Dr. Ricardo Valerdi is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Systems & Industrial Engineering and Director of the Sports Management Program. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently on sabbatical working at SpaceX helping them get rockets to space more efficiently.
Dr. Valerdi has been a consultant for various professional baseball, soccer, and basketball teams on the topic of STEM education. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and was recently elected to the Mexican Academy of Engineering.