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. Oct. 22, 2020World's largest human tissue archive adopts Waterloo search system

    Artificial intelligence technology will be used to help modernize US federal pathology facility

    Technology developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo has been adopted by a major pathology facility in the United States.

  2. Oct. 20, 2020SYDE Professor's work on TinyML for speech recognition featured in media

    Prof. Alexander Wong's work on TinySpeech, a family of compact deep neural networks for on-device speech recognition, was featured in the media, including in Synced and Hackster.io:

  3. Oct. 20, 2020SYDE Professor featured as expert in the Economist Special Report on Responsible AI

    Prof. Alexander Wong was one of the leading experts featured in a Special Report entitled "Staying ahead of the curve – The business case for responsible AI" by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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  1. Oct. 23 to 24, 2020What's Next / What Now - Women in Engineering Conference
    what's next what now poster

    This full-day conference for first and upper-year engineer students will showcase a variety of guest speakers and workshops focused on helping participants navigate through both student life and career preparation. From planning out your next four years in undergrad to learning what to expect when you enter the workforce, this conference will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your goals with confidence.

  2. Oct. 29, 2020Hult Prize Waterloo 2021 Kick-Off
    Hult Prize 2021 Challenge, food for good

    Get ready for Hult 2021! It’s been a unique year so far but that doesn’t stop us from bringing you the Hult Prize, a social entrepreneurship competition which challenges student teams around the globe to develop sustainable social ventures to address the world's most pressing issues—with a global grand prize of $1 million USD! Please register to join us at our Kick-Off event.

  3. Nov. 2 to 23, 2020FREE, 4-week Mental Toughness program for female-identifying students in Engineering

    Register for this FREE, 4-week Mental Toughness program (1 virtual workshop/week on Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm, starting November 2, 2020).  The program is tailored for women-identifying students, where you will learn how to cope with the stress and anxiety you face from living your life as a student, how to budget properly so that you can have financial freedom later, what skills you need to develop to become the leader you want to be (and how to develop them), and the truth behind health, nutrition and your body weight. 

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