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. Sep. 13, 2018Systems Design Engineering professor joins Order of Canada

    Keith Hipel, a longtime professor at Waterloo Engineering, was formally invested last week into the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours.

    Hipel was made an officer of the Order, a rank that recognizes national service or achievement, by Governor General Julie Payette during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

  2. Sep. 12, 2018Systems Design Professor Named Royal Society of Canada Member

    Prof. Alexander Wong of Systems Design Engineering has been named a Member of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a renowned scientist and engineer whose contributions to artificial intelligence, computer vision and biomedical engineering have had profound impacts on his field. His groundbreaking innovations include computational imaging systems and tissue-scanning techniques for cancer detection, coded hemodynamic imaging technology for blood flow monitoring, and important new concepts for operational artificial intelligence in areas such as explainable and scalable deep learning.

  3. Aug. 27, 2018SYDE 2018 Graduating Class Profile

    Nothing quite gets an engineer going like a thorough quantitative analysis of an insight-filled dataset. This was the opportunity I had in capturing the experience of my graduating class — the Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) Class of 2018.

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