Alumni and friends

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Keep in touch with old friends, connect with other alumni and give back to the University of Waterloo Systems Design Engineering community – we offer lots of ways to stay connected, from attending alumni events and reunions to mentoring current students, acting as a fundraising volunteer or helping to fund future Waterloo initiatives.


Whether you are interested in being a guest speaker to current students or organizations such as Women in Engineering or Engineers Without Borders, helping to plan your class reunion, acting as a fundraising volunteer or want to find out about other volunteer opportunities, the Faculty of Engineering Office of Alumni Affairs offers many opportunities for alumni looking to donate their time.

Make a donation

Are you interested in contributing to the department?  On the donations page you can direct your support specifically to us, or even to a specific initiative of interest like the undergraduate laboratory equipment, fourth-year capstone design project support, teaching innovations support, graduate and undergraduate student scholarships, research support, naming of space and the E7 building fund.

SYDE Class of 1977 Undergraduate Award

The graduates of the Systems Design Engineering Class of 1977 established an annual award to recognize a student entering the fourth year of Systems Design Engineering or Biomedical Engineering. The award is given to a student  whose unique accomplishments and creativity in their first three years demonstrate a range of talents that the Class of 1977 hopes to encourage. The winners are:

  • 2019 Daniel De Souza
  • 2020 Tiffany Szymanski
  • 2021 Conor Truax
  • 2022 Yonael Debebe
  • 2023 Rock Laniyi

Share your news

Let us know what you’re up to. We can highlight your news with professors and fellow alumni, as well as feature it in the news section on this website.

If you have other ideas or talents that you would like to put towards any aspect of the Department of Systems Design Engineering, please don’t hesitate to contact us and share your ideas. We'd love to hear from you.