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. 14, 2019SYDE Professor use MapleSim to help Team Canada Olympians

    Use of technology in the world of sports is improving at a rapid rate. New types of data, coupled with advanced engineering tools, allow for more in-depth analysis of the human body as it pertains to specific movements and tasks. As a result, motions can be refined and equipment improved to help athletes maximize their abilities and performance. John McPhee, a professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo (UW), has overseen several studies on the motor function of Paralympic athletes.

  2. Jan. 10, 2019THE MAKING OF AN ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY

    Qidni Labs, founded by Systems Design Engineering PhD graduate Morteza Ahmadi, is building an artificial kidney with the hope of dramatically improving survival rates for patients with kidney failure.  Read more at BIOTECH: THE MAKING OF AN ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY

  3. Dec. 7, 2018Systems Design Professor Interviewed in The O’Reilly Data Show

    Alexander Wong, a Canada Research Chair in the field of Artificial Intelligence and an associate professor in the Department of Systems Deign Engineering, is interviewed in The O'Reilly Data Show on his research on designing a human-in-the-loop platform for building deep neural networks with efficient network architectures[Read more].

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