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. 13, 2020Professor elected VP of IEEE Nanotechnology Technical Council

    John Yeow, a Waterloo systems design engineering professor, is the new VP of Educational Activities for the IEEE Nanotechnology Technical Council (NTC).

  2. Jan. 13, 2020ACM video interview of SYDE Professor


    Alexander Wong, P.Eng.: Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging, co-director of the Vision and Image Processing Research Group, associate professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Chief Scientist at DarwinAI

    This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with Alexander Wong.

  3. Dec. 17, 2019Researchers target fake news with AI screening tool

    Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed a new screening tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help fact-checkers identify false information online.

    The system sets a new benchmark for accuracy in stance detection, a key area in efforts by scientists and engineers around the world to create fully automatic technology capable of detecting fake news.

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  1. Feb. 21 to Mar. 1, 2020Call for Papers
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    The theme of the inaugural Canadian Design Workshop is  Designing Engineering Design Education in Canada. Participation by attendees will be in the form of podium or poster sessions, grouped by theme. Two-page abstracts are due March 1, 2020.

  2. Feb. 27, 2020PhD Comprehensive Examination

    CANDIDATE: Elahe Cheraghi       

    PROPOSAL TITLE: Fabrication and Evaluation of Structural Multilayer Nanocomposite for Space Radiation

    SUPERVISOR(S): Professor John Yeow

  3. Feb. 27, 2020E Co-op Information Session
    E Co-op Information Session group

    Learn more about Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op), a program that allows students to start their own business while earning a co-op credit.

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