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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.

What's Next for OSIRIS-REx? A Grad Student Explains

A screenshot of Kris Drozd being interviewed at the OSIRIS-REx launch partyThe OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission saw a flawless launch on Sept. 8. 

So what's next? KVOA reporter asked doctoral student Kristofer Drozd just that on launch day.

Find out what he, and the rest of the OSIRIS-REx operations engineering team, will do to guide and support the spacecraft over the next seven years. 

SIE Is Mission Critical for OSIRIS-REx Success

Concept art of OSIRIS-REx in space with the Earth in the background and a UA logo in the top left corner
NASA's OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft is scheduled to start its long journey to the asteroid Bennu tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. MST – thanks in part to the hard work of UA systems and industrial engineering faculty, students and alumni.

Key personnel include associate professor Roberto Furfaro; graduate students Kristofer Drozd and Bradley Williams; and alumni Sara Balram Knutson, John Kidd and Daniel Wibben.

Several of them have trekked to Cape Canaveral to lend a hand at launch. Those of us still in Tucson are invited to watch the action at launch parties on campus and around town, and NASA TV is providing live coverage online.

Valerdi Suggests Caution, Education When Selecting Football Helmets

A screenshot of Roberto Valerdi discussing defective football helmets with KVOANearly 6,000 football helmets have been recalled by a major retailer, just as local teams prepare to take the field.

As associate professor Ricardo Valerdi explains in a video interview with KVOA, the helmets have a defective coating that makes them brittle and liable to crack upon impact. The faulty equipment puts athletes at greater risk for concussion.

Valerdi, the founder and chief scientist of Science of Sport, co-developed a mobile app called BrainGainz that teaches football players about the symptoms and dangers of concussion.

SIE Athletes at the Rio Olympics

Top: Alumnus Edgar Rivera competing in the high jump; bottom: Rafael Quintero diving. Images courtesy of Arizona Athletics.As the world looks to Rio de Janeiro for the next gold medal performance, the University of Arizona department of systems and industrial engineering is watching two athletes with particular attention.

Alumnus Edgar Rivera, who is competing for Mexico in the high jump, will see action on Sunday, Aug. 14. Rivera received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 2013. His brother Luis also graduated from SIE -- and is a former Olympian himself.

Senior Rafael Quintero, who is competing in 10-meter platform diving for Puerto Rico, will start his Olympic journey on Friday, Aug. 19. The 2016 Pac-12 Diver of the Year, Quintero was also named the University of Arizona's outstanding male student-athlete this spring.

Photos courtesy of Arizona Athletics

Q&A with SIE Olympian Rafael Quintero

Rafael Quintero mid-dive; photo by Jacob Chinn/The University of Arizona Alumni Association

As explored in the summer 2016 issue of Arizona Alumni Magazine, industrial engineering student Rafael Quintero has his eyes on Rio, where he will compete for Puerto Rico in 10-meter platform diving at the 2016 Olympic Games in August.

He's dreamed of the opportunity since he was five years old.

Photo courtesy of Jacob Chinn/The University of Arizona Alumni Association

UA Researchers, City Aim to Improve Tucson Traffic with New Tech

Larry Head's transportation research lab; photo courtesy of Tucson News Now“It is really exciting to be partnering with the city to do research for the people,” said Larry Head, professor of systems and industrial engineering, in an interview with Tucson News Now.

He is collaborating with Tucson officials to bring connected-vehicle technology to Tucson roads.

Photo courtesy of Tucson News Now

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