Thursday, August 1, 2013

Engineering Information Session--UW Law

Are you interested in using your engineering degree for a legal career? Our renowned faculty are prominent educators in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, copyright law, and many more. The educational and professional experiences our students receive prepare them for the real world challenges of today’s legal issues.

I invite you to join me on Aug 8th to have an informal discussion about a career path in law and the law school application process.  Come with your questions or just come to learn about the wonderful opportunities UW Law has to offer.

UW Law Info Session for Engineering Undergrads:
·         Thursday, Aug 8
·         Electrical Engineering Building (EEB 303)
·         5-6pm

new ENTRE class in the fall

Grand Challenges for Entrepreneurs is a new course for business students, geeks, and other undergraduates who want to do something out of the ordinary. The world faces some extraordinary challenges in innovation, big data, food and water, energy, education, careers, poverty, etc.  This course will explore those grand challenges—and the opportunities that come with them. Students will examine how solutions to these massive challenges can be researched, validated, and implemented using entrepreneurial creativity, opportunity recognition, business models, pivoting, and skilled execution.

SLN: 13976, 4 credits, ENTRE 490, section A, T/TH 8:30-10:20, DEM 024

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

oSTEM Out for Undergrad Technology Conference, Facebook HQ

LGBT undergrads, apply today for the Out for Undergrad Tech Conference. Visit Facebook's HQ, network with LGBT professionals, and learn how to be OUT in the workplace! 

October 19-20 at Facebook's HQ in Menlo Park, CA! Flight & hotel stay are free with O4U scholarship (apply by Aug 25):

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Philips Innovation Fellows Competition - application due date: August 15

After surveying over 5,000 people around the world, we found that only 54% of people say they are satisfied with existing innovations in the areas they consider to be the most important to them. According to the Philips Meaningful Innovation Index there is an appetite for future innovations to go beyond creating technology for technology’s sake, instead aiming to make a difference in people’s everyday lives. Will you help make that difference?

As we continuously look for the “next big thing” that will revolutionize the way we live, we invite you to submit your unique product idea that will enhance the health and well-being of others. You will sell your idea through crowd funding on, and will have the chance to tap into $100,000 in prize money plus a mentorship from Philips to bring your innovation to life!

Submit your ideas now at The deadline to register is August 15TH. This is when all projects will go live on Indiegogo. The finalists will be announced by mid-October and the winner will be announced on October 30th.

In the spirit of Open Innovation, get your friends to share their big ideas!
Hashtag: #BIGIDEA

Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader

Due Monday, August 12, 2013

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2013-14 academic year. URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to URP. The goal for URLs is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates in research from a range of disciplines (e.g., humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, etc). Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

Questions? Contact the URP Staff at or (206) 543-4282

Monday, July 29, 2013

MDA posted job announcements on US Jobs for entry level Engineers

The Missile Defense Agency is hiring!  These 70 positions are fully paid (with benefits) and are entry level professional positions.

These programs offer selectees a chance to engage in an intense learning and experiential program of 3 years within MDA, with rapid promotion as you successfully complete the program.

The following positions opened on USA Jobs on 29 July 2013: 

USAJobs use search string “Defense, Missile Defense Agency” and “Career Development Program”.

Each announcement will close ten days after they open. Speed is of the essence!

Over 250 entry level professionals are already in this program called the Missile Defense Career Development Program (MDCDP).

We will hire General Engineers.

The majority of our positions are at our operational headquarters at Redstone Arsenal located in Huntsville AL .

Information at at the “Entry Level Career Development Program” .  Degrees must be conferred by the closing date of this announcement.

Submit all information requested in the announcements or your application will be considered incomplete. 

Software Entrepreneurship (ENTRE 432 /CSE490B)

Restr  13972 A  4       TTh    130-320    PCAR 295
This course is designed for students who want to learn how to build a software-based startup. More than ever, software, algorithms, and circuitry form the core of new businesses. And when you include internet and mobile applications, it’s difficult to think of any future consumer business that doesn’t have a software component.  

This course will explore the opportunities and challenges of the software industry, using a mix of real life examples, lectures, and guest speakers. You’ll learn the basics of software-based startups: product and customer development, business feasibility and competitive analysis, basic software intellectual property, the present and future of mobile applications, software and internet marketing, etc. 

The class will include:
·         An overview of the industry: from Web 2.0 to gaming to enterprise software to bioinformatics
·         Trends and emerging opportunities in the software industry
·         A roadmap for starting, funding, and growing a software venture
·         University spin-offs and technology transfer
·         Current industry challenges
·         Cutting–edge software practices

How does a part-time, dog-walking business produce six-figure profit?  How does an undergraduate end up leading a computational genomics company? How does a clean-tech application get sold to Belkin International for a good chunk of money? You’ll meet the entrepreneurs (former UW students) and hear how and why they did it. 

Students will come away with an understanding of the dynamics of starting a company and competing in the software industry. At the end, you’ll deliver an executive summary for the startup, a proof of concept, and a polished presentation. You’ll know how to take a “good idea” and turn it into a plan, which could form the basis for your new career.  

Learning Objectives
1.       Learn the basic foundations for modeling a software business
2.       Learn to create an oral and written proposal for a new venture
3.       Learn best practices for starting and growing a software and technology based venture
4.       Learn about current trends and opportunities within the software industry 

For more information – please contact:
Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Director
Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
Michael G. Foster Business School
University of Washington
227 Dempsey Hall, Box 353223
Seattle, WA 98195-3223