Friday, November 1, 2013

Special Topics Course - WIN 2014 - ENVIR 495 D Environmental Planning and Permitting in Practice

Course Title:  Environmental Planning and Permitting in Practice, 
Course Number: ENVIR 495 D
Quarter: WIN 2014
SLN: 14057
Time/Day: MW, 10:30am-12:20pm
Professor: Todd Wildermuth
Credits: 4
Pre Requisites: N/A
Course Fee: None

November 13th (6-7:30pm); Physio-Control Internship Information Session

My name is Taylor Matalone, and I’m an alumni of the University of Washington. Three summers ago, I was selected to participate in the Physio-Control Inc. Internship Program. Through my position, not only did I gain valuable work experience, mentorship, and build my resume in my field; but I gained exposure to aspects of sales, marketing, finance, and engineering at a FDA regulated medical device company.

We are currently recruiting interns for our 2014 Summer Internship Program. We will be hosting an Information Session on November 13th, at 6pm at the Mary Gates Career Center. ( Please pass this along to engineering students seeking PAID summer internship opportunities.

This will be an opportunity for students to meet our recruiters, to learn more about Physio-Control and to experience our life saving mission.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

EXPD drop-in hours and November info session

My name is Beth Scholler and I am an intern working with the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD) this year. I am a 2nd year MSW student who received  my undergraduate degrees at UW. My undergraduate experience was made possible through a Martin Scholarship from the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards. It was further enriched by my participation with several other programs in EXPD: I was a Civic Fellow with the Carlson Center, a project leader for the MLK Day of Service, a Pipeline tutor, and a session assistant for the Undergraduate Research Symposium. I am very familiar with the programs in EXPD and excited about the chance to introduce students to the vast array of opportunities to be found here.
My internship focuses on outreach, recruitment and support for students in all 9 programs with EXPD. I look forward to working individually with students who are exploring their options in community engagement, research, and scholarships. Together, we can wade through the numerous opportunities afforded by each program, helping students to determine the next steps for achieving their goals.

Beginning this week and continuing throughout the academic year (not including quarterly breaks) I will have drop-in hours on Thursdays from 1pm-4pm. I will also be holding an info session on November 19 which will give an overview of the nine programs in EXPD:  Carlson Center, Early Identification Program, Global Opportunities, Jumpstart, Mary Gates Endowment for Students, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards, Pipeline, Ronald E. McNair Program, and Undergraduate Research Program.
Learn how the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD) can help:
Info Session: overview of EXPD programs
When: November 19, 1:30-2:30pm
Where: MGH 171E

Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity         171 Mary Gates Hall                 206-543-4282

Project Leader Registration for the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service!  MLK, Jr. Day of Service is on January 20th, 2014, and the University of Washington Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is partnering with the United Way of King County to coordinate a county-wide event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.  Each year, this event engages over a thousand volunteers in service projects from all over the Greater King County region.

We are currently recruiting for Project Leaders!  Project leaders select a specific service
site, and are responsible for recruiting volunteers to participate in their project.  They will sign volunteers up with United Way, and help with facilitation at Kickoff and their service site during the Day of Service.  Project Leader Registration Opens November 12th!

What does it mean to be a Project Leader? Tasks include:
• Recruit volunteers to join your MLK Day project
• Communicate with your host organization
• Communicate with volunteers who sign up for your project
• Use the United Way online registration system to sign upand register group members
• Help frame why this event & your specific service project are important for the volunteers
• Coordinate t-shirt pick for your group members

If you are unable to fill your project with people you know, there will be an opportunity to open your project up to individual volunteers in early January!

You can also read our Volunteer Project Leader Resource Manual by visiting

We will be holding two Project Leader Info Sessions.  These sessions are not mandatory, but are a great opportunity to learn more about signing up for a project and recruiting volunteers, as well as using United Way of King County’s interface.

You may attend one of the following Project Leader Info Sessions:
Thursday, November 7, 4-5pm in MGH 173R
Tuesday, November 13, 12-1pm in MGH 171E

If you are interested in participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, but don’t want to be a Project Leader, registration for individuals will open on January 3.

For more information, please visit or email

Inaugural CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar: Perspectives on Our Energy Future

Please join the Clean Energy Institute for its inaugural lecture!

Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. This talk will give my perspectives on this challenge in general terms and on how nanoscience and new nano-materials may contribute to addressing this challenge.
presented by:

Mildred Dresselhaus, PhD Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thursday, November 7
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
HUB Lyceum
Reception and drinks to follow

About Professor Mildred Dresselhaus

Professor Mildred Dresselhaus is currently one of twenty-three Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Physics. Her research has covered a wide range of problems in the physics of solids with special attention to nanoscience and its relevance to energy-related applications. Professor Dresselhaus has published over 1600 papers and has also made numerous influential contributions to graphite, graphite intercalation compounds, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and nanostructured thermoelectrics. 
Professor Dresselhaus was presented numerous awards over the years, including the National Medal of Science in 1990 in recognition of her work on electronic properties of materials as well as expanding the opportunities of women in science and engineering; the 11th Annual Heinz Award in 2005 in the category of Technology, the Economy and Employment; the Oersted Medal in 2008; the Enrico Fermi Award in 2012 (along with Burton Richter); and the Kavli Prize in 2012 “for her pioneering contributions to the study of phonons, electron-phonon interactions, and thermal transport in nanostructures”; and the 2013 International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Achievement Award.
Professor Dresselhaus has been a prominent leader in promoting science and technology. She has served as President of the American Physical Society, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and treasurer of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Dresselhaus was the Director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy between 2000 and 2001, and the Chair of the governing board of the American Institute of Physics between 2003 and 2008. Professor Dresselhaus has also devoted a lifetime effort to promote increased participation of women in science and engineering. In 2010, Professor Dresselhaus won the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.

More Information
  Clean Energy Institute  |   |  |  206-543-5964

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Honors Study Abroad Options for 2014

During 2014-2015 Honors will offer faculty-led programs in New Zealand, Amsterdam, Rome & Venice, Spain, and Oxford; and direct exchanges to Argentina, Germany, Netherlands, and Tokyo. ALL students are welcome to apply.  Credit available includes Honors core credit (areas of knowledge designated) as well as departmental credits (program specific, please see individual program websites below). All Honors cores designations carry the related Areas of Knowledge designations.  Also, Honors prefix courses are designated "W" credit. 
"New Zealand: Community and Environmental Health"

"Rome to Venice: Mediterranean Crossings"
Information Sessions: 
Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 12:30pm in MGH 211B (Honors Seminar Room)
Tuesday, Jan. 14th at 3:30pm in MGH 211B (Honors Seminar Room)
Application due January 17, 2014

"Oxford: Debates of Science and the Humanities" 

Oxford, England, Summer B Term 2014 
Tuesday, Dec. 3rd at 12:30pm in MGH 211B (Honors Seminar Room)
Tuesday, Jan. 7th at 12:30pm in MGH 211B (Honors Seminar Room)
Application due January 17, 2014.

"Crime, Law and Justice in Comparative Perspective"
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Summer A Term 2014 (a program offered through Honors and LSJ!)
Information Sessions:
Monday, Dec. 2nd at 3:00pm in MGH 211E (Honors Library)
Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 1:00pm in MGH 211E (Honors Library)
Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 1:00pm in MGH 211B (Honors Seminar Room)
Tuesday, Jan. 21st at 1:00pm in MGH 211B (Honors Seminar Room)
Application due January 24, 2014

"Spain: Wild Places and Forest Lands in Spain: International Environmental Law and Land Management"
Spain, Exploration Seminar 2014 (offered through Honors, Program on the Environment, and the School of Law)
More information about the information session TBA!
Application due March 1, 2014

Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Tokyo

Wednesday, November 6th, 12:30 - 1:30pm in MGH 206.

Application due November 15, 2013

UW Electrical Engineering Graduate Program Information Sessions

The Department of Electrical Engineering will be hosting information sessions for prospective students interested in the EE Daytime Graduate Program (MS & PhD).  Information sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, November 6th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, room AE 108 Paul Allen Center 
  • Tuesday, November 26th, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, room 303 Electrical Engineering Building

Employer Conversations: “Are you LinkedIn? Social Media Musts”

Hear from a panel of employer representatives about how to harness the power of social media to super-charge your job search, and also how to avoid some of the online pitfalls that can cause candidates to stumble.  Employers will address many themes related to social media plus students will have a chance to ask questions and network with representatives.  All are welcome & no RSVP/pre-registration is necessary!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
HUB 145

Participating employers include Starbucks, Razorfish, JCPenney and Dell.

Sponsored by the Career Center.  Connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and/or Twitter!

eScience Seminar with Clark Gaylord (VTTI); Wednesday, November 6th, 4:00 PM, Sieg Hall, Room 233

Please join the eScience Institute Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 pm in *SIEG HALL Room 233*. Refreshments will be provided.

*Clark Gaylord (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute):*

Data-intensive Scientific Workflow and “Big Data” in Transportation Research

The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study is a cornerstone of transportation safety research, led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). VTTI researchers innovated the naturalistic driving study methodology, and previous VTTI efforts, for example the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "100 Car" study, have made ground-breaking contributions to the field of transportation safety. The SHRP2 study observes over 3,000 participants in their normal day-to-day driving to understand how the driver interacts with and adapts to the vehicle, traffic environment, roadway characteristics, traffic control devices, and the environment. The study concludes data collection in December 2013, resulting in a repository of over 1.5PB of heterogeneous data, with expected useful life of over 20 years.

In this talk, we will discuss the data challenges of naturalistic driving studies and peta-scale data-intensive science. These data in various ways satisfy the "volume, velocity, and variety" we often associate with "Big Data", while at the same time being gathered in a rather "data collection hostile" environment. This presents some unique challenges not only of scale but data management and quality. The infrastructure to manage and analyze these data are as varied as the data, with peta-scale cluster file systems, parallel databases, and compute clusters. Mr Gaylord will describe various aspects of these challenges and how they are addressed, from VTTI's data center architecture to data models, as well as sharing some "lessons learned". The design of VTTI's scalable "agent-based" workflow engine will also be described in some detail.


Mr. Clark Gaylord is the chief information officer for the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and director of VTTI's data center operations. He is the principal architect of VTTI's "Scientific Data Warehouse", integrating high-performance computing, parallel database, and peta-scale file system technologies to enable VTTI's data-intensive scientific research. Since 2008, Mr. Gaylord has led VTTI's strategic direction for information technology, data center infrastructure, "Big Data" data management and analysis.

Mr. Gaylord has been at Virginia Tech in various capacities for over twenty years and has held several roles of IT leadership. Prior to joining VTTI, he was IT Operations Lead with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Lead Research Engineer with Virginia Tech's Telecommunications Auxiliary.

VTTI's was the recipient of CIO Magazine's "CIO 100" award in 2012 for the effective use of large scale data intensive and high performance computing infrastructure.

Postings from the Coop Office for EE Students

Check out and apply for the current EE job opportunities available to you this week.
If you missed the big career fair last week, don't worry! The Co-op and Internship program has many pending job postings  in addition to the ones listed below. So stay tuned and don't miss a deadline!
Speaking of dead lines, LiveRamp  is hiring students in EE and the last day to submit your resume is October 30th (Tomorrow)! Also, applications for Planetary Resources, Micron Technology, and Fog Creek Software end November 1st. 

One last reminder: Samsung Night is tomorrow at 5:30pm in EEB 303. Find out what you can do at their company. 

Other events to note:
11/5 - AT&T @5:30
11/6 - Leviton @5:30

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Employer Panel - Employers Seeking Veterans (11/7/13)

Employer Panel: Employers Seeking Veterans
Thursday, November 7th
HUB, Rm 214, UW Seattle Campus

Our guest employers are: Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, Alaska Airlines and KPMG.
This moderated panel will give veteran students and alumni the opportunity to hear first-hand from employer representatives about succeeding in today's job market, what networking is all about, and how to best translate military experience into the civilian workplace.
Please join us! No pre-registration required.

Questions? Contact