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. May 18, 2020New Frontiers in Research Fund awarded to SYDE Professor Parsin Haji Reza

    Professor Parsin Haji Reza director of PhotoMedicine labs is among one of the 186 recipients of New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF). New Frontiers in Research Fund awards $46.3 million for Exploration projects that push research boundaries in Canada.

  2. May 14, 20203B BME student receives 2019 Co-op Student of the Year Award

    Eric Jihoon Song

    Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

    Employer: Maisha Meds

  3. Apr. 7, 2020Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards

    A fourth-year student team that consists of Joanne Magbitang (4B, Systems Design Engineering), Vincent Shadbolt (4B, Biomedical Engineering), and Haneya Yunus (4B, Biomedical Engineering), has won one of the six top prizes at the annual Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards Pitch Competition.

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  1. May 11 to June 20, 2020Patch Design Contest

    Welcome to S20 Patch Design Contest! Here you can submit designs for patches that you want to see sold in Novelties. Submissions will be voted on and the winning design will be produced and sold in future terms!

    • Submissions: May 11 - June 80
    • Voting: June 10 - June 20
  2. May 14 to June 30, 2020ELECTIONS

    Do you want to be involved in the future of the society? Run to be a member of the next B-Society Executive team! Nominate yourself.

    President (May 11-13)

    Represents Engineering students to faculty and university and guide the vision of the Engineering Society

    VP Academic (May 15-22)  

    Provides academic, co-op and mental health supports and advocates on student issues

    VP Finance (May 22-25)

    Oversee the society operations, budgets and spaces (Novelties, POETS, RidgidWare)

  3. May 15 to Aug. 14, 2020EngSoc Scavenger Hunt

    EngSoc Scavenger Hunt is a term long event where students find items or participate in events to collect points. It's a chance for people to get involved in the Engineering community and school-wide events. Just like the name would suggest, we are sending you on a gigantic scavenger hunt! Check out the list of items and instructions.


    There are only 5 purple hard hats available! Prize will go to:

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