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. June 14, 2021Touchless technology could enable early detection and treatment of eye diseases that cause blindness

    Non-contact laser imaging system designed to detect telltale signs of major blinding diseases

    A non-contact laser imaging system could help doctors diagnose and treat eye diseases that cause blindness much earlier than is now possible.

  2. June 10, 2021Turning research into commerce

    An alumnus of Waterloo Engineering who parlayed his graduate research into a startup company that is out to solve worldwide water problems has been recognized by a national innovation organization.

    Jason Deglint, a co-founder of Blue Lion Labs, is one of five winners of a Mitacs Entrepreneur Award for turning research into businesses that impact the lives of Canadians.

  3. June 1, 2021Waterloo-developed technology could help doctors manage COVID-19

    WATERLOO — Doctors treating COVID-19 patients could be helped by artificial-intelligence (AI) technology developed by University of Waterloo researchers.

    “The goal here is can we build AI that can act as collaborator to a clinician,” said Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, and Canada Research Chair in AI and Medical Imaging.

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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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