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The University of Arizona department of systems and industrial engineering was established in 1961 as the nation's first academic department of systems engineering. In the more than 50 years since, we have achieved international prestige for contributions to the interdisciplinary design of large-scale complex systems involving people, technology and information.

We offer three undergraduate degrees, two graduate certificates, four master's degrees and a doctoral degree, and our alumni find work in leading corporations, research institutes and universities.

Valerdi Brings Sports to National STEM Conference

This year's U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference will feature a familiar face: associate professor Ricardo Valerdi.

SIE associate professor Ricardo Valerdi at a 2015 TEDxTucson talk.Now in its sixth year, the three-day conference welcomes leaders, educators and top policy makers from business, academia and government to debate current STEM-related issues and discuss "practical, self-sustaining strategies for inspiring, educating and hiring the diverse STEM workforce of tomorrow." This year's keynote speakers include executives from NASA, Dow Chemical Co. and Xerox Corp.

Valerdi, whose Science of Sport program is oft-featured in news, will co-host "Batter Up: The Science of Sports," a presentation on several initiatives underway by sports leagues and educational institutions to integrate science and sports, inside and outside the classroom.

The conference takes place May 24-26 in San Diego.

Photo: Valerdi giving a 2015 TEDxTucson talk, "The Science of Baseball."

SIE Alumnus Uses IT to Better Public Health

Alan Quarry interviews SIE alumnus Michael Popovich

It pays to be flexible. SIE alumnus Michael Popovich started Scientific Technologies Corporation, or STC, in the late 1980s as an IT consulting firm developing telecommunications and computer networks.

In a video interview with AQ's Blog and Grill, Popovich – now CEO and a member of STC's board of directors – shares how a single request to build a custom immunization registry quickly shifted STC's focus toward public health.

Since then STC has created numerous technological innovations to support public health officials in their digital efforts to monitor and report on issues such as the use of vaccines, immunization records and disease outbreaks. 

As technology continues to transform the health industry, Popovich discusses what he believes will set IT firms apart and what role STC will play in the future.

Cheng Wins Bisgrove Scholar Award

Jianqiang ChengScience Foundation Arizona recently announced its 2017 SFAz Bisgrove Scholars Awards, with four of the five state recipients coming from the University of Arizona.

Among them was Jianqiang Cheng, assistant professor of systems and industrial engineering, whose research interests include large-scale risk analysis programming for network design and energy management systems.

Cheng will receive $200,000 in support of his research.

Mexico’s Academy of Engineering Inducts Ricardo Valerdi

Ricardo Valerdi inducted into Mexico's Academy of Engineering; photo by Raúl Serrano
Ricardo Valerdi, associate professor of systems and industrial engineering, has been inducted into the Academy of Engineering of Mexico for his contributions in academia and the public and private sectors.

Valerdi is a world-renowned expert in cost estimation, which applies the tools of mathematics – statistics, optimization, simulation and mathematical modeling – to streamline procedures, increase efficiency and minimize risk in organizations.

Photo by Raúl Serrano

UA, ADOT to Focus on Women in Transportation Industry

Arizona highwayA research collaboration between the University of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Transportation will address ways to recruit, retain and promote women in the transportation workforce.

The two-year, approximately $200,000 research project began last May, after Sally Stevens, executive director of the UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women, responded to ADOT's request for proposals.

Stevens collaborated with Larry Head, professor of systems and industrial engineering and director of the UA's Transportation Research Institute, to develop the winning grant proposal.

SIE Alumna Receives Presidential Early-Career Award

Celik with adviser Young-Jun Son in 2009Nurcin Celik, a 2010 graduate of the University of Arizona systems and industrial engineering PhD program under the supervision of professor Young-Jun Son, was a 2017 recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Celik, who studies dynamic data-driven application simulation, electric utility resource planning, and social network modeling and analysis, is currently an associate professor at the University of Miami.

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