Welcome to Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo

The Department of Systems Design Engineering is a globally unique interdisciplinary department hosting flexible and innovative programs.  In addition to our new Biomedical Engineering program, Systems Design remains committed to Human Factors, Mechatronics, and Social Environmental Systems.

  1. Dec. 2, 2022SYDE-BME Coffee House 2022

    On November 29, the SYDE-BME community gathered for the return of a favourite tradition, the Coffee House. This event features artistic, athletic, and comedic performances by SYDE and BME students, faculty, and staff. 

  2. Dec. 1, 2022Putting pieces of a puzzle together

    Researchers in engineering, health search for new ways to detect bone fragility, prevent fractures

    Engineering and health experts at the University of Waterloo are collaborating on research that may lead to breakthroughs in preventing a serious, all-too-common injury — broken bones. 

    Their findings could prove especially important to elderly people typically more prone to falls and hip fractures. In fact, understanding the mechanics of how bones weaken over time could help serve the needs of the aging population in many parts of today’s developed world. 

  3. Nov. 23, 2022SYDE alum accepts 'Friend of the Faculty Award' on behalf of Microsoft

    Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) alum Christopher Pratley (BASc '91) represented Microsoft at the Waterloo Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal and Award ceremony last week to accept the Friend of the Faculty Award. 

    Pratley joined Microsoft a few years after graduating from Waterloo and currently serves as Corporate Vice President of media-related services, products and technologies in Office 365. 

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  1. Dec. 7, 2022Grad Seminar: System Design of Mid-/Far- Infrared Photothermoelectric Detectors


    Self-powered, flexible, and uncooled mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) detectors based on photothermoelectric (PTE) mechanism are promising in the next-generation wearable Internet of Things (IoT). The photovoltage of PTE detectors is controlled by the Seebeck coefficient and temperature difference under local or global illumination. Previous PTE detectors show a less outstanding performance enhancement, and rare papers report their potential applications.

  2. Dec. 12, 2022Grad Seminar: Muscle Torque Generator Model For A Two Degree-of-Freedom Shoulder Joint


    Muscle Torque Generators (MTGs) have been developed as an alternative to muscle-force models, reducing the complexity of muscle-force models to a single torque at the joint. Current MTGs can only be applied to single Degree of Freedom (DOF) joints, leading to complications in modeling joints such as the shoulder. Therefore, this project aimed to develop, for the first time, an MTG model that accounts for the coupling between 2 DOF at the shoulder joint.

  3. Jan. 24, 2023Undergraduate Admissions Webinar Series: Applying to Waterloo Engineering (Grade 11 & 12 American students)
    Five engineering students wearing coveralls.

    Waterloo Engineering invites future undergraduate students to join us for an admissions focused webinar to help understand the undergraduate application process, how to apply, how to make the most of your Admission Information Form (AIF) and online video interview!

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