About 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 a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate program and also boasts leading edge research in emerging areas, such as bioengineering. 

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, socioeconomic and political aspects of the engineering process using systems design methodology. 

The Department of Systems Design Engineering consists of:

  • Over 40 full-time faculty members
  • 2 faculty member jointly appointed with electrical and computing engineering
  • 1 faculty member appointed with mechanical and mechatronics engineering
  • 7 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)
  • 9 administrative office staff
  • 6 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

Mission Statement

Our primary mission is to provide our students with the best possible education to enable them to become wise and knowledgeable leaders. It is our objective to furnish our students with a solid engineering education that will equip them to think clearly, logically, and originally when they create solutions to challenging interdisciplinary problems.