Nothing quite gets an engineer going like a thorough quantitative analysis of an insight-filled dataset. This was the opportunity I had in capturing the experience of my graduating class — the Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) Class of 2018.
For many students, a term project can evoke a lot of emotions, such as excitement, worry, and enthusiasm; but for one class it provided an opportunity to reconnect with their own cultures. Last month, more than 80 students taking SYDE 361 staged a memorable concert featuring electronic instruments that they designed and built.
Waterloo Engineering is the only Canadian school to land a prestigious Amazon Alexa Fellowship program (others include CMU, MIT, Cambridge, etc.). The program will be coordinated by Professors Alex Wong, Igor Ivkovic, and Shelley Wang in Systems Design Engineering, as Amazon Alexa Ambassadors, with exciting outreach activities to be developed for both SYDE and other engineering students, and with an Alexa innovation lab having co-op opportunities.
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.