Doctoral computer engineering and computer science student at the University of Louisville
Faezeh Tafazzoli left another school to come to the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering after learning about our opportunities.
As a student under advisor Dr. Hichem Frigui, Tafazzoli was offered an internship (then two more) doing research for technology giant, Xerox Corp., where she got to work on big, potentially ground-breaking projects.
“I had a wonderful experience while learning a lot about the cutting-edge aspects of research and technology in Computer Vision,” she said.
In one project, she developed a telemedicine monitoring system for tracking the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, which allowed for easier and more cost-effective care management. In another project, she developed a computer-vision tool that helped track abnormalities in a person’s gait, which can point to other problems in their overall health.
During her time with Xerox, Tafazzoli was awarded two patents, attended industry conferences, and gained valuable insight into her future career. That’s why she advises other students to engage with industry, too.
“Regardless of their future plans toward academia or industry, I would highly recommend all students to attend and engage in industry-related activities,” Tafazzoli said. “This would give them better insight about what skills are really needed and how those skills would fit in a team work environment.”