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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.

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.

Senior Wins Big Helping Build Cable for NASA

Team 16022 from left to right: Andrew Rocha, Kyel Powell, Laura Haferkamp, Giuseppe Lo Voi and David Greif.

Systems engineering senior Kyel Powell can now add "award-winning author" to his resume.

He co-authored a paper, "Space-Rated Fiber Optic Cable Design for NASA's Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield Spectrometer," with his interdisciplinary capstone design team, and their work just took second place in the Technical Paper division at the 2017 AIAA Region VI Student Conference.

The team's NASA-sponsored project is a custom fiber optic cable assembly for the upcoming Exploration Mission 1, which will test the Orion spacecraft's reentry capabilities.

From left to right: Team members Andrew Rocha, Kyel Powell, Laura Haferkamp, Giuseppe Lo Voi and David Greif.

Khosravi Slated for Grad Slam Finals

Doctoral student Sara Khosravi is heading to the 2017 UA Grad Slam finals on Tuesday, April 4.2017 Grad Slam Finalists, from left, Sara Khosravi, Joan Bajorek and Lora Key.

Her presentation, "SmartWalk Assistance for Disabled Pedestrians," wowed judges at the semifinals on March 29, and she'll give her greatest performance yet on April 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Gallagher Theatre.

Khosravi works with professor Larry Head, who is renowned for his research in connected vehicles and intelligent traffic signal control.

This is the second year in a row that SIE is represented in the final round of the campus-wide competition, which recognizes the best three-minute graduate student presentation of a research or creative project. Last year, SIE student Shayan Koshmagham took first place.

Photo: Khosravi, at left, with fellow finalists Joan Bajorek and Lora Key.

Valerdi Brings Sports to National STEM Conference

This year's U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference will feature a familiar face: associate professor Ricardo Valerdi.

SIE associate professor Ricardo Valerdi at a 2015 TEDxTucson talk.Now in its sixth year, the three-day conference welcomes leaders, educators and top policy makers from business, academia and government to debate current STEM-related issues and discuss "practical, self-sustaining strategies for inspiring, educating and hiring the diverse STEM workforce of tomorrow." This year's keynote speakers include executives from NASA, Dow Chemical Co. and Xerox Corp.

Valerdi, whose Science of Sport program is oft-featured in news, will co-host "Batter Up: The Science of Sports," a presentation on several initiatives underway by sports leagues and educational institutions to integrate science and sports, inside and outside the classroom.

The conference takes place May 24-26 in San Diego.

Photo: Valerdi giving a 2015 TEDxTucson talk, "The Science of Baseball."

SIE Alumnus Uses IT to Better Public Health

Alan Quarry interviews SIE alumnus Michael Popovich

It pays to be flexible. SIE alumnus Michael Popovich started Scientific Technologies Corporation, or STC, in the late 1980s as an IT consulting firm developing telecommunications and computer networks.

In a video interview with AQ's Blog and Grill, Popovich – now CEO and a member of STC's board of directors – shares how a single request to build a custom immunization registry quickly shifted STC's focus toward public health.

Since then STC has created numerous technological innovations to support public health officials in their digital efforts to monitor and report on issues such as the use of vaccines, immunization records and disease outbreaks. 

As technology continues to transform the health industry, Popovich discusses what he believes will set IT firms apart and what role STC will play in the future.

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