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. Feb. 22, 2021SYDE Researchers developing a COVID-19 biosensor

    Research students Inna Novodchuk and Muhammed Kayaharman co-advised by Prof. Eihab Abdel-Rahman at the University of Waterloo, Department of Systems Design Engineering, are developing a COVID-19 biosensor. 

  2. Feb. 18, 2021Waterloo tech company helping farm crickets for food

    A company with strong ties to Waterloo Engineering is involved in the creation of a state-of-the-art facility to farm crickets as a source of protein.

    DarwinAI, which was co-founded by Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor, and Mohammad Javad Shafiee, an engineering research professor, is one of several industry partners in a project led by the Aspire Food Group.

  3. Feb. 17, 2021SYDE Engineering grad's career soars as musical director for a Canadian superstar

    Entertaining students with his band at University of Waterloo’s on-campus pub helped launch the career of an engineering alumnus who is the musical director and lead guitarist for Canadian rock musician Shawn Mendes.   

    Zubin Thakkar, now a platinum-selling producer, recording engineer and songwriter, formed Prize Fighter about 15 years ago with several other Waterloo students.

    A fan-favourite at The Bombshelter, better known as The Bomber, Prize Fighter released its first CD at the pub, which closed its doors in 2018.   

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  1. Feb. 27, 2021Hack the North Organizer Open House
    join our organizing team appications are now open hackthenorth.com/join

    Join the Hack the North Organizer Open House to meet current organizers and Hack the North alumni to learn about their experiences organizing Canada's biggest hackathon!

  2. Mar. 4, 2021Future Applicants Webinar and Q&A
    engineering 5 building

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