Ricardo Valerdi

Associate Professor, Systems and Industrial Engineering

Ricardo Valerdi is a system engineer and focuses his research in cost estimation of complex systems, test & evaluation, human systems integration, enterprise transformation, and performance measurement.  His research has been funded by Army Test & Evaluation, Navy Acquisition Research Program, Air Force Office of the Surgeon General, Air Force Acquisition Chief Process Office, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, and the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Previously he was a Research Associate in the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Visiting Associate in the Center for Systems and Software Engineering at the University of Southern California.  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 Award in the Systems Engineering Journal, and Best Paper Awards at the INCOSE Symposium, Conference on Systems Engineering Research and Conference of the International Society of Parametric Analysts.
Dr. Valerdi is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation, served on the Board of Directors of the International Council on Systems Engineering, and is a Senior Member of IEEE.


  • PhD, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Southern California, 2005