Ricardo Valerdi

Associate Professor of Systems + Industrial Engineering
Director, Sports Management Program
Honors Professor (courtesy), UA Honors College

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Southern California
MS, University of Southern California
BS/BA, University of San Diego

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Analytics 
  • Concussion Education 
  • Product Development 
  • Consultant to MLB, MLS, NBA teams, NCAA 

Courses

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

“Nearly 6,000 football helmets recalled for head injury risk,” KVOA Tucson News (Aalia Shaheed), August 18, 2016.

http://www.kvoa.com/story/32793770/nearly-6000-football-helmets-recalled-for-head-injury-risk

“Students get a lesson in math and science through Angels baseball,” LA Times (Alex Chan), June 30, 2016 http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-0701-baseball-science-20160701-story.html

“Inning of Giving – Science of Baseball,” MLB.TV, June 29, 2016 http://m.mlb.com/ari/video/topic/69972746/v872117883/?c_id=ari

“How a smartphone app and $15 piece of cardboard are taking on football concussions,” SB Nation (Louis Bien), March 29, 2016 http://www.sbnation.com/2016/3/29/11318382/nfl-college-football-concussions-diagnosis-smartphone-app

“D-backs teach science on Tucson trip: Team uses fun activities to present STEM education,” MLB.com (Angela Denogean), March 8, 2016 atmlb.com/1QF9ivd

“Why The Knuckleball Pitch Is So Hard To Master In Baseball,” KJZZ (Steve Goldstein), March 4, 2016 http://kjzz.org/content/274086/why-knuckleball-pitch-so-hard-master-baseball

“Program mixes soccer, science lessons,” The Press-Enterprise (Laurie Williams), February 26, 2016 http://www.pe.com/articles/soccer-795549-school-stem.html

“Let's have a concussion discussion: UA researchers team with athletes to cut concussions,” The Daily Wildcat (Mackenzie Boulter), February 18, 2016 http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2016/02/lets-have-a-concussion-discussion-ua-researchers-team-with-athletes-to-cut-concussions

“University Of Arizona Football Players Develop App To Help Recognize Concussion Symptoms,” Sport Techie (Josh Shanes), February 10, 2016 http://www.sporttechie.com/2016/02/10/university-of-arizona-football-players-develop-app-to-help-recognize-concussion-symptoms/

“This virtual reality app will show you what it's like to have a concussion,” Mashable (Adario Strange), February 9, 2016 http://mashable.com/2016/02/09/virtual-reality-concussion/#kywUPF3tsmqa

“Virtual reality concussion app presented to NCAA officials,” KOLD 13 Tucson/FOX 11 (Janice Yu), February 8, 2016 http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31162567/virtual-reality-concussion-app-presented-to-ncaa-officials

“App Simulates Concussion Issue for Football Players,” Facility Safety Management, February 8, 2016. http://fsmmag.com/Articles/2016/02/Daily-Articles/App-Simulates-Concussion-Issue-for-Football-Players.html

“UA-built App Tackles Concussion Issue Head-On,” UA News (Emily Litvack), February 3, 2016 https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-built-app-tackles-concussion-issue-head-on

“UA App Designed to Help Athletes Tackle Concussion Symptoms,” KJZZ 91.5 (Sara Hammond), February 2, 2016 http://kjzz.org/content/259243/ua-app-designed-help-athletes-tackle-concussion-symptoms and Arizona Public Media NPR https://news.azpm.org/p/state-and-local/2016/2/1/81170-ua-app-uses-virtual-reality-to-simulate-concussion-effects/

“UA Team to Present Concussion App to NCAA,” KOLD Tucson/FOX 11 (Teresa Jun), February 1, 2016. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31112093/ua-team-to-present-its-concussion-app-to-ncaa

“Students program soccer-playing robots with help of UA professor,” The Daily Wildcat (Natalie Robbins), January 22, 2016. http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2016/01/students-program-soccer-playing-robots-with-help-of-ua-professor

“Know the symptoms of concussion? There's an app for that,” AZ Family KTKV (Jason Volentine), October 1, 2015. http://www.azfamily.com/story/30158532/concussions-theres-an-app-for-that 

 “App helps athletes recognize concussions,” KSAZ Fox 10 Arizona (Marcy Jones), September 30, 2015.http://www.fox10phoenix.com/arizona-news/27051516-story

“University of Arizona researchers are building a Google Cardboard app that will let users familiarize themselves with head injury as a form of precaution,” PSFK (Emma Hutchins), September 30, 2015. http://www.psfk.com/2015/09/side-effects-of-a-concussion-student-athletes-google-cardboard.html

“UA researchers, athletes work to develop concussion education app,” KOLD 13 Tucson/FOX 11 (Barbara Grijalva), September 29, 2015. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/30136578/ua-scientists-and-athletes-work-to-develop-concussion-education-app

“App has athletes seeing double to make them think twice about concussions,” Phys.org (Brie DeFelice), September 28, 2015. http://m.phys.org/news/2015-09-app-athletes-concussions.html

“The Science of Baseball: Using the Game to Draw Students to STEM, Arizona Diamondbacks Partner With U. of Arizona Professor to Engage Kids,” Chase Bank (Kelsey Perry), September 29, 2015. https://www.chase.com/news/092815-science-of-baseball?jp_cmp=en/Share/ema/na/Email

“UA group developing app to educate athletes and parents about concussions,” KTAR News (Bob McClay), September 28, 2015. http://ktar.com/story/661905/uofa-group-developing-app-to-educate-athletes-and-parents-about-concussions/

“Concussion Awareness: Virtual Reality App Makes Athletes See Double,” Medical Design Technology Magazine, September 28, 2015. http://www.mdtmag.com/news/2015/09/concussion-awareness-virtual-reality-app-makes-athletes-see-double

“Virtual Reality App Simulates Concussions,” Training & Conditioning September 28, 2015. http://training-conditioning.com/content/virtual-reality-app-simulates-concussions

“App Makes Athletes Think About Concussions,” UA News (Jill Goetz), September 23, 2015. http://uanews.org/story/app-makes-athletes-think-about-concussions

“The Perfect Home Run: Academy Scholar-Athletes Learn the ‘Science of Baseball’,” Nationals Community Newsletter (Zach Jamison), August 2015. http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/community/newsletter.jsp?partnerId=ed-9553431-822880373

“Angels Program Teaches Kids Science, Math Through Baseball,” ABC7 Los Angeles (Greg Lee), July 24, 2015 http://abc7.com/879159

 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