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. Feb. 15, 2018Supercluster Announcement

    The government of Canada announced the supercluster awards today.  Of the five awards across Canada, Waterloo Engineering is playing leading roles in *two* of them, which is really quite a remarkable achievement.

    Full announcement here.

  2. Feb. 1, 2018Remembering George Soulis, father of systems design engineeringGeorge Soulis

    Retired Engineering professor George Soulis died on January 19 at the age of 92.

  3. Feb. 1, 2018Personal Reflections on the Life of George Soulis

    I first met George when I interviewed for a position as assistant professor in Systems Design Engineering in early 1976. His questions and comments at my interview seminar were a large part of my decision to join the department—here was a man with warmth, insight, creativity, and breadth. I soon came to realize that both my personal and professional life were to be shaped by George. He was the founding chair of the department. He was largely responsible for bringing the discipline of design into the curriculum for engineering, not just at Waterloo, but across Canada.

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