What is Systems Design Engineering?

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Systems is how we understand the world and design is how we change it.  

The complex global society consists of systems of systems that include physical, software, and human elements. Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) includes science and math-based analysis methods as well as a focused teaching of design methods to prepare graduate to lead change for a better future that includes healthy communities, strong local economies, minimum environmental impacts, effective implementation of technology and wellness with equity.

Systems vary in size from nano-technology to human-sized robots to global transportation and water systems. In the SYDE department, we focus on the design of the following systems:

  1. Biomedical Systems
  2. Human Factors and Interfaces
  3. Intelligent and Automated Systems
  4. Mechatronic and Physical Systems
  5. Societal and Environmental Systems