Announcing the 2011 St. Louis Black Box Competition

Do you know a thing or two about circuits? Interested in applying your knowledge to a real-life electronics problem?

This Saturday 11/5/11 at 12:30 PM we will be hosting the St. Louis IEEE Black Box Competition, a competition to reverse-engineer the circuit inside a black box. Compete with a partner for a chance to win $500, $300 or $200!

If you would like to compete, please do the following:

  1. Read the flyer.
  2. If you are interested in competing but do not have a partner, do not worry, we will try to find a partner for you.
  3. Send an email to by midnight on Saturday. As a school, we are limited in the number of people we can have at the competition, so we will schedule our competitors on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  4. All the best,

    Andrew Wiens
    Secretary and Webmaster

Presenting “Introduction to Radar: A Systems Oriented Approach”

IEEE is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to learn about radar technology in the context of industry and business. We will be hosting our first guest speaker this year, Ryan Rakestraw, in co-operation with the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department.

Friday, November 11, 2011
2:00 p.m.
Green Hall, Room 0120

Ryan’s presentation on radar technology will be approximately one (1) hour long and is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty of all majors and disciplines.

Please see the flyer below if you are interested in attending and we hope to see you there!

Link to PDF Flyer

Introduction to Radar: A Systems Oriented Approach

Ryan Rakestraw
MBA Student
Washington University in St. Louis

Abstract: Radar is an interesting field of study for Electrical and Systems engineering students as nearly every sub-discipline from power distribution to signal processing is represented. The average person encounters radar either through vivid meteorological displays during their local weather report or via measurements made by a radar gun on their last speeding ticket. This seminar will address the broad applicability of radar systems. A systems oriented approach will be used in that the system performance examined will be requirements driven and subsystems will be represented as black boxes. This is not to say the material will be non-technical. A radar systems engineer must have a thorough understanding of the physics behind radar operation and radar signal interaction with the environment. The presentation will conclude with two simple yet representative radar problems.

Friday, November 11, 2011
2:00 p.m.
Green Hall, Room 0120

Host: Andrew Wiens, IEEE Secretary

Short Bio: Ryan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre-Haute, IN, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently pursuing an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Ryan has worked on a number of radar systems while working at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, MD. He is primarily experienced in waveform design and system architecture for airborne Radar applications. Ryan’s current interests are financial modeling, business strategy, new product development, and entrepreneurship.

Andrew Wiens
Secretary and Webmaster

CodeSprint Career Opportunity

We are partnering with CodeSprint to provide Wash U with a great opportunity to land an awesome internship. CodeSprint calls themselves the “Common App” for internships and jobs at start-up companies large and small. The idea is to complete a common set of tech challenge questions, sort of like a quiz or a test, and then your score is sent to the companies for them to consider you for a job or internship. Facebook, Dropbox, airBnB, Quora, and Kayak are among the companies they reach:

Do you remember high school senior year, when you could fill out the Common App and apply to dozens of universities at the same time? CodeSprint is the Common App, but for actual jobs (or internships). Solve a single set of technical Challenges to apply for 50 companies simultaneously.

We’ve brought together and streamlined the hiring process for 50 of the most hacker-friendly startups, including Facebook, Dropbox, airBnB, Quora, and Kayak. Our companies are the ones that work on crazy scaling problems, affect millions of users, and have a wicked-smart team. They give pretty good perks, too.

Not only do we have the larger well-known startups (with lots of open positions), but also the smaller, well-known ones as well: companies with both buzz and less than 30 employees total. If you’re looking to be hire #4, CodeSprint is one of few avenues to reach that goal.

At noon on Sunday, October 9th, land your Dream Job (or Internship) by proving your technical skill at:

codesprint . interviewstreet . com

LED Throwies a Success!

Last weekend we held an event to build LED Throwies. It was a huge success! We had a nice group of people show up, and we all made about 500 of the little guys. LED throwies are little magnetic, battery-powered LEDs that you can throw onto metal objects. They stick because they are magnetic, and they glow for about a week until they run out of juice.

When we were done, we threw them up on the Mechanical Engineering sculpture outside Lopata and also tossed a few onto the side of Urbauer. A Campus Police officer was curious and asked us a few questions, but we gave him our contact information and a free LED throwie to put on his bike and everything was A-OK.

We hope to do this again in the future because we still have tons of supplies left to make more.

Bain & Company Job and Internship Opening

Here is an opportunity sent to us via email by a fellow Wash U alumnus:


My name is Josh Lykes, a 2009 WU graduate in chemical engineering. During my time at WashU, I was also the president of NSBE and a member of EnCouncil, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Hope you are doing well!

I’m reaching out about positions at the place I work for, Bain & Company in Dallas. We are a consulting firm that helps other companies with the strategic questions they have. These might include how a company can move into new markets (e.g. a clothing retailer transitioning to sell other luxury goods), how a company can become more efficient (e.g. a semiconductor manufacturer reducing its costs to get in line with competitors), or the general strategy for dealing with the changing economic environment (e.g. a defense contractor deciding what markets to pursue in a time of lower government defense spending). As someone coming in from undergrad, you would start in the Associate Consultant (AC) role, where you do the analyses and research necessary to come up with the answers to these questions.

There is the perception that this job is for those coming out of the B-School, but there are many ACs from other majors as well. To give you an idea, out of the 8 people who were interns with me a few years ago, 5 of us were engineers. While you won’t use engineering concepts in your work, you will apply your problem solving and critical thinking skills to the business world. This is a great use of the abilities you’ve developed, both in terms of impact to the world, and personal career growth. For my circumstances and interests, it’s the best job I could have gotten out of undergrad.

If you are interested in learning more, I would encourage you to come see us at the following events next week:

· WashU Business “Meet the Firms” Night – Monday, September 19 from 4:00-7:00 PM, Knight Center
· Ace the Case Interview Workshop (where we tell you about the special type of interview we use) – Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Knight Center, Rm 210
· Campus Presentation (where we give an overview of the company) – Tuesday, September 20, from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Knight Center, Rm 210

The deadline for seniors to apply for the full-time position is Thursday, September 22 at 11:59 PM. We also have an internship program for juniors that that we will be sending information out for in the following months. If you are interested in that, I would also recommend that you attend the above events.

The attached document has more details about Bain and the application process. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me by email at

Take care,

Kickoff Meeting Tues 9/13 at 7:30 PM!

What is an “LED Throwie”?
What is a “Black Box Competition”?
What company is IEEE going to tour this year?

Come to our Kickoff Meeting to learn about our awesome events and more!

Be there this TUESDAY at 7:30 PM in Bryan 305!

Haven’t been to an IEEE meeting before? Not sure what we’re all about? This is your opportunity!

We love to meet new people and we want to tell you about all the cool stuff we want to do this year. This is our first meeting of the year and the perfect time to see if IEEE is for you.

Hope to see you all soon!

Andrew Wiens
Secretary and Webmaster

MIT Lincoln Lab Recruitment

A contact at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory approached us about their recruitment this fall. They are coming to Washington University’s campus for the Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, September 14 and they will be doing interviews the following week. See the flyer below for more information:

Welcome, Class of 2015!

We are very excited about the new school year and we would all like to welcome our new underclassmen to Washington University! We will be opening the new school year by meeting new students at the EnCouncil Engineering Activities Fair this week Monday at 4 PM in Lopata Courtyard. Come on out to the fair and see what we are all about! Stay tuned for more info about other upcoming activities and events.

EnWeek Circuit Building Event!

Want to learn how to solder? Interested in electronics but not sure where to start? Look no further, come to the IEEE EnWeek Circuit Building Event and build your very own Joule Thief this Saturday, February 20th at 12 PM in Bryan 316! The Joule Thief is a flashlight that runs on dead AA batteries. It is both environmentally sustainable and fun! We will be teaching people the skills necessary to build electronic circuits, so people of all majors, skills, and interests are invited! Click to view the EnWeek 2011 IEEE Circuit Building Flyer for more details.

Update! The event was a success, a bunch of people came and built working Joule Thieves, see the photo below:

Internship Opportunities for Electrical Engineers!

Attention fellow IEEE-ers!
Check out our Career Opportunities page for more information on these awesome internship opportunities sent to us from the Career Center. Deadlines are fast approaching!

  1. Research in Motion (RIM)_ maker of the BlackBerry
  2. Genzyme
  3. Emerson
  4. Biotronik
  5. Emerson Process Management
  6. ESD, Environmental Systems Design
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