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. 9, 2018Photos from our IWD eventIWD

    Our SYDE-BME women - identifying students, staff, and faculty came together to celebrate International Women's Day. We are so proud of the amazing contributions that they make to our SYDE-BME Community and beyond. 

  2. Mar. 7, 2018Women's day staff photo SYDE-BME Staff

    March 8th is International Women's Day! In celebration we will be having a gathering of all women, female-identifying students/faculty in SYDE& BME. There will be a group photo OP at 11:45(SHARP) on the 6th floor of E5. Our SYDE staff are starting us off with their own group photo. Post a picture with your Women's Day spirit hashtag  #PressForProgress #SYDE_BME

  3. Feb. 15, 2018Supercluster Announcement

    The government of Canada announced the supercluster awards today.  Of the five awards across Canada, Waterloo Engineering is playing leading roles in *two* of them, which is really quite a remarkable achievement.

    Full announcement here.

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  1. Mar. 19, 2018Systems Design Engineering Symposium-day Lunchuw capstone

    You are invited back to campus to the Systems Design Engineering Symposium-day lunch. This year is extra special: the department was officially formed in 1968, so it's their 50th Birthday this year!

    Join us for a complimentary lunch (and maybe a bit of birthday cake), exclusively for systems design engineering alumni, where Dr. Ning Jiang, a recently hired professor in Systems Design and the Director of the Waterloo Engineering Bionics Lab, will speak on cutting-edge research in the area of human-machine interfaces. Indeed, such interfaces have a very likely possibility of affecting nearly all of us, embedded in every corner of our society: at work, at home, on the road, in classrooms, hospitals, and gymnasiums. Such human-machine interfaces can be already found in a vast array of different sectors including manufacturing, rehabilitation, fitness tracking, office ergonomics, entertainment, law enforcement, and defense, in the form of prostheses, orthoses, wearable fitness bracelets, sensorized garments, and exoskeletons.

    Following lunch and the research overview of Professor Jiang, you will be invited to the System Design Capstone Design Symposium at the Davis Centre where you can spend the rest of the afternoon (or as much time as you'd like) connecting with current 4th year students who will display their design projects until 5pm.

    Parking: Lot C and Lot Q are available for entry by coin or credit card at a rate of $5 per day.

    Note: HST number R119260685

  2. Mar. 19, 2018Systems Design Engineering Capstone Design Symposium

    Come and explore Systems Design Engineering's Capstone Design Symposium!

    View all 2018 Systems Design Engineering Capstone Design Projects.

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