Allen School Taskar Memorial Lecture / Thursday, March 1, 2018 / Jordan / University of California, Berkeley / On Gradient-Based Optimization: Accelerated, Stochastic and Nonconvex

Please join us at the Taskar Memorial Lecture 2018 – next Thursday, March 1st.



SPEAKER:   Michael Jordan, University of California, Berkeley
TITLE:     On Gradient-Based Optimization: Accelerated, Stochastic and Nonconvex
DATE:      Thursday, March 1, 2018
TIME:       3:30 pm
PLACE:    EEB-105
HOST:      Emily Fox

Many new theoretical challenges have arisen in the area of gradient-based optimization for large-scale statistical data analysis, driven by the needs of applications and the opportunities provided by new hardware and software platforms. I discuss several recent, related results in this area: (1) a new framework for understanding Nesterov acceleration, obtained by taking a continuous-time, Lagrangian/Hamiltonian/symplectic perspective, (2) a discussion of how to escape saddle points efficiently
in nonconvex optimization, and (3) the acceleration of Langevin diffusion.

Michael I. Jordan is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests bridge the computational, statistical, cognitive and  biological sciences.  Professor Jordan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been named a Neyman Lecturer and a Medallion Lecturer by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.  He received the IJCAI Research Excellence Award in 2016, the David E. Rumelhart Prize in 2015 and the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award in 2009.

Reception to take place in the Atrium, Paul G Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering following the talk.

*NOTE* This lecture will be broadcast live via the Internet. See for more information.

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Feb 26: AE 598 Useful Leadership Skills

When: Feb 26 at 4pm – 5pm
Where: Loew Hall 206

There is lots of leadership training that is available.  But there are a few useful leadership strategies that don’t ever seem to get taught.  Things don’t always go right and need to be fixed.  This lecture will provide some tips on a few of these: how to negotiate with people, how to successfully delegate a task, how do you provide bad news to your boss and finally, when things do go wrong, how can properly provide visibility of progress and sunset the problem as quickly as possible.

Steve Murphy, 777X Nacelle & Pylon Leader

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Oracle 2018 Internships & Entry-Level Careers

Start your career in a place where you have the freedom and support to reshape the future of technology and help millions of people around the world with your ideas. We are currently hiring skilled and passionate students for Software Engineering and other technical Product Development positions, as well as Software Development Interns.

If you are a BS, MS, or PhD student studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, or a related field, we want to hear from you.

Apply now at

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SP18: GEN ST 297C Exploring Diversity in UW STEM Research

General Studies 297C – Undergraduate Seminar
Exploring Diversity in UW STEM Research

Seminar Description:

This seminar will explore majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors by looking at research currently being done at UW incorporating STEM fields and issues of diversity. Faculty and graduate students from award-winning departments will give presentations and facilitate discussions with students about why their research and disciplines are so important in our present time.  Why is the work done in UW research labs so important to individuals and society as a whole?

Seminar Goals:

  • Increase awareness of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in general.
  • Increase awareness of the range of STEM majors and opportunities at the UW.
  •   Increase awareness of how diversity affects and is integrated into STEM research.
  •  Create connections with faculty and advisers.
  • Create a sense of academic community.
  •   Encourage students to reflect on and plan ahead for their academic career.
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Controlling Light with Metasurfaces

Gleb M. Akselrod

CTO and Co-Founder, Holosense

Feb. 27, 3:30 PM, EEB 303

Metasurfaces are surfaces composed of sub-wavelength elements that offer an unprecedented way to manipulate light. In this talk I will first describe my work from Duke University on colloidal metasurfaces, which act as unique “paints” that can manipulate the appearance of objects at various spectral bands. Then I will describe how metasurfaces can be made dynamic, with one of the most exciting applications being spatial light modulation for imaging. The most exciting of these imaging applications is lidar for self-driving cars, which my company, Holosense, is currently developing.

Gleb M. Akselrod is the CTO and co-founder of Holosense, which is a venture-backed company in Seattle developing high-performance solid-state lidar based on metasurface technology. Previously he was the Director for Optical Technologies at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA, where he led a program on the commercialization of optical metamaterial and nanophotonic technologies. Before that he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics at Duke University, where his work focused on plasmonic nanoantennas and metasurfaces. He completed his PhD in 2013 at MIT, where he studied the transport and coherence of excitons in nanostructured materials.

Visit for more information.

Contact: Ethan Keeler (OSA Chapter President),



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Call for proposals: Native American Student Day 2018

Native American Student Day (NASD) is March 29, 2018 (Thursday), an annual event where American Indian/Alaska Native high school students visit campus and experience the University of Washington. This day honors the legacy and relationship that the University of Washington has with tribes and Native students.  The goal is for students to have a day of experiential learning, learn about the University of Washington, and how to get ready for secondary education. An important part of the day are the UW Experience workshops, which are experiential learning workshops offered by UW department faculty and students. Visiting high school students will choose two 45-minute workshops.

I would like to invite you to be a part of this UW Experience by offering workshops that are engaging and highlight potential majors and career paths. The workshops will take place at a location of your choosing.  Students will be escorted to and from the Intellectual House to your workshop.  All you have to do is provide the space and program.  This will allow students to see UW at a deeper level than the student tour.

The UW Experience Agenda:

10.00 – 10.15     students leave Intellectual House

10.15 – 11.00     Workshop #1

11.00 – 11.15     transition

11.15 – 12.00     Workshop #2

12.00     students escorted back to the Intellectual House

If you are interested, please submit an email of intent to me by Feb 28 and the workshop outline by March 9 to

In the workshop outline please include the following:

UW Program Name:

Workshop Title:


Space Available: (how many students can you accommodate)

Number of workshops you can offer:

Brief Description:


UW Program Name: Math Science Upward Bound

Workshop Title: 3-D digital printing

Location: Schmitz 380

Number of workshops: 2 (workshop 1 and 2)

Brief description: Students will learn how to manipulate code and design to create a 3 dimensional object

Please email me if you have any questions at

All the best,


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Guest lecture with the Sea Dawgs club: Southern Resident Killer Whales & Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea

SeaDawgs is putting on a guest lecture on Monday, February 26th at 4 pm led by Dr. Deborah “Giles” Giles, a resident scientist at the UW Friday Harbor Labs. The talk will be taking place in the Fisheries Science Building in Room 107. Dr. Giles will be speaking about the Southern Resident Killer Whales, which are iconic to our region but threatened. Also, in Spring ’18 she will be teaching FHL 375: Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea, which is part of the Marine Biology Quarter on the San Juan Island. This class promises to be an immersive experience, for students will gain field research skills collecting data on marine mammals while learning directly from the environment of the Salish Sea. 

Who’s Invited: Anyone with an interest in our Southern Resident Killer Whales
What: Guest Lecture by Dr. Deborah Giles
When: February 26th at 4pm
Where: Fishery Sciences Building, Room 107
Link to Facebook Event:

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Academic Research Colloquium 2018 for PhD Students

Opportunity for Your PhD Students: ARC 2018
Apply by April 15, 2018
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Research for the Common Good

As a Catholic, Marianist institution dedicated to providing answers to the global issues of our time, the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering announces its third annual engineering symposium for Ph.D. candidates — the 2018 Academic Research Colloquium (ARC). 

We are seeking research projects whose main objective is to:

  • Prevent, cure or treat disease
  • Reduce the environmental impact of human activity
  • Enhance the safety, health or welfare of workers
  • Improve production, distribution or access to food
  • Enhance the resiliency of the built environment
  • Prevent, mitigate or respond to natural or man-made disasters
  • Reduce the digital divide
  • Enhance the quality of life of people with mental or physical challenges
  • Foster communication, collaboration or education
  • Promote human rights

You’ll also discover a university rich in opportunities for faculty, staff and students. At the University of Dayton, we value diversity and are committed to creating an open, welcoming, and inclusive campus.

Application details

ARC is open to engineering Ph.D. students who are one to two years away from graduation. The selection process is highly competitive with 20 spots available. All expenses are paid. See application instructions and apply online by April 15, 2018, at



Ken Bloemer, Ph.D.
Director, Visioneering Center

Apply by April 15, 2018
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Spring 2018 – Women in Leadership (MGMT 490A) open to all majors

MGMT 490A (SLN 17038) – Spring 2018 – M W 3:30-5:20

Women in Leadership

What do the fabulous females above have in common?  They are remarkable leaders and role models in business and the world .  All have had to find their own most authentic and powerful leadership style – addressing questions of life purpose, jungle-gym careers involving family priorities, finding a source of passion and energy, taking the right risks, and building confidence on their road to success.

 We will use their lives and the experiences of local guest speakers to find personal answers to the same questions, enhance skills and create a personal vision.  We will:

  • Interact with at least seven local women in leadership positions.*
  • Apply a leadership framework that has helped women around the world succeed
  • Build your appetite and comfort with the risk-taking that will help you excel
  • Create a personal vision board to picture your ideal career and life
  • Examine different ideas of work-life balance
  • Practice your authentic leadership style to hone your most powerful voice and presence
  • Translate your strengths, values, dreams and goals into a life and career worthy of you

Professor: Cate Goethals is a longtime Foster School lecturer, executive coach, and leadership development consultant whose MBA class “Women at the Top” was named one of the 10 most innovative MBA classes in the country by Forbes.  Passionate about helping women to rise in their chosen fields AND lead satisfying lives, Cate directs multiple programs inspiring them to succeed and lead.  Cate leads women’s leadership tours to India,, coaches female executives on making a bigger impact by  amplifying personal values and presence, and directs the UW Foster Women Board Director Development Program.  Questions?  Email Cate –

 MGMT 490A: SLN #17038 – Special Topics in Management.  (No Prerequisites, open to all students except Freshman)

Classroom: Paccar 391.

 *These include two CEOs, a successful entrepreneur, co-founders of a business that grooms women leaders, a manager whose husband stays home with the children, and an author.   You will also have the opportunity to contact and personally a leader  you admire.

Flyer for 2018 Women in Leadership class

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Direct Hire Fair

Bremerton, Washington

8 March 2018

For more details see attached PDF.

PSNS IMF DHA Engineering 3-8-2018-1

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