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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 Professor’s Science of Sport Program Achieves National Reach

ValerdiRicardo Valerdi, engineering professor at the University of Arizona, has partnered with Major League Baseball teams to host children at baseball stadiums to help them see the connection between sports and STEM. Valerdi, founder and chief scientist at Science of Sport, designed the program to teach children about biomechanics, physiology, speed, acceleration, launch angles and more. Partners in the endeavor include the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and others.

"They think they're going to a baseball camp," Valerdi said in an interview with U.S. News and World Report. "They're really going to a STEM camp."

Valerdi’s Science of Sport program has reached across the country, most recently rolling out in Cobb City, Georgia.

SIE Graduates Honored in 2017 Convocation Ceremony

Miss the 2017 UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering convocation ceremony? Watch the Class of 2017 receive their degrees in the Livestream replay! Photos of the day are available on the SIE Facebook page

The staff and faculty of SIE are very proud of our graduates and all they have accomplished during their academic careers. We invite our alumni to keep in touch – let us know what's going on in your lives, and we'll feature interesting alumni updates on our website and in our newsletter. 

Three SIE Students Named 2017 da Vinci Scholars

Portrait photos of Brett Conway, Alexander Marshall and Regdy VeraCongratulations to engineering management major Brett Conway and systems engineering majors Alexander Marshall and Regdy Vera, who were among the 10 undergraduates awarded 2017 da Vinci Scholarships by the UA College of Engineering. 

These exceptional students were honored in a special reception on April 30.

SIE Graduate Will Apply Skills as Technical Problem Solver

While a University of Arizona sophomore, Kelly Maroney helped organize the 23rd Annual iExpo Industry Career Fair in 2015. Two years later, Maroney has already been snatched up by Epic Systems to work as a technical problem solver after receiving her systems engineering degree May 12.

While at the UA, she was involved with Tech Launch Arizona's Business Intelligence Analyst Program. "The biggest takeaway for me personally is gaining research and technical writing skills that I can apply to my future career as an engineer," Maroney said in an interview with UA News. "It's very rewarding to be a part of a process that helps professors and inventors transform their inventions to commercialized products and make people's lives better."

SIE Seniors Key to Design Day Success Stories

Winners of the Design Day 2017 Raytheon Award for Best Overall DesignOffering expertise on everything from drones to optics to augmented reality devices, systems and industrial engineering students played pivotal roles in multiple award-winning teams at UA Engineering Design Day 2017.

Seniors Fatemah Alabdullah and Victor Cortez helped their team take the top prize, the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design. Their project, a system for pollinating Medjool date trees with a drone, could revolutionize the farming industry. Systems engineering major Shivani Patel's team also incorporated drones, though they focused instead on how to safely shut down drone networks.

Congratulations to the following SIE students who won Design Day 2017 awards:

  • Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design: Team 16062, featuring industrial engineering major Fatemah Alabdullah and systems engineering major Victor Cortez
  • Rincon Research Award for Best Presentation: Team 16056, featuring systems engineering major Taylor Moore
  • Ventana Award for Innovation in Engineering: Team 16020, featuring systems engineering major Feras Antoun
  • ACSS/L-3 Communications Award for Most Robust Systems Engineering: Team 16022, featuring systems engineering major Kyel Powell
  • Technical Documentation Consultants of Arizona Award for Best Design Documentation: Team 16025, featuring systems engineering majors Mark Fleckenstein and Michael Hailwood
  • TRAX International Award for Best Implementation of Agile Methodology: Team 16003, featuring systems engineering major Shivani Patel
  • W.L. Gore & Associates Award for Most Creative Solution: Team 16006, featuring engineering management major Andrew Whiteside
  • RBC Sargent Aerospace & Defense Voltaire Design Award: Team 16073, featuring systems engineering major David Renner
  • Dataforth Corporation Award for Best Design Using a Data Acquisition and Control System: Team 16039, featuring systems engineering major Israel Valle
  • II-VI Optical Systems Award for Best Use of Optical Design and Technology: Team 16025, featuring systems engineering majors Mark Fleckenstein and Michael Hailwood
  • Prototron Circuits Award for Best Printed Circuit Design: Team 16080, featuring industrial engineering major Zean Alzawawi
  • Honeywell Award for Excellence in Aerospace Electronic System Design: Team 16012, featuring engineering management major Taha Hasan

Researchers' Greenhouse Helping Mars' Gardens Grow for NASA

Inside the Prototype Lunar Greenhouse at the University of ArizonaFar above Tucson, among the stars, astronauts have successfully learned to grow plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station.

Closer to home, engineers and scientists – including SIE professor Roberto Furfaro – are working with researchers at NASA to develop long-term methods to sustain workers in deep space, like the moon or Mars.

Furfaro is the principal technical investigator on the Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse project, alongside agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Gene Giacomelli, the project's co-principal investigator and director of the University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agricultural Center.

Working with some 20 researchers from different disciplines across the U.S., Furfaro and Giacomelli spent nearly a decade building a fully functional prototype of a lunar and Martian greenhouse. They've since determined the plants, seeds and other materials needed to make the system viable on Mars, having successfully grown vegetables such as sweet potatoes and lettuce. The next step is specialized testing to ensure the system will support a crew on Mars or the moon for an extended period of time.

Furfaro, who is also director of the Space Systems Engineering Lab at the UA, is helping develop computer models to simulate the researchers' ability to monitor and control the greenhouse's environment and ability to provide adequate oxygen.

CEAC has grown food in desolate environments before; its greenhouse in Antarctica provides vegetables to workers at the National Science Foundation's base. 

Photo: The inside of a hydroponic plant growth chamber designed by the Prototype Lunar Greenhouse at the UA. It employs plants and crop production designed to provide not only food, but air revitalization, water recycling and waste recycling.

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