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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.

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.

SIE Engineers Designing Autonomous Border-Surveillance System

Young-Jun Son, professor and head of the UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, has been tapped as principal investigator for a UA team designing an autonomous border-surveillance system that can collect, assess and act on data in real time -- and deploy drones on its own.

Son and his co-principal investigator, UA associate professor of systems and industrial engineering Jian Liu, started work in March with government backing in the form of a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The system will be integrated for land and aerial vehicles monitoring the nation’s southern border.

“Our goal is to devise a system to most effectively, efficiently and safely deploy border patrol resources,” Son said.

Ricardo Valerdi Creates, Teaches Online Sports Analytics Course Based on "Science of Baseball"

Engineering professor Ricardo Valerdi has created MGMT 359 Sports Analytics, an online course modeled after his popular “Science of Baseball” program, with the hope his students can gain a new appreciation for the relationship of statistics in sports.

“Even if you’re not an athlete or going into professional sports, you can sharpen your saw with statistical tools that apply to business,” Valerdi said in a recent interview with the Arizona Daily Star.

Valerdi's five-week, nine-segment (Valerdi calls them "innings") course is designed to give students a foundation on which to build an interest in data analysis, which has has become essential in the business end of major sport, and as Valerdi points out, "There are a lot of jobs in data science and analytics where you can make some good money.”

Though the initial class was only open to 25 students, it has since grown to accommodate 38.

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