Ricardo Valerdi

Associate Professor
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Educational Background

Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Southern California, 2005.

M.S., Systems Architecture & Engineering, University of Southern California, 2002.

B.S./B.A. in Electrical Engineering, University of San Diego, 1999.

Research & Teaching Interests

Cost modeling (COSYSMO), software cost estimation (COCOMO II), harmonization of systems and software engineering, test & evaluation of systems-of-systems, DoD acquisition policy, process improvement methods (e.g., lean, six sigma, CMMI), performance measurement, organizational assessment, enterprise transformation, human systems integration, judgment & decision making, Delphi methodology, prediction markets, optimism bias, system dynamics, empirical research methods, professionalization of systems engineering.

Faculty Advisor, Arizona Science of Baseball

College of Engineering Representative, Faculty Senate

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics

Founder and Chief Scientist, Science of Sport

Faculty Advisor, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


Selected Publications

Valerdi, R., “Heuristics for Systems Engineering Cost Estimation,” IEEE Systems Journal, 5(1), 91-98, 2011.

Valerdi, R. and Nightingale, D. J., “An Introduction to the Journal of Enterprise Transformation,” Journal of Enterprise Transformation, 1(1), 1-6, 2011.

Purchase, V., Parry, G., Valerdi, R., Nightingale, D. J. and Mills, J., “Enterprise Transformation: Why Are We Interested, What Is It, And What Are The Challenges?,” Journal of Enterprise Transformation, 1(1), 14-33, 2011.

Valerdi, R. and Blackburn, C., “Leveraging Measurement Systems to Drive Enterprise Transformation: Two Case Studies from the U.S. Aerospace Industry,” Information, Knowledge and Systems Management, 9(2), 77-97, 2010.

Wang, G., Valerdi, R. and Fortune, J., “Reuse in Systems Engineering,” IEEE Systems Journal, 4(3), 376-384, 2010.

Liu, K. K., Valerdi, R., Rhodes, D. H., Headen, A. and Kimm, L., “The F119 Engine: A Success Story of Human Systems Integration in Acquisition,” Acquisition Review Journal, 17(2), 284-301, 2010.

Valerdi, R., Davidz, H., “Empirical Research in Systems Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities of a New Frontier,” Systems Engineering, 12(2), 169-181, 2009.

Rhodes, D., Valerdi, R. and Roedler, G., “Systems Engineering Leading Indicators: Assessing Effectiveness of Programmatic and Technical Performance,” Systems Engineering, 12(1), 21-35, 2009.

Valerdi, R., Nightingale, D. J. and Blackburn, C., “Enterprises as Systems: Context, Boundaries and Practical Implications,” Information, Knowledge and Systems Management, 7(4), 377-399, 2008.

Boehm, B. W. and Valerdi, R., “Achievements and Challenges in Software Resource Estimation,” IEEE Software, 25(5), 74-83, 2008.

Valerdi, R., Axelband, E., Baehren, T., Boehm, B., Dorenbos, D., Jackson, S., Madni, A., Nadler, J., Robitaille, P. and Settles, S., “A Research Agenda for Systems of Systems Architecting,” International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, 1(1/2), 171-188, 2008.

Boehm, B. W., Valerdi, R. and Honour, E., “The ROI of Systems Engineering: Some Quantitative Results for Software-Intensive Systems,” Systems Engineering, 11(3), 221-234, 2008.

Rhodes, D. and Valerdi, R., “Enabling Research Synergies Through a Doctoral Research Network in Systems Engineering,” Systems Engineering, 10(4), 348-360, 2007.

Lane, J. and Valerdi, R., “Synthesizing System-of-Systems Concepts for Use in Cost Modeling,” Systems Engineering, 10(4), 297-308, 2007.

Valerdi, R., Ross, A. and Rhodes, D., “A Framework for Evolving System of Systems Engineering,” CrossTalk - The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, 20(10), 28-30, 2007.

Valerdi, R. and Madachy, R., “Impact & Contributions of MBASE on Software Engineering Graduate Courses,” Journal of Systems and Software, 80(8), 1185-1190, 2007.

Boehm, B. W., Valerdi, R., Lane, J. and Brown, A. W., “COCOMO Suite Methodology and Evolution,” CrossTalk - The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, 18(4), 20-25, 2005.

University of Arizona College of Engineering