Welcome to Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Established over 40 years ago, the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo was the first-of-its-kind in Canada, and still is, hosting the most flexible programs and interdisciplinary areas of research. Systems design covers technical, environmental, socioeconomic and political aspects of the engineering process using systems design methodology.

Our community is home to more than 700 students, 35+ dedicated faculty and supportive staff, with thousands of alumni worldwide – including some of the most successful entrepreneurs to graduate from Waterloo.  

  1. Sep. 20, 2017Royal Society of Canada's honours for Waterloo Engineering Professors

    Professor Keith Hipel of Systems Design Engineering will receive the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. Keith has introduced some of the world's most robust approaches to conflict resolution, multiple-objective decision-making, hydrology and environmental impact assessment, earning him Canada's most prestigious environmental prize.

  2. Sep. 19, 2017Waterloo medical technology startup named to Canadian innovation list

    A Waterloo medical artificial intelligence (AI) startup was named one of 2017’s 20 most innovative technology companies by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) earlier this month.

  3. Sep. 19, 2017AI Is Now Helping Doctors Diagnose Skin Cancer Faster

    Doctors are hoping that artificial intelligence could be the key to detecting signs of melanoma skin cancer far earlier than the current methods of diagnosis allow.

    The machine-learning software, developed by the University of Waterloo, Canada, would hopefully shorten the current process which relies entirely on patients presenting lesions (such as moles) and doctors then judging them on their appearance alone.

    If they deem them to be potentially hazardous, patients than require a biopsy to get more information.

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