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. Oct. 11, 2019New breakthrough in the Department of Systems Design Engineering has been highlighted in several news agencies

    A recent discovery made by Professor Parsin Haji Reza and his research team at the PhotoMedicine Labs has found a novel approach with the potential to make major changes to the surgical oncology field.

  2. Oct. 2, 2019SYDE Professor has been awarded the Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence by Professional Engineers Ontario

    John McPhee, a systems design engineering professor, is the recipient of this year’s Engineering Medal - Engineering Excellence from Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

  3. Sep. 27, 2019Systems Design Engineering Professor on CTV News

    There is no cure for cancer, but treatment could be dramatically improved thanks to an invention out of the University of Waterloo.

    Parsin Haji Reza and his team at the university are working to revolutionize cancer detection.

    “We discovered that we can use our technology to distinguish between the healthy and cancerous tissue,” said Haji Reza, director of the PhotoMedicine Labs at the university.  

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  1. Nov. 7, 2019Pints with profs
    Pints with profs poster

    This event is 19+.

  2. Nov. 18, 2019PhD Oral Defence - Jason Deglint

    Candidate: Jason Deglint

    Thesis Title: Automatic Classification of Algae using Multispectral Fluorescence Microscopy & Hierarchical Deep Learning

    Supervisor(s): Alexander Wong

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