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. Apr. 12, 2019Systems Design Professor Featured in Globe and Mail article about Voice AI

    Dr. Alexander Wong, a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, was featured in an article discussing tools for voice AI [Read more].

  2. Apr. 10, 2019SYDE Professor has been awarded Engineering Medal for Excellence.

    Systems Design Engineering Professor John McPhee has been awarded the 2019 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence.

    The Engineering Medal honours those association members who have contributed substantially to advancing the engineering profession, and recognizes excellence in the practice of engineering, where the innovative application of engineering knowledge and principles has solved a unique problem, led to advanced products, or produced above-average results.

  3. Mar. 29, 2019University of Waterloo Research Team uses Maple, MapleSim to Support Autonomous Vehicle Development

    As technology advances, there is often an expectation of using it to make life easier. There is a strong push towards automating everyday activities for the purposes of saving time, improving efficiency or added safety. This is especially evident in the automotive industry, where the journey towards autonomous vehicles has seen companies create self-driving vehicles and consider the reality of driverless roadways.

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  1. Apr. 30, 2019Have you disclosed your IP?

    The deadline for faculty members to disclose Intellectual Property (IP) and commercialization information using the Electronic IP Disclosure Form has been extended to April 30, 2019.

  2. Apr. 23, 2019Research Talks - A new reality: Exploring dimensions of immersive learningresearch talks logo

    A panel presentation and discussion for Waterloo faculty, staff, and students examining virtual reality applications.

  3. Apr. 24, 2019WISE Public Lecture: Utility of the Future – Perspective from a Local Distribution Companywise logo

    The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy is pleased to host Umar Waqas, Director of Engineering Services for Energy+ Inc. on April 24.

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