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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 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.

UA Systems and Industrial Engineering Department Honors Cindy Klingberg

Raytheon Missile Systems engineer and program manager and UA alumna Cindy Klingberg was recognized with the 2017 Alumni of the Year Award at a pre-commencement ceremony in May.

Klingberg earned her UA bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1988, and is the second alumnus to receive the award, preceded by Herb Burton -- a 1960 graduate in engineering mathematics and retired executive at AT&T Bell Laboratories -- who introduced Klingberg at this year's ceremony.

“As grateful as I am for this award,” Klingberg said, “the greatest reward I’ve ever been given is the simple opportunity to help generations of students learn how to think critically about the world around them.”

Klingberg is a member of Raytheon’s Asian Pacific Association and its Women’s Network and has served on the boards of the UA President’s Diversity Advisory Council and the UA Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association. Her honors have included Raytheon’s Woman on the Move Award and the Tucson Pan Asian Community Alliance Woman of the Year Award.

She has spent countless more hours for her alma mater as a member of the UA Alumni Association Wildcat for Life Leadership Council and UA Foundation National Leadership Council.

UA Professor’s Science of Sport Program Achieves National Reach

ValerdiRicardo Valerdi, engineering professor at the University of Arizona, has partnered with Major League Baseball teams to host children at baseball stadiums to help them see the connection between sports and STEM. Valerdi, founder and chief scientist at Science of Sport, designed the program to teach children about biomechanics, physiology, speed, acceleration, launch angles and more. Partners in the endeavor include the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and others.

"They think they're going to a baseball camp," Valerdi said in an interview with U.S. News and World Report. "They're really going to a STEM camp."

Valerdi’s Science of Sport program has reached across the country, most recently rolling out in Cobb City, Georgia.

SIE Graduates Honored in 2017 Convocation Ceremony

Miss the 2017 UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering convocation ceremony? Watch the Class of 2017 receive their degrees in the Livestream replay! Photos of the day are available on the SIE Facebook page

The staff and faculty of SIE are very proud of our graduates and all they have accomplished during their academic careers. We invite our alumni to keep in touch – let us know what's going on in your lives, and we'll feature interesting alumni updates on our website and in our newsletter. 

Three SIE Students Named 2017 da Vinci Scholars

Portrait photos of Brett Conway, Alexander Marshall and Regdy VeraCongratulations to engineering management major Brett Conway and systems engineering majors Alexander Marshall and Regdy Vera, who were among the 10 undergraduates awarded 2017 da Vinci Scholarships by the UA College of Engineering. 

These exceptional students were honored in a special reception on April 30.

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