News archive - 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.