Monday, December 21, 2015

New Study Abroad Scholarships for STEM Majors

UW Study Abroad is excited to announce new scholarships for STEM majors studying abroad in the 2016-17 academic year.

The first scholarship, GO! STEMXchange, offers up to $5000 to STEM majors participating in a departmental or university-wide exchange program. Washington State residents eligible for financial aid (students do not have to be Pell Grant eligible) may apply. Visit the UW Global Opportunities website in winter quarter for more information.

The next scholarship, the Dow Chemical Foundation student exchange fund, will provide up to $5000 to UW students participating in a departmental or university-wide exchange to Asia. Special consideration is given to STEM majors. For additional information and criteria, visit our endowed scholarships page.

We are also excited to offer 1-2 scholarships to UW students participating in the exchange to the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. While this exchange is open to all majors, our exchanges in NZ and Australia often attract students in the sciences (fun fact: our #1 major for students studying in Australia is Biology!).

Please encourage your students to apply to university-wide exchanges by the January 15 deadline. If they have questions about scholarship eligibility or deadlines, please have them get in touch with us at

UW Study Abroad - 2016-17 Exchange Application Deadline

Greetings from UW Study Abroad.

Are you interested in studying Marine Biology in Australia? How about Business and Asian Studies in Japan? Or maybe Engineering in Germany?

With 55 direct exchange programs in 27 countries, UW has numerous overseas opportunities for students in a variety of majors. Most of the exchanges are available as either semester or year-long programs.

Applications for 2016-17 exchange programs are due on January 15.

UW Study Abroad is also excited to announce several endowed scholarships for exchanges and a new scholarship for students participating in the University of Canterbury exchange in New Zealand. Visit our scholarships page to learn more.  

For more information, visit or stop by 459 Schmitz Hall between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. daily.

E-mail us at with your questions.

Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society

Are you a junior, or do you have junior standing?

Do you have a cumulative 3.3 GPA or above?

Do you exemplify scholarship, leadership, and service?

THEN apply to become a member of
Mortar Board’s UW Tolo Chapter!

What is Mortar Board?

It’s a national college senior honor society for exemplary students like 

Each year up to 40 juniors are chosen to become members of Mortar Board, one of the UW’s highest student honors. Students are selected on the basis of outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Become part of Mortar Board’s Generations of Excellence, who include famous alumni such as Condoleezza Rice, Drew Brees, and UW alumna Mary Gates. Enjoy lifelong friendships, endless volunteer opportunities, and a memorable senior year!

What are you waiting for?

Applications open December 21th!!!

Want more information? Check out the links below!

Chapter website with application information:
National Website:

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Master of Applied Bioengineering program

The Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB) integrates engineering design and entrepreneurship education to address unresolved clinical issues. MAB students will begin their 12-month program with a clinical preceptorship, during which they learn to identify unmet needs. The students will  gain the skills to design marketable solutions in the year-long biodesign series, and the program culminates in a summer.

This year we have a rolling application cycle beginning December 2015 for Autumn 2016 (late August) Admission. The Priority Application Deadline for domestic and international applicants is January 31, 2016. The Final Application Deadline is March 15, 2016. The MAB application materials can be found here.

Competitive candidates will have a B.S. or higher in an engineering, biological, physical or applied scientific discipline, strong academic performance, and academic background aligned with one of our technical concentration areas: Medical Imaging, Molecular Bioengineering and Biomaterials. We also expect students to have some experience in research or design, be self-motivated, and have evidence of good teamwork and communication skills. Qualified domestic and international students are encouraged to apply by the Priority Application Deadline.

More information about the program can be found online here. Please share these materials with Electrical Engineering students who you think would benefit from this Master of Applied Bioengineering program. Any questions can be directed to me, the MAB Academic Counselor at

Jobs and Internships at MIT Lincoln Lab in Advanced Undersea Systems and Technology Group

MIT Lincoln Laboratory just spun up an undersea-specific group and are looking to hire soon-to-graduate students at all levels (Ph.D, Masters, and Bachelors) for full time positions, as well as summer Graduate student interns. Group details and job descriptions are below. 

Job descriptions are below, and also available on the employment opportunity website:

Requisition numbers: (Ph.D. full time - 1537, MS full time - 1505 , Bachelors full time - 2003, Graduate summer interns - 2107)

For all positions, the following applies:

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.


Group description:
The Advanced Undersea Systems and Technology Group works with the U.S. Navy and other sponsors within the Department of Defense (DoD) to perform rigorous systems analyses;  create new system architectures; and develop acoustic and non-acoustic multi-domain sensor concepts, autonomous capabilities, signal processing techniques, and  undersea networks and communication system concepts. This work addresses the DoD's increasingly important need to enhance its capabilities in surveillance and communications via undersea systems. The technical staff hold advanced degrees in electrical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, ocean engineering, and computer science. The group conducts parametric analysis, field testing, and data collection to prove new concepts and collaborates closely with other groups within the Air, Missile and Maritime Defense Technology Division and throughout the Laboratory.

For the full time staff, the job description is:
The Advanced Undersea Systems and Technology Group is in search of a candidate that is skilled at defining and evaluating technical approaches to solve problems important to the undersea domain. The group is considering candidates capable of contributing in several of the following areas: signal processing and detection, parameter estimation, model development for evaluating algorithms and undersea architectures, physics-based analysis and engineering assessment, and multi-domain prototyping.  Candidates must be able to work well within a team and collaborate with experienced technical staff to refine problem statements as well as work independently to perform analysis, develop candidate solutions, and implement methodologies to evaluate the utility of candidate solutions. Candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

For the summer interns, the job description is:
MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Advanced Undersea Systems and Technology Group seeks a summer intern to be involved in supporting development of advanced acoustic signal processing techniques. In particular,  the reassigned spectrogram (or time-corrected instantaneous-frequency spectrogram) is a spectral analysis tool often used to determine the precise instantaneous frequencies and associated times of occurrence of spectral components in an acquired signal of interest. It has been described in the literature as an effective method of analysis for, among other things, human speech, animal communications, and music. In this project, we would like to explore various aspects of the reassigned spectrogram including efficient implementations, display methods (specifically artifact removal/de-noising), and extensions to the analysis of other non-stationary signals.

Tenure Track Positions in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

UMBC’s Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering invites applications for three tenure-track Assistant Professor positions to begin in Fall 2016. Exceptionally strong candidates for higher ranks may be considered. Applicants must have or be completing a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, have demonstrated the ability to pursue a research program, and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Candidates will be expected to build and lead a team of student researchers, obtain external research support and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.
All areas of specialization will be considered, but we are especially interested in candidates in the following areas: information assurance and cybersecurity; mobile, wearable and IoT systems; big data with an emphasis on machine learning, analytics, and high-performance computing; knowledge and database systems; hardware systems and experimental methods in circuits, devices, VLSI, FPGA, and sensors; cyber-physical systems; low-power systems; biomedical and healthcare systems; and methods and tools for hardware-software co-design.
The CSEE department is energetic, research-oriented and multi-disciplinary with programs in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Cybersecurity. Our faculty (34 tenure-track, six teaching and 15 research) enjoy collaboration, working across our specializations as well as with colleagues from other STEM, humanities and the arts departments and external partners. We have 1500 undergraduate CS and CE majors and 400 M.S. and Ph.D. students in our CS, CE, EE and Cybersecurity graduate programs. We have awarded 276 PhDs since our establishment in 1986. Our research supported by a growing and diverse portfolio from government and industrial sponsors with over $5M in yearly research expenditures. We work to help new colleagues be successful by providing startup packages, reduced teaching loads and active mentoring.
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. We are dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning. The 2015 US News and World Report Best Colleges report placed UMBC fourth in the Most Innovative National Universities category and sixth in Best Undergraduate Teaching, National Universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education named UMBC as a Great College to Work For, a recognition given to only 86 universities. Our strategic location in the Baltimore-Washington corridor puts us close to many important federal laboratories and agencies and high-tech companies, facilitating interactions, collaboration, and opportunities for sabbaticals and visiting appointments.
UMBC’s campus is located on 500 acres just off I-95 between Baltimore and Washington DC, and less than 10 minutes from the BWI airport and Amtrak station. The campus includes the bwtech@UMBC research and technology park, which has special programs for startups focused on cybersecurity, clean energy, life sciences and training. We are surrounded by one of the greatest concentrations of commercial, cultural and scientific activity in the nation. Located at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore has all the advantages of modern, urban living, including professional sports, major art galleries, theaters and a symphony orchestra. The city’s famous Inner Harbor area is an exciting center for entertainment and commerce. The nation’s capital, Washington, DC, is a great tourist attraction with its historical monuments and museums. Just ten minutes from downtown Baltimore and 30 from the D.C. Beltway, UMBC offers easy access to the region’s resources by car or public transportation.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, a brief statement of teaching and research experience and interests, a CV, and three letters of recommendation at Interfolio. Applications received by January 15, 2016 are assured full consideration and those received later will be evaluated as long as the positions remain open. Send questions to and see the CSEE jobs page for more information.
We are committed to inclusive excellence and innovation and welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. UMBC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Control Systems Lead for JLL (Kent, WA)

Position : Control Systems Lead  ( CSL )   Permanent full time with benefits                                  
Please email resumes to
Please be sure to include a current phone number on resumes
Contact :  Debbie Korber 847 463 6483

The Control Systems Lead (CSL) is responsible for providing Subject Matter Expert support within the 24x7 fulfillment center operations. The primary focus is on maintaining, advanced troubleshooting and modifying material handling equipment (MHE) control systems equipment to ensure operational performance of the MHE equipment including Conveyors, Sortation Systems, Hi Speed Scanners, Cameras, Print & Apply System and SCADA Devices & Programs.

Principle Duties & Responsibilities:
• Maintain, troubleshoot and modify PLC ladder logic for MHE systems including PLC/PC Controllers and industrial networks such as Ethernet, ControlNet, Device Net, Profibus, motor control systems,
•Servo drives, variable frequency drives and electrical distribution systems.
•Act as escalation support for the control systems technician team; appropriately escalate downtime situations to vendors or headquarters for support to restore equipment operation.
• Monitor MHE Metrics and partner with facilities/client operations teams to deploy system performance improvements within the fulfillment center
• Apply subject matter expertise in MHE and electronic systems to maximize equipment availability to production
• Perform and utilize fulfillment center system assessments to identify opportunities in improving utilization of systems/equipment.
•Partner with facility operations leadership, equipment vendors and parts suppliers to plan and coordinate new technology installations. Act as the technical consultant for capital projects within the building.
•Work within the cross site network to provide support and guidance for other fulfillment centers.
•May require the need to dial into other fulfillment centers and may require minimal travel.
•Communicate technical issues and project timeline with building leadership, operations and the maintenance team. Explain production impacts and work closely with operations and engineering to ensure a thorough understanding of impact to systems.
•Develop system documentation and Standard Work instruction for the operations team thus minimizing the risk of downtime caused by human error from the maintenance and operations team.
• Develop and/or maintain training documentation on relevant control systems. Provide training on control Systems to technicians.
• Develop maintenance procedures to maximize the usable life of assets and provide the greatest equipment availability to production

•Must have demonstrated recent experience using RSLogix 5000 to troubleshoot, program and modify PLC code. Lack of RSLogix5000 will disqualify the candidate for this role.
•Experience with Robotics systems components
•Ability to maintain, troubleshoot and modify program HMI components
•Ability to maintain, troubleshoot and modify the following: PLC failures, device failures, Robotics systems components, Control Network components, HMI components, Motor Controls and starters, VFD’s and standard electrical components
•Industrial electrical hands on experience and troubleshooting of 24VDC up to 480V 3phase systems.
•Experience and understanding of messaging protocols within a Warehouse Management System software as well as Warehouse Control Systems.
• Strong reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills
•Ability to Interpret and modify mechanical/electrical drawings and P&ID's
•Ability to identify, maintain and utilize SCADA Systems and KPI's
• Ability and willingness to train other employees with lesser skills
• Able to access all areas and levels of the facility
• Ability to interpret, understand and design policies & procedures and relate them to others.
• Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field or equivalent experience
•Systems Controls knowledge and programming experience using RSlogix5000
• Field Service Engineering Experience
• Systems Trainer or training experience
• Experience with a wide range of conveying and sortation’s systems
•Experience with advance automation control systems
•Experience with industrial robotics
• Project Management experience

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Space Remaining: Great 1-credit Research Exposed course!

Research Exposed! (GEN ST 391 D) offers undergraduates an opportunity to learn about current, exciting research in a wide variety of disciplines, including the process of discovery, how faculty come up with an idea for research, how inquiry is structured in the different disciplines, and how students can become involved in the knowledge-making process.

Presentations by UW faculty from diverse fields focus on their own cutting-edge research and how undergraduates can get involved in the knowledge-making process at this research university. Students attend weekly, fifty-minute discussions and have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions following each presentation. This course may be repeated for credit (1 credit/quarter-3 quarters max); speakers and topics will vary.

See the UW Time Schedule entry. Also, feel free to join us for any lecture of interest as the course is open to the public. Winter speaker schedule is available here.

Part-Time Web Developer Sought for

Seeking part-time Web services application development help!  eSwing Golf Technologies, LLC ( is a WA startup company, based in West Seattle.  The company has developed and patented an electronic golf swing analyzer (called eSwing) that incorporates arrays of infrared and ultrasonic sensors to “see” the golf club head at ball impact during a golf swing.  These sensors accurately measure swing tempo, club speed, face angle and club path angle during the swing which are calculated within eSwing’s PIC micro-controller and displayed on eSwing’s LCD as immediate feedback for the player.  Hardware initialization and captured swing data are sent wirelessly (using Bluetooth LE communications) between eSwing’s hardware and an android mobile application to trigger and control eSwing’s sensors and firmware and to display captured swing data and ball flight trajectory on the mobile device.
eSwing’s current website has been developed in Parse.  Specific development help that we need to produce MVP features includes:
1.      Develop a Parse database that will link to the “My eSwing” navigation tab on eSwing’s website.
2.      Create tables and fields within the DB tables to save/access player records, player clubs, shot and transaction data.
3.      Develop website backend code to receive and save shot data packets sent into the cloud from the mobile app and to access and send saved data from within the DB that the mobile application requires.
4.      Create a couple of “basic” reports that will be available for players to access, replay and receive analytics and metrics from captured player swing data.
If you’re interested in this project, please contact Rick Plank, Founder/CEO, at 206.619.2266 or by email at  for additional details.  Salary/Equity and future FT employment opportunity may be available depending on experience, demonstrated abilities and interest.