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. Mar. 18, 2019Systems Design Professor Featured In Forbes Article

    Dr. Alexander Wong, the Canada Research Chair in the field of Artificial Intelligence and a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, was featured in a Forbes article to discuss the issue of trust in AI, its impact on society, and ways we can all strive together as creators of such AI to establish responsible and transparent AI that benefits society [Read more].

  2. Mar. 13, 2019New Microscopy development in SYDE Helping Surgical Oncologists Visualise Cancer Margins IntraoperativelyParsin Haji Reza

    Professor Parsin Haji Reza, along with his team at the PhotoMedicine Lab have begun to develop a new form of microscopy called Histological Photoacoustic Remote Sensing (hPARS) microscopy. This revolutionary technology recently received funding from the federal government through a John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI-JELF) grant to continue relevant research and development.

  3. Mar. 7, 20192018 Co-op Student of the Year

    Nathan Duarte, a 3A Biomedical Engineering student, has been selected as the 2018 Engineering Co-op Student of the Year for his outstanding work terms at Harvard and Synaptive Medical.  Following Nathan’s selection at the University of Waterloo for a co-op award, his application was passed on and he was just announced as the winner of the Co-operative Education & Work Integrated Learning Canada’s (CEWIL’s) National Co-op Student of the Year Award. 

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  1. Mar. 20, 20193MT final competition3MT slogan

    Come watch the finalists of the 3MT faculty-based heats present their research in the 3MT university-wide final competition.

  2. Mar. 21, 2019PhD Comprehensive Examination

    PhD Comprehensive Examination for Henry Leopold

    Learning to Learn with Self-supervision

    Supervisors: Dr. John Zelek and Dr. Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan

    March 21 at 1:00 pm in E5-6111

  3. Mar. 21, 2019PhD Defense

    PhD Defense for Anson Maitland

    Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Reduction Strategies for Real-time Optimal Control

    Supervisor: John McPhee

    March 21 at 1:00 pm, EC4 2101A

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