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. June 12, 2017Waterloo researcher first Canadian to hold two prestigious IEEE roles

    John Yeow, a systems design engineering professor, is an IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecturer for 2017 as well the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, the flagship publication of the council.

  2. June 8, 2017Systems Design PhD Student and Engineering Professors Are Taking on Lake Erie’s Algae Monster at AquaHacking 2017

    Systems Design PhD student Jason Deglint and two professors (Dr. Alexander Wong, Dr. Chao Jin) are taking on Lake Erie's algae monster at AquaHacking 2017.

    AquaHacking 2017 has officially kicked off at the University of Waterloo. Bringing together water experts, engineers, digital designers and entrepreneurs, this multi-stage hackathon encourages creative minds to work together to develop technology that will positively impact Lake Erie.

  3. May 18, 2017Systems Design Engineering Professors and Alumni Featured in University of Waterloo Magazine

    Three professors (Dr. Alexander Wong, Dr. John Zelek, and Dr. John Yeow) along with three alumni (Kurtis McBride (Miovision),  Morteza Ahmadi (Qidni Labs), and Cameron Piron (Synaptic Medical) were featured in three different articles in the Spring issue of the University of Waterloo Magazine:

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