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. 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.

  2. Dec. 1, 2017Systems Design Professor featured in CIHR's Celebrating Health Research Storybook

    Lifesavers: Diagnosis driven by artificial intelligence (AI)

    Powered by AI at a fraction of the cost, new imaging technology can catch subtle signs of disease.

    Today, doctors need a lot of judgement in order to detect cancer and heart disease on MRI, CT, and ultrasound scans. My research lab has developed technology that can catch subtle signs of cancer and heart disease from medical images that might otherwise be missed.

  3. Nov. 28, 2017Systems Design PhD student featured in Vice article about openining the black box of financial AI

    One University of Waterloo (UW) PhD candidate has developed an AI program he says shines a light into that black box—the "white box" method—revealing the inner workings of the AI and allowing us to better understand what the computer is learning, how it is analyzing data, and why decisions are made.[Read more]

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