Friday, March 13, 2015

ENGR 498A -- Preparing for Graduate Education

Prof. Eve Riskin will be leading a seminar ENGR 498A Preparing for Graduate Education in Engineering spring quarter on preparing for grad school.  It meets Tuesdays at 1:30 -- 2:20 PM in Loew 222.  The grading is CR/NC.

If you're interested in grad school, sign up now.  Space is limited but right now, there are a bunch of spots open.

We will cover topics such as:

  • Why go to graduate school in Engineering
  • Getting your graduate degree paid for
  • Apply to graduate school
  • Graduate student life and picking an adviser
  • The importance of undergraduate research
  • How outreach can strengthen a fellowship application
  • Choosing a university for graduate school
  • Practical advice on research statements

Students will get an opportunity to draft a research statement and get it peer-reviewed during the seminar.

MSEE-Level Internship with Honeywell in Redmond

Now is an exciting time to join Honeywell's Engineering Test Services group. This is a great opportunity to showcase your strategic and technical abilities to pursue a career at Honeywell. The master’s internship will work on the new versions of high technology products such as IntuVue radar; along with Aircraft Environment Surveillance System and the new Integrated Multi Mode Navigation Radio. The Redmond Qualification group designs, develops, plans, and executes the testing for these high tech products. This position is located in Redmond, WA (15001 NE 36th ST) and it is expected the individual will be on site. Learning opportunities:
  • Test system design and implementation into real world aerospace environments.
  • Experience executing tests at environmental and electromagnetic test laboratories that Honeywell has on-site.
  • Operation and analysis of Honeywell Aerospace products.
  • Ability to develop, and troubleshoot software.
  • Test requirement development, analysis and management for the aerospace environment.
  • Working in a team environment and collaborating with high skilled Honeywell employees.
  • Additional skills that will be developed: 
  • Leadership, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand broad corporate business objectives and develop test strategies that favorably impact those business objectives.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams across many functions including process development.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Must be working towards a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline.
  • Due to export restrictions, must be a United States Citizen.
Additional Qualifications:
  • General programming skills are a plus.
  • Strong communication skills are preferred
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
To learn more about Honeywell Aerospace, please visit:

Interested candidates can go to, using job number 267445 to apply.  

Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status

2015 Nestle Diversity Leadership Symposium - Apply Now

Nestle USA has just opened the application for the 2015 Nestle Diversity Leadership Symposium (DLS). This is a 4-day business program targeting diverse undergraduate student leaders interested in a career in business and jump starting a possible career with Nestle USA.
At the 7th annual Nestle DLS participants will:
  • Gain invaluable exposure to life and careers with the world's largest food and beverage company
  • Network with Nestle USA executive leadership
  • Partake in a customized leadership development course
  • Utilize their leadership skills in the community through volunteerism
  • Build a network of peers from universities across the nation
  • Interview for a full-time development program or summer 2016 internship, returning to school with the chance of a job offer as well as a scholarship offer in hand
  • Must graduate between December 2015 and June 2017
  • Resume and experience must demonstrate leadership and a commitment to diversity & inclusion
  • Must be eligible and interested in one of our undergraduate programs in the following business functions: Finance/Accounting, Operations/Engineering, Sales, Supply Chain/Procurement
  • Must successfully complete a phone interview
A limited number of students will be selected for this unique opportunity. The program will take place August 18 - 21, 2015 at the Nestle USA headquarters in Glendale, California. See website for further criteria and program details.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Course - Hazardous Waste Management

CLUE is HIRING multiple positions for the 2015-2016 year

Hello students,

Are you passionate about your subject area?
Do you enjoy discussing theories or concepts in your field?
Do you enjoy teaching and supporting others?
Are you looking for a way to give back to UW and your fellow Huskies?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to apply to be a CLUE tutor. We are hiring for many different positions for the 2015-2016 school year. Check out the ‘working with us tab’ on the website for more information, qualifications, and needed application materials.

We are hiring
~Chemistry tutors
~Writing tutors
~Math tutors
~Physics tutors
~A French tutor
~A Japanese tutor
~A Korean tutor
~A CSE tutor

Applications are due April 10, 2015.              

EEIC Poster Contest - April 16th, 2015

The annual EEIC Poster Contest will be held on Thursday, April 16th 2015 in the Atrium of the Paul Allan Center (CSE building) from 1600 to 1800 hrs. Please set up your poster from 1515 to 1555 hrs. All interested students are encouraged to submit a poster for this competition on an energy-related topic.
The objectives of this event are:
  • to provide our engineering students with an opportunity to present the results of their research and class projects on a power or energy topic;
  • to expose industry representatives to student work at the University of Washington;
  • to give our students and their prospective employers a chance to meet each other in a setting other than an interview or a career fair;
  • to attract talented students to our power engineering program;
  • to have a festive event dedicated to the area of energy and power engineering.
You can win prizes!
Posters are competing in three entry categories:
1. Graduate Research (at least one graduate student among the co-authors),
2. Undergraduate research (all co-authors are undergraduate students),
3. Class (all co-authors are preparing the poster as part of their coursework in the 2014-2015 academic year).

Awards in each category (per poster):
1st place: $500
2nd place: $300
3rd place: $200

In addition, the 1st place winners in the Graduate Research and Undergraduate Research categories will receive support for round-trip travel to the international poster contest at the IEEE PES General Meeting in Denver, CO, July 26-30, 2015.

Submit entries by 1700 hrs. on April 10th, 2015. Send submissions to Prof. Ortega-Vazquez at:

Include the following information in your submission:
  • Poster Title
  • Names of students in team
  • Name and email address of corresponding author
  • Category you are entering in
  • Do NOT attach your poster

It is important that you submit the information on time, because we need it to prepare the scoring sheet for the judges. Entries not submitted by the deadline will be accepted “by appeal” if we have time to enter it on the score sheet.

Please bring your poster to the event location at least 30 minutes prior to the event. If you have a schedule conflict, ask your co-authors or lab partners to cover for you.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Student Work Opportunity on Campus with Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Student Employment Opportunity
with Emphasis in Electronics Shop
(For students with or without Work Study eligibility)
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) is the authoritative seismic network for Washington and Oregon State. Our engineers and field technicians are tasked with maintaining an array of nearly 400 seismic stations.  To do so we operate a fully staffed and stocked Electronics Shop where we make everything from data/power cables and jumpers to seismic station solar power systems and communications devices soldered together on printed circuit boards.  There is a variety of hands on work to be done in the shop and in the field.  Student will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork, provide public outreach through group tours of the seismology lab and assist electronic technicians in developing and maintaining field equipment. 
Desired skills (We will teach you many of these as needed):
§Familiarity with your average volt meter and breadboard 
§Familiarity with soldering and basic electronics
§Familiarity with circuit diagrams
§Familiarity with CAD software and schematics
§Basic Earth Science understanding
§Willingness to work outdoors
§Educational outreach
§Like to have fun (we can’t teach this one)
§Know the airspeed velocity of a unladen swallow!
Student Employment Opportunity
with Emphasis on Web Development
(For students with or without Work Study eligibility)
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) is the authoritative seismic network for Washington and Oregon State. After an event or volcanic eruption, traffic at increases 100-1000 fold as the public seeks the latest information and real time products. Prospective student will work closely with PNSN developers and system administrators to test and fix  website issues, develop web products, and administrate web and database servers. Additionally, student will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork, provide public outreach through group tours of the seismology lab and assist electronic technicians in developing and maintaining field equipment. 
Desired skills (We will teach you many of these as needed):
§Familiarity with the Linux environment
§Scripting Language such as PHP, Ruby or Python
§Some SQL experience (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle)
§Familiarity with soldering and basic electronics
§Familiarity with geological processes
§Willingness to work outdoors
§Educational outreach
§Like to have fun (we can’t teach this one)
§Know the airspeed velocity of a unladen swallow!

Flexible Hours(10-20/Week), Beginning Salary  ~$10/hr. DOE
To submit resume email

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium (Space Grant) – Private Industry summer 2015 internship opportunities

Summer 2015 private industry internship opportunities are available for the following companies: Eagle Harbor Technologies, M42 Technologies and Tether’s Unlimited
The webpage will be update prior to April 15 should the other listed companies offer summer 2015 internships.

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is currently accepting applications from University of Washington undergraduate students that are pursuing science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degrees. 
UW undergraduate students in good academic standing, who are interested in STEM research, and not graduating at the completion of spring 2015 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Washington state residents.

Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund Travel Grants

1. The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first 2015 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering. 
The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research.  The Spring 2015 Travel Grant application deadline is April 1, 2015.  Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits.  The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website: 
Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Presenters Sought for Bennett Elementary Family Science Night

It is that time of year again for us to get excited about getting our elementary schoolers excited about science (at the UW go dawgs!)

Also if folks have scientific posters that they want to practice presenting. We will have space through out our school for a mini poster show. Nothing battle tests an undergraduate or graduate student's ability to communicate quite like the blank stare of a 3rd grader to let you know whether you are communicating with lay people properly. ;-)

Bennett's family science night is an all out Fair with gourmet hot-dogs, kettle corn and the works... We always treat our UW students to dogs in our Dogs for Dawgs program.  

The date is Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 
  • Setup at 5pm 
  • Doors open at 5:30 (Folks can come early if they need extra time to setup)
Our Address is:
17900 NE 16th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
For more information, please contact Anna Fowler.

Monday, March 9, 2015

GO! & Fritz Scholarship Applications Open: Info session this week

The GO! and Fritz study abroad scholarship applications are now open.  Please encourage eligible students to attend an information session and to apply. The application deadline is April 17, 2015. Read more about the scholarships and apply online at
GO! and Fritz Scholarship Information Session
The GO! and Fritz scholarships are open to UW undergraduates from all three campuses and offer awards of up to $5,000 to support study abroad.  Join us and learn more about the scholarships, including eligibility, the application process and tips for writing a competitive personal statement.

March 12, 2015
MGH 171

April 9, 2015
MGH 171

AA523 Spring 2015: Special Topics in Fluid Physics: Tokamak Fusion Physics

SLN: 20826
GUG 204, TTh 10:00 - 11:20
Taught by Derek A. Sutherland (, Predoctoral Research Associate, HIT-SI Research Group

This class will focus on concepts and issues pertaining to the tokamak fusion concept. Introductory topics will include a brief overview of fusion reactions, rate, and power density along with concepts of break-even, power balance, and general magnetic confinement. Next, the class will focus on tokamak basics and theory, including instability limits, fueling, heating and current drive requirements. Neutral beam injection (NBI) and radio-frequency (RF) current drive will be covered in detail. An overview of tokamak transport and confinement regimes (L and H-mode) will also be presented. Considerations for steady-state operation of a tokamak fusion plasma will be described, namely the requirement for non-inductive operational scenarios (bootstrap plasma current), usage of superconducting coil sets, blanket systems, first-wall, divertors. An overview of exhaust/pumping considerations will also be included. The remainder of the class after the midterm will focus on advanced topics, which include but are not limited to: methods for achieving high fusion power densities in tokamaks, issues with advanced confinement regimes (ELMs, impurity accumulation) and possible solutions (RMPs, QH-mode, I-mode), advanced divertor designs (snowflake, super-X, etc...), and lastly an overview of energetic particle physics that will be of importance in the ITER tokamak.

EE 536 - Spring 2015 - Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design

If you have an interest in high-frequency analog integrated circuit design, you should consider taking the spring ’15 version EE 536. This project-based graduate class will first focus on system-level aspects of communication systems with an emphasis on how circuit non-idealities, such as noise and linearity, impact the performance of wireless transceivers. This class then looks at the design of radio components in CMOS  including Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA), oscillators, and mixers, each of which will result in a small design project. Toward the later portion of the quarter, these components will be assembled to realize a large system, either a transmitter or receiver. This course also covers basic aspects of analog and high-frequency layout, and verification. Lastly, there will be a new component to the class which covers some basics related to mmWave ICs for communication systems. Please see attached syllabus for further details.
              EE 331, 332, and 473 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for this class. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me….

Opportunity for CoE Student to Design 2015 Discovery Days T-shirt

We have an opportunity open to all College of Engineering students to submit a design for the front of the 2015 Discovery Days t-shirts.

  • The t-shirts will be purple, and can have up-to three colors imprinted on the front (must use the UW’s brand colors found here:
  • The design should include the phrase, “Engineering Discovery Days” and note that this is the 100th year/Centennial of the event.
  • The design should also include the university’s block “W” and guidelines on how to use it are found here:
  • I have attached the Discovery Days branded logo and title to this email, students can contact me ( for an .eps version if they would like to include it in their shirt design but it is not required.
  • The maximum imprint area is 12.5” x 17”.
  • All designs must be submitted as a vector file like eps, PDV or ai by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to
·         On Monday, March 30 I will send all of the designs to the UW Licensing Office for approval, then a panel of students and faculty will narrow down the designs to the top four. I will post the top four designs on our Facebook Page ( The most “liked” design will be used on the 2015 shirt.

Student designers will be credited on the Engineering Discovery Days Facebook page and website.