Friday, December 4, 2015

Employer Mock Interview Event - January 13th, 2016

Are you nervous about interviews? Not sure how to approach the interview process? No worries, we are here to help! If you’ve already attended the Career Center’s Interviewing Getting Started workshop and Interviewing Lab, the next best way for undergraduate students of all majors to prepare is through practicing with an employer! Sign up for the chance to put your interviewing skills into action by practicing with and receiving feedback from a Husky-friendly employer.

The Employer Mock Interview on January 13th, 2016 is an hour long session, taking place in the Career Center. Students will have the opportunity to practice general interview skills with employers in an interview setting. Employers will be asking general interview questions to a group of 3-4 students for 40-minutes following by a 20 minute debriefing. Don't miss out on this opportunity! 

There are two sessions available, and seats are very limited (One slot per student ONLY). Please register for a spot by submitting your resume in Catalyst and we will send you a confirmation within 2-3 days.

Register for Session One (Jan 13th, 4:30pm-5:30pm):
Register for Session Two (Jan 13th, 5:40pm-6:40pm): 

Questions? Please email Donna at or call 206-543-0535.

Winter Remote Sensing Course

Please consider this new course in Advanced Remote Sensing and Earth Observation, offered in Winter by David Butman - SEFS 521 E / CEE 599 Q

Interested in the theory and application of satellite remote sensing as a tool for environmental science?

Want to know the fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, reflection and absorption, black body radiation, use of the Plank Function, satellite and sensor technology, map projections, integration of GIS data, and digital image analysis?

Curious about measuring atmospheric trace gasses, and cloud temperatures from space?

Want to quantitatively measure land cover change across landscapes?

Interested to learn ENVI image processing software?

The SEFS section is offered to both upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students (no pre-requisites but physics and GIS are helpful).

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bioscience Careers Seminar, Thursday, December 10th, 5pm-6pm: "Entrepreneurship, Commercialization, and Startups in the Life Sciences: A Panel Discussion"

*The Bioscience Careers Seminar Series Presents: "Entrepreneurship, Commercialization, and Startups in the Life Sciences: A Panel Discussion"* *Featuring:* *Courtney Jones Law, Ph.D.* Program Manager WIN for Life Sciences Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association *Josh Pan, Ph.D., MBA * Founder and Principal S-Phase Ventures, LLC * Lucas Nivon, Ph.D. * Co-Founder & CEO Cyrus Biotechnology *Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 5:00-6:00pm Health Sciences Building, Room T-747* Refreshments Provided (networking event to follow)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Applying to Summer Research Programs Workshops

Applying for Summer Research Programs Workshops (Undergraduate Research Program)
Thinking of applying for summer research programs? Come learn how to approach the application process, write the personal statement, ask faculty for letters of recommendation, and get the most out of your summer research experience.

Thursday, December 3rd, 3:30 - 4:30 171 MGH
Friday, December 4th, 3:30 - 4:30 171 MGH
Friday, January 8th, 3:30 - 4:30 171 MGH
Wednesday, January 13th, 2:30 - 3:30 171 MGH

Register here:

Amazing STEM Volunteering Opportunities for the Winter Quarter

Health Innovation Prototype Funding Application Due Dec 14th!

Prototype Funding Application Window is Now Open!

$15K in prototype for the Health Innovation Challenge

Apply by December 14th Application here!

About the Health Innovation Challenge
Innovations in health and healthcare are sparking new approaches to wellness, to care and treatment, to safety and access. If you have a passion for health innovation, a knack for solving problems, and the desire to make an impact, form a team and enter the new Health Innovation Challenge and pitch your idea to 100+ judges the afternoon of March 3rd, 2016.

What is eligible?
Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available to help with creating a physical model, object, or device.  Student teams are invited to apply for funds that can be used to purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with high level skills beyond the team’s capacity. Let the review committee know you have worked hard to get discounts, free items, pro-bono work from experts that will augment your need for funds. Prototype funding may not be used for marketing, business cards, displays, signage, visuals, etc. You cannot buy computers, 3-D printers, phones, or pay team members, transportation or lodging.  You cannot use funds for legal or other professional fees.  Awards generally are between $500 and $3000, although other requests will be considered.

Due Dates (open to students from all colleges in the Pacific Northwest):
·         Prototype application Due Monday, December 14th midnight. Apply here.
·         Team Formation website is open! Find a team to join or enter your team here.
·         Team Registration January 22 – February 1 for the Health Innovation Challenge on March 3rd.
·         Official entry due February 8, no late entries! (upload your 5-7 page business summary)
Learn more at or
Contact Terri Butler at or 206-685-5538

EE 400 D Device Design Capstone

Is there a device you have been dreaming about?
Do you want to get a job in the semiconductor industry?

If so, I may have a course for you. I am teaching a new course in Device Design next quarter. This course satisfied the capstone requirement in the Devices area, but would also be valuable for students interested in VLSI design. The focus of the course will be a quarter-long design project of some electronic or optoelectronic device. Some examples would be a thin film solar cell or an ultra-low power transistor. Other possibilities include LEDs, sensors, power electronic devices, or almost anything you can imagine. The reason that such a broad range of options are available is that we will be using the same powerful TCAD suite used by industry to design their devices.

More information on the course is available at

SLN 13340
TTh 230-420
EEB 003

Join Pipeline’s Alternative Spring Break!

What are you doing this spring break? Spend UW spring break in a rural or tribal community of Washington State working with local elementary and middle schools on literacy arts projects. It’s an amazing positive experience to learn and grow for everyone involved. Applications due December 7th

Read more here:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Online SUSTAINABLE business course for non-business majors

ESRM 321, Finance & Accounting From a Sustainability Perspective (SLN 14384) is an online course (except for two mandatory in-person exams on 2.9 and 3.10) that does not charge an additional fee and offers 5 credits, NW, and I&S. This course has no prerequisites. Below is overview info, and details are on the website at
Overview: Finance and Accounting. In ESRM 321, we explore two of the four primary business dimensions: finance and accounting (companion course ESRM 320 explores marketing and management). Finance refers to the flows and uses of money among individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments and associated processes, institutions, and markets. Accounting involves recording, classifying, summarizing, and interpreting business transactions to provide management and stakeholders with information about a company’s performance, liquidity, growth, value, etc. Sustainability. Refers to integrating environmental, social, and financial elements in order to meet the needs of people today without compromising Earth’s capacity to provide for future generations. Integrating these three is called the triple bottom line. In business, the bottom line refers to net income or profits because it is the last (i.e., bottom) line in a company's income statement; profits are essential because a business is unsustainable without them. Sustaining the planet over the long term depends not on one but all three bottom lines. We will explore the meaning and importance of sustainable business practices that respect and adhere to best environmental science methods and ethical social responsibility standards. The context for this exploration will be assessing data in corporate sustainability reports. Companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges are required by law to report financial performance, but no laws exist for reporting social responsibility and environmental performance. However, in response to stakeholders many corporations voluntarily issue annual sustainability reports that provide information on the company’s environmental and social responsibility practices and performance.
Course Goals: ESRM 321 has two goals: to provide a context for 1) learning business concepts AND 2) hands on experience assessing corporate sustainability performance. The learning objectives below in bold are achieved through listening to the recorded business lectures and reading the Nickels textbook while the learning objectives underlined below are achieved through assessing GRI indicators using sustainability report information.
Learning Objectives (at the end of this course, students should be able to do the following).
  • Explain finance, accounting, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability concepts
  • Summarize what money is, counterfeiting deterrence, and financial institutions
  • Explain the functions of the U.S. Federal Reserve System and its monetary policy tools
  • Describe stock markets, investing strategies, and socially responsible investing
  • Analyze financial statements (e.g., balance sheets, income statements)
  • Define corporate financial management
  • Describe Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for sustainability reporting
  • Assess GRI economic and environment indicators to measure actual sustainability performance
  • Analyze real world sustainability performance using data in corporate sustainability reports
  • Summarize and interpret sustainability performance data

Looking for Study Space?

UW-IT wants to remind you about SpaceScout: a web and mobile app that helps you find what you need in a study space, and includes the ability to rate and review spaces, and invite study partners to a space. Check it out at on your browser or smartphone. End the quarter successfully and find the perfect place to study!

Want to be an Amazon Recruiter?

Location: The HUB
Date: Dec. 2nd, 6-8PM
Title: Want to be an Amazon Recruiter?
Amazon’s unique Talent Acquisition Development Program is designed to prepare high potential undergraduates for accelerated careers in Global Talent Acquisition. As a participant in this high-profile program, you will develop a broad set of skills and experiences as you progress through training, focused skills development, and mentoring. This is a career track program designed to advance you through your career and prepare you to become a successful recruiter within Global Talent Acquisition. These roles are based in our headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
The program provides development in the areas of talent identification, talent mapping and sourcing, recruiting research, candidate development, interview skills, assessment skills, negotiation skills, client management, and talent consultation skills within Amazon’s Global Talent Acquisition organization.

If you’re interested in becoming a recruiter at Amazon, come to our networking night! We’ll be hosting the VP of Amazon Web Services Talent Acquisition, Ardine Williams, for an information and networking session in Smith 205. Also hear from a panel of TADPs current and past, and share your resume with members of the program. We are hiring!

Entry Level Position with Aerotek

Top Three Skills:

Job Description:

Entry level electrical designer/engineer for production of construction documents in a fast paced and challenging environment.
Ultimate Responsibilities:
•Design for electrical systems ranging from simple to complex. Types of design can include power, lighting, distribution systems, heat trace, and general equipment installation designs.
•Short circuit analysis, overcurrent protective device coordination, and review of power quality and reliability.
•Coordination with design team members, both in electrical and other disciplines.
•Attendance at client design review meetings for presentation to customer.
•Technical writing of specifications, sequence of operations, testing documents and reports 
Work Environment:

Cube Farm at Intel RS6 


•Entry level position – no direct experience required.
•Excellent technical writing skills.
•Ability and willingness to learn quickly and independently.
•Good communicator and team player.
•Ability to follow instruction.
•Highly organized.
•A general sense of responsibility and follow-through.
•Dedication and commitment, including punctuality and the willingness to do what it takes to get the job done, including working extra hours when needed.
•Interest in professional growth.
•Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Outlook
•Experience and/or familiarity with fab facilities is a plus.
•AutoCAD experience is a plus, but not required
•BSEE or equivalent degree from an accredited university (power focus in their coursework, or at least blend of power and microelectronics)
•EIT accreditation is a plus 

Performance Expectations:

initiative, ability to learn, communication, organization, professionalism (do they dress and act the part), punctuality, quality (accuracy on whatever work their doing), and productivity (are they are on pay with being able to get their job done in the allocated budget/time) 

Additional Information:

No Master's required
High GPA preferred but not required (3.0 at least)
strong writing skills/reports - must be able to provide examples from school or projects
pure microelectronics-focused EE program won't work
1st Day - project dependent, but pair up w senior engineer to show the ropes...sit down for an hour and go over what resources they can use to get the job done
Best vs. Average - self-starter, figure things out themselves, good report writer, ambitious and wants to pursue their PE 

If you are interested, please contact Ryan Kamisato,  <>

Information Session Creative Writing in Rome

The English Department will be holding an information session on Friday, December 4, 3:30-4:30pm in Thompson Hall, room 135 for students interested in the Summer 2016 Creative Writing in Rome Program.

All students are welcome to apply. No experience in literary analysis or creative writing is presumed. The Summer Creative Writing in Rome Program is open to anyone (undergraduates, graduates, graduate students, alumni, citizens-at-large) seeking to join an intensive program in the written arts. The ideal participant for this program will be interested in creative writing, ready to take intellectual and creative risks, open to the challenges and excitement of living in a foreign city, and open to having a grand adventure.

The application is now open on the study abroad website! Application deadline: January 29, 2016.

NOTE: If you spoke with me at the study abroad fair earlier this month, the date was erroneously discussed as January 31st. It has been changed to January 29th!

Summer Creative Writing in Rome
June 20 - July 20, 2016 (4.5 weeks, 15 credits)
(modified A-Term dates)

JOIN a band of ink-stained adventurers for a month of concentrated exercise and conversation in and about the Eternal City. We explore Rome from a variety of perspectives--as avid readers and intrepid writers, through history and geography, art and architecture, language and literature, not to mention the color and flavor of daily life in Italy, where they know carpe diem is more than a catch-phrase. Following in the footsteps of those poets, painters, saints and soldiers who for some two and a half millennia have traveled where all roads lead, we'll write our way into the heart of the city, poking into the foundations of civilization as we go, honing our writerly skills and enthusiasms in conversation, practice, and stride.
Classes will be held at the University of Washington Rome Center at the 17th-century Palazzo Pio, situated in the vibrant center of the city’s historical district, as well as out and about in the city itself. A number of field trips, museum visits, and excursions will also be included in the program fee. Housing will be in shared apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center.

"I don't think any given year I've spent at the UW has affected me as profoundly as that single month I spent in Rome."

--Alden Witt, past participant

2 leadership course offerings in winter 2016

1)      Business Administration 391/General Studies 391R
Course name:  Learning Leadership Theory and Practice
Schedule:  Friday, 1:30-3:20 p.m. (1:30-2:20 p.m. lecture followed by leadership lab section 2:30-3:20 p.m.)
Instructor:  Dr. Christina Fong, Principal Lecturer, Foster School of Business
Credits: 2 credits graded
Size of class:  240 students (enrollment limited to first year freshmen)
SLN: 21825

Have you been thinking about how you will make a difference in your own life and how you affect the people around you? We are looking for first year students—those who would call themselves leaders and those who don’t yet—to enroll in a new course on leadership development. Our principle belief is that all students—no matter who they are or what they are like—can  be the architect of their leadership journeys at UW.   Using a combination of large format lectures, small leadership labs facilitated by amazing student and staff leaders, guest speakers, and cutting edge technology like online games, our aim is to give first year students a customized experience of self-reflection and connection to others to accelerate their leadership development.   

How to register

To register, go to this website: and submit the required information.  You will be automatically registered on a first come first served basis.


This course is made possible through a partnership between the Husky Leadership Initiative, the Foster School of Business and the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking.


2)      General Studies 391I
Course name:  Leadership Firesides
Schedule:  Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Credits: 1 credit graded CR/NC
Size of class:  room for up to 80 students
SLN: 14826

Husky Leadership Initiative Leadership Firesides offer ongoing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The Firesides are a way for students to learn more about and reflect on leadership and build their leadership competence and confidence. This new course will offer students an opportunity to take a deep dive into the Firesides series.  Registered students will attend the weekly Leadership Firesides, participate in an introductory session (Week 1) and a closing session (Week 10) and submit weekly written reflections on the presentations.

For more information, visit:
Questions? Contact

*Get a taste for Leadership Firesides by attending one this Thursday, December 3 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in The HUB Lounge.  Seattle educators and activists Jesse Hagopian and Anastasia Samuelsen will shared their stories of resilience in their lives and will highlight what they experienced during the recent Seattle teacher strike. 

Upcoming CSE Distinguished Lectures

Tuesday December 8, 3:30, CSE Atrium: Alan Eustace, ex-Google, on his free-fall parachute jump from 136,000 feet.
Thursday December 10, 3:30, EEB 105: Jeannette Wing, Microsoft Research Corporate VP, on Microsoft Research.
Thursday December 17, 3:30, CSE Atrium: John Markoff, NY Times, on his newest book, "Machines of Loving Grace."

HCDE Seminar Series: "Reflection and its Relevance to Engineering Education and Human-Centered Design, " a talk by Jennifer Turns

Reflection and its Relevance to Engineering Education and Human-Centered DesignJENNIFER TURNS, HCDE PROFESSOR
DECEMBER 2, 2015
4:30—5:20 P.M.
Reflecting, or exploring the meaning of experiences and the consequences of the meanings for future action, is a form of thinking that warrants greater attention. Reflection can be a means to improve performance, achieve goals, and even grapple with what one scholar (Robert Kegan) calls “the mental demands of modern life.” In this talk, Dr. Turns will discuss efforts to operationalize, understand, and support reflection. As part of this, she will describe the activities of the recently funded Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (a consortium of twelve higher education institutions). She will also focus on how reflection connects to human-centered design and HCI, and particularly the design opportunities that are related to reflection.
About Jennifer Turns
Dr. Jennifer Turns is a professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and co-director of the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education. She researches primarily in the field of engineering education. She currently focuses on supporting reflection on experience and creating more connections between research and practice. Turns’ thought-provoking and innovative research makes her one of the most highly respected specialists in the engineering education field.

WestRock info session & interviews for summer internships

WestRock InfoSession – Tuesday, December 8th from 5:30-7:30pm
Meet the Employer – Mary Gates Ctr.
134 Mary Gates Hall (Lobby), Seattle Campus

The WestRock, Tacoma, WA Mill is recruiting for Summer 2016 Internships in our Maintenance, Project, and Process Control Engineering Departments.

We will be hosting an on-campus information session at 5:30 PM on December 8, 2015 for Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineers in the Career Center.  Food will be provided.  Interviews for select candidates will occur the following day.

To apply, please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to  Dwayne Nys by Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (Reference Summer 2016 Internship and your major in the subject line) or bring it to the information session.

We look forward to meeting all of you.