Friday, June 13, 2014

Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS) Graduate Leadership Program

UW Graduate and Professional Students:

Are you looking for opportunities to give back to your community and collaborate across disciplines to address real-world problems? If so, we invite you to apply to the Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS) - a leadership program hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and supported in part by the UW Graduate School.

ELISS is a year-long, extra-curricular program that will boost your leadership skills and introduce you to systems-based thinking and community-building in the context of complex, real-world problems. You’ll work with peers from a variety of disciplines and campuses (Purdue, UPenn, and Stanford) to engage your community and to inform dialogue about the challenges that face modern society. Our current theme areas include Health & Well-being and Energy & Environment.

ELISS fellows donate an average of 5 hours per week to program activities, including the team project, leadership skill development, and organizational development. ELISS pays for all training and ELISS-related travel. This is a volunteer opportunity and therefore does not provide a stipend or funding for your graduate research.

Since addressing complex challenges requires expertise from all fields -  including natural and social sciences, professional fields, arts & humanities, engineering, and more -  we welcome applicants from all disciplines. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program through at least December 2015.

For more information or to apply, please visit Step 1 of the application must be completed no later than  June 20, 2014. If you have questions, please email us at

Cyan James (Public Health Genetics)
Eva Linh (Pharmacy)
Chantz Thomas (Chemistry)
Amber Trout (Built Environment)

UW ELISS Fellows | 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Undergraduate Major Concentration Area in Photonics Added

The department has approved an additional undergraduate major concentration area in Photonics.

In this area we investigate physics, material science, devices, and systems involving light, for applications including imaging, sensing, energy, biology, medicine, and next generation information technology. The scientific work in the photonics field ranges from fundamental quantum optics in nanostructures to technological innovations in devices and systems applied to optical communications. The capstone course emphasizes on learning various photonic technologies, where the students will get familiarized with the fundamental and advanced optical components by an optical system design project.

Required Courses:
EE 331 (5 cr.)
EE 361 (5 cr.)
EE 399 Intro to Semiconductors and Devices (3 cr.) or EE 482 (4 cr.)
EE 465 (4 cr.) or EE 332 (5 cr.)
EE 485 (4 cr.)
EE 488 (*4 cr.)

Suggested elective courses: EE 481 (4 cr.) (W), EE 433 (5 cr.) (F)

Example of a 2-year course plan:
Year 1: EE 215 (F), EE 233 (W), EE331 and EE 361 (Sp)
Year 2: EE 399/482 (F), EE 485 and EE332/465 (W), EE 488 (Sp)

The capstone course will be offered for the first time in Spring 2015:

EE 488 Photonics Design Capstone (4)

Design of optical and optoelectronic devices using fundamental principles of photonics. Recent advances in contemporary research. Construction of microscopes or spectrometers. Involves a major design experience. Prerequisite: E E 485. 

Position available Samsung Electro-Mechanics

Position(Job) Title:
Software Engineer
Image Processing Lab. Seattle Center

Company Overview:
Samsung Electro-Mechanics America Inc ( HQ is in Suwon, Korea)
Bellevue, WA
Basic function:
Design and development of front-end user-machine interface for industrial machine vision systems
Responsibilities to be taken:

To develop system software for machine vision systems using C/C++/C#
To develop database to be used in inspection systems
To optimize the performance using parallel processing, SSE, and/or code optimization
To test algorithm performance

Experience and
Strong C/C++/C# programming skills
Fluent in development of GUIs that handles images and graphics with basic knowledge in image processing
Fundamental understanding of digital circuit and/or computer architecture
Experience in database interface programming preferred
Experience in parallel processing, code optimization, and SSE (Streaming SIMD Extension), and/or CUDA preferred
Experience in script languages (e.g., Python or Perl) for testing preferred
Experience in device driver development and testing preferred

Personal Skills/
Attributes/ Qualifications:
BS/MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline
Excellent communication skills


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Coop with Mathworks

EMPLOYER:  MathWorks
TITLE:  Application Support Engineer Internship
STATUS:  All students (F-1 visa acceptable)
MAJOR:  Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering
LEVEL:     Senior, Master’s

Coop with Spiration

EMPLOYER:  Spiration, Inc.
JOB TITLE:  Engineering Intern/Co-op
WORK PERIOD:  Summer through Autumn
STATUS: All students (F-1 visa status OK)
MAJORS:  Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Bioengineering
LEVEL:  All levels except freshmen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MATLAB Seminars at University of Washington June 19th

MathWorks would like invite you to a pair of free technical seminars being held at the University of Washington – Seattle Campus on Thursday June 19th, in HUB rom 332.

Please register if you plan to attend either or both sessions so we can plan accordingly for seating and hand outs:

Topics and agendas are:

9:45 – 10:00 AM Registration and sign-in. Walk ins are welcome.

10:00 AM – Noon – Session 1:

Introduction to MATLAB for Non-programmers

In this session, you will learn how MATLAB can be used to visualize and analyze data, perform numerical computations, and develop algorithms. Through live demonstrations and examples, you will see how MATLAB can help you become more effective. This session is targeted for new to MATLAB users. However, experienced MATLAB users may also benefit from the session, as the engineer will be covering some tips and tricks from the newer releases of MATLAB.

Highlights include:

Accessing data from many sources (files, other software, hardware, etc.)
Using interactive tools for iterative exploration, design, and problem solving
Automating and capturing your work in easy-to-write scripts and programs
Sharing your results with others by automatically creating reports

We’ll end the session with open Q&A

No prior knowledge of MATLAB is required.


1:15 – 1:30 PM Registration and sign-in. Walk ins are welcome.

1:30 – 3:30 PM – Session 2:

Programming with MATLAB

In this session, you will learn more about programming capabilities in MATLAB and to learn how to be more productive working with MATLAB.  MATLAB is a high-level language that includes mathematical functions for solving engineering and scientific problems.  You can produce immediate results by interactively executing commands one at a time.  However, MATLAB also provides features of traditional programming languages, including flow control, error handling, and object-oriented programming (OOP). 

Topics covered will include:

Basics of the MATLAB programming language
Building robust, maintainable functions
Tools for efficient program development
Using objects and authoring classes in MATLAB

We’ll end the session with open Q&A

Users with some prior MATLAB knowledge or other programming experience will benefit most from this session.

EIP Presidential Scholars Program open - Deadline 7.7.14

Deadline: Monday, July 7, 2014

Program Benefits
·         Scholarship Award (amount will be based on current funding levels – previous awards have ranged from $3,500 - $4,500)
·         Year-long undergraduate research seminar and presentation opportunities
·         One-on-one pre-graduate advising and graduate application preparation
·         Multidisciplinary research community

·         Affiliated with the Early Identification Program (easy to become affiliated – just email us at to set up a quick appointment!)
·         Minimum 3.0 GPA
·         Minimum 125 credits completed as of Spring Quarter 2014
·         At least one full academic year remaining before graduating
·         Plans to conduct undergraduate research all three quarters of the 2014-15 academic year
·         Plans to pursue graduate school
·         All majors are encouraged to apply!

More information is available at and all questions can be directed to