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. July 6, 2020SYDE Graduate Students publish at ECCV and CVPR

    A novel method developed by graduate students from Kimia Lab, Waterloo Engineering, Mohammed Adnan (1st-year MASc.), and Shivam Kalra (2nd year Ph.D.) has the potential to have a major impact in histopathological image analysis and cancer diagnostics. Their technique uses artificial intelligence (AI) to render digital representations of extremely high-resolution biopsy images.

  2. July 1, 2020New chair named to lead systems design engineering

    An experienced professor is leaving Vermont to join the University of Waterloo as the new chair of the Department of Systems Design Engineering.

    Lisa Aultman-Hall, who comes to Waterloo as a tenured full professor by way of the University of Vermont, the University of Kentucky and the University of Connecticut, is scheduled to assume her post as chair Aug. 1 for an initial four-year term.

  3. June 27, 2020New student starting Systems Design Engineering with $70K scholarship

    A second incoming student at Waterloo Engineering has landed a four-year, $70,000 scholarship from the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership program.

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  1. May 15 to Aug. 14, 2020EngSoc Scavenger Hunt
    EngSoc Scavenger Hunt

    EngSoc Scavenger Hunt is a term long event where students find items or participate in events to collect points. It's a chance for people to get involved in the Engineering community and school-wide events. Just like the name would suggest, we are sending you on a gigantic scavenger hunt! Check out the list of items and instructions.

    TOP PRIZE: PURPLE HARD HAT

    There are only 5 purple hard hats available! Prize will go to:

  2. July 14, 2020EngSoc PEO Spring Mixer
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    An insightful evening of getting to know more about the PEO: becoming a professional engineer, volunteer opportunities and PEO chapters to keep a lookout for. All future engineers, take notes!

  3. July 15, 2020EngSoc Start a Garden and How to Not Kill Your Plants
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    Did Carole Baskin murder your plant? Join us, and we will help you take care of a plant so that it can defy that husband murderer!

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