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.

Future undergraduate students

Interested in undergraduate studies in Systems Design Engineering? This section provides in-depth information about the program.

Future graduate students

Do you want to continue your studies in Systems Design Engineering? The department offers four graduate programs to choose from.


Employment opportunities

View and apply to the current faculty positions available at the Department of Systems Design Engineering. Be sure to include all of the requested information.

Faculty openings

We’re always looking for talented new faculty members who are passionate about educating the brightest engineers of the future and advancing innovative ideas to the next level.

  1. May 5, 2021BME Co-op student makes her mark during term at NRC

    An undergraduate student at Waterloo Engineering made an impressive mark in a high-tech area of 3D printing during a co-op work term last year.

    Kayley Ting, who is studying biomedical engineering, worked with experts at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada to solve a messy problem in tomographic 3D printing, which involves the use of light to create objects from photocurable resin in vials.

  2. Apr. 7, 2021DarwinAI makes global list of promising AI startups

    A company founded by two Waterloo Engineering professors has made an international list of the most promising artificial intelligence (AI) startups for the third straight year.

  3. Apr. 1, 2021The UW SYDE Community Honours Professor Igor Ivkovic

    Many many students, faculty and staff made a beautiful Memorial Video for Professor Igor Ivkovic which was enjoyed live by nearly 600 people on March 31, 2021.  The video was so fitting a tribute to Igor’s generous roles in our community and in all of our lives.  He will be greatly missed.  The video can still be watched at the following link:

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  1. Feb. 22 to July 29, 2021The Praxis Ideation Challenge
    The Praxis Ideation Challenge for spinal cord injury innovations register by April 5

    The Faculties of Engineering and Health and the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology are partnering with the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute in The Praxis Ideation Challenge.

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