Engineering

Answer These 4 Questions for a Job at StumbleUpon

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Twelve-year-old StumbleUpon likes to think it melds the agility of a startup with the stability of an established business. The San Francisco-based company offers a discovery engine that matches Web pages, videos and photos to a subscriber’s self-selected likes and dislikes. It’s powered by a lean but growing crew of approximately 90 people, half of whom work in technology. The site relies heavily on Hadoop, R, Raku and Octave, and programmers work primarily with Java, PHP, Scala and some C++.… continue…

What Makes – or Breaks – Tech’s Top Women

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What exactly does it take for a woman to become a household name in the tech world — a Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg or Susan Wojcicki? In many ways, it takes the same characteristics as it does for men, according to Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, a Palo-Alto non-profit that focuses on women in technology. “Women who rise to the top C-level have many of the same characteristics that any C-level executive would need — to be… continue…

Facebook Expands in NYC, Plans Hiring

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With an eye toward expansion, Facebook is moving its New York office from midtown to 770 Broadway in the city’s more tech-centric lower Manhattan. CNET says that although the team began working out of the new space Monday, the “official” opening will take place in the spring. After that, the company plans to host meetups and other events for the local tech community. Currently, Facebook has 320 employees in New York, about 100 of whom are engineers.  Moving downtown, observes… continue…

The Key to Landing a Job at Google May Surprise You

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Any time Google comes up with something new in its hiring, the news is sliced, sifted and stirred like the tea leaves gypsies use to predict the future. Given that the company’s renowned for its smart and motivated workforce, it’s no wonder. Competitors regularly look to lure away its talent, and tech professionals plot their best approach to getting a seat on one of its wireless-equipped buses. Working at Google is a credential not only because of the projects you’ve… continue…

Strong Growth Outlook for QA Engineers

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Software QA engineering jobs are on a healthy growth track, with an estimated 100,000 new positions set be created through 2022. That’s higher growth than is anticipated for a number of other skilled technology jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The strength isn’t a surprise. “More and more, QA engineers are a necessary part of any company’s tech team. These positions are an integral part to any software development platform,” notes Matt Miller, the Irvine, Calif.-based CTO of… continue…

Dell Confirms Layoffs; Says Less than 15,000

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Responding to earlier reports that it was looking to cut 15,000 workers from its payroll, struggling Dell says the figure is way off the mark and that a “very small percentage” of its workers are taking a voluntary buyout, according to The Register. Still, the privately held Texas-based company declined to say just how many “very small” amounts to. At the end of its fiscal year in February 2013, Dell had 111,300 employees. In a statement, the company said, “It… continue…

Microsoft Taps Insider Nadella as CEO

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Microsoft’s enterprise business head Satya Nadella was named the company’s third CEO yesterday, succeeding Steve Ballmer, who announced his intention to step down last year. Meantime, company founder Bill Gates is giving up his role as chairman to work with Nadella on enhancing the company’s technology and products. Working with the title “Technology Advisor,” Gates is expected to work at Microsoft several days each week, according to Re/code. He’ll remain on the board of directors, which will now be led… continue…

Demand for IT Engineers Shows in Salaries

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IT engineers continue to be in demand, and the proof is in their salaries, according to the 2013–2014 PayScale College Salary report. Their roles accounted for a sizable chunk of the top 10 salaries across all industries when measured by median pay for graduates with at least 10 years of experience. Computer engineering majors, sharing sixth place with electrical engineering majors, had an annual median salary of $106,000 for those at the mid-career level. When starting out – with five… continue…

Elon Musk and the Incredible Submersible Car

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Elon Musk’s next side-project is making a submersible car from a James Bond movie actually work. continue…

Nicole Sharp: Taking Fluid Dynamics to a Whole New Level

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Nicole Sharp is a wind tunnel jockey. “What’s that?” you ask. The short answer involves crawling around in wind tunnels big enough for a human to get around in, but not hot or windy enough to bake said human and blow them away. The longer answer is a whole lot more interesting. Sharp is a 27-year-old aerospace engineer and Texas A&M Ph.D. student and Amelia Earhart Fellow in fluids research. She spent her childhood in Arkansas and later lived in… continue…