Ricardo Valerdi

Ricardo Valerdi, Ph.D.

2020 Distinguished Outreach Professor

Ricardo Valerdi is a widely recognized leader whose non-profit, nationally-adopted programs bring math and science to life through sports.


Headshot of Ricardo Valerdi, 2020 Distinguished Outreach Faculty

Ricardo Valerdi, Ph.D.

2020 Distinguished Outreach Professor
Professor, Department of Systems and
Industrial Engineering

UArizona College of Engineering

Wonder Makes Me Change Perspectives

Ricardo Valerdi's 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 and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Valerdi is also the university's faculty athletics representative for the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA.

He is also founder and chief scientist of the Science of Sport, a nonprofit aimed at bringing math and science to life through sports. His programs have been used by several professional and collegiate sports teams, including 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, the Sugar Bowl, the College Football Playoff Foundation and the LA84 Foundation.

His work has been featured on ESPN, Fox Sports Arizona and the Los Angeles Times. In collaboration with faculty in the University of College of Medicine –Tucson, Valerdi developed the first-ever concussion simulator for football for the NCAA.



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