Ricardo Valerdi

Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering
Director, Sports Management Program
Pac-12 Faculty Athletics Representative
Ricardo Valerdi

Engineering 225
1209 E 2nd St #100,
Tucson, Arizona 85721

Areas of Expertise

Sports analytics
Concussion education
Product development
Consultancy for professional and collegiate sports


  • MGMT 359 Sports Analytics

Teaching Interests

  • Sabermetrics
  • Product Development
  • Forecasting

Publications and Working Papers

  • Selected Publications

    • Valerdi, R., “Balancing Expert Opinion and Historical Data: The Case of Baseball Umpires,” Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics, 9(3), 161-163, 2016.
    • Valerdi, R., “Play Ball: The Science of Baseball Program,” 1st Annual California STEM Summit, Sacramento, CA, Nov 18-19, 2013.
    • Valerdi, R., Valenzuela, D., Hernandez, K., Monreal, J., “Measures of Effectiveness for a STEM Program: The Arizona Science of Baseball,” 11th Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Atlanta, GA, March 2013.
    • Blackburn, C. and Valerdi, R., “Measuring Systems Engineering Success: Insights From Baseball,” 18th INCOSE Symposium, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 2008. 

Professional Associations

  • International Council on Systems Engineering
  • International Society of Parametric Analysts
  • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

Media Coverage

 Awards and Honors

  • Foreign Member, Mexican Academy of Engineering
  • Frank Freiman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cost Estimation and Parametric Modeling
  • NCAA MindMatters Concussion Education Program winner
  • Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) Distinguished Visiting Fellow
  • Best Thesis Advisor, MIT Technology & Policy Program
  • Best journal article of the year, Systems Engineering Journal
  • Best journal article of the year, Defense Acquisition Research Journal


  • PhD, University of Southern California
  • MS, University of Southern California
  • BSBA, University of San Diego