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. May 18, 2018Systems Design Professor and Waterloo Researchers Combine AI and "Smart Shirts" to Track Aerobic Health

    When most people think of wearables, they typically think of wristband monitors and smartwatches. But there’s also things like “smart shirts,” actual garments that contain sensors for heart rate, breathing, and motion.

  2. May 18, 2018SYDE Alumnus recognized as global hero for doing the right thingJim Estill

    A version of this article originally appeared on Educating the Engineer of the Future news site

    Jim Estill received an international hero’s award for what he believes was just doing what is right – sponsoring Syrian refugee families.

  3. Apr. 30, 2018SYDE Professor and students gives tour to Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic DevelopmentThe Federal Minister of Innovation

    Systems Design Engineering professor Alexander Wong and the students at the Vision and Image Proccessing Research Group gives a tour to showcase their research and technologies to the Honorable Navdeep Bains, the Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

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