Thursday, August 8, 2019

Students hit the right notes with accessible instruments

A class of systems design engineering students has proven that just about anyone can play a musical instrument, even individuals with complete hearing loss. Students in Matt Borland’s SYDE 361 course gave an end-of-term concert demonstrating what they designed over the past three months for people with various disabilities.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

End-of-Term Social 2019

A chance for outdoor fun and networking before final exams for our talented Systems Design (SYDE), Biomedical (BME), and Mechatronics (MTE) Engineering students at UWaterloo. The event was organized by Professor Igor Ivkovic with support from Professor Carolyn MacGregor, Professor Maud Gorbet, and Kristen Deckert.

Thank you all who came out out!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

SYDE-BME Dean's Honor List Winners

Our Dean’s Honour List winners from BME 2A, SYDE 1A & SYDE 3A, as well as our WKRPT 200 and 300 winners from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Systems Design Professor Featured In Forbes Article about Robots + AI

During the past year, there have been major implosions of robot startups, such as with Jibo, Anki and Rethink Robotics.  They all raised substantial amounts of capital from top-tier investors and had strong teams.

So why the failure? One of the main reasons is the extreme complexities of melding software and movable hardware.  As a result, the technology often does not live up to expectations.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SYDE / BME Readiness Assessment for new SYDE and BME students starting in 1A in Fall 2019

Due date: Monday, September 9th 2019

The test itself will become available later in August 2019.

The SYDE/BME Readiness Assessment is a diagnostic test. The questions on the assessment cover fundamental background for the courses that students will take in their first term. It is not for credit – rather, a tool to help identify areas where students need support. The assessment can be done from a personal computer with an internet connection. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

OSPE just published a feature interview with SYDE Professor.

Professor John McPhee, P.Eng., studies things that move. What does that mean exactly? In McPhee’s words, his “research is devoted to the modelling, control, simulation and design of dynamic physical systems.”

McPhee, who received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Acadia University, the Technical University of Nova Scotia and the University of Waterloo, is currently a professor in Systems Design Engineering and the Canada Research Chair in System Dynamics at the University of Waterloo.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Professor Keith Hipel receives Killam Prize

An engineering professor at the University of Waterloo with a lifelong interest in environmental protection has won a prestigious national award for scholars.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Systems Design Professor Featured in Globe and Mail article about Voice AI

Dr. Alexander Wong, a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, was featured in an article discussing tools for voice AI [Read more].

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

SYDE Professor has been awarded Engineering Medal for Excellence.

Systems Design Engineering Professor John McPhee has been awarded the 2019 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence.

The Engineering Medal honours those association members who have contributed substantially to advancing the engineering profession, and recognizes excellence in the practice of engineering, where the innovative application of engineering knowledge and principles has solved a unique problem, led to advanced products, or produced above-average results.