MIS Speaker's Series: Ricardo Valerdi

Ricardo Valerdi


1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11, 2019


McClelland Hall 130

Ricardo Valerdi, Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona

Title: Commercializing Research: Examples from Cost Modeling and Baseball

Abstract: This talk describes two parallel efforts that involve commercializing research.  The first is a cost model, originally developed for the Department of Defense, which involves an open source effort that is widely used in the aerospace industry and by commercial cost model vendors.  The second is a baseball analytics curriculum for K-12, originally developed for the Arizona Diamondbacks, which has been expanded to other sports and a UA spinoff company.  Both efforts were a result of research projects at UA which have resulted in courses in the College of Engineering and Eller.

Bio: Dr. Ricardo Valerdi is a Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering.  His research focuses on systems engineering, cost estimation, and sports analytics.  He was the Founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics.  He served on the Board of Directors of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Valerdi is also UA’s Faculty Athletics Representative for the PAC-12 and NCAA. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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