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. Feb. 19, 2019SYDE Grad Wins One Million in Backing

    A company headed by a Waterloo Engineering alumna is getting a $1-million investment from a federal Crown corporation.

    P&P Optica, whose president and CEO is systems design engineering graduate Olga Pawluczyk, will use the money from Export Development Canada (EDC) to fund its growth.

    “The investment from EDC will help us both further develop our technology and expand into the U.S. and other markets as we work towards becoming a global company,” Pawluczyk said in a media release.

  2. Feb. 13, 2019BME & SYDE students swim to success at OUA Swimming ChampionshipsChristina JI

    Congratulations to our undergraduate students Christina Ji (BME 1B ) and Eric Woolven (SYDE 4B) on their contributions to the success of the UW Warrior Swim Team successes at the OUA Championships. 

    Christina Ji (BME 1B ) was named an Athlete of the Week for her outstanding medal performances in the pool (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze). 

  3. Feb. 7, 2019Prof. McPhee received Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching AwardsProf. John McPhee

    Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching Excellence Awards.

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  1. Feb. 20, 2019Systems Design Engineering Capstone Design SymposiumSystems Design Capstone Design Team

    Systems Design Engineering's Capstone Design Symposium will feature feature 19 uniquely ingenious projects including an application to help students find compatable roomates and a device that evaluates  posture while exercising.

    For more information on all the research projects that will be presented, please see the 2019 Systems Design Engineering Capstone Design Projects page and discover the symposium for yourself on March 14 in Engineering 7. 

  2. Mar. 1, 2019PhD Comprehensive Examination

    PhD Comprehensive Examination for Charbel Azzi

    Learning Event-based Optical Flow Using Recurrent Neural Networks

    Supervisors: Dr. Eihab Abdel-Rahman and Dr. Adel Fakih

  3. Mar. 1 to 3, 2019Canadian Engineering Competition 2019Students competing

    Students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to watch the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) 2019 competition events. Various competitions in design, consulting, presentation and debate will take place throughout E7 from Friday, March 1 until Sunday, March 3.

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