At University of Arizona since 2011. Current positions:
- Distinguished Outreach Professor, Department of Systems & Industrial Engineering
- Fellow, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (2021-2022)
- Faculty Athletics Representative (liaison to the Pac-12 Conference/NCAA)
- Director, Sports Management Program, Eller College of Management
Ricardo Valerdi is a Professor in the Systems & Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Visiting Associate in the Center for Systems and Software Engineering at the University of Southern California and was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously he was a Visiting Fellow at the Defence & Systems Institute at the University of South Australia, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Dr. Valerdi is a two-time recipient of the Best Thesis Advisor Award in the MIT Technology & Policy Program, the Best Article of the Year Awards in the Systems Engineering Journal and Defense Acquisition Journal, and Best Paper Awards at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research, International Society of Parametric Analysts, and Conference on Predictive Models in Software Engineering. He was Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) hosted by the University of Bath. He received the Frank Freiman Award, the top honor given by the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association. He was elected into the Mexican Academy of Engineering, following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Jorge Valerdi, and uncle, Dr. Jose Albarran. Dr. Valerdi was named Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona in recognition of Science of Sport, a STEM Education program for K-12 he developed in collaboration with professional sports teams.
His research focuses on cost estimation, test & evaluation, cybersecurity, and sports analytics. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Army Test & Evaluation, Navy Acquisition Research Program, Air Force Office of the Surgeon General, Air Force Acquisition Chief Process Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, Sandia National Laboratories, Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, IBM Center for the Business of Government, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has taught courses in cost estimation, systems engineering, decision analysis, sports analytics, and the science of baseball.
Dr. Valerdi was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Council on Systems Engineering, and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He received his B.S./B.A. in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Systems Architecture and Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2002 and 2005. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as a systems engineer at Motorola and has been affiliated with the Aerospace Corporation’s Economic and Market Analysis Center. He served as Program Chair of the 20th and 24th Forum on COCOMO and Software Cost Modeling. He provides expert witness consulting services on various matters including patent infringement, trade secrets, breach of contract, and damages.
His contributions to the field include the Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model (COSYSMO), a model for estimating systems engineering effort, which has been calibrated with data provided by BAE Systems, Boeing, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and SAIC.
He is also founder and Chief Scientist of the Science of Sport, a non-profit aimed at bringing math & science to life through sports. His programs have been used by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, LA Galaxy, LAFC, Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Sugar Bowl, College Football Playoff Foundation, and LA84 Foundation. His work has been featured on ESPN, Fox Sports Arizona, and LA Times. In collaboration with faculty in the UA College of Medicine he developed the first-ever virtual reality concussion simulator for football for the NCAA [video].