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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 Graduate Will Apply Skills as Technical Problem Solver

While a University of Arizona sophomore, Kelly Maroney helped organize the 23rd Annual iExpo Industry Career Fair in 2015. Two years later, Maroney has already been snatched up by Epic Systems to work as a technical problem solver after receiving her systems engineering degree May 12.

While at the UA, she was involved with Tech Launch Arizona's Business Intelligence Analyst Program. "The biggest takeaway for me personally is gaining research and technical writing skills that I can apply to my future career as an engineer," Maroney said in an interview with UA News. "It's very rewarding to be a part of a process that helps professors and inventors transform their inventions to commercialized products and make people's lives better."

SIE Seniors Key to Design Day Success Stories

Winners of the Design Day 2017 Raytheon Award for Best Overall DesignOffering expertise on everything from drones to optics to augmented reality devices, systems and industrial engineering students played pivotal roles in multiple award-winning teams at UA Engineering Design Day 2017.

Seniors Fatemah Alabdullah and Victor Cortez helped their team take the top prize, the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design. Their project, a system for pollinating Medjool date trees with a drone, could revolutionize the farming industry. Systems engineering major Shivani Patel's team also incorporated drones, though they focused instead on how to safely shut down drone networks.

Congratulations to the following SIE students who won Design Day 2017 awards:

  • Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design: Team 16062, featuring industrial engineering major Fatemah Alabdullah and systems engineering major Victor Cortez
  • Rincon Research Award for Best Presentation: Team 16056, featuring systems engineering major Taylor Moore
  • Ventana Award for Innovation in Engineering: Team 16020, featuring systems engineering major Feras Antoun
  • ACSS/L-3 Communications Award for Most Robust Systems Engineering: Team 16022, featuring systems engineering major Kyel Powell
  • Technical Documentation Consultants of Arizona Award for Best Design Documentation: Team 16025, featuring systems engineering majors Mark Fleckenstein and Michael Hailwood
  • TRAX International Award for Best Implementation of Agile Methodology: Team 16003, featuring systems engineering major Shivani Patel
  • W.L. Gore & Associates Award for Most Creative Solution: Team 16006, featuring engineering management major Andrew Whiteside
  • RBC Sargent Aerospace & Defense Voltaire Design Award: Team 16073, featuring systems engineering major David Renner
  • Dataforth Corporation Award for Best Design Using a Data Acquisition and Control System: Team 16039, featuring systems engineering major Israel Valle
  • II-VI Optical Systems Award for Best Use of Optical Design and Technology: Team 16025, featuring systems engineering majors Mark Fleckenstein and Michael Hailwood
  • Prototron Circuits Award for Best Printed Circuit Design: Team 16080, featuring industrial engineering major Zean Alzawawi
  • Honeywell Award for Excellence in Aerospace Electronic System Design: Team 16012, featuring engineering management major Taha Hasan

Researchers' Greenhouse Helping Mars' Gardens Grow for NASA

Inside the Prototype Lunar Greenhouse at the University of ArizonaFar above Tucson, among the stars, astronauts have successfully learned to grow plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station.

Closer to home, engineers and scientists – including SIE professor Roberto Furfaro – are working with researchers at NASA to develop long-term methods to sustain workers in deep space, like the moon or Mars.

Furfaro is the principal technical investigator on the Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse project, alongside agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Gene Giacomelli, the project's co-principal investigator and director of the University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agricultural Center.

Working with some 20 researchers from different disciplines across the U.S., Furfaro and Giacomelli spent nearly a decade building a fully functional prototype of a lunar and Martian greenhouse. They've since determined the plants, seeds and other materials needed to make the system viable on Mars, having successfully grown vegetables such as sweet potatoes and lettuce. The next step is specialized testing to ensure the system will support a crew on Mars or the moon for an extended period of time.

Furfaro, who is also director of the Space Systems Engineering Lab at the UA, is helping develop computer models to simulate the researchers' ability to monitor and control the greenhouse's environment and ability to provide adequate oxygen.

CEAC has grown food in desolate environments before; its greenhouse in Antarctica provides vegetables to workers at the National Science Foundation's base. 

Photo: The inside of a hydroponic plant growth chamber designed by the Prototype Lunar Greenhouse at the UA. It employs plants and crop production designed to provide not only food, but air revitalization, water recycling and waste recycling.

SIE Professor Leads Connected-Vehicles Tests Near Phoenix

Professor Larry Head during a demo of his connected-vehicle technology in Maricopa CountyMaricopa County is leading the country in testing new technology to help cars navigate traffic – even without a human operator – by transmitting real-time road information from vehicle to vehicle.

Aiding in their efforts is Larry Head, SIE professor and director of the Arizona Transportation Research Institute, who developed the connected-car technology being used in the tests.

"The idea is the cars are talking to each other; they can also talk to the infrastructure," he said in a recent interview with 91.5 KJZZ. "They can talk to the traffic signals and say, 'Here I am!' And the traffic signals can say 'Oh I see you're there. Let me give you a green light and let you go through.'"

The technology could ultimately prevent red-light accidents, quicken truck traffic and help ensure pedestrians cross the street safely.

Head's development of the connected-car technology in Maricopa earned him recognition as the 2016 College of Engineering da Vinci Fellow, as well as membership on the Arizona Self-Driving Vehicle Oversight Committee.

Photo of Larry Head during a demonstration in Maricopa County courtesy of Casey Kuhn/KJZZ

Design Day 2017: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Student at Design DayEngineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 88 seniors from the UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering – inte​nd to prove it.

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

Download the UA Engineering Design app, available for iOS and Android! Find your favorite project and presenter, and then – new this year! – post to social media directly from the app.

Valerdi Explores the Complex Science of Sports

The University of Arizona Wildcats basketball team aren't the only ones having a busy spring. Ricardo Valerdi makes a free throw shot while promoting his new course, Sports Analytics

Associate professor Ricardo Valerdi has been making the media rounds, talking about the economic impact of March Madness on Arizona and why a systems engineer is so interested in sports anyway.

And he's not slowing down this summer, either.

Valerdi will debut a new course during the first summer session. Catch a video preview of MGMT 359: Sports Analytics, which covers fundamental analytical skills necessary to be successful in the sports business. It's part of the Eller Sports Management Program, which Valerdi directs.

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