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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.

SIE Presents First Alumni Award to Herb Burton

Herb Burton, left, and Sylvia Burton flank scholarship recipient Kyel Powell at the 2016 College of Engineering annual scholarship reception.

Herb Burton, a retired executive at AT&T Bell Laboratories, has received the 2016 Alumni of the Year Award from the UA department of systems and industrial engineering.

“Herb has been a long and strong supporter of the department, College and University,” said Young-Jun Son, professor and department head, who presented the award at SIE’s precommencement ceremony on campus in May.  

Burton graduated in 1960 as the only recipient of a UA bachelor’s degree in engineering mathematics. A. Wayne Wymore, considered the father of systems engineering, directed that program, which in 1961 became the department of systems engineering, the first accredited systems engineering program in the nation. Wymore considered Burton its first graduate.

SIE Researchers Receive Best Paper Award at 2016 IISE Conference

IISE President Michael Foss, Seunghan Lee, Young-Jun Son, IISE President-Elect Joseph Hartman and IISE Immediate Past President James C. Moore at the 2016 IISE Annual Conference awards banquet

On May 23, PhD candidate Seunghan Lee and department head Young-Jun Son received the Best Paper Award in the area of service and work systems at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference.

Their paper, "Extending Decision Field Theory to a Multi-agent Decision-making with Forgetting," was one of 445 presented at the conference.

Son's group has seen similar success at past IISE gatherings, winning best paper in the category of modeling and simulation in 2005 and 2009 and in the category of homeland security in 2008.

From left: IISE President Michael Foss, Seunghan Lee, Young-Jun Son, IISE President-Elect Joseph Hartman and IISE Immediate Past President James C. Moore 

UA Establishes Transportation Research Institute

A busy highway running through a city

Building off the success of the Advanced Traffic and Logistics Algorithms and Systems center, the University of Arizona is bringing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to address the many challenges of a rapidly evolving "transportation ecosystem." AzTRI, operating under the Office for Research & Discovery, includes faculty and staff from almost every college on campus.

Among them is professor Larry Head, who offers expertise in traffic signal control, traffic flow theory and connected vehicle technology. He says he expects the institute will be “a significant player in transportation research.”

Learn more in this KGUN 9 video.

Image courtesy of the UA Office for Research & Discovery

Quintero Realizes a Dream, Helps Coach Do Same

Industrial engineering senior Rafael Quintero has accrued an impressive array of diving accolades in recent months: Pac-12 Men's Diver of the Year, top UA student-athlete and Olympic qualifier. He heads to Rio de Janiero this summer to compete for his native Puerto Rico, the country's first Olympic diver in two decades.

Coming with him is UA's head diving coach, Omar Ojeda, who narrowly missed out on the Olympics himself. In qualifying for the 2016 Games, Quintero is helping Ojeda realize his own dreams.

Congrats, Class of 2016!

SIE's Class of 2016 in cheering in caps and gowns in front of the Center for Creative Photography

The faculty and staff of the UA department of systems and industrial engineering are extremely proud of its latest graduates. 

Check out SIE's Facebook Page for some fantastic Pre-Commencement pics.  

And please keep in touch! We're always interested in alumni news for the website and newsletter.

SIE Announces Spring 2016 Outstanding Students

The UA College of Engineering honored remarkable seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2016 semester at a luncheon on May 2. Among them were the following superlative students from the department of systems and industrial engineering:

From left: Outstanding Seniors Ryan Bergsma, Heriberto Bujanda Preciado and Elizabeth Harrison; Outstanding Graduate students Matt Dabkowski and Stephania Vasilieva

Outstanding Seniors

  • Ryan Bergsma, systems engineering 
    Nominated by Young Jun Son, professor and department head
  • Heriberto Bujanda, industrial engineering 
    Nominated by Ricardo Valerdi, associate professor
  • Elizabeth Harris, engineering management
    Nominated by Bob Lepore, engineering management program director

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants Pei-Shan Hsieh and Zuoyu MiaoOutstanding Graduate Students

  • Matthew Dabkowski, industrial engineering
    Nominated by Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor
  • Stephania Vasilieva, systems engineering
    Nominated by Roberto Furfaro, assistant professor

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants

  • Pei-Shan Hsieh
    Nominated by Wei H. Lin, associate professor, and Long Hai Le, rising senior  
  • Zuoyu Miao
    Nominated by Don Bruyere, adjunct instructor

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