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. Jan. 17, 2022Neurotech for intuitive human-machine interactions and faster gaming

    Waterloo’s Engineering Bionics Lab is a hub of innovation for interfaces and technologies that augment human capabilities

  2. Jan. 12, 2022Taking a step toward self-walking robotic exoskeletons

    Trailblazing research is transforming the field of rehabilitation medicine by developing robotic exoskeleton legs capable of autonomous control and decision making. 

    Brokoslaw Laschowski is using his interdisciplinary education —

  3. Jan. 5, 2022Professor Jonathan Li named 2022 Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada

    Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Li, who was inducted as a 2022 Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). This designation recognizes “excellence in engineering and services to the profession and to society”. Professor Li is cross-appointed in the departments of geographical and environmental management and systems design engineering and leads the Geospatial Sensing and Data Intelligence Lab

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  1. Jan. 19, 2022Federal vs. provincial jurisdictions in healthcare

    Speaker: Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO of University Health Network. 

    Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    Time: 1:30-2:50 PM

    Zoom link: https://uwaterloo.zoom.us/j/94621216314?pwd=Rjl2b3I4K3hDZGFJRjhmSFR1d3lBZz09

  2. Jan. 19, 2022Quantum Nano Collision Seminar Series: Professor Kevin Musselman
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  3. Jan. 20, 2022WaterTalk: Harnessing 'Omics to Inform Strategies to Mitigate the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance as a One Water Challenge
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    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Amy Pruden, W. Thomas Rice Professor, University Distinguished Professor, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA will present: Harnessing 'Omics to Inform Strategies to Mitigate the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance as a One Water Challenge.

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