PHOTO: (click on photo to enlarge) A full page display advertisement used to hire the new head of the Oregon State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that ran in the professional society magazine IEEE Spectrum, Dec. 2014, p. 67. The recent replacement of the EECS department chairman has taken years to finish. (For more on the signal processing research background of the new head, Professor V. John Mathews, See previous post OSU soap opera ends with new head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (8/6/15)) The ad's position description brags about the OSU college of Engineering being founded in 1889 and having graduated over 30,000 engineers. The ad says 25 percent of the students come from out of state and 8 percent are international students. The EECS has over 50 tenured or tenured track faculty members with 9 million dollars of funded research. The more than 200 Ph.D. students in EECS make up over 10 percent of all Ph.D. students at OSU. The head of the search committee was Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Professor and University Honors College Dean, Dr. Toni Doolen, who started her career at HP San Diego working on the manufacturing of HP plotters and inkjet printers, before transferring to the HP Corvallis inkjet division and then leaving HP to work at OSU.
Just when I was wondering when I would get one, I finally received a letter in the U.S. Mail dated Oct. 20, 2015 from the new head of the Oregon State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Professor V. John Mathews. (See previous post OSU soap opera ends with new head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (8/6/15))
The gracious one-page letter from Dr. V. John Mathews introduced himself and highlighted his last thirty years on the faculty of the the University of Utah where his research focused on digital signal processing, which coincidentally was the topic of my Master's Degree research nearly 40 years ago. Dr. Mathews bragged about the growth of OSU over the last few years and noted there are now 3000 undergraduate and graduate students in the EECS programs. He says six new faculty members were hired this fall and he has plans to hire several more this year. He lists OSU's area of research expertise in analog and digital circuits, artificial intelligence, big data and computational biology, cybersecurity, sensors, signal processing, and software engineering. He gave his email address email@example.com and invited people to come by Corvallis and say hello.
I hope to inform Dr. V. John Mathews of the possibilities of interdisciplinary research concerning humans or animals with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity, which I have set up research funding to do. I hope to blog more on these interdisciplinary research ideas later. (See previous post OSU Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld Fund Agreement (1/4/12))
On a loosely related note, here are links to several things of interest:
- G. Pascal Zachary, "The Engineered Death: How Technology complicates the end of life," IEEE Spectrum, Sep. 2015, p. 10 North American Edition spectrum.ieee.org Posted 19 Aug 2015 -- My sister was interested in this as a medical doctor who has faced the issues mentioned in the essay.
- Lauren J. Young, "Telecom experts plot a path to 5G: The ITU is sorting through likely approaches to the next generation mobile standard," IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 2015, p. 14-15 "The ITU is sorting through likely approaches to the next-generation mobile standard" for smartphones and cell phones
- Kevin F. Kelly & Cyrus C.M. Mody, "HP Labs molecular devices. Whatever Happened to the Molecular Computer? Why the tantalizing promise of replacing silicon with molecular components has yet to be fulfilled," IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 2015, p. 60 -- R. Stanley Williams's group's discovery of the memristor in 2008 grew out of their study of molecular devices (this is work I supported as a research manager at HP Labs and Stanford in the 1980's).
- Maher F. El-Kady & Richard B. Kaner, "LightScribe supercapicitor. How a Microscopic Supercapacitor Will Supercharge Mobile Electronics. Laser-etched graphene brings Moore's Law to energy storage" IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 2015, p. 45, Posted 28 Sep 2015 (Richard B. Kaner is a chemistry professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and El-Kady is a graduate student there.) This uses a technology developed by several Corvallis HP engineers in a very novel and unanticipated way. It is unfortunate that the LightScribe technology seems to be no longer being supported by HP.
- U.S. Patent 7,172,991, "Integrated CD/DVD recording and labeling", Daryl E. Anderson, Makarand P Gore, Paul J McClellan, Hewlett-Packard Development Company -- see "LightScribe," wikipedia.org accessed Oct. 15, 2015