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. 4, 2018SYDE Professor named to the Order of CanadaKeith Hipel

    A longtime professor at Waterloo Engineering has added an appointment to the Order of Canada to his distinguished list of awards and accomplishments.

  2. Dec. 18, 2017SYDE Professor and PhD student wins Best Paper Award during NIPS 2017

    Systems Design Engineering PhD student Devinder Kumar and Professor Alexander Wong wins the Best Paper Award at the 31st Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017) Transparent and interpretable Machine Learning in Safety Critical Environments Workshop for their work on explainable and interpretable AI for clinicial decision support: "CLEAR-DR: Interpretable Computer Aided Diagnosis of Diabetic Retinopathy".

  3. Dec. 6, 2017SYDE Alumnus Startup feature

    Sisun Lee is a 2014 graduate from Systems Design Engineering.  In just three years he has worked at Facebook, Uber, Tesla, and has now created his own startup to cure hangovers, and selling more than $1 million in three months.  He describes his experience in his own words or the high-profile article from Business Insider.

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