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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.

UA President Appoints Engineer as Faculty Athletics Representative to PAC-12 and NCAA

Ricardo Valerdi, right, stands beside former UA linebacker Jason Sweet, left.UA President Dr. Robert C. Robbins announced that Ricardo Valerdi, associate professor of systems and industrial engineering, is the new faculty athletics representative to the PAC-12 Conference and the NCAA.

Robbins announced in late October 2017 that Valerdi would succeed School of Dance professor and former dean Jory Hancock.

All PAC-12 and NCAA member institutions are required to appoint faculty athletics representatives. Their major responsibilities are ensuring academic integrity in intercollegiate athletics; compliance with PAC-12, NCAA and university rules; and student-athlete well-being.

Coordinating complex systems is Ricardo Valerdi’s stock in trade. He founded Arizona Science of Baseball, a curriculum that uses baseball statistics to excite middle-school students about science, technology, engineering and math, as well as Science of Sport, Valerdi’s expanded version of the curriculum for other sports. These programs have been used by more than 60,000 students, particularly from low-income communities, across the country.

Students Learn Important SIE Skills in Gore Lean Crash Course

Team 16006 stands with its check for $750, awarded by Gore and Associates for "Most Creative Solution"In November, nine employees of W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. gave up their Saturday to teach SIE students about lean manufacturing, which focuses on minimizing waste without sacrificing productivity.

More than 70 students participated in the “Lean Crash Course,” learning skills that are important in systems and industrial engineering careers and could be put to use right away in the field.

This course is another example of how Gore has been an active part of SIE’s year, in addition to sponsoring the Award for Most Creative Solution, which was won by engineering management major Andrew Whiteside and his partners in Team 16006.

SIE Students and Faculty Make Themselves Seen, Heard Across Campus

All over the UA campus, SIE students and faculty are taking active roles in sports, academics and leisure activities.

  • The Engineering Management team won the first-ever SIE Gingerbread House Building Competition. The industrial engineering team placed second, and systems engineering took third.
  • In February, the team of ASEM & IISE/INCOSE won the E-Week softball championships, and April saw a laser tag battle between faculty and students, with the students coming out on top.
  • SIE participation even spread to the virtual world, as over 1,200 people tuned in to the first ever livestream of the SIE precommencement ceremony in May, and more than 250 people attended the inaugural VR summit in August.
  • Former SIE student worker Kirk Sibley broke the record for appearing as Wilbur the Wildcat at UA football games, and has performed as the mascot for the last 21 homecoming games.
  • W.L. Gore and Associates Inc. hosted a lean crash course for over 70 SIE undergraduates in November.

Outstanding SIE Alumni Shine in 2017

Alumni of systems and industrial engineering put the department on the map for a slew of accomplishments in 2017.

  • Cindy Klingberg (class of 1988) was recognized with the 2017 SIE Alumni of the Year Award.
  • Nurcin Celik (class of 2010 PhD) was a 2017 recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers – the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
  • Michael Popovich -- CEO and a member of Scientific Technologies Corporation's board of directors – shared how a single request to build a custom immunization registry quickly shifted STC's focus toward public health.
  • Ryan Kanto (class of 2007) was recognized with the College of Engineering Young Professional Achievement Award at the 2017 Engineers Breakfast.
  • Tommy Ryan became a field grade officer in the U.S. Army.
  • Edgar Rivera Morales (class of 2013) finished 4th in the high jump at the IAAF World Championships in London.
  • Patrick Weber (class of 2015) won an innovation award at Daimler-Benz.
  • Elena Jenkins and Trent Luchsinger (both class of 2014) won Up and Coming awards at Raytheon.
  • Do you know outstanding UA SIE Alumni?

    Please complete nominations for the 2018 SIE Alumni of the Year Award by Jan. 18, 2018. You can find more information and the nomination form on the front page of the SIE website. Direct questions to Mia Schnaible at 520.621.6551 or email at

Undergraduates Take Home Design Day Prizes, Excellence Awards, Scholarships and More

Spring and fall of 2017 saw a lot of success stories for SIE undergraduates, who made impressive showings at Engineering Design Day, wrote award-winning papers and earned prestigious scholarships.

  • SIE undergraduates were among the team members in Yuma who brought home the top prize at Engineering Design Day. Team 16062, featuring industrial engineering major Fatemah Alabdullah and systems engineering major Victor Cortez, won the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design.
  • Alex Beresford was the 2017 recipient of the A. Wayne Wymore Award, an excellence award given by the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering. Beresford is currently enrolled in the SIE accelerated master’s program.
  • Kyel Powell co-authored a paper with his interdisciplinary capstone design team, and their work took second place in the technical paper division at the 2017 AIAA Region VI Student Conference.
  • Engineering management major Brett Conway and systems engineering majors Alexander Marshall and Regdy Vera were among the 10 undergraduates awarded 2017 da Vinci scholarships by the UA College of Engineering.
  • 2017 graduate Kelly Maroney was named one of the seven standouts from over 4,000 graduates from the UA class of 2017.

SIE Graduate Students Make Headlines

Graduate students majoring in systems and industrial engineering have brought home some prestigious awards this year.

  • Kris Drozd led a team of students from the UA and Milano Polytechnic to a third-place win this summer at the Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.
  • Sara Khosravi was a top-six UA Grad Slam finalist for her presentation, “SmartWalk Assistance for Disable Pedestrians.” This is the second year in a row that SIE was represented in the final round.
  • Alex Lee, a PhD candidate working with Wei Lin, received the National Institute for Transportation and Communities Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Grad students also made a showing at the 2017 Homecoming Poster Competition:
    • 1st Prize: Yifei Yuan
    • 2nd Prize: Seunghan Lee, and Sara Masoud and Bijoy Chowdhury
    • 3rd Prize: Zuoyu Miao, Haomiao Yang and Krati Sharma

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