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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 Alumna Speaks at Homecoming Celebration

Claire Tomkins at the podium at the 2016 Engineers Breakfast“How can we expect to be a superpower and a great nation if our leaders don’t understand the very foundations of our growth – technology and innovation?” Claire Tomkins asked in her 2016 Engineers Breakfast keynote address, “Why We Need an Engineer in the White House.”  

Specializing in clean technology, systems engineering and business management, Tomkins has been instrumental in a number of startups and is on the management team of Richard Branson’s clean-tech accelerator, the Carbon War Room. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in systems and industrial engineering and public policy from the UA and a doctorate from Stanford University.

News You Can Use

Screenshot of fall 2016 SIE newsletterThe fall 2016 issue of the department newsletter is out!

In it, we highlight the excellent research performed by longtime professors, welcome our fantastic new faculty members and celebrate the achievements of students and alumni alike.

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Welcome to Our New Faculty

Composite image of four new faculty membersWe are honored to welcome four new faculty members to the SIE family in 2016: assistant professors Jianqiang Cheng, David Gross, Vignesh Subbian and Qiang Zhou.

They bring a wealth of research and industry experience to the team, and we are happy to have them aboard!

Head Selected as ITS Arizona Member of the Year

Scott Miller, Larry Head and Jamie Blakeman on stage as Head receives his ITS Arizona Member of the Year AwardProfessor K. Larry Head was named 2016 Member of the Year by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Arizona at their 23rd annual conference on Sept. 28-29 in Mesa. 

Head was also honored for the 2016 Best ITS Implementation Project for his role in founding the Arizona Transportation Research Institute.

This is just the latest of an impressive slate of awards for Head, who was selected as the 2016 da Vinci Fellow for the UA College of Engineering.

Photo courtesy of ITS Arizona

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. 

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