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Boise State Engineering Students First at International Aero Design Competition
Students in Boise State’s College of Engineering are celebrating a first-place overall win in the advanced category of the 2012 SAE Aero Design West competition held in Van Nuys, Calif. It is the first time Boise State has won after competing for the past six years in designing, building and flying a remotely piloted aircraft capable of carrying a high payload while meeting strict competition specifications. [continue reading...]
2012 Boise Code Camp Set for This Weekend
Boise’s Code Camp is among the largest gathering of software and technology professionals in the inland northwest, attracting around 400 participants from Idaho and nearby states. The event is organized by technology community volunteers and hosted every year on the Boise State University campus by the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering.
It aims to bring topics and training in cutting-edge software and information technology to the participants. There are approximately 55 presenters this year on topics ranging from Big Data to mobile apps.
Code Camps are free to attend with sponsors underwriting the costs. The event is sponsored by Boise State University, Acquity Group, Bodybuilding.com, Clearwater Analytics, Healthwise, Infragistics, MetaGeek, Mobile Data Force, Keynetics, Microsoft and several other software companies as well as individuals. Sponsors use Code Camps to recruit talent and keep their name and products before the technology community.
The 2012 Boise Code Camp will be held on Saturday, March 24th at Boise State Student Union Building. Registration begins at 8 am, keynote at 9 am, sessions begin at 9:45 am.
For more information, contact:
Amit Jain, 426-3821
Dave Starr, 577-7000 cell
Scott Nichols, 859-1256 cell
Job Market Looking Up for New College Graduates
A recent survey by the National Assn. of Colleges and Employers found that businesses expect to hire 9.5% more college graduates this year than last, broadening a recovery since 2009 when such hiring plummeted 22%.
“Hiring projections by industry indicate positive movement nearly across the board,” the report said, with the strongest demand for business, engineering and computer science majors.
Similar good news was delivered by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, which expects hiring of new college graduates to rise 7%.
“Employers are now more optimistic about the college labor market than at any time since 2007,” its report stated. Salaries of recent college graduates average about $36,000, it showed, varying by industry and major: electrical engineering majors made $55,000 and psychology majors $35,230.
CS Faculty Candidate Presentation Friday, 3/23 at 9:40 a.m.
Faculty Candidate Daqing Hou will be presenting his work on Evaluating Forum Discussions to Inform the Design of an API Critic on Friday, March 23, at 9:40 a.m. in MEC 114. Biographical information and abstract are included below.
Dr. Daqing Hou is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Clarkson University, Potsdam NY. His teaching and research interests are in Software Engineering, applications of statistical learning theory, and Computer Science Education. He is the author and co-author of 38 rigorously peer-reviewed research papers. His research has been funded by the Province of Alberta, CITeR, IBM, NSERC, and NYSERDA. He has graduated 1 PhD and 8 MS students. Currently, he advises 1 PhD, 5 MS, and 2 Honors students. He regularly serves on the Program Committees of the IEEE International Conferences on Program Comprehension (ICPC), Software Maintenance (ICSM), and the IEEE Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE), as well as a reviewer for various journals.
Learning to use a software framework and its API (Application Programming Interfaces) can be a major endeavor for novices. To help, we have built a critic to advise the use of an API, within an IDE, based on the formal semantics of the API. Specifically, whenever the state of the API client code triggers any predefined formal API usage rules, the critic offers three kinds of critiques for the API client code: criticisms (“this code behavior is inappropriate”), explanations (“what have caused the code to behave this way”), and recommendations (“you may need this next”). These critiques are broadly designed to address the respective well-known challenges in debugging, understanding, and finding relevant solutions.
To assess to what extent our critic can help solve API usage problems and what kinds of API usage rule can be formulated, we manually analyzed 150 discussion threads from the Java Swing Forum that are related to GUI Composition and Layout. We categorize the discussion threads according to how they can be helped by the critic. We find that all three kinds of critiques are useful and justified, API problems of the same nature appear repeatedly in the forum, and that API problems of the same nature can be addressed by implementing a new API usage rule for our critic. We will illustrate the API usage rules with concrete examples. We will describe the nature of the API usage rules and how our critic checks them. We will also discuss the kind of code behavior inference that is needed in order to make the critic smarter and more powerful and the tradeoffs involved. Unlike past empirical studies that are focused on answering why frameworks and APIs are hard to learn, ours is the first designed to produce systematic data that is directly used to build and evaluate an API support tool.
e-Camp seeking electronic products!
It’s that time of year when we are collecting electronic products that can be taken apart during e-Camp on June 3-5. e-Trash is one of the most popular activities where e-Camp participants (exiting 8th and 9th grade) take apart cell phones, printers, computers, cameras, etc. If you have some electronic stuff that you’d like to get rid of, please bring it to ENGR 101 by June 1.
Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run/Walk April 14th
CAN YOU BEAT COACH PETE?
Lace up your shoes and put your game face on! The Beat Coach Pete Scholarship Run/Walk is a great way to do your part to help Boise State students. The race will start on campus and run along the beautiful Boise City Greenbelt.
The featured racer is Coach Pete of the Boise State football team. It’s your chance to see if you can indeed “Beat Pete.” And if you Beat Pete, you’ll receive a year’s worth of bragging rights! All finishers and supporters can join us for a fun-filled finish-line bash sponsored by Recreation Services and our premier sponsors. [continue reading...]
Volunteers Needed for Science Olympiad on Saturday, 4/14, at NNU in Nampa
Volunteers are needed for the Idaho Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 14th at NNU in Nampa. The Olympiad has 23 science events for grades 6 – 12 and organizers expect about 500 students to join the competition from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Seeding help with two events:
- Fermi Questions (two sessions, back-to-back, at 11:30 -12:30 and 12:30 – 1:30. Need 20 questions with the answers documented. This can be done by a number of students, each writing a question or two. They will then need one to two students at NNU to proctor and correct the tests. A copy of the Fermi Question rules is attached.
- Robot Arm runs all day from 8:30 to 2:30. Volunteers can work a four hour shift. Volunteers need to be at NNU at 7:30 for set-up. In Robot arm, competitors bring their Robot arm and use it to move scorable objects within three minutes. Volunteers will inspect the Robot and documentation prior to operation and score points afterwards. Volunteers should bring their own calculator, pen and personal safety glasses. All other materials including lunch will be provided. A copy of the rules are attached.
For more information contact Gary Carlson at 208-362-4999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Faculty to Support LSAMP Students in Summer Research
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) has funding for 10 underrepresented STEM students to perform research this summer with faculty mentors. Students will earn ($10.50/hr) for 20 hours a week of research.
Engaging students in opportunities to explore their field of interest outside the classroom setting is critical in supporting students’ success and degree completion. Part of this vital piece of engagement is building positive mentor-ship connections between the faculty and student.
If you have research opportunities in your lab this summer or would like to learn more, email Emily Flores, LSAMP Coordinator at email@example.com. Please include your area of research and how many students you would like to mentor.
LSAMP is a 5-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)to increase the number of under-represented minority students completing baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Majors eligible for LSAMP are Biological Sciences, Information Technology, Information Science/Studies, Computer Science, Computer Systems Networking, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics, and Physics.
Faculty and Student Updates
Alark Joshi and Vanessa Gertman, computer science, and Peter Olsoy and Nancy Glenn, Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory at Idaho State University, authored a paper titled “RSVP: Remote Sensing Visualization Platform for Data Fusion.” The paper was presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality workshop on Immersive Visualization 2012 held in California’s Orange County. The presentation is part of Joshi’s ongoing work with students who worked at Idaho National Laboratory last summer.
Peter Müllner, professor of materials science and engineering at Boise State, looks at the evolution of invention and discovery in this week’s Beyond the Blue podcast, “Invention and Discovery: How and Why They Happen.” This presentation is part of a Foundational Studies course he will teach this fall.
DOW-MIT ACCESS Program Applications Now Open – Deadline is June 1st
The DOW-MIT ACCESS Program is a weekend-long symposium hosted by the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. The goal is to expose underrepresented minority students to the benefits of a graduate education in the aforementioned research areas. This 4th annual event, taking place on MIT’s campus October 12th and 13th, is an interactive and informative symposium that has proven to have a lasting impact on its past participants.
Over half of the ACCESS alumni are now enrolled in graduate programs across the country. Boise State students are encouraged to apply to this program as we continue to work toward increasing the number of under-represented minorities in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science.
For more information go to: http://access.mit.edu/2012accessannounce.pdf
For more information on the 2011 ACCESS Symposium, go to: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/access-program-shows-reality-and-rewards-of-graduate-school.html
Applications for the ACCESS Fall 2012 session are due June 1, 2012. All travel expenses, meals, and hotel accommodations for students selected to participate in the ACCESS program will be paid by us. Participation neither obligates the student to apply for graduate study nor guarantees future consideration for study at MIT. ACCESS was made possible through the generous support of Dow Chemical Corporation. For more information visit: http://access.mit.edu/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 SAME Scholarship Opportunity – Apply by April 6
Please find attached this year’s scholarship announcement for the 2012 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) scholarship. Over the past few years, we’ve been happy to award scholarships to highly qualified applicants throughout Idaho. We look forward to doing so again in 2011. The due date for the scholarship application is April 6.
- Enrolled in an engineering or architecture program leading to a BS degree or equivalent.
- AND Undergraduate class standing of sophomore, junior or senior
- AND Attending The University of Idaho, Idaho State University or Boise State University
- OR A son or daughter of a SAME Gem State Post member having undergraduate class standing of sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in an engineering or architecture program leading to a BS degree or equivalent at any accredited university
SELECTION BASED ON:
- Involvement in university and community programs
- Academic standing – GPA
- Response to Scholarship Essay
For more information contact Gem State SAME Scholarship Chair Zach Hall, Zach.Hall@HDRinc.com
Applied Materials Will be on Campus interviewing EE Students on April 18th
Applied Materials will be interviewing bachelor’s and master’s EE students on Wednesday, April 18. Students need to apply on BroncoJobs to be selected for an interview. The deadline to apply is: April 4.
Customer Engineer Position – Responsibilities:
- Performs standard Tier I procedures including wafer measurement.
- Performs preventative maintenance and wet cleans independently. Assists senior engineers with corrective maintenance as needed.
- Disassembles, cleans and rebuilds kits as part of kit management quality.
- Learns and applies diagnostic techniques and use of documentation and test equipment with assistance from senior engineers.
- Able to diagnose and resolve basic technical problems.
- Strives to perform BKM’s. Uses knowledge management systems. Follows all IP guidelines.
- Has the ability to represent Applied Materials to the customer. Uses good customer service skills at all times while maintaining a professional demeanor. Displays respect for the customer by maintaining a neat and orderly work area. Demonstrates a positive attitude in less than optimal customer situations.
- Complies with all safety procedures and consistently demonstrates safety as a value.
- May be exposed to cramped work space, mechanical, electrical, and/or chemical hazards.
- Requires attentiveness to safety precautions at all times.
- Occasionally required to work rapidly for prolonged periods of time; will routinely bend, stoop, reach, and walk.
- Will be required to work overtime and/or travel on short notice, including unscheduled call-in from home and work other shifts as required.
For more information contact the Career Center at (208) 426-1747 or on the web at: http://career.boisestate.edu We are located in the Advising and Career Services Building, 1464 University Drive, just east of the Student Union Building.
Summer Research Opportunities for Students
South Dakota State University: We are inviting applications from bright undergraduates in engineering and physical sciences to participate in a unique research opportunity in computational science, photovoltaics and nanotechnology at South Dakota State University. A brochure and research descriptions of possible research areas is attached. The program will recruit 10 undergrad participants and a few graduate mentors. Faculty members can also nominate potential candidates.
For more information contact: Venkat Bommisetty, Associate Professor and Coordinator: Nano-Characterization and Nano-Fabrication Laboratories, at the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Phone: 605-688-6964; Fax: 605-688-4401
University of Florida and Clemson University Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
- University of Florida is launching a new REU for summer 2012 on Infrastructure Materials, with research areas range from mainstream materials science to topics with strong overlap with mechanical engineering and civil engineering.
- MSE at Clemson is running NSF REU for summer 2012 on Materials Science of Surfaces and Interfaces. Prof. Molly Kennedy (email@example.com, http://www.clemson.edu/mse/People/bios/Kennedy.htm) is a PI on the project.
Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer Program
For the past two years, UNLV has been granted funding from the Department of Energy-Nuclear Energy to host the Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School. This program has been very successful and we are happy to announce that we will again host the program for a third consecutive year.
Attached is a flyer which gives details of the summer school, to be held from June 4 – July 13, 2012.
If you have any questions or would like to recommend a particular student, please email Dr. Ken Czerwinski, Director of the Radiochemistry Program at UNLV, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRONCO JOBS – find details on the following jobs at http://career.boisestate.edu
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) Boise National Forest: The Forest Service will be hiring one or two students in the STEP propgram. Seeking Civil Engineering or related discipline, student cannot be on academic probation. Deadline to apply is April 1. See flyerfor details
HDR has a two intern opportunities in our Boise Office for this summer: One is for an Environmental Intern (biology, environmental science, environmental engineering, or geology student) and one position for a civil engineering (roadway, airport).
Please note, applicants have to apply online. Please do not submit resumes directly to our office.