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Oregon State names interim vice president for research
Oregon State University President Ed Ray Wednesday named Irem Tumer as interim vice president for research. Tumer is a professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State and associate dean for research in the university’s College of Engineering. She is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a former program manager at NASA. More...

Oregon State's CoRIS program is crafting 'leaders of this robotics wave' (Pac-12 Network)
Oregon State's Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute (CoRIS) is tackling ways to improve human lives through robots. Professor Bill Smart mentions how projects range within the program, from the mathematics to the mechanical design and build to how they interact with people. Recognized as one of the top robotics institutes in the country, CoRIS Director Kagan Tumer credits it for producing leaders in the robotics wave. More...

Robots Flex Their Stuff (Terra)
After seeing the creations in Yigit Mengüç’s robotics lab at Oregon State University, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had wandered into a sci-fi film. Mengüç, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering has tentacle-like arms waving, synthetic snakes wiggling, and an underwater hanging machine, that at first glance resembles a living octopus, all lending life to the lab. These aren’t sights most people expect when they think of robots. However, they are typical for researchers in OSU’s soft robotics lab. Here, on the cutting edge — although there isn’t a solid edge to be found on most of these creations — the group is finding revolutionary new ways to fabricate and design machines that look and feel more like flesh than concrete. More...

Mark Your Calendar 

Graduate student career and communication workshops with Dr. Peter Fiske
Improve your skills by spending a day with invited speaker Dr. Peter Fiske. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School, College of Engineering and the College of Science. Two workshops are offered at the Memorial Union Horizon Room and also live online. Seating is limited. Register today
Mon., Oct. 22 | Memorial Union Horizon Room

Colloquium: Reinforcement Learning for Healthcare
In this talk, Finale Doshi-Velez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will talk about a number of directions her group is developing in her lab to identify personalized treatment policies from electronic health and registry records.  Their approaches achieve state-of-the-art results on HIV management and initial promising results for sepsis management.  Next, She will dive into how they evaluated these algorithms when they could not test on new patients and had to rely only on the observational data -- highlighting both current work in their lab on off-policy evaluation as well as more general gotchas that remind us to all be careful scientists.
Mon., Oct. 22 | 4 to 4:50 p.m. | LInC 200

The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Oregon State University will host this daylong symposium. OSU faculty and national experts will participate in this symposium and discuss the potential benefits, risks, ethics and uncertainties of the emerging technologies of artificial intelligence and robotics.
Tues., Oct. 23 | LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M HILL Alumni Center | Register

Start Smart Negotiation Workshop
This two hour interactive workshop is for all engineering students who want to learn how to negotiate to be paid what they are worth. Participants will learn how to set their target salary range and have the opportunity to practice common negotiation strategies. Wage gap issues and additional salary resources are also covered. Food will be provided. Space is limited. Register here: https://leadership.engineering.oregonstate.edu/webform/start-smart-registration.
Wed., Oct. 24 |  4 to 6 p.m. | Johnson 221

MIME Distinguished Speaker: "Maximizing Student Motivation and Learning through Research-based Redesign of Engineering Curricula and Instruction," by Tom Litzinger, Ph.D.
Professor Litzinger, professor mechanical engineering, director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education, and Assistant Dean, Educational Innovation, Accreditation and Digital Learning at Penn State, will begin with a discussion of issues with traditional engineering curricula and instruction, which research has shown to be less than optimal for maximizing student motivation and learning.  These issues include: an overemphasis on procedural knowledge at the expense of conceptual understanding, ineffective use of laboratory instruction, and inadequate number of opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to authentic engineering problems.  Drawing upon research in psychology, educational psychology, and engineering education, he will then describe changes to engineering curricula and instruction that address these issues.  The research on which the changes are based include the development of expertise, complex problem solving, conceptual learning, inquiry-based learning, and the impact of instructional methods on student learning. 
Fri., Oct. 26 | 11 a.m. | Rogers 226

OSU AIAA to host NASA JPL Flight Systems Engineer
Come and join OSU AIAA on Friday, October 26th at 2:00pm in Batcheller Hall, Room 150 for a talk with Miss Tracy Drain! Miss Drain is a Flight Systems Engineer at NASA's JPL who has worked on missions such as Juno and Psyche. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about what its like to work for NASA, and particularly, what it's like to work on some of their high-profile missions.
Fri., Oct. 26 | 2 to 3 p.m. | BAT 150

Leadership Academy Summit
Kick off your leadership development this year with the College of Engineering Leadership Academy’s fifth annual Summit event. Attend keynotes and breakout sessions to learn from experts in engineering and leadership, network with industry leaders, connect with other students, hear about the latest innovations in the Academy, and even win some awesome door prizes! To RSVP, please visit https://leadership.engineering.oregonstate.edu/leadership-academy-summit-2018. Contact coeleadershipacademy@oregonstate.edu with any questions.  
Sat., Oct. 27 | 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Oregon State 150th Anniversary Celebration
Oregon State's Corvallis campus to be created with cake buildings, placed on top of a map of campus. In preparation we invite you to show your cake decorating skills, or just have fun with a team in the construction of a building.  We will provide the cake and decorating kit.  SIGN UP NOW!  You will be asked to share your name, contact information and if you can build on Friday, October 26 in McNary Dining Hall conference room.  If you work better under pressure and would like to decorate a building on Saturday morning, we will be decorating in the lobby of Mazama at Big River.   
Sat., Oct. 27 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Corvallis Farmers' Market 

URSA Engage Information/Networking Workshop
The 2018-2019 URSA Engage program will be described, and information provided on how applicants can seek and approach mentors, and develop a successful application. Following the presentation, potential faculty mentors will present their research and examples of potential projects. At the end of the event, we will host a networking session where undergraduates and mentors can meet, discuss potential projects and exchange contact information.
Mon., Nov. 5 | 5 to 6:30 p.m. | Cordley Hall, 1109


Matlab helpdesk is offered in Dearborn 119A. We have students available every day of the week, including the weekend and some evenings.Get hands-on help with Matlab: finding and fixing bugs; writing scripts and functions; loops, logic, variables; plotting; and more. Full schedule.

ACM SIGAI Essay Contest on on Artificial Intelligence Technologies: After the success of our 2017 version of the contest we are happy to announce another round of the ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest on Artificial Intelligence Technologies! Win one of several $500 monetary prizes or a Skype conversation with a leading AI researcher including Joanna Bryson, Murray Campbell, Eric Horvitz, Peter Norvig, Iyad Rahwan, Francesca Rossi, or Toby Walsh. Students are invited to write an essay discussing this year's topics for consideration for prizes and publication in the ACM SIGAI Newsletter!  Please see the blog post or PDF call for full details. Deadline: Jan 10, 2019.  http://sigai.acm.org/aimatters/blog/2018/09/22/2018-acm-sigai-student-essay-contest-on-artificial-intelligence-technologies/  PDF Call: https://sigai.acm.org/aimatters/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SIGAIEssay2018.pdf

The College of Engineering offers peer tutoring on a drop-in basis for a variety of subjects, and many other campus resources are ready to assist as well! Check out the tutoring schedule (and lots of other useful info) on our web page: academics.engr.oregonstate.edu/student-success

The 2019 Building Future Faculty (BFF) program will be offered by NC State University on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - Friday, April 5, 2019. This all-expenses paid workshop is designed for diverse graduate students and post-doctoral students who are preparing for a career as a faculty member.  Workshop topics include information regarding what to expect as a faculty member, a discussion of the wealth of resources available to faculty for teaching, and expectations of productivity for faculty engaged in research. During the workshop, participants will spend time with current faculty and department chairs in their discipline discussing effective strategies to prepare for an academic career, and the realities of life as a faculty member, as well as receiving personal tips and feedback. This program aims to increase faculty diversity and inclusion and to create a faculty that mirrors the increasingly diversified student population. For the application for the 2019 Building Future Faculty program and more information about the program, please visit the Building Future Faculty website  https://oied.ncsu.edu/divweb/building-future-faculty-program/. Applications are due by Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:55 pm EST.


The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $500 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, October 26, with notification in Week 7. Visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links.

Internship/Fellowship Opportunities

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is currently seeking Fellowship Applicants and Panelists for the 2019 Class.The NDSEG Fellowships last for a period of up to three years (based on continued funding), and covers full tuition and mandatory fees.  Fellows also receive a monthly stipend of $3,200 and up to $1,200 a year in medical insurance. Apply.

Spartan Light Metal Products seeks industrial and manufacturing engineers for summer internships in Missouri. The position includes competitive pay and housing assistance. Virtual interviews may be available. The employment timing listed on their website is for semester schools, but may be flexible to accommodate the quarter system. Internships run from 8 to 12 weeks. You can access the job posting flyer, with info about how to apply: https://oregonstate.box.com/s/medsowxh7ft3n8fno72s4jf20ogudue6.

Summer Intern - Wood Products Manufacturing OR, WA, MT at Weyerhaeuser #1970481

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Student Technical Assistant (Impact Studio Research Intern). The Impact Studio is a place for teams of faculty, staff, and students to develop, test, and incubate bold ideas that will advance the University’s strategic goals. The Internship Program is designed to give hands-on experience researching the potential of business initiatives originating from the Oregon State University community. As a student intern, you will take part in a variety of tasks needed to evaluate the audience needs, market potential, competition and industry landscape. https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/66653

Job Opportunities


Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

The School of MIME at Oregon State University is conducting faculty searches in Design, Industrial Engineering, and Robotics. The positions are also posted on our Faculty and Staff Openings webpage. Note that our full consideration date is earlier this year, Nov. 1.

The Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) Department at the University of Arizona invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in the areas of (1) Management Science and Engineering, (2) Human-Technology Frontier in the Context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, (3) Shared Economy, (4) Probabilistic Modeling and Analysis, and (5) Facilities Design and Planning. Apply at https://uacareers.com (citing posting #F21610).

Open Rank (Asst/Assoc/Full Professor), Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida

Assistant Professor-Mechanical Engineering (Thermal/Fluid/Energy), New York Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor-Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics/Robotics/Controls), New York Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Boston University

Assistant Professor in Polymer Materials, College of Engineering, Boston University

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