Conley is also an IEEE Fellow and was elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. In other recent achievements, he nearly made it to the top of Marys Peak on his road bike starting from his house in Corvallis, but got turned around by snow.
“I am excited about my new role as associate editor which will be continuing my long service to IEEE that began in graduate school as a reviewer for Transactions on Nuclear Science,” Conley said. “I view associate editorship as an honor as well as an obligation. It will require much hard work but will give me the opportunity to arrange for appropriate and constructive technical reviews and to influence the content and quality of one of IEEE’s flagship journals.”
The coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop the OSU Hackathon Club from holding BeaverHacks Spring 2020 on March 27-29. Seventy-four participants formed 17 teams to develop a website, app, or API on the theme of community building.
It was held online — the usual venue for the club’s events, since the organizers are computer science students in the online baccalaureate program. However, the global health emergency still had an influence on the event.
“We had a lot of submissions that somehow tied to the pandemic,” said Jordon Bartos, postbaccalaureate student in computer science and president of the club.
Teams were judged by a panel of instructors and industry representatives. The club distributed $400 in prizes to the following winners:
“It was incredibly gratifying to win, because the focus of our project was something all of us felt very passionately about,” said Mae La Presta, postbaccalaureate student in computer science. She was part of the winning team that created the Reading Room app to help foster a sense of community when social distancing has become the new norm.
Although the club was started by students from the online program, they welcome all Oregon State students. Bartos says his priority as president is to grow the membership of the club and raise awareness of their events. Future events could include collaborations with other clubs on campus.
“I feel pretty strongly about the benefits of the Hackathon club because when I competed in the first one, it really ignited something in me for coding in general,” Bartos said.
Participants say that learning new technical skills, building relationships with other students, and having the reward of creating something new were the main benefits of the experience.
“I was impressed by what everyone was able to accomplish by the end of the weekend. The presentations were incredible, and it was so cool to see what everyone’s ideas were,” said Manda Jensen, postbaccalaureate student in computer science.
Congratulations to the 512 students majoring in electrical and computer engineering or computer science who made the College of Engineering Dean’s List for winter term of 2020! These undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students achieved better than a 3.75 GPA with at least 12 credits.
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A collaborative project with researchers at Oregon State University and University of Southern California received Best Paper Runner-Up Award at a top conference for computer architecture. The research examines if machine learning can also teach us anything about computer architectural design.
Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor of computer
science, was awarded the 2020 iGIANT Champion Award for her outstanding
research contributions to inclusive software design. iGIANT® (impact of
Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies) is a nonprofit corporation
that promotes best practices for gender/sex-specific design elements.
“I am honored to be recognized for my work with iGIANT, but
all of it was a team effort,” Burnett said.
“None of it would have been possible without the help of many other
volunteers, including Larissa Letaw and Jillian Emard here at OSU, working
together to help iGIANT’s mission of inclusiveness and equitable experiences
for all genders.”
Over the last decade, much of Burnett’s research has focused on gender inclusiveness in software. Her internationally recognized work in this area with students and collaborators has shown gender differences in ways people problem solve with software.
Burnett developed a method called GenderMag with her collaborators that enables
IT professionals to identify and eliminate gender biases in the software. She
and Anita Sarma, associate professor of computer science, lead the research
team that is helping academic and industry partners develop inclusive design
for software and websites. Their work was featured in the story, “Oregon
State leads fight against gender bias in software,” published by Oregon
State’s news and research communications office.
For the third consecutive year, a team of Oregon State University
computer science students placed first regionally in the Cyberforce Competition hosted by the Department of Energy on November
15-16, 2019. They competed against 17 teams at Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. The team placed sixth in the
nationwide competition, which included over 100 teams.
The team included members from the Oregon State Security Club: Cody Holliday, Ryan Kennedy, Matt Jansen, Khuong Luu, Zach Rogers, and Zander Work. Yeongjin Jang, assistant professor of computer science, advised the team.
“This competition is a highlight of the year for me,” said Zander
Work, president of the OSU Security Club. “I really enjoy getting to test out
my defensive skills in a live environment against a skilled red team. I also
enjoy the added twist of securing some real-world industrial infrastructure,
rather than a typical IT environment.”
“Open source software is changing the technology and
workforce landscape. Our work will help open source software tools and
technology support diverse cognitive styles that will help bring diversity in
thought by enabling diversity in open source contributors.”
– Anita Sarma, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Oregon State.
Lead PI: Anita Sarma, associate professor of
computer science, Oregon State University
Co-PI: Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor
of computer science, Oregon State University
In collaboration with:
PI: Igor Steinmacher, assistant professor,
Northern Arizona University
Co-PI: Marco Gerosa, associate professor,
Northern Arizona University
National Science Foundation
$1.4 million between the two universities, $870,773 to Oregon State.
This research will investigate whether and how open source
software tools and technologies have gender biases tied with diverse
problem-solving styles, and how to remove any such biases.
This work will harness foundational gender research to
provide theory-based yet practical solutions and redesigns of open source
software projects to address the underrepresentation of women.
The redesigns and the process of creating inclusive tools
will be empirically evaluated to create a compendium of “best
practices” for fixing gender-bias bugs, in both products (what suitable
fixes are to such bugs) and processes (how open source software teams can work
together to fix gender-bias bugs).
Open source is having a significant impact on society, in
the products it produces and the career paths that it facilitates. However,
women are vastly underrepresented among open source developers. This is a
significant concern to these communities because it prevents them from
receiving the benefits of a larger talent pool and of team diversity. The
problem is perpetuated when women developers miss the learning and professional
growth opportunities that open source software projects provide, and are
overlooked when open source contributions are used to make hiring decisions.
Our work will help break down these gender-bias barriers in tools and
technology used in open source software.
A graduate student at Oregon State University has won a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Lawrence Roy is one of fewer than 6 percent of applicants to receive the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. Roy is studying toward a doctoral degree in computer graphics.
The fellowship, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Each year, the program grants fellowships to support doctoral students whose education and research focus on using high-performance computers to solve complex science and engineering problems of national importance. Since it was launched in 1991, the DOE fellowship has supported 456 students at more than 65 universities.
DOE fellowship students receive full tuition and fees plus an annual stipend and academic allowance, renewable for up to four years. In return, recipients must complete courses in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics.
In August, Stephen Ramsey, assistant professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, along with his collaborators, received an additional $351,443 in funding to develop a biomedical data translator, bringing the total funds this year to $788,443.
The award is part of a program by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build a tool that brings together medical data from various sources to better understand health and disease and, ultimately, to diagnose and treat patients more quickly.
Ten teams across the country are working on the biomedical data translator, in what started out as a competition, but is now a collaborative effort.
The unusual program required the teams to first solve a series of puzzles before they could view the RFA (request for application). The funding is not a grant, but instead called an “other transaction” award. The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the branch of NIH that is running the program, continually assesses the progress of the teams and doles out funding for short periods of time based on the progress of the teams.
“It’s a very flexible model which enables us to be nimble,” Ramsey said. “They can make adjustments to the deliverables to focus resources on things that are working, and not dedicate resources to approaches that aren’t working.”
Two students of computer science in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships that will provide three years of research funding while they attend graduate school. This prestigious award recognizes and supports outstanding early career graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Christopher Mendez, a graduate student, and Alannah Oleson, an undergraduate, received the awards for research in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). There were a total of eight students across the U.S. to receive the award for HCI research.
This prestigious award recognizes and supports outstanding early career graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. A total of 2,000 fellowships are awarded per year across all STEM fields.
Both Mendez and Oleson are advised by Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett who co-founded the area of end-user software engineering, which aims to improve software for computer users who are not trained in programming. Her current research investigates gender-neutral software, uncovering gender inclusiveness issues in software from spreadsheets to programming environments.
Mendez and Oleson are extending Burnett’s research into different areas: Mendez is investigating how technology can empower people of low socioeconomic status; and Oleson is researching how best to teach inclusive software design methods and principles to university-level computer science students.
Mendez is continuing his research with Burnett at Oregon State, and Oleson will be starting graduate school next fall at the University of Washington.