Friday, February 13, 2015

INTSCI 491/492: Introduction to Research/Reflections on Undergraduate Research - Course Announcement

INTSCI 491/492:  Introduction to Research/Reflections on Research (NW)

Are you interested in undergraduate research in the biological, environmental, or physical sciences? Would you like to:
  • Demystify research culture and develop research skills?
  • Discuss research papers with a diverse community of undergraduate researchers?
  • Develop a research proposal and increase your competitiveness for research scholarships and graduate & professional programs?
  • Present your research in oral and written formats & improve your science communication skills?
Integrated Sciences 491/492 (2 credits; Thursdays, 9-10:20 a.m.) is a discussion-based course that is designed to accompany undergraduate research experiences. Students must confirm a faculty research mentor before the start of the course.

INTSCI 491 (Introduction to Research) and INTSCI 492 (Reflections on Research) meet together and share in-class activities. They are, however, supported by two distinct series of homework assignments.

To determine which course would better complement your research experiences or to request an add code, please email the instructor at:

INTSCI 197: Science, Education, and Society - Spring Quarter Course Announcement

INTSCI 197: Science, Education, and Society (NW)
Are you interested in science education? Would you like to:
  • Deepen your understanding of how people learn science, in both formal and informal environments?
  • Engage collaboratively in reflection, discussion, and practice of diverse strategies for teaching and learning science & promoting classroom equity?
  • Examine societal perspectives on science, including controversies regarding science education?
Integrated Sciences 197: Science, Education, and Society (2 credits) is a discussion-based course that is designed for students who are interested in exploring how science, education, and society interact with one another to influence how we teach and learn science. This course is open to undergraduates at all levels.

"This class was extremely intellectually stimulating because it brought up questions about science and teaching that I had never considered before. It pushed me to research more about different topics and give a lot of effort to my work and contribute to group discussions."

"I loved how the class built up to a final culminating project that encompassed the topics we learned about. We started the class learning about society things, then we added science to those ideas, then we added education, and then we combined all three ideas in our final project."

-- INTSCI 197 Students

INTSCI 197 will meet on Wednesdays, 3:00-4:20 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the instructor at:

UW Environmental Career Fair 2015 - February 25

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Mary Gates Hall Commons, UW Seattle Campus
Hosted by the UW College of the Environment

Confirmed Employers:
·         Alderleaf Wilderness College
·         Brickman Valley Crest
·         City of Bellevue Parks
·         EarthCorps
·         Forterra
·         Fund for the Public Interest
·         Gradient
·         Impact
·         Islandwood
·         National Park Service
·         Nature Consortium
·         New Fields
·         North Cascades Institute
·         Pacific Science Center
·         Peace Corps
·         Puget Sound Energy
·         Seattle Aquarium
·         Seward Park Audubon Center
·         SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve
·         USDA-Forest Service
·         Waste Management, Inc.
·         Wilderness Awareness School
·         Woodland Park Zoo
·         3Degrees

Be sure to get your resumes ready and prepare to meet these employers!

What to Expect for Students
  • Explore post-graduation opportunities and learn more about the skills, education, and experience needed to get your dream job
  • Connect with potential employers and build your career network for future career exploration
  • Share your resume with employers
  • Get Hired for internships and careers in environmental fields and discover volunteer opportunities or unpaid internships which build practical skills and provide experience needed to advance your career
Make the Career Fair a success for you!
  • Do your Research – Review the organization’s website before the career fair so your questions are specific to the organization
  • Dress professionally – First impressions are important at Career Fairs
  • Introduce yourself – Work on your brief elevator speech and tell them what skills, education, and experience you have related to the organization or position
  • Leave them with something – Provide them with your resume and contact information
  • Get something from the employer – Ask for a business card or contact information for follow-up communications
For more information and tips on networking, career fairs, interviews, and job searching visit the University of Washington Career Center.
For location, see campus map and directions for Mary Gates Hall Commons.
Search for jobs and internships anytime, online – check out the College of the Environment Careers and Funding Blog.
Questions? Contact

Careers in Health Industry for All Majors on 2/19/2015

Careers In Health Industry for People from All Majors
Thursday, February 19th
HUB 214

When you think about a career in health care, the first thing that pops into your head might be images of doctors and nurses, but there are hundreds of other healthcare careers that don't require a medical or health-related degree.

The Career Center is hosting Careers in the Health Industry for People From All Majors. Hear from 4 employers in healthcare talk about the wide range of opportunities available in the field: Seattle Children’s Hospital, Neighborcare Health, Caradigm and UW Medicine – Harborview Medical Center & UW Medical Center. Stay for the Q&A session and informal networking following the moderated panel. No RSVP needed! Questions? Email

SLS: Landlord/Tenant Legal Issues - session for int'l students

Student Legal Services Office - Landlord/Tenant Issues
The Student Legal Services (SLS) Office will be presenting an information session on Landlord/Tenant issues for international students who are renting apartments or houses. Come learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant so you can make informed legal decisions. For more information about SLS, please visit their website,
Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 12:30-1:00pm
(Check in with ISS at Schmitz Hall 459 at least 5 minutes prior to the session. Space is limited and is on a first come first service sign up list. Sign up will start at 12:00pm on the day of the session.)

Arch 436-Building Acoustics -Spring 2015

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-6:50 pm;
3 credit hours
D. Heerwagen (

•Descriptions of principles and practices for achieving good hearing in buildings
•Lecture topics will include
–Sound “fundamentals” & human hearing mechanisms
–Characterization of urban noise sources and their properties, in-building noise, and control strategies
–Room acoustics: shapes, sizes, surfaces for building spaces; planning and design strategies; identification of performance issues; performance assessment techniques; integration of technical issues with spatial design
•Student work involves participation in small-group, interdisciplinary problem-solving exercises

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Apply to the 2015 Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute

Women are underrepresented in leadership, and that gap starts during college. Let's change that!
The 2015 Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute offers training for young women on how to become better leaders and to increase women's representation in the non-profit, private, and public sector.
DATES:  JUNE 22nd - 27th, 2015

Please contact with any questions.

Entry Level EE job opportunity (UNCLASSIFIED) Joint Base Lewis McChord

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

The Public Works at Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA has an Electrical Engineer (recent graduate) position open at this time.  Announcement closes on 22 Feb 2015.  Go to USA Jobs for additional details.

Please pass this on to alumni and students graduating this spring who are looking for EE entry level positions.

All application activities are through the web site USAJOBS.GOV, sending a resume or other information to me will not assist the process. 

Opportunities - Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

1. Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) - deadline is April 10.
Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors are eligible.
$4,000 for full-time and $2,000 for part-time 9 week summer internships.

Please visit the following URL for details:

2. Private industry summer research opportunities - Positions open until
See URL:

3. NASA Center internship opportunities close on March 1, 2015
See the following URL for details:

Spring 2015: EE 562 Artificial Intelligence for Engineers

SLN 13256
MW 1:30-2:50 p.m.
MGH 284

I will be teaching EE 562 next quarter MW 1:30-2:50. It is an introductory graduate AI course, covering search, constraint satisfaction, game playing, reasoning, learning, computer vision, and NLP if I can get a guest lecturer for that part. The assignments are programming problems that you do in Python this year, and I will teach it at the beginning. Because it is a graduate course, we usually have some reading and reports about big AI systems.

Please sign up or send me your questions.
Linda Shapiro

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

STEM Research Panel for International Students (Feb 19, 4:30-6pm)

Are you an undergraduate international student interested in science, technology, engineering, or math research, or currently making the transition into a lab setting?
The UW Undergraduate Research Program (URP) invites you to join current graduate and undergraduate student researchers for a discussion on how to maximize your research experience by becoming a more productive and engaging member of the lab!
Thursday, February 19th, 4:30-6pm
171 Mary Gates Hall

EE 399 Spring 2015 Introduction to Semiconductors and Devices

Instructor: Tai-chang Chen
SLN: 13209
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. 

Fulbright US Student Program—UW Information Sessions

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.  The Fulbright program was designed as a cultural exchange program to promote global awareness and goodwill by sending U.S. citizens abroad.  The program currently awards approximately 1,800 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.  Information about the program can be found at:

More information about the UW process can be found at:

UW Information sessions will be held throughout spring quarter on all three campuses; current students and UW alumni are encourage to attend.   Preregistration is required. 

In person sessions
·         UW Seattle:  register at:
o    Tuesday, April 15, 2015, 3:30-5 p.m., UW Seattle, Mary Gates Hall 171
    • Thursday, May 7, 2015, 4:30-6 p.m., UW Seattle, Mary Gates Hall 171
    • Tuesday, May 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon, UW Seattle, Mary Gates Hall 171
  • UW Bothell:   register at:
    • Thursday, May 7, 2015, 4:30 p.m., UW Bothell, UW1-103
  • UW Tacoma:  register at: 
    • Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 206C
    • Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 331
    • Thursday, May 14, 2015, 3:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 331
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 3:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 331
Webinar sessions—

Spring Quarter: EE 559 Toward a smarter grid: recent advances in power systems

SLN 20648
Prof. Baosen Zhang
TTh 2:30-4:20 p.m.
BLD 286

This course will study recent developments in power systems from a theoretical perspective. We will develop basic models and explore how tools from optimization, control, stochastic programming and data analytics can be used to make the grid "smart". We will also highlight the similarities and differences between power networks and other type of networks such as communication/transportation networks. 
The course will derive all models from basic principles so no prior power system knowledge is required. The students are expected to have mathematical maturity and some background in basic circuit theory, linear algebra and probability. There is no required textbook. 

EE Summer Internships with Leviton

Department: Engineering

Mentor’s Title: Manager, Engineering

Start Date: Summer 2015

Anticipated Duration: Summer 2015
Position Description:
1.     Operate network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, power supplies and other laboratory test equipment.
2.     Prepare prototypes for testing through mechanical fabrication, circuit layout and soldering
3.     Assist development engineers with electrical and mechanical testing on development prototypes
4.     Assist sustaining engineers with product sample testing, troubleshooting, test fixture fabrication and maintenance
5.     Collect, analyze and document test data using Microsoft Excel and Word
6.     Summarize test results, present findings and interact with product development and production groups
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Electrical Engineering Program
  • Strong written, verbal, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • RF design, RF testing, coding VBA in Microsoft Excel, hand tools and machining equipment experience are desired but not required
  • Previous Internship experience preferred
Desired Major: Electrical Engineering
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm
Leviton is an AA/EEO employer

Embedded & CSE course registration Spring 2015

Below is a summary of our registration process for high demand courses. We ask that you please follow directions.
  • Regardless of your registration date, all students may add their name to the waitlist for an EE course starting February 13th, at 6:00AM. 
  • Please submit a new entry for each individual class.
  • Do not submit more than one entry for the same class. If you do, the most recent date/time stamp will be used. 
  • We will not monitor or keep a waitlist for CSE courses. First come, first enrolled and you will have to keep checking the time schedule for drops if the course fills.
  • Priority for EE courses will be given to those with an official graduation application on file.
  • Once codes are given to all graduating students, we will go by date/time stamp.
  • If you take CSE 477, we can use that as a sub for EE 478 for your embedded capstone. 
  • If you enroll in CSE 477 and have placed your name on the waitlist for EE 478, we will assume you do not want EE 478 any longer. 

EE 371 -  All students including those with Graduating Senior Priority registration must put their name on the waitlist. Priority will be given to those completing VLSI next year. Section A is for EE majors and section B is for CSE majors. 

EE 471 - All students including those with Graduating Senior Priority registration must put their name on the waitlist. Priority will be given to students with an official graduation application on file for Spring, Summer,Autumn then Winter.

EE 472 - All students including those with Graduating Senior Priority registration must put their name on the waitlist. Priority will be given to students with an official graduation application on file for Spring, Summer, Autumn then Winter.

EE 478 - All students including those with Graduating Senior Priority registration must put their name on the waitlist. Priority will be given to students with an official graduation application on file for Spring, Summer, Autumn then Winter.***Note date/time change for Spring in notes section. 

CSE 351 - There are separate sections listed for EE majors (AD, AE, AF) with 7 spaces in each section for a total of 21. First come, first enrolled via the regular registration process.No waitlist or entry codes. 

CSE  477 - An alternative to EE 478. This class can be used as your embedded capstone. EE students register after CSE students starting February 23rd. Senior standing only. First come, first enrolled via the regular registration process.No waitlist or entry codes. 

The first round of entry codes will be given the last week of February. We will hand them out in chunks throughout the quarter.
Thank you for your patience and understanding with this process.

WiSE Conference on Feb. 28th: EE Department will Sponsor 10 Students

The WiSE conference on February 28th is a day devoted to celebrating women in engineering academics and careers. The day-long event offers educational and professional enrichment, bringing pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students together with faculty, administrators, and professional women.

The Department of Electrical Engineering will sponsor 10 EE students (Grad or Undergrad) to attend the Women in Science and Engineering Conference occurring on Saturday, February 28th, from 8:30am to 5pm in the HUB; see complete info about conference at
**If you would like to attend, do not register on your own! Please send Brenda Larson your full name, student ID# via email by 4pm Thursday, February 19th - so we can register for you. The EE Department will pay the $25 registration fee for the first ten students wishing to attend who reply to this email!

***We are also seeking volunteers for our table at the conference from approximately 9am to 11:30am. This is a great time to recruit students to EE - and I truly appreciate having you by my side to provide EE info and insights to our programs.