Welcome to Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo

The Department of Systems Design Engineering is a globally unique interdisciplinary department hosting flexible and innovative programs.  In addition to our new Biomedical Engineering program, Systems Design remains committed to Human Factors, Mechatronics, and Social Environmental Systems.


  1. Nov. 23, 2022SYDE alum accepts 'Friend of the Faculty Award' on behalf of Microsoft

    Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) alum Christopher Pratley (BASc '91) represented Microsoft at the Waterloo Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal and Award ceremony last week to accept the Friend of the Faculty Award. 

    Pratley joined Microsoft a few years after graduating from Waterloo and currently serves as Corporate Vice President of media-related services, products and technologies in Office 365. 

  2. Nov. 23, 2022 Prof. Igor Ivkovic Memorial Award Recipient 2022

    The Department of Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) is proud to announce that second-year SYDE student Mayurah Omkararuban is the first recipient of the Professor Igor Ivkovic Memorial Award

  3. Nov. 17, 2022How to build an anti-bullying robot

    Theatre and role play with social robots will help children learn bullying intervention skills 

    Children who have been bullied or have witnessed a friend being bullied often suffer in silence, not knowing how to process their traumatic experiences or respond to bullying in the future. 

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  1. Nov. 29, 2022SYDE-BME Coffee House

    The Department of Systems Design Engineering invites all community members to the SYDE-BME Coffee House! This event is an evening of food and drink with special performances by SYDE-BME students, faculty and staff. 

    Want to showcase your skill or talent? Complete the performance sign-up form by November 22. 

  2. Dec. 1, 2022CSTV Movie Night: Surviving Progress

    Join the Centre for Society, Technology and Values for a FREE movie screening (+ free popcorn!) of Surviving Progress in E5-6006.

  3. Jan. 24, 2023Undergraduate Admissions Webinar Series: Applying to Waterloo Engineering (Grade 11 & 12 American students)
    Five engineering students wearing coveralls.

    Waterloo Engineering invites future undergraduate students to join us for an admissions focused webinar to help understand the undergraduate application process, how to apply, how to make the most of your Admission Information Form (AIF) and online video interview!

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