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WEEKLY NEWS — NOV. 12, 2019


The beautiful music of robotics and AI
[Engineering Out Loud podcast]

How do you integrate ethics, policy, and practicality into the design of revolutionary robotics and artificial intelligence systems? Researchers Kagan Tumer and Tom Dietterich are collaborating to find out as they help lead the Oregon State Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute. Listen ...


HEST 242/542: “Household Energy In Guatemala” 3-credit Field Course Info Session

Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. in Rogers 226
Students from any major are invited to travel to Guatemala for 10 days in September 2020 to learn about the household energy poverty facing 40% of the world’s families and the technologies and policies that can help to address it.  More details on the info session are here and details about the past course here. Please contact the course leader, Nordica MacCarty, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, with any questions.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Bachata Dance Fundraiser

Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 the Native American Longhouse
Come join SHPE for an evening of dance! Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. The first hour is a Bachata dance lesson led by our VP and the second two hours are a Latin dance social where you can practice your new moves! Attached to this email is a flyer you may distribute to your friends, family, and anyone in general! Help us spread the word so that this fundraiser is successful. These funds are how we send SHPE members to conferences and helps us create workshops. For DAS accommodations, contact us at $5 cash or check.

Overclock 'til You Drop

Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in Graf 106
Interested in computers, overclocking, and interdisciplinary projects? Join OSU Overclocking and IEEE for games, pizza, liquid nitrogen ice cream, and overclocking. All majors, abilities, and interests welcome!

Grand Challenges Scholars Program Info Session

 Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., Johnson 219
Oregon State University’s College of Engineering is a proud member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program. This program is designed to prepare engineering undergraduate students to solve the 14 grand challenges of engineering. Join Graduate Assistant Priscila Narcio during the GCSP Info Session to learn more about the program, components, and the benefits of joining.  Students who join choose one of the fourteen challenges, build their plan around it, and when complete, they achieve the distinction of a Grand Challenges Scholar, which is endorsed by OSU and the NAE. This program can help you stand out for jobs in the field, grad school and internships. In addition, it helps you enhance your perspective of engineering, and develops your skills. Free dinner provided, please RSVP at this link! For more information, contact Priscila Narcio, the GCSP Graduate Assistant at

“Career Explorations" small groups session with MIME Engineer-in-Residence Anna Royce, Columbia Helicopters

Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. in Rogers 226
This is an opportunity for MIME students to explore career-related questions in a small group session with Anna Royce, Mechanical Engineer, Columbia Helicopters. (Please note: this is not a recruiting visit.)

Individual Appointments with School of MIME Engineer-in-Residence Anna Royce, Columbia Helicopters 

Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (six, 15-minute one-on-one appointments) in Rogers 237
To register, please “apply to” Handshake Job ID# 3247290, and the system will take you to the interview schedule to select a time slot. (Registration opens on Nov. 13  at 8 a.m.)

Explore career-related questions in private, 15-minute, one-on-one meetings with Anna Royce, Mechanical Engineer, Columbia Helicopters. (Please note: this is not a recruiting visit.)

Oregon State alumna Anna Royce graduated in 2014 with an H.B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at Oregon State she was a member of SWE, and a member and officer in OSU-AIAA. She completed an internship at Ames Research center in the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, the largest wind tunnel in the world. Royce also participated in MECOP and interned at Daimler and Precision Engineering. Since graduating, she has worked for Erickson Inc. and Columbia Helicopters, Inc., two heavy-lift helicopter companies in Oregon.

COB/COE Next Great Startup Preliminary Round Competition

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at CH2M Hill Alumni Center 
Come cheer on teams from the College of Engineering and College of Business as they compete to be automatically admitted to the draft stage of the campus-wide Next Great Startup Competition! Want to compete? Fantastic! Click here to sign up to pitch your idea. 

Materials Science Seminar: "Smart Windows: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," by Jim Abbot

Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in Rogers 226
Jim Abbott is Director of Electronic Films Engineering at Crown Electrokinetics, a small Oregon start-up, where he leads the commercialization of the core  microfluidic technology into the smart window market. He is also co-founder of Polynovation, LLC., member of the Willamette Angels, and is a member of the graduate faculty at Oregon State.

Online CS courses available for all engineering majors

Data analysis skills will advance your career in any field of engineering. Regardless of your major and level of expertise right now, multiple online courses are available at Oregon State to help you take your expertise to the next level. Here is a sample of what’s available in Winter 2020…

CS 201 – Computer Programming (for non-computer science majors)

This course’s incredibly gentle introduction to programming teaches students the basics of Python, as well as how to use Python for analyzing sample real-world datasets. Programming skills are extremely valuable for successful careers in science, engineering, public health, and business. Students can expand these skills in other, more advanced programming courses. CRN 40095. Prerequisite: C- in MTH 111 (College Algebra).

CS 161 – Introduction to Computer Science I

This course teaches how to program in Python, as well as the introductory algorithmic concepts of computer science. It is primarily meant for students majoring in computer science but can be taken by students in any major. The subsequent course, CS 162, goes deeper into algorithms and strategies for designing programs. Whereas CS 201 focuses more on data analysis skills for non-CS majors, CS 161 and 162 focus on skills for object-oriented program design and algorithmic reasoning. CRN 54828. Concurrent prerequisite: C- in MTH 112 or equivalent satisfactory Math Placement score.

CS 391 – Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science

This course satisfies the Bacc-Core requirements for Synthesis and/or Science, Technology and Society. It empowers students to analyze the relationships among science, technology, and society using critical perspectives and examples from historical, political, or economic disciplines. Students will enjoy exploring the role of science and technology in shaping other fields over the course of history. CRN 33370. Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher, and basic computer literacy.

CS 419 – Data Analytics and Applied Machine Learning for Everyone

This course will teach how to use machine learning and other methods for analyzing data using non-programming (visual) tools. It’s a great way for students without exposure to programming to learn how to obtain information from large amounts raw data. The course is accessible and potentially valuable to students in science, engineering, public health, and business. CRN 40282. Prerequisite: None enforced, but students with some programming or discrete math (e.g., CS 161, CS 201, or CS 225) might find the course easier.

CS 512 – Data Science Tools and Programming

This course on data science uses textual programming languages (e.g., Python and Java) and includes advanced algorithms suitable for efficiently processing extremely large amounts of data. Most students are enrolled in Statistics, but other graduate students can enroll. CRN 40049. Prerequisite: CS 511 or an equivalent course or programming experience in a high-level language like Python, Java or C++.

Interested in a business leadership opportunity in STEM?

The OSU Robotics Club is currently looking for individuals to fill the following Board of Business leadership positions: Community Outreach Coordinators, Event Coordinators, Photographers, Graphic Designers, Intra-University Relations, Secretary and Financial Advisors. In order to facilitate the Public Relations/Marketing application process, please fill out this form for the positions you are interested. We will be responding and interviewing on a first come first serve basis. If you have any questions please contact us at

College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Student and Faculty Spotlight

Students and faculty are key to building a supportive community that fosters engineers like you and me. Our goal is to identify Oregon State engineers who embody diversity and inclusion in their time at Oregon State through their research, clubs, leadership, teaching, and challenge common perceptions and assumptions of what an engineer looks and sounds like.

This is a call for you all to nominate your professors, coworkers, friends, and even yourself by filling out this short survey. We will be interviewing students and faculty and feature them on our Instagram account, @coediversityinclusion.
Oregon State is utilizing Handshake as the central job and internship database. Please visit Handshake and create an account to access these opportunities. Let Handshake find the jobs for you with custom search alerts.

We are looking for experienced students to apply for three paid intern positions. The main focus of our lab is on robot grasping and manipulation. Interns will work on developing hardware and software for an automated grasping testbed and novel testing equipment developed by our lab. Interns should have some experience in both software and electrical hardware. Both projects will go until the end of the school year, including the summer, based on student availability. If you are interested in applying, please email with a resume and short cover letter (~0.5 page, covering your hands-on skills and why you’re interested) attached by 11/14. Please include “[Research Opportunity: Testbed]” or “[Research Opportunity: Hands]” in the subject line (if both, please include both). Thank you.

Faculty Openings

The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure-system position at the Assistant Professor level. More ...
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