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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.

Systems Engineers Key to Design Day Success

The College of Engineering bestowed 21 team awards at Engineering Design Day 2016 – and to no surprise, 18 of the winners included systems engineering seniors.

That includes the two top awards. Team 15040, which included Danton Whittier, won the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design for On-Slide Reagent Concentration Feedback and Control, sponsored by Ventana Medical Systems Inc. Team 15023, which included Tareq A.A.M. Alsalem, received the Bly Family Award for Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use for Energy-Harvesting Power Supply, sponsored by Tucson Electrical Power.

The full list of prize-winners is available online. For a recap of the Design Day action, check out Arizona Engineer.

Senior Elected to ASUA

Engineering management major Nohe Sebastian Garcia was recently elected senator-at-large to the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. He will serve a one-year term starting May 2, and his priorities include public transportation for students, more academic assistance programs and updating the UA alert systems.

Garcia is the third member of the Nogales High School Class of 2012 to join UA's student government.

SIE Students to Compete in McGuire Pitch Contest

The McGuire Program New Ventures Competition logo

On Friday, April 29, four SIE students on McGuire Entrepreneurship Program startup teams will present innovation in action – and vie for more than $50,000 in prizes – at the New Venture Competition and Showcase.

Come to the Berger Auditorium at McClelland Hall between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to cheer on:

  • Edward Enhelder, graduate student in systems engineering, on team Car-fly – an on-demand restaurant delivery service
  • Eric Espinosa, engineering management major, on team BeneBundle – a website selling certified eco-friendly apparel
  • Nick Hinsberg, engineering management major, on team Coverd – providing on-site camping equipment rental for music festivals
  • Clayton Jeanette, systems engineering major, on team Defiiant Technologies – featuring a mobile virtual reality app and wearable VR camera

Science of Baseball Is STEAMworks Best of Show

Swing, batter! At the Science of Baseball booth at STEAMworks 2016The most interesting interactive booth at STEAMworks 2016 belonged to associate professor Ricardo Valerdi's Science of Baseball, winner of the Best in Show award.

The event, which brought more than 600 local high school students to campus, featured a plethora of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics exhibitions by UA faculty, staff and student clubs.

Photo courtesy of the UA Office of the Chief Information Officer

Quintero Named Top UA Student-Athlete

Rafael Quintero accepts the 2016 Sapphire Award for top senior male student-athlete at the University of ArizonaIndustrial engineering senior Rafael Quintero received the Sapphire Award for top male student-athlete at the 2016 Arizona Athletics awards banquet on April 19.

Quintero, who has qualified for the Olympics for Puerto Rico, is a nine-time All-American and this year's Pac-12 Diver of the Year

A gallery of images from the banquet is available.

Photo courtesy of Stan Liu/Arizona Athletics

Following Up on Connected Cars

More than a month after professor K. Larry Head's latest session at the Arizona Connected Vehicle Test Bed, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications continues to be a hot topic.

An article in Auto Connected Car News discussed the March trip in detail, and Phoenix radio station KJZZ brought Head on the air to explain the technology involved.

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