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. Jan. 16, 2017Adding barcodes to medical images to enhance searchability

  2. Jan. 4, 2017Jim Estill, CEO and Systems Design Engineering graduate, single-handedly brought 200 Syrian Refugees to Canada:

    When Jim Estill decided to sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families, he didn’t tell anyone about it at first—not his accountant, not his friends, not even his wife. It was the summer of 2015, and the death toll in Syria had reached a quarter of a million people, while another four million had fled the country. All summer long, the news reported horror stories of Syrians drowning in the Mediterranean. Humanitarian aid programs were being cut across the Middle East.[Read more]

  3. Jan. 4, 2017Devon Galloway (SYDE’2010) was selected as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 2017

    Devon Galloway (SYDE’2010) was selected as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 2017 -- Young Innovators Redefining Marketing and Advertising

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