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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.

Science of Baseball Brings STEM Excitement to Diamondbacks Game

Valerdi with Science of Baseball volunteersOn Friday, Sept. 30, the Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres at Chase Field, but the real excitement comes before the first pitch (which will be thrown, incidentally, by OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta).

All around the ballpark, experts and interactive exhibits will give more than 4,000 K-12 students a major league experience with the third annual Diamondbacks Science of Baseball STEM Showcase, founded by associate professor Ricardo Valerdi in 2013. 

Can't make the game? Tune into Fox Sports Arizona during the third inning, and catch Valerdi talking about STEM education in the broadcast booth.


Photo courtesy of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Invitation to Tech and Transportation Summit

Timelapse photo of a highway, showing headlights and taillightsOn Oct. 13, the 2016 Technology and Transportation Summit will be held at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson. Professor K. Larry Head and his colleagues at the UA Transportation Research Institute encourage interested researchers, government officials and industry partners to attend

Sponsored by the Pima Association of Governments, the 2016 TTS will engage the community in learning about the needs, challenges and opportunities of the future of transportation. 

OSIRIS-REx Sends Back First Images

This image of the spacecraft was captured by StowCam when OSIRIS-REx was 3.9 million miles away from Earth. Featured prominently in the image is the Sample Return Capsule, which will provide the asteroid sample’s ride back to Earth in 2023. No stars are visible because of the bright illumination provided by the sun. (Image: NASA)

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which enjoyed a flawless Sept. 8 launch, has sent back its first images – including a space selfie.

According to SIE alumna and OSIRIS-REx senior operations engineer Sara Knutson, "There were a lot of 'proud parents' in the crowd," when the instrumentation powered up as expected on Sept. 19.

Among them was graduate student Bradley Williams, who helped build the camera suite. "We have some sense of more than just pride," he explained, "but success." 

Image courtesy of NASA

Valerdi Receives INCOSE Best Paper Award

Ricardo Valerdi holds the plaque honoring him for best paper in the journal Systems EngineeringAssociate professor of systems and industrial engineering Ricardo Valerdi and co-author Mauricio Peña of the Boeing Co. were honored for the best paper in Systems Engineering, the flagship scholarly journal for the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Their article, "Characterizing the Impact of Requirements Volatility on Systems Engineering Effort," aims to understand the causes of requirements volatility, its impact on systems engineering effort and its changing dynamics over the system life cycle. The journal's editorial board recognized it as an outstanding contribution to systems engineering theory, practice or perspectives.

The award was announced at the 2016 INCOSE Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

UA Team Part of International Space Surveillance Conference

Associate professor Roberto Furfaro was part of a strong University of Arizona showing at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference on Sept. 20-23.

He, and other members of UA's Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative, presented on challenges and innovations in space situational awareness to the large international audience of civil and military researchers.

Sustainability Efforts Draw University Fellow to SIE

José Luis Ruiz DuarteJosé Luis Ruiz Duarte, a doctoral student in systems and industrial engineering, was named one of the University of Arizona's newest class of University Fellows. The prestigious program provides financial support, professonal development and community engagement to top-ranked incoming graduate students in a wide range of disciplines.

Ruiz Duarte holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Sonora, Mexico, where he conducted research on optimization and data analytics. At UA, he is investigating how these and other systems engineering disciplines can be used to develop and integrate solar energy systems.

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