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. Oct. 18, 2019Ethical by design

    We have an intimate relationship with technology. It is infused in our daily life, from our home and car to our finances and health care. As we welcome new technologies into our most personal spaces, there is a growing recognition that design-based thinking needs to consider ethics and the users it serves.

  2. Oct. 11, 2019New breakthrough in the Department of Systems Design Engineering has been highlighted in several news agencies

    A recent discovery made by Professor Parsin Haji Reza and his research team at the PhotoMedicine Labs has found a novel approach with the potential to make major changes to the surgical oncology field.

  3. Oct. 2, 2019SYDE Professor has been awarded the Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence by Professional Engineers Ontario

    John McPhee, a systems design engineering professor, is the recipient of this year’s Engineering Medal - Engineering Excellence from Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

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  1. Oct. 24, 2019Coffee and Donuts with the Associate Dean, International
    Coffee and donuts with the Associate Dean, International

    Please join Prof. Zhongchao (Chao) Tan for an informal chat over a cup of coffee. We would love to hear about your experience so far as an international student in Engineering, or about your interest in an International experience.

  2. Nov. 7, 2019Pints with profs
    Pints with profs poster

    This event is 19+.

  3. Nov. 9, 2019What's Next/What Now conference
    Young women in E7 event space

    This full day conference for first and upper year engineer students will showcase a variety of guest speakers and workshops focused on helping participants navigate through both student life and career preparation. From planning out your next four years in undergrad to learning what to expect when you enter the workforce, this conference will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your goals with confidence.

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