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. 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). 

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

    Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching Excellence Awards.

  3. Jan. 23, 2019Impact of AI startup founded by SYDE professors is being felt on the world stage

    An artificial intelligence (AI) startup company with strong ties to Waterloo Engineering has cracked a list of the top 50 most important movers and shakers in the industry.

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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Mar. 5, 2019SYDE 3MT Competition

    1 slide. 3 minutes. Outstanding ideas!

    Everyone is invited to attend Systems Design Engineering's 3MT competition.

    The participants are competing for cash prizes and the 1st prize winner will move on to the university level competition!

    It will be held March 5th at 11am in E7-7303.

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