About the Department of Systems Design Engineering

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The Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo is the only one of its kind in Canada. Since its start in 1969, the department has developed unique interdisciplinary undergraduate programs and also boasts leading edge research in emerging areas, such as biomedical engineering. 

The undergraduate curriculum spans topics needed by a problem solving, design oriented engineer. We offer a well balanced program, designed to enable students to find optimum solutions to multi-faceted complex problems. It covers technical, environmental, political, societal and economic aspects of the engineering process using systems design methodology. 

The Department of Systems Design Engineering consists of:

  • Over 40 full-time faculty members
  • 8 faculty with prestigious research chairs from federal funding and also private sources
  • Two undergraduate programs: BASc in Systems Design Engineering and BASc in Biomedical Engineering 
  • Graduate programs in Systems Design Engineering at the MEng, MASc, and PhD levels. 
  • Home of the Centre for Society, Technology and Values (CSTV)
  • 10 administrative office staff
  • 8 technical staff
  • enrolls 200 new undergraduate students each year
  • currently has over 1000 undergraduates either on campus or on work terms
  • 228 graduate students (MASc and PhD) 
  • thousands of alumni worldwide