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Leyla Nazhandali

Leyla Nazhandali received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2000 as an honor student. She, then, joined Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory (ACAL) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she pursued her graduate studies in Computer Engineering, receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2002 and 2006, respectively. She is currently an assistant professor in the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Nazhandali is the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2008 for her proposed work entitled, “Overcoming Power Challenges in Embedded System Design with Subthreshold-Voltage Technology.” Among her other awards, she received a Riethmiller Fellowship Award for 2005-2006 to conduct research with applications in biomedicine. In 2005, she won the 1st place in Computer Science and Engineering Honors competition at the University of Michigan. In 1996, she was ranked 44th in Iran’s National College Entrance Exam in a field of more than 150,000 applicants.
Her research interests are in low-power energy-constrained embedded system design, subthreshold-voltage architectures, secure embedded hardware design and engineering education focusing on attraction and retention of underrepresented groups in Computer Engineering.

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Smart Vehicles

It would appear that this project is missing a list of exam/assessment questions. All of the remaining components appear to be present (except for the abstract which should be updated by the author and included in the project materials), but are not in the right place holders; moreover, the place holder list appears incomplete. The 7 components that are expected for each project are:
1) Abstract (one page document)
2) Background lecture (.ppt file)
3) Student project assignment
4) Faculty project description (most likely multiple files including text, code, data, resource list, assembly instructions, advice, etc.)
5) Project report solution
6) Summary lecture (.ppt file)
7) Exam/assessment questions (10 short answer plus 2 design questions)

The slides do a great job of motivating the problem, describing the requisite technical details, and explaining the upcoming hands-on project. I have extensive experience with this lecture and project; we implemented it in April 2008 with 270 students. It went very well and the students enjoyed it tremendouslythey had fun with it. There is only one problem with the background lecture: there are some intentional blanks that would presumable be filled in by the instructor during the actual lecture. However, the answers to fill in are absent. It would be a good idea to add these to the notes pages for these slides.

Again, this is in very good shape (we revised it during its recent implementation). The only remaining correction is the occasional use of the term toy car. All references to toy should be removed. One problem is that the file referred to in the pre-lab activities is not in the project materials.

In Section 2.2, there is an incomplete sentence; it is important to know the recommendation that was cut off. In Section 2.6, a file named partlist.xls is referred to, but it does not appear in the project files. The requisite code for the project is not referred to in this documentperhaps because its discussion in the Student Project Assignment document is sufficient? However, one of the pre-lab activities is to download Code Warrior; however, instructions on how to do this do not appear to exist in any of the project materials. Moreover, the file contains a lot of files whose purpose or use is not explained.

Answers to all four of the car tasks, plus the two discovery tasks are included. However, this document does not follow the format specified; consequently, some important aspects are missing.

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