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.

Future undergraduate students

Interested in undergraduate studies in Systems Design Engineering? This section provides in-depth information about the program.

Future graduate students

Do you want to continue your studies in Systems Design Engineering? The department offers four graduate programs to choose from.


Employment opportunities

View and apply to the current faculty positions available at the Department of Systems Design Engineering. Be sure to include all of the requested information.

Faculty openings

We’re always looking for talented new faculty members who are passionate about educating the brightest engineers of the future and advancing innovative ideas to the next level.

  1. July 16, 2021Waterloo International Workshop on Neural Engineering & Rehabilitation

  2. July 6, 20212021 IEEE NTC Distinguished Service Award for SYDE Professor

    SYDE’s Professor John Yeow has been awarded the 2021 IEEE NTC Distinguished Service Award by the IEEE Nanotechnology Technical Council.  The award in large part reflects his distinguished service and accomplishments as an Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine.

  3. June 14, 2021Touchless technology could enable early detection and treatment of eye diseases that cause blindness

    Non-contact laser imaging system designed to detect telltale signs of major blinding diseases

    A non-contact laser imaging system could help doctors diagnose and treat eye diseases that cause blindness much earlier than is now possible.

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  1. Feb. 22 to July 29, 2021The Praxis Ideation Challenge
    The Praxis Ideation Challenge for spinal cord injury innovations register by April 5

    The Faculties of Engineering and Health and the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology are partnering with the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute in The Praxis Ideation Challenge.

  2. July 16 to Aug. 5, 2021GreenHouse Fall Program Opportunities

    Innovation, coaching & networking opportunities at GreenHouse Social Impact Incubator for FYDP Capstone teams interested in working on challenges with organizations and individuals with a problem or venture in mind! Apply to GreenHouse’s Social Innovators in Training & Workplace Innovation Programs by August 5th.

  3. July 29, 2021SFF Debate Competition - Spring 2021

    The spring Stanford Fleming Foundation (SFF) Debate competition will be held on Thursday, July 29th starting at 5:30 p.m. (E.T.).  The competition will be held online using MS Teams.  All engineering students are eligible to participate. Engineering students are invited to register in teams of two.  A team can consist of students from two different engineering disciplines if desired.  No previous debating experience is necessary.

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