Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tableau Open Session Interviews - We're Hiring!

On a mission to help people see and understand data.

Put together an Academy-Award winning professor, a brilliant computer scientist at the world's most prestigious university, and a savvy business leader with a passion for data. Add in one of the most challenging problems in software - making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. You have just recreated the fundamental ingredients for Tableau. Tableau Software is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world, with nearly 100% annual sales growth.  We make fast analytics and visualization products that help people see and understand data of any size or format. Our software is for anyone with data and questions!

Open Session Interviews
As Tableau continues to grow at a rapid pace, we are actively hiring talented Technical Support and Tier-4 Engineering professionals to join our team. If you are a natural problem solver, passionate about customers, curious about technology and systems, and driven to succeed, we’d love to meet you!

We are hosting open session interviews at our office in Seattle on February 11th. If you are interested in attending, and learning more about our support roles, please submit your resume to us here.

Opportunities Available
·         Technical Support Engineer (Seattle, WA or Kirkland, WA) - In this mid-level Technical Support role, you will work primarily with enterprise customers of Tableau’s server and core server products, proactively assisting them with post-sales installation, configuration and set up tasks. Responsibilities include triaging and resolving highly complex, technical, and application-related issues which impact product performance in customer-specific environments, or issues that directly hamper a broader customer adoption of Tableau products.

·         Senior Technical Support Engineer (Seattle, WA or Kirkland, WA) - This role must ramp up quickly in knowledge of Tableau’s Desktop and Server Products, including licensing, activation-related installation specifications/settings, and configuration requirements for optimal product performance. In addition to working with customers, the Senior Technical Support Engineer will routinely partner with our Development, Sustaining Engineering and Sales Engineering organizations to resolve support issues, document bugs, provide UAT on product builds, and ensure that new and newly upgraded server installations are successful.

·         Tier-4 Engineer (Seattle, WA or Kirkland, WA) - As members of Tableau’s development organization, Tier-4 Engineers are responsible for ‘deep-dive’ technical investigations into some of our customer’s most complex technical problems. Investigations are often performed in collaboration with our customers, technical support engineers, and other members of the development team. Tier-4 Engineers build expertise in Tableau’s products, associated technologies and customer environments.  They apply knowledge of product architecture, source code, and scientific methodology to understand and resolve problems. This is a great role for people who have a passion for turning complex issues and questions into straight-forward solutions and have a background in software engineering, QA and/or application support.

Why Should You Attend
With a culture founded on breakthrough innovations built by people who have a passion for helping people, this is just our beginning. Now we're growing like crazy and looking for great people to join our crew. We value work/life balance, efficiency, simplicity, freakishly friendly customer service, and making a difference in the world. 

To learn more about Tableau’s culture:
To hear directly from our customers and employees:

We are a rapidly growing company with local offices in Fremont and Kirkland. We have many openings for talented people in all areas of our company. In Technical Support we are constantly recruiting for recent college graduates to fill our entry level Technical Support Specialist positions (job description attached). We look for people with a passion for technology who love solving problems and receive satisfaction from helping people. Strong candidates have excellent customer service, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, are teachable, and good team players. Any support related experience they may have picked up either part or full time is a plus. To get an idea of all open positions, please visit our careers page at

PhD Preview at USC: Spring REACH Application Now Open

Greetings from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.  We hope this letter finds you well.

The application is now open for our spring REACH event for prospective Ph.D. students taking place April 3-4, 2014 in Los Angeles.

REACH brings to the University of Southern California campus talented students from all over the U.S. and Canada who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in an engineering field. This event is particularly geared toward students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field of engineering: African-American, Latino and Native American. Female students are also highly encouraged to apply. Travel expenses to and from Los Angeles, hotel lodging, and meals are subsidized by the Viterbi School.

Juniors with a background in engineering, mathematics or a physical science (such as physics, chemistry or biology) are invited to apply to the spring REACH event. As a selected participant, students will attend presentations by faculty about doctoral research opportunities; tour the USC campus and the engineering facilities; meet with current students to learn about graduate student life; and attend workshops on applying for Ph.D. admission and funding graduate study. This experience will provide participants a unique opportunity to gain valuable tools and resources to prepare for application to doctoral programs upon graduation. (Please note: Only citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens are eligible to apply)

Interested students can visit the REACH webpage for more information and to submit an application to attend the event. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2014.

WA residents - Undergrad scholarships/ Leadership 1000 Scholarship Now Available!

The Leadership 1000 scholarship application is located on our website, and must be submitted by March 31, 2014. 
The Leadership 1000 Scholarship is $2,500 to $5,000 per year, for students who need assistance attending an eligible four-year college or university in Washington Sate.  Please take a moment to review the eligibility criteria on our website if you have students who may be eligible. 
For more information or questions about the Leadership 1000 Scholarship please contact Lauren Hardin at or 1.877.655.4097.
We have other scholarships available throughout the year in addition to the Leadership 1000 Scholarship. To learn more about another scholarship opportunity that is currently open, please visit our website.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

EE 399 Spring 2014 Introduction to Semiconductors and Devices

Instructor: Tai-chang Chen
SLN: 13069
MWF 1030-1120

This class offers a thorough introduction to the physical properties of semiconductors and semiconductor devices.   It covers a review of the fundamental material science concepts, solid state physics, the properties of semiconductors, including energy bands, carrier concentrations, and conduction in more detail.  Then the class will introduce the principles of operations of the semiconductor devices, such as diodes, junction field effect transistors, and solar cells.
This class builds a solid physical concepts required for the understanding of semiconductor devices. Students will obtain a good foundation for higher level electronics and circuits related courses.
The structure of the class includes, weekly three one-hour lectures, weekly homeworks, midterms and one final.  There is no lab element for this class.

Prerequisite: EE 233. 

Tillman Military Scholars program - application opening Feb. 7 & upcoming UW info sessions

Application opens Feb. 7! Applications due March 6! UW information sessions Feb. 11, 12, 19!

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. This is accomplished with the Tillman Military Scholars (TMS) program which purpose is to identify high-impact active or veteran servicemembers and their spouses and invest in their higher education, covering the needs left unpaid for by the GI Bill and other government support. The scholarship funds awarded are just a portion of the TMS experience which also focuses on guiding an engaged community and providing essential resources that empower Scholars to serve and lead in their local communities and ease the transition from military to civilian life.

Since its inception, 290 Tillman Military Scholars representing 34 states and attending 85 institutions nationwide have been awarded over $4.6 million. This year, 75 new Tillman Military Scholars join Current and Network Tillman Military Scholars both online and in‐person at the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit and subsequent regional gatherings throughout the U.S., as well as at Pat’s Run each April.

The Tillman Military Scholars application will open on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2014.

UW information sessions:
·         Tuesday, Feb. 11, 12:30-1:20pm, online webinar – reserve your seat for this online session at
·         Wednesday, Feb. 12, 3:30-4:20pm, in-person session, MGH 171 – RSVP at
·         Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4:30-5:20pm, online webinar – reserve your seat for this online session at

Eligibility Requirements:
·         Veteran and active duty military servicemembers
o   Of both pre- and post-9/11 service
o   From all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, including service in the National Guard and Reserve
·         Spouses of active or veteran servicemembers
o   Including surviving spouses
·         Servicemember or spouse seeking assistance to pursue an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree as a full-time student at a public or private, 4-year U.S.-based accredited institution

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
·         Educational and career ambitions
·         Record of military service (or service as a spouse); motivation for serving
·         Record of personal achievement
·         Demonstration of service to others in the community
·         Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community
·         Leadership potential
·         Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

Please for complete details and online application beginning Feb. 7.

UW is a TMS University Partner. Information for UW applicants is at

Several UW advisers are available to assist students in applying for the Tillman Scholarship.

UW contacts for application assistance:
UW-Seattle & Tacoma Undergraduate applicants:
Robin Chang, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall, 206-543-2603

UW-Seattle & Tacoma Graduate applicants:
Marilyn Gray, Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards
G-1 Communications, 206-543-7152

UW-Bothell applicants:
Natalia Dyba
Global Initiatives & Merit Scholarships
UW1-186, 425-352-3261

UW Veterans Services Contacts:
Tim Wold, Director, Veterans Center
520 Schmitz Hall, 206-685-2065

Rosa Lundborg
Manager, Veterans Services & Disability Resources for Students
UW1-170, 425-352-5307

Andrea Coker-Anderson
Registrar and Office of Veteran and Military Services
MAT 253E/MAT 206, 253-692-5723 or

Monday, February 3, 2014

STEM Mentors

I am Brian Malen and am the director of communication for the STEM Mentors student organization. We are looking for new members to join. We are a student organization that will be going to local high schools and talking to students about STEM, promoting interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among students who are looking for a field to study.  

We are having a Kick-Off meeting on February 5th at 6 pm in Thomson 335, all are invited. You can find more information about us on our website listed below. If you have more questions you can contact me at

Brian Malen
Director of Communication, STEM Mentors