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Career-FIT Opportunity in Ireland – Apply Today

Career-FIT: Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme

CALL FOR APPLICANTS

www.horizon2020.ie/career-FIT

ENTERPRISE IRELAND invites applicants to its new Marie Sklodowska-Curie cofunded transnational programme that offers an opportunity for experienced researchers to develop their careers in market focused applied research in Ireland’s Technology Centres, with an enterprise secondment (of 6-12 months in an enterprise Ireland client company) during the Fellowship (of 36 months). Covering a wide range of academic and industry areas aligned with Ireland’s Smart Specialisation Strategy, the 15 Technology Centres were established to encourage greater efficiency in the interaction between researchers, industry, and the public sector, in research that promotes economic growth by its direct relevance to industry agendas. Each multidisciplinary Centre offers excellent facilities and equipment for Fellow use: experienced scientific staff to support the Fellow’s research and extensive enterprise relationships on which market focused applied research can be progressed.

Career-FIT is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020and part-funded by Enterprise Ireland. A key feature of Career-FIT is the opportunity for an experienced researcher from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market focused applied research through 3-year fellowships with secondment into industry through Ireland’s Technology Centres.

Successful candidates will carry out research in Ireland and will gain inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary exposure thorough this programme.

Experienced researchers are defined as those who are in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

There will be two calls under the Career-FIT programme. The first call has an application deadline of 31 March 2017. The second call will open in 2018. There will be 25 fellowships awarded in each call.

For more details and contact information see here.

 

CIAN Student Retreat Innovation to Market Workshop 2017

This year’s Student Retreat and Innovation to Market Workshop took place in San Francisco, CA. Students from across the CIAN universities attended to participate in the professional development and innovation workshops. Two speakers gave workshops for the students. Below is included the recording of Will Tungpagasit’s presentation on Startup Life and Bri McWhorter’s summary of best practices in formal presentations.

will-tungpagasitStartup Life: Fact and Fiction
Will Tungpagasit
Shabuta Corp.

Will Tungpagasit, engineer and entrepreneur, will share his experiences founding and building companies in Silicon Valley. He will clarify the hype surrounding the industry, what options you have to actually building a company, and specific strategies on how to innovate efficiently via entrepreneurship. Afterwards, he’ll lead a brainstorming session and meditation workshop.


bri-mcwhorterPresentation Fundamentals: Formal presentations, Elevator Pitches & Developing Your Brand
Bri McWhorter
Activate to Captivate

Using acting tools, learn the techniques that all the best public speakers utilize to craft a dynamic and compelling speech. Become familiar with the necessary vocal, articulation and breath support tools that every presenter should have. Figure out how to distill your message to clearly articulate your ideas and take advantage of every opportunity which comes your way. Explore what makes you unique, clarify your career goals and make a plan to develop your personal brand.

Defining Your Audience:
Formal Presentations, Elevator Pitches and Developing Your Brand
By Bri McWhorter

No matter where you are presenting your ideas, whether it is in a formal presentation, an elevator pitch or developing your brand, you need to think about your audience first. How you craft and deliver your message depends on who you are speaking to.

 1. Presentation

Think about what type of audience you will be addressing. Are they a technical audience or a general one? What type of jargon is appropriate? How much detail can you go into? Knowing these answers will help you develop and organize your message.

Once you have that message, you have to think about the best way to deliver it. Focus on telling your story, rather than reiterating facts. Tell the audience why they should care about your research. Get them invested in the process.

2. Elevator Pitch

In an elevator pitch, you have a very small window of time where you have to capture your audience’s attention. Have a few pitches ready depending on whom you are talking to. That way, once you know a bit about their background, you can jump into the pitch that best fits the situation.

However, it isn’t enough to have different ideas of pitches, you need to workshop them. Practice with people from different backgrounds. See what works and what doesn’t. Then adjust your message depending on that feedback. It would be a shame to miss an opportunity to connect with someone because you didn’t take the time to work on perfecting your pitches.

3. Developing Your Brand

Knowing who your target audience is will help you decide which social media platforms to utilize. There are so many options available and it can be a bit overwhelming when you are starting out. For example, if you are trying to target young millennials, Snapchat is a good place to start. However, if you are trying to reach experts in your industry, I would suggest utilizing LinkedIn first, so you can establish a larger professional network.

Once you decide who you want to target, start connecting with people. Engage with posts they’ve written. Share your own ideas by writing articles. Establish your voice and take advantage of every networking opportunity that social media provides.

Summary

During a presentation, a pitch, or building your brand, always think about your audience first. Craft your goal by thinking about things from their perspective. This will help you create, distil and deliver your message in the most effective way.

CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Lou Norman

Current Security Threats and How to Stop Them

Date:  Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time:  12pm PST, 1pm AZT, 3pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/394402895690035459

Biography

lounormanLou Norman
Security Consulting Systems Engineer
CISCO

Lou Norman is a Security Consulting Systems Engineer with 30  years of network EXPERIENCE.  His network design experience has been utilized in Fortune 500 companies, Universities, and large school districts across the Southwest.  His current role has him focused on information security design for government and education sectors for Cisco Systems.  He holds both CCIE and CISSIP certifications, and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Abstract

There are many security challenges facing organizations today. Everything from Ransomware and data exfiltration. We will cover the current security landscape, specific threats and exploits, and steps to prevent your organization from network threats.

CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Rajat Sharma

Towards Understanding and Exploring Artificial Nonlinearities in Silicon/Dielectric Waveguides

Date:  Friday, October 28, 2016
Time:  1pm PST, 4pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8733183742582077953

Biographys


rajatRajat Sharma
Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, San Diego

Rajat is a 4th year PhD student working with Prof. Shaya Fainman at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD. The main focus of his research is engineering nonlinearities in silicon. He graduated with a B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in microelectronics and VLSI, from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 2012.

Abstract

Starting from our past-experience in studying the linear electro-optic properties of strained-silicon waveguides, we carry forth a detailed analysis of various mechanisms contributing towards the exhibited (apparent) nonlinearity. We show, both theoretically and experimentally, that the bulk of the linear electro-optic response exhibited by such waveguides can be accounted for by the so-called free-carrier, capacitive, plasma-dispersion effect. The nature (magnitude and sign) of this effect is then shown to be critically dependent on the fixed-charges that are induced on the interface between a semiconductor and a dielectric. As such, this study becomes relevant and must be taken into account, not just for silicon waveguides, but all semiconductor waveguides. The range of tunability of both the real and imaginary part of the refractive index is measured and reported, the knowledge of which can be used in desigining high-efficiency silicon-slot capacitive modulators as well as low-loss passive devices. Furthermore, in our investigations, we find that commonly used clads (in strained silicon waveguides) like silicon nitride (SiNx) can exhibit bulk second-order nonlinearity. This is demonstrated via both free-space and in-waveguide measurements and a coefficient as high as 2.23 pm/V is reported for the case of the as-deposted PECVD SiNx. This value, though small, serves as a starting point in our efforts towards leveraging the SiNx platform for on-chip modulation and nonlinear wavemixing. The value of the exhibited coefficient can be enhanced manifolds by either shifting to non-stoichiometric silicon rich nitride (SRN) and or using SiNx in a slot configuration  with silicon and utilizing the electric field induced second harmonic effect (EFISH).

CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Mahajan & Ghobadi from Microsoft

A Look at the Optical Layer of Cloud Networks

Date:  Monday, October 17, 2016
Time:  1pm PST, 4pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8126853657085849345

Biographys

ratulDr. Ratul Mahajan
Principal Research Scientist
Microsoft

Ratul Mahajan is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. His research interests include all aspects of networked systems. His current work focuses on network verification and optical networks. His past work spans connected homes, software-defined networking, Internet routing and measurements, and vehicular networks. He has published over 50 papers in top-tier venues such as SIGCOMM, SOSP, MobiCom, and CHI and many technologies that he has developed power Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. He has been recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientist and ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star and has won the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award, the William R. Bennett prize, two SIGCOMM best paper awards, and Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship.

moniaDr. Monia Ghobadi
Research Scientist
Microsoft

Monia Ghobadi is a postdoc at Microsoft Research. Her research interests are broadly in systems and networking, with recent focus on optical networking and congestion control. She received her PhD from University of Toronto and worked at Google’s data center team before joining Microsoft Research.

Abstract

To keep pace with the tremendous bandwidth growth in cloud networking, large scale proviers, such as Microsoft, employ optical technologies ubiquitously.  In fact, Microsoft’s long haul network carries hundreds of Tbps of data using optical links, and in its data center networks, all switch-to-switch links are optical.  Despite their almost-ubiquitous presence, little is known today about even basic characteristics (e.g., signal power, attenuation) opical links in such networks.

We conduct one of the first large-scale study of the optical layer of long haul and data center networks.  Our analysis uncovers several findings that can help improve network planning, increase capacity, and reduce transceiver cost.  In long haul networks, we find that substantial gain can be achieved using bandwidth variable transponders and changes in Q-factor can predict future optical-layer outages.  In data center networks, we find that the optical layer is significantly over-engineered in terms of optical power budget and monitoring optical layer metrics can lead to faster mitigation of packet corruption.

Summer 2016 IOU Program Results

For the Summer 2016 Integrated Optics for Undergraduates (IOU) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program CIAN hosted six students from across the country at three different CIAN universities. Students, institutions, mentors, and projects are all listed below along with a few pictures of their time this summer.

To learn more about Summer 2017 IOU REU program and to apply, visit us here.

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Norfolk State University

Dennis Yi
Princeton University
Mentor: Dr. Demetris Geddis
Project: Computational Optimization of Band-Pass Thin-Film Optical Fibers

Columbia University

Patty Cho
Columbia University
Mentor: Dr. Keren Bergman, Yishen Huang
Project: A Machine Learning Approach to Minimize EDFA Power Excursions for Dynamic Optical Networks

Francois Mertil
New York City College of Technology
Mentor: Dr. Keren Berman, Nathan Abrams
Project: Programmable 4×4 Silicon Photonic Switch Fabric Composed of Mach Zehnder Interferometer (MZI)

John Mikalopas
Western Connecticut State University
Mentor: Dr. Michal Lipson
Project: Optimizing the Transfer of Graphene for Specific Applications Using Polymer Support Layers

University of California Berkeley

Vy-An Phan
UC Berkeley
Mentor: Dr. Connie Chang-Hasnain
Project: Time-of-Flight LIDAR System

Jianheng Luo
UC Berkeley
Mentor: Dr. Ming Wu
Project: MMI Crossing Design for 1300nm Photonic Switch

Undergraduate Native American Summer Research Program Success

The third year of the CIAN Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates has once again been a huge success.

Seven Native American students from three different tribes traveled to the University of Arizona to spend ten weeks working on unique and exciting research projects. Each of the students performed masterfully and succeeded in their laboratories by ending the summer with a poster presentation and an oral presentation to the university campus.

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In the three years of the IOU-NA program CIAN has hosted

  • 23 Native American Undergraduates from…
  • 10 different tribes and…
  • 14 different universities, community colleges, and tribal colleges.
  • So far, 10 out of 23 students have attended at least one conference and most presented research, with still more to attend!
  • Finally, 7 have so far successfully graduated with a B.S.
    • 5 of these students have been accepted to graduate school,
    • 1 is in the process of applying to graduate school, and
    • 1 is working in a STEM field.

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Candice Henderson, Navajo Nation, Seattle Central College
Novel Patterning of High Sulfur Content Copolymer for Waveguide Applications
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Norwood, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Soha Namnabat

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Gerald Henry, Navajo Nation, Technical University
Implementation of Motorized Control Alignment Stages using LabVIEW for Increasing Optical Fiber to Chip Coupling
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Norwood, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Amanda Chatterton

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Chris Yazzie, Navajo Nation, Northern Arizona University
Performance of a Bench Scale Hollow Fiber Membrane Distillation System for Brine Treatment
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold, College of Engineering
Secondary Mentor: Dr. Vicky Karanikola, College of Engineering

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Daniel Hayden, Comanche Nation, University of Oklahoma
The Effects of Fire on Ectomycorrhizal Fungi Communities, in Ponderosa Pines of the Santa Catalina Mountains
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Betsy Arnold, School of Plant Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Shuzo Oita

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Norvina Charleston, Navajo Nation, Navajo Technical University
Changes in Arsenic and Lead Concentration from Different Soil Depth Along an Irrigation Canal Affected by the Gold King Mine Spill
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paloma Beamer, College of Public Health
Graduate Student Mentor: Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne

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Anthony Smith, Caddo Nation, Pima Community College
Faraday Effect in Magnetic Ionic Liquids: Applications in Optical Isolators
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Palash Gangopadhyay, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Bharati Neelamraju
Arviso_Brittany 021Brittany Arviso, Navajo Nation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Modeling Heads Up Display Image and Eyebox Expansion
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Colton Bigler

Photos by Julian Ybarra