Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Graduate Internship Opportunity at Disney Research

Disney Research Pittsburgh has a number of internship positions that are immediately available in our Wireless Systems group. Candidates should be currently enrolled in a PhD program in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline. Early application is encouraged, as positions are available throughout the year.

The Wireless Systems group focuses on enabling new guest experiences and sensing and computing devices by applying novel approaches to electromagnetics, RF and analog circuits, and embedded systems, while utilizing advanced signal processing and machine learning techniques. Interns can expect a creative and challenging academic style lab environment, where an interdisciplinary group of researchers work on problems relevant to Disney’s business needs.

We have opportunities for internships in a variety of topics, including:
  • Ubiquitous computing and sensing
  • Wireless power transfer
  • Technologies for human-computer interaction
  •  Energy harvesting for wearable and IoT applications
  • Active radio sensing based on USRPs
  • Devices, circuits, and radio systems
Applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills and a strong background in programming. Other desirable skills include: RF and analog circuit design, antenna design, experience programming microcontrollers and embedded systems, machine learning, as well as hands on experience hacking, prototyping, and testing hardware.

Interested candidates should submit their CV to: For further information, please contact Dr. Alanson Sample ( Please use subject line: DRP-WS-2015.

Disney Research is a network of research labs offering the best attributes of academia and industry. We highly encourage publication, as it is our principal mechanism to ensure top quality research results. We also encourage engagement with the global research community through university collaborations and leadership service in top-tier research conferences. We work actively with business units of The Walt Disney Company at all stages of research, from conception to commercialization—where results may be enjoyed by an audience of millions. Disney Research Pittsburgh is co-located with Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of Prof. Jessica Hodgins.

More information about the available Intern positions can be found at:

Travel scholarships for your Computer Science/Engineering Japanese-English bilingual students

DISCO International, organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English speaking students, will be holding the San Francisco Career Forum on February 20th and 21st. Due to the large number of IT/engineering firms hiring at the event, we encourage Japanese-English bilinguals with a background in computer science/engineering to apply for a travel scholarship. High priority will be given to candidates in these fields.
Further travel scholarship information: *Application deadline: February 5th, 2015
San Francisco Career Forum 2015 February 20 & 21 (Fri. & Sat.) Hilton San Francisco Union Square
- No fee to register or attend
- Meet face-to-face with companies
- Travel scholarships available

Industry leaders such as

and more have already signed up. Please go to for a complete participating company list.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Tillman Military Scholars Program

Application opens Feb. 3! Applications due March 3!

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

Each year, the Pat Tillman Foundation selects up to 60 Tillman Scholars: military veterans and spouses who embody Pat’s unwavering commitment to service, learning and action. The scholars chosen demonstrate clear academic and career goals, extraordinary leadership potential, and a deep desire to create positive change through their work in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. Students from all fields are eligible to apply. The scholarship is not a gift; it’s an investment in excellence and potential. Scholars receive the benefits of leadership development and a community of peers and mentors to help them reach their fullest potential as leaders.

Since its inception, 347 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide have been awarded over $6 million. This year, 60 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.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Veteran and active-duty military service members
    • Honorably discharged of pre-and post-9/11 service
    • From all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve
  • Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses
  • Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time student:
    • Undergraduate (Bachelor’s or above)
    • Graduate or post-graduate degree
    • At a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse
  • 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 visit for complete details and online application beginning Feb. 3. Attached, please also find a program description and answers to frequently asked questions.

UW is a TMS University Partner. Information for UW applicants is at, including tips for creating competitive applications.

Several UW advisers are available to assist students in applying for the Tillman Scholarship. Take advantage of these advisers for feedback on application drafts!

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

NSF-Supported Summer Internships for Undergraduates

Deadline: Feb 27, 2015

This summer, the University of Washington is hosting the Jelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology (JSALT), in cooperation with the JHU Center for Speech and Language Processing. The JSALT Workshop will run from June 22 through August 14, including a 6-week research effort with three teams of senior researchers and students, preceded by a 2-week series of tutorials on speech an language processing for the students involved. This undergraduate summer research experience is unique in that it integrates research and education through tutorials targeted at specific research challenges, and in that the selected students will participate in cutting edge research as a member of a team that includes leading scientists from industry and academia.  Support for students includes housing and a stipend. We are looking to attract new talent into the field, so the students are not required to have prior knowledge of language engineering. This year, the research topics will include deep neural networks for robust far-field speech recognition, continuous-space models for wide-band machine translation, and probabilistic transcription of speech with non-native-language transcribers.  More information on these projects is available at the application website:

Applications are due February 27. If you have questions, contact Mari Ostendorf (

The JSALT organizers
Les Atlas, Sanjeev Khudanpur, Geoff Zweig, Mari Ostendorf

2015 Internship Fair- February 12th, 2015; 2-6pm; HUB Ballrooms

Thursday, February 12th, 2015; 2:00 - 6:00pm
HUB Ballrooms

Business Casual Dress Code
Open to all majors and class levels from all three UW campuses
 **Who’s coming?  How do I prepare? **
For a complete list of attending employers and access to the full-color Career Fair Guide, as well information on how to prepare, what to wear and more, please visit us online at:  . Researching companies prior to attending the fair is a great way to show interest and preparation - two key things employers look for in a candidate.
 **Questions? **
Please contact  or call 206.543.0535.  
Bring your resumes and come join us - we look forward to seeing you on February 12th!

Register for Spring 2015 online courses

Register now for spring quarter online classes. Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of the University of Washington's online courses. As a UW matriculated student, this spring you can take some of the most popular online credit classes as part of your normal tuition load and pay an online fee of only $350 per class. These select online courses are offered in a group-start format, which means you can interact with your classmates and complete the course during the quarter. Online courses help meet graduation requirements and allow you access to the university when you need it. Check out the spring quarter 2015 time schedule. Simply register as you would for any other class using MyUW Online courses are housed at the UW Seattle campus. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students should check with advising staff at their home campuses before enrolling in classes they expect to count towards their degree program. These courses do not count as residence credit; consult with your adviser if you have any questions.

The following courses feature the $350 fee and the group-start format:

ASTR 101: Astronomy (NW,QSR)
COM 340: History of Mass Communication (I&S)
COM 440/POL S 461: Mass Media Law (I&S)

COM/AES/GWSS 389: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media (I&S)
DANCE 100: Understanding Dance (VLPA)

DANCE 101: Dance and the American Experience (VLPA)
DRAMA 103:Theatre Appreciation (VLPA)
ECON 282: Using Econometrics: A Practical Approach (NW)
ESRM 100: Introduction to Environmental Science (I&S/NW)
GEOG 123/JSIS 123: Introduction to Globalization (I&S)
GEOG 323/JSIS 123: Globalization and You (I&S/DIV)
HSTAS 454/JSIS 454: History of Modern China (I&S)
HSTCMP 485: Comparative Colonialism (I&S)
JSIS E 113: Elementary Modern Greek
JSIS B 420: Failed States (I&S)
LING 200: Introduction to Linguistic Thought (I&S/VLPA/QSR)

MATH 124: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (NW/QSR)
MATH 125: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (NW)
MATH 126: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (NW)
MUSIC 120: Survey of Music (VLPA)
MUSIC 162: American Popular Song (VLPA)
MUSIC 185: The Concert Series (VLPA)
MUSIC 331: History of Jazz (VLPA)
PHIL 362: Topics in Philosophy of Science (I&S/NW)
POL S 270: Introduction to Psychology (I&S)
POL S 321: American Foreign Policy (I&S)
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology (I&S)
PSYCH 203: Introduction to Personality and Individual Differences (I&S)
PSYCH 205: Behavior Disorders (I&S)
SCAND 270: Saga of the Vikings (VLPA)
STAT 311: Elements of Statistical Methods (NW/QSR)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BIOEN 498/599 ‐ Global Health Technology: Molecular Diagnostics (Spring 2015)

Class detail: 3 credits, Spring 2015, Tuesday/Thursday 1:30pm‐2:50pm
Instructor: Dr. Barry Lutz, Department of Bioengineering (

Course Description: The course will teach engineers principles, tools, and technologies needed
to practice or develop nucleic acid (DNA/RNA) diagnostics in the context of global health needs.
Overview: Analysis of DNA or RNA markers has revolutionized disease diagnosis, and translating
this capability to low‐resource settings is a major global health need. This course will teach
aspects of nucleic acid diagnostics from sample preparation to test result, including conventional
laboratory methods and simplified processes for low‐resource settings (global health).
Coursework will include quantitative analysis and reaction modeling, but will be accessible to
undergraduate students and graduate students with general chemistry, math, and engineering
skills. Graduate students will complete additional project assignments. In addition, we will touch
upon translational issues and technical constraints of low‐resource global health settings. The
goal of the course is for students to gain functional understanding and a baseline tool set needed
to practice or develop nucleic acid diagnostics, for developed world or global health settings.

Prerequisites: basic chemistry, differential equations (contact instructor for exceptions)

Topics covered may include:
1. Types of nucleic acids and their role in diagnostics (pathogen vs human, DNA, RNA, etc)
2. Genomic tools for design of diagnostics assays (pathogen gene targets, specificity)
3. Structure and function of DNA and RNA (bases, base pairing, replication)
4. Enzyme function in context of diagnostic assays (functions, rates, stability)
5. Thermodynamics and kinetics of nucleic acid hybridization (fundamentals, tools)
6. Sample types and sample preparation (lysis, disruption, protection, purification)
7. Detection of nucleic acids (electrophoresis, absorbance, probes, lateral flow strips)
8. Molecular mechanisms of nucleic acid amplification methods (PCR, isothermal)
9. Chemical design (stoichiometry, rates) and modeling nucleic acid amplification methods
10. Advanced nucleic acid analyses (drug resistance, SNP detection, sequencing)
11. Designing for global health settings (resources, usability requirements)
12. Devices and instruments for nucleic acid diagnostics (laboratory and point‐of‐care)
13. Test validation (samples, regulatory) and commercialization (market, major players)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Engineering Capstone Design Award

The Engineering Capstone Design Award supports teams of undergraduate engineering students working on capstone design projects. Funding for this award is made possible through private support by alumni and friends of the College of Engineering. Funding of up to $2,000 per team can be used for supplies/materials, equipment, travel, or training relevant to the capstone design project. Distribution of awards varies based on funding availability and the distribution decisions of the Capstone Review Committee.

Requests for funding can be submitted through the Catalyst application. The application deadline is March 6, 2015 at 5:00pm. Applicants will receive award notifications by March 20, 2015.

The application can be found at:

Please pass this information along to undergraduate students currently working on team capstone projects.

Please contact Chris Crawford at if you have questions about the application process.

Seminar: ROBOTICS & CYBERLAW (Wed, 2/4, 11:30am)

On Wednesday (2/4), our department's Aerospace Colloquium will host Prof. Ryan Calo (UW Law School). He will speak on the topic of Robotics & Cyberlaw.

The presentation will be held at 11:30am in LOEW 216. His presentation title & abstract are available on our colloquium homepage.

Please let your students (grad & undergrad) and colleagues (faculty & staff) know they are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Scholarship search and application workshops this week at UW Seattle!

Curriculum Vitae Writing Workshop:
·         TODAY, Monday, February 2, 2015, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171 
·         RSVP at, though drop-ins are also welcome!
Develop your undergraduate CV/Resume for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume, and a list of activities, experiences, jobs, honors, etc.

UK & Ireland Scholarships:
·         Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 1:30-2:30pm, MGH 171 
·         RSVP at, though drop-ins are also welcome!
The UK & Ireland Scholarship application process provides students with the opportunity to present their qualifications for the campus nomination for scholarships that support graduate studies at colleges and universities in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.  These scholarships are the Churchill, the Marshall, the Mitchell and the Rhodes.  The Gates Cambridge does not require a campus endorsement or nomination; however, notifying the Office of your intentions to apply allows us to connect you with resources and to support the development of a competitive application

Personal Statement Writing Workshop
·         Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171 
·         RSVP at, though drop-ins are also welcome!
Applying for scholarships, internships, and graduate/professional programs often requires a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing requires you to outline your strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging. Personal Statement Workshops provide students with essential information to develop an understanding of not only writing about their interests, eligibility and suitability for applications, but also to learn how their statements provide evidence of their achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of an application.

Scholarships 201: The Search for Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships
·         Thursday, February 5, 2015, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171 
·         RSVP at, though drop-ins are also welcome!
This workshop provides assistance to continuing students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific scholarships, campus funding opportunities, scholarship search sites, and tips to develop competitive applications.

Getting Great Recommendation Letters
·         Thursday, February 12, 2015, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171
·         RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome!
This workshop will help you plan ahead for developing strong relationships with faculty and other mentors, asking for letters of recommendation, and preparing your recommenders to write you stellar letters.

Open Mike - A Student Focused Conversation with UW President Young

Please join Pres. Young to help the University of Washington foster leading-edge student experiences, world-class research, innovation and creativity, and a deep commitment to the public good. Pres. Young will continue the discussion of the University’s impact and aspirations, and provide the opportunity for feedback and questions.

Wednesday, March 4
3:30–5 p.m.
Focus on students
HUB First Floor Fireside Lounge

Conversation groups for international students

Please join us for CLUE Conversation Groups at MGH284 every Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8pm or 8-9pm! Topics for each session can be found on CLUE website

Run by former English 131 instructors, this is a home for international students to practice English speaking skills, learn about academic specifics, explore American culture, bridge cultures between your home country and the U.S. and other countries, AND make friends!