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Entropic Entropic
Entropic Communications is a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets system solutions to enable connected home entertainment. Our technology significantly changes the way high-definition television quality video, or HD video, and other multimedia content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and shared throughout the home. We are a pioneer of key technologies that enable connected home networking of digital entertainment over existing coax. We are a founding member of MoCA, a global home networking consortium that sets standards for the distribution of video and other multimedia entertainment over coax.
 
1. Communications Systems Team - ALL STUDENT OPENINGS HAVE BEEN FILLED
Entropic is seeking two electrical engineering students for this team internship.

Skills required for developing and deploying the SFF CTN are varied but can be organized into two internship projects. Both internships include hardware and software skills, but one internship biases towards hardware while the other biases towards software.

Job Description #1: Hardware Bias

The hardware biased branch of skills calls for an individual who has introductory knowledge of RF Engineering, Communications Engineering, and Software Engineering (ordered by importance).

This position will be co-responsible for the development and deployment of a high speed data communications systems channel emulator in a team based corporate environment. During the planning phase, the PHY systems intern will be responsible for developing low level hardware, RF, control, and cost budgets. During the implementation phase, the intern will be responsible for sourcing, tuning, assembling, and testing RF components for the purposes of building a prototype of the channel emulator. During the deployment phase, the intern will be responsible for transitioning the design to production by drawing assembly diagrams/instructions and by writing production, characterization, calibration, and maintenance plans from which automated test software will be developed. In addition, the PHY systems intern will coordinate closely with PHY systems engineers to ensure that the channel emulator is integrated into the overall PHY systems test bench.

Required skills/experience:

Pursuit of a BS in Engineering; introductory understanding of team based project development methods; introductory understanding of RF design fundamentals including return loss, s-parameters, and link budgets; Introductory understanding of digital communication fundamentals including modulation, signal coding, error correction, and detection; introductory understanding of software design methods including source control and object oriented coding; introductory understanding of MAC issues; familiarity with RF test equipment, test methods, and equipment calibration; familiarity with mathematical software packages including Matlab and Excel; familiarity with MS Windows application development environment including Visual Studios/C#; Ability to document and present original concepts both in verbal and written formats; ability to work with cables, wires, and soldering irons.

Job Description #2: Software Bias

The software biased branch of skills calls for an individual who has introductory knowledge of Software Engineering, Communications Engineering, and Database Programming (ordered by importance).

This position will be co-responsible for the development and deployment of a high speed data communications systems channel emulator in a team based corporate environment. During the planning phase, the PHY systems intern will be responsible for developing software architectural plans for the purpose of controlling and verifying the performance of the channel emulator. During the implementation phase, the intern will be responsible for writing control code for the components that make up the channel emulator, developing code for controlling RF test equipment, and developing a next-generation automated test environment. During the deployment phase, the intern will be responsible for automated tests that will be used for production, characterization, calibration, and maintenance testing of the channel emulator. In addition, the PHY systems intern will coordinate closely with PHY systems engineers to ensure that the channel emulator is integrated into the overall PHY systems test bench.

Required Skills/experience:

Pursuit of a BS in Engineering; introductory understanding of team based project development methods; Introductory understanding of software design methods including source control and object oriented coding; Introductory understanding of digital communication fundamentals including modulation, signal coding, error correction, detection; introductory understanding of RF design fundamentals including return loss, s-parameters, and link budgets; introductory understanding of MAC issues; familiarity with MS Windows application development environment including Visual Studios/C#; familiarity with RF test equipment, test methods, and equipment calibration; familiarity with mathematical software packages including Matlab and Excel; Ability to document and present original concepts both in verbal and written formats; ability to work with cables, wires, and soldering irons.

Location: San Diego, CA


State Farm Insurance State Farm Insurance
State Farm's mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. We are people who make it our business to be like a good neighbor; who built a premier company by selling and keeping promises through our marketing partnership; who bring diverse talents and experiences to our work of serving the State Farm customer. Our success is built on a foundation of shared values -- quality service and relationships, mutual trust, integrity and financial strength. Our vision for the future is to be the customer's first and best choice in the products and services we provide. We will continue to be the leader in the insurance industry and we will become a leader in the financial services arena. Our customers' needs will determine our path. Our values will guide us.
 
1. Soft-Story Seismic Testing Feasibility Study - ALL STUDENT OPENINGS HAVE BEEN FILLED
State Farm Insurance is seeking two Structural Engineering (SE) students to work on this project over the summer. Some work will be done here at UCSD with the guidance of a UCSD faculty member; however, one month will be spent in Illinois at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne (UIUC). There, you will be paired with two other SE students from UIUC, as well as some business students from UIUC.

Soft-Story is a term describing open or weaker construction of the lower level in a building (typically the first story at grade) below levels of more rigid or solid construction (upper stories); commonly manifested by a lack of structural walls and bracing, or large openings in walls, for tuck-under parking, garages, or buildings with store-fronts or large windows. Soft-story construction is susceptible to damage and collapse during earthquakes due to lack of resistance to the horizontal ground motions accompanying seismic events.

This Project is an investigation into the performance of light-frame wood structures with soft-story construction in earthquake events, including both commercial and residential buildings. Commercial (California Zone only) - multi-story multi-family housing and open-front mercantile/office space Residential (all Zones with EQ exposure) single family homes; possibly some other occupancies Research should include review of existing unreinforced soft-story structures (un-mitigated risks) and existing retro-fit installations. Secondary research needs to be performed to identify previous investigations of, and design solutions for, soft-story issues. Limited field investigation should be conducted in representative construction types at multiple locations (multiple states as accessible to the interns).

An appropriate model needs to be developed for testing, from one (or a combination) of the following: an existing predominate risk (construction type) identified in multiple locations an existing common retrofit measure a new concept for loss mitigation of potential soft-story damage The goal of the Project is to prepare a feasibility study for performing a shake-table test of the selected model (including costs, timing, criteria and other requirements). The approach is anticipated to consist of testing the selected predominate risk with retro-fit/mitigation measure in place, then testing without mitigation, for purposes of comparison of performance and evaluation of benefit.

Two Structural Engineering students are needed with knowledge in the following:

- light-frame wood construction

- shake-table experimentation

- seismic analysis and detailing/design

- familiarity with seismic behavior and risk levels nationwide

- ability to access seismic records as a basis for future testing

- knowledge of building codes- especially 2009 IBC and IRC.

The goal is that this project will continue on a part time basis into the fall quarter. So please only apply if you have an interest in continuing to work in the fall. You will continue to get paid for the work that you do.

For the month that students will travel to Illinois:

Flight, housing, and local travel costs will all be paid by State Farm.

Payment: State Farm will be paying students at an hourly rate for the work they do here at UCSD and for the work they do in Illinois.

Location: UC San Diego and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.

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