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. Apr. 25, 2019Professor Keith Hipel receives Killam Prize

    An engineering professor at the University of Waterloo with a lifelong interest in environmental protection has won a prestigious national award for scholars.

  2. Apr. 12, 2019Systems Design Professor Featured in Globe and Mail article about Voice AI

    Dr. Alexander Wong, a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, was featured in an article discussing tools for voice AI [Read more].

  3. Apr. 10, 2019SYDE Professor has been awarded Engineering Medal for Excellence.

    Systems Design Engineering Professor John McPhee has been awarded the 2019 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence.

    The Engineering Medal honours those association members who have contributed substantially to advancing the engineering profession, and recognizes excellence in the practice of engineering, where the innovative application of engineering knowledge and principles has solved a unique problem, led to advanced products, or produced above-average results.

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  1. May 29, 2019Building a Canadian Startup in California work group

    President and Vice-Chancellor, Feridun Hamdullahpur invites you to join fellow UWaterloo alumni at the new offices of Embark Technology as we bring together industry experts (who just happen to be former Waterloo students!) for a panel discussion on the challenges of “Building a Canadian Startup in California.”

  2. June 1, 2019Post-Convocation receptions for the Class of 2019The official mace

    Pearl Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, the Registrar's Office, Engineering Alumni Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations are pleased to invite you and your guests to an informal complimentary post-convocation reception.

    Join us at the Student Life Centre in the Great Hall to celebrate your milestone achievement! The receptions start right after each convocation ceremony.

  3. June 1, 2019Waterloo Engineering Reunion 2019people pushing bus

    The Waterloo Engineering alumni reunion in 2019 is taking place on June 1, 2019. The engineering Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 are invited to campus to celebrate this milestone in their engineering career.

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