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Welcome to SIE!

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.

SIE Professor Larry Head Has Action-Packed Year

Larry Head is a man of many titles: professor of systems and industrial engineering, director of the UA Transportation Research Institute, member of the state's Self-Driving Vehicle Oversight Committee, and expert in connected and automated vehicles, to name just some.

His activities this year included:

Welcome to Our New Fall 2017 Faculty

We are honored to welcome two new faculty members who will each bring a wealth of diverse experience to the SIE family in 2017: professor Changxu "Sean" Wu and assistant professor Matthias Poloczek.

We are happy to have them aboard!

Kris Drozd Leads CubeSat Team to $500 Prize at Astrodynamics Conference

Kris Drozd, a systems and industrial engineering doctoral student, led a team of students from the UA and Politecnico di Milano to a third-place win this summer at the Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.

"The competition was very tough, and the students had to submit a full paper and give a presentation to judges from Planetary Resources Inc,, a private company invested in mining near-Earth asteroids," said Roberto Furfaro, associate professor in the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department.

With the help of Furfaro and his fellow adviser, Francesco Topputo of the Politecnico di Milano, the team won a $500 prize for its design of BEBOP, a cubesat (miniaturized satellite) for investigating asteroids.

Virtual Reality Creates Opportunities for Interactive Learning at VR Summit

Man wearing headset that covers his eyes and holding controllers in both hands.A mixture of augmented and virtual reality recently pitted UA faculty, staff and students against cowboys and zombies during the inaugural VR Summit, Aug. 4 and 7, at the Science-Engineering Library.

More than 250 people attended the event, and Q&A panel discussions were available with users, industry experts, and UA faculty members such as Young-Jun Son, department head of systems and industrial engineering.

"It allows us to experience things we couldn't – and hopefully will never – experience in the real world, and to go places we haven't been before," Son said.

During the panels, content creation emerged as a central theme rather than technological advances, as interdisciplinary cooperation must be the foundation for virtual content. For example, current technology could allow a virtual tour of the Louvre, but programmers and designers must work with art historians to create the exhibits to be displayed there.

Students From Across US Test Self-Driving CAT Vehicle at UA

Nine college students worked on programming the University of Arizona's Cognitive and Autonomous Test driverless vehicle Aug. 8 as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Larry Head, UA professor of systems and industrial engineering and an expert in connected and automated driving vehicle systems, headed up the REU program this year, alongside Tamal Bose, professor and head of the UA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Alongside UA students, participants from institutions such as Seattle University, Monmouth College, Lipscomb University and Western Colorado State University worked with the CAT driverless vehicle. The objective was to see if the students could program a basic sensor to gather enough data to allow the car to travel, but not too much for a computer to process quickly.

UA Offers New Master's Degree in Cybersecurity, Available Online

A new report by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that the cyber crime epidemic will triple the number of open cybersecurity positions over the next five years, so now is the right time to explore the UA's Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

The curriculum draws from the UA’s top-ranked Eller Management Information Systems program, as well as the Systems and Industrial Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering programs.

The 33-credit cybersecurity program, available 100 percent online, is ideal for professionals who have three years of technical work experience in IT, engineering and other related fields and want to boost their skills for a cybersecurity career path.

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