bellevue, WA 98004 |
Systems Research Inc | Retained & Contingent Search
SRI Technologies Inc | Contract Staffing

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dependable Strengths Workshop for Alums - 9/7 & 9/10

The Career Center at the University of Washington presents:

Dependable Strengths Workshop for
UW Alumni (& Others) - Ramp Up Your Job Search & Networking Skills

September 7 & 10, 2012

Are you struggling with finding a job?  Frustrated with securing that job, but don't know what to do next? Not sure what you're really good at? You're not alone, and help is on the way! In this 2-day workshop, you will gain confidence in your skills, learn important new networking methods and develop a strategy for finding a job and career that really "fits". Using the "Dependable Strengths" articulation process of identifying strengths and talents, participants report greater  employability, self-esteem, productivity and career and life satisfaction. 

Past participants of the Dependable Strengths Workshop report:

I explored my strengths and talents from a different point of view - stepped out of myself and evaluated my strengths in a very honest way to help me find my life work
It completely shifted my focus from "how can I fit into that job" to "how I can highlight my strengths and abilities which will lead to getting the right job for me".
It helped me define and clarify my strengths, increased my self-esteem, and established a network.
This workshop really helps you take a fresh look at what you can do by learning to see and focus on your dependable strengths.
Registration Information

The Dependable Strengths Workshop, sponsored by The Career Center, consists of two workshop days of collaborative sessions which include interactive exercises, interviewing, self-assessment and more. Registration is $160 for UW Alumni Association members, $200 for non-UWAA alumni, and $250 for community members. 

Online Registration:

         Registration can also be completed online, in person or by mail. Please contact our office for more details at:

         The Career Center, 134 Mary Gates Hall, Seattle, WA 98195
         Phone: 206-543-0535