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. Aug. 11, 2022SYDE students take top prize in international Google contest

    A team of first-year Waterloo Engineering students topped more than 800 other entries from around the world in a Google competition to develop solutions to help end poverty, ensure prosperity and protect the planet.

    Aditi Sandhu, Het Patel, Jinal Rajawat and Mehak Dhaliwal, classmates in the systems design engineering (SYDE) program, won $3,000 each – plus mentorship opportunities and other prizes – as one of three winning teams in the Google Developers 2022 Solution Challenge.

  2. Aug. 11, 2022Modelling Disaster Recovery

    After a disaster strikes, the ability of individuals to recover is shaped by the many inter-connected systems that make up a community.

  3. July 18, 2022In memory of SYDE Professor Koncay Huseyin

    The Department of Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) is saddened to announce the passing of Professor Koncay Huseyin on June 2, 2022, at the age of 85.

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  1. Aug. 22, 2022Human Factors in Esports: Investigating performance measures, coaching practice, and stress training (PhD Defence)

    Presented by: Bader Sabtan 

    This thesis examined a constant problem in Esports in which players do not perform to their expected potential when under stress (also known as choking). The Esports scene is growing exponentially, with teams valued at hundreds of millions of US dollars and average salaries for professional Esports players around $62,500 annually. League of Legends (LOL) is the most popular, viewed game in Esports, peaking at 4.1 million concurrent viewers and 664,100,000 hours watched in 2021.

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