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. Jan. 13, 2020Professor elected VP of IEEE Nanotechnology Technical Council

    John Yeow, a Waterloo systems design engineering professor, is the new VP of Educational Activities for the IEEE Nanotechnology Technical Council (NTC).

  2. Jan. 13, 2020ACM video interview of SYDE Professor

    PODCAST/VIDEO INTERVIEWS by Stephen Ibaraki

    Alexander Wong, P.Eng.: Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging, co-director of the Vision and Image Processing Research Group, associate professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Chief Scientist at DarwinAI

    This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with Alexander Wong.

  3. Dec. 17, 2019Researchers target fake news with AI screening tool

    Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed a new screening tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help fact-checkers identify false information online.

    The system sets a new benchmark for accuracy in stance detection, a key area in efforts by scientists and engineers around the world to create fully automatic technology capable of detecting fake news.

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  1. Feb. 12, 2020MBET in-person information session
    MBET students

    If entrepreneurship is in your future, let us help you get there.

  2. Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2020Hack the Plastics
    Hack the Plastics poster

    Have you ever wanted to join a hackathon, but thought it was only for coders? Well, Hack the Plastics wants you! Hack the Plastics is a broad skilled hackathon that does not require a coding based final product and will happen from 28th Feb – 1st March, 2020 at the University of Waterloo. You will be tackling ways to fight single use plastic pollution using microbes and producing a technical solution, business plan, and pitch.

  3. Mar. 18, 2020MBET in-person information session
    MBET students

    If entrepreneurship is in your future, let us help you get there.

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