Welcome From Department Head
SIE Wrote the Book on Academics for Complex Systems
Welcome to SIE!
It’s no surprise UArizona Systems and Industrial Engineering is among the top programs nationally. Our department’s founder wrote the book on model-based systems engineering!
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 60 years since, SIE has achieved international prestige for contributions to the interdisciplinary design of large-scale complex systems involving people, technology and information.
The department offers three integrated academic programs leading to BS and MS degrees in systems engineering, industrial engineering and engineering management, as well as a PhD in systems and industrial engineering.
Our specialty areas are in the fundamentals of systems engineering, operations research, and industrial engineering – including optimization, stochastic systems, data analytics, systems engineering and design, modeling and simulation, and informatics. Faculty and students apply these fundamentals in:
- Smart transportation and manufacturing logistics
- Energy, water, environment and sustainability
- Space, defense and security
- Health care systems
- Human and social systems
Additionally, SIE works with other UArizona departments such as Management Information Systems in the Eller College of Management and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to offer collaborative degree programs.
Through partnerships with multiple international universities, SIE offers dual degree programs. Microcampuses provide international students with the unique opportunity of earning a U.S. degree without leaving their institution. Some even take advantage of the opportunity to study on main campus.
SIE’s rigorous and comprehensive education prepares graduates to tackle tomorrow’s engineering grand challenges. Alumni find work in leading corporations, research institutes, and universities.
SIE students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners are a constant inspiration. Explore the website and learn more about the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs – including graduate funding options – as well as faculty and student research. Read about student, faculty and alumni successes.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Professor Ricardo Valerdi, Department Head