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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.

Cheng Wins Bisgrove Scholar Award

Jianqiang ChengScience Foundation Arizona recently announced its 2017 SFAz Bisgrove Scholars Awards, with four of the five state recipients coming from the University of Arizona.

Among them was Jianqiang Cheng, assistant professor of systems and industrial engineering, whose research interests include large-scale risk analysis programming for network design and energy management systems.

Cheng will receive $200,000 in support of his research.

Mexico’s Academy of Engineering Inducts Ricardo Valerdi

Ricardo Valerdi inducted into Mexico's Academy of Engineering; photo by Raúl Serrano
Ricardo Valerdi, associate professor of systems and industrial engineering, has been inducted into the Academy of Engineering of Mexico for his contributions in academia and the public and private sectors.

Valerdi is a world-renowned expert in cost estimation, which applies the tools of mathematics – statistics, optimization, simulation and mathematical modeling – to streamline procedures, increase efficiency and minimize risk in organizations.

Photo by Raúl Serrano

UA, ADOT to Focus on Women in Transportation Industry

Arizona highwayA research collaboration between the University of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Transportation will address ways to recruit, retain and promote women in the transportation workforce.

The two-year, approximately $200,000 research project began last May, after Sally Stevens, executive director of the UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women, responded to ADOT's request for proposals.

Stevens collaborated with Larry Head, professor of systems and industrial engineering and director of the UA's Transportation Research Institute, to develop the winning grant proposal.

SIE Alumna Receives Presidential Early-Career Award

Celik with adviser Young-Jun Son in 2009Nurcin Celik, a 2010 graduate of the University of Arizona systems and industrial engineering PhD program under the supervision of professor Young-Jun Son, 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.

Celik, who studies dynamic data-driven application simulation, electric utility resource planning, and social network modeling and analysis, is currently an associate professor at the University of Miami.

SIE Senior a 'College Success' Story

DJ Stroughter at Solar Oven Throw DownDJ Stroughter is pursuing a systems engineering degree, but he plans to use his education more broadly

In an interview with College Success Arizona, he explains, "My strengths can be applied in bringing engineer-style thinking to areas that engineering isn’t directly concerned with."

Beyond the books, DJ works part-time and serves as the co-vice president of the UA chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Transportation Expert Weighs In on Uber Move to Arizona

Technology on top of a self-driving car; image courtesy of KVOAProfessor Larry Head, director of the UA Transportation Research Institute and member of the state's Self-Driving Vehicle Oversight Committee, was pleased to learn of Uber's decision to move its autonomous vehicle testing from California to Arizona.

"People should be a little more open-minded and be excited about the opportunity," he said. “Technology is really cool.”


Photo courtesy of KVOA

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