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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.

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

SIE Presents First Alumni Award to Herb Burton

Herb Burton, left, and Sylvia Burton flank scholarship recipient Kyel Powell at the 2016 College of Engineering annual scholarship reception.

Herb Burton, a retired executive at AT&T Bell Laboratories, has received the 2016 Alumni of the Year Award from the UA department of systems and industrial engineering.

“Herb has been a long and strong supporter of the department, College and University,” said Young-Jun Son, professor and department head, who presented the award at SIE’s precommencement ceremony on campus in May.  

Burton graduated in 1960 as the only recipient of a UA bachelor’s degree in engineering mathematics. A. Wayne Wymore, considered the father of systems engineering, directed that program, which in 1961 became the department of systems engineering, the first accredited systems engineering program in the nation. Wymore considered Burton its first graduate.

SIE Researchers Receive Best Paper Award at 2016 IISE Conference

IISE President Michael Foss, Seunghan Lee, Young-Jun Son, IISE President-Elect Joseph Hartman and IISE Immediate Past President James C. Moore at the 2016 IISE Annual Conference awards banquet

On May 23, PhD candidate Seunghan Lee and department head Young-Jun Son received the Best Paper Award in the area of service and work systems at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference.

Their paper, "Extending Decision Field Theory to a Multi-agent Decision-making with Forgetting," was one of 445 presented at the conference.

Son's group has seen similar success at past IISE gatherings, winning best paper in the category of modeling and simulation in 2005 and 2009 and in the category of homeland security in 2008.

From left: IISE President Michael Foss, Seunghan Lee, Young-Jun Son, IISE President-Elect Joseph Hartman and IISE Immediate Past President James C. Moore 

UA Establishes Transportation Research Institute

A busy highway running through a city

Building off the success of the Advanced Traffic and Logistics Algorithms and Systems center, the University of Arizona is bringing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to address the many challenges of a rapidly evolving "transportation ecosystem." AzTRI, operating under the Office for Research & Discovery, includes faculty and staff from almost every college on campus.

Among them is professor Larry Head, who offers expertise in traffic signal control, traffic flow theory and connected vehicle technology. He says he expects the institute will be “a significant player in transportation research.”

Learn more in this KGUN 9 video.

Image courtesy of the UA Office for Research & Discovery

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