Continuing Lecturer

Contact InformationAda Hurst

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35172
Location: CPH 4315


Biography Summary

Ada Hurst is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She has taught and coordinated the capstone design project course for the Management Engineering program since 2011. She also teaches courses in organizational behavior, theory, and technology.

Her PhD studies were in the area of decision making under uncertainty. In her dissertation she proposed a new quantitative theory that characterizes and explains people’s choices when asked to generate random selections in structured two-dimensional space.

Based on her training as a researcher in human and organizational behaviour and her practical experience as an engineering educator, she has since branched out into research in engineering education. Her main research focus currently is the characterization of design review conversations and the comparison of peer (novice) and instructor (expert) feedback. In addition to theoretical benefits to furthering design science, this research has also immediate practical implications in improving the pedagogy of engineering design courses. Other ongoing research work in this field also include teamwork training and assessment in undergraduate engineering education and the role of immersive co-op experiences in improving students' problem analysis skills.

Research Interests

  • engineering education
  • design education
  • design processes
  • feedback in design
  • team processes


  • 2015, Doctorate, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • 2010, Master of Applied Science, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • 2007, Bachelor of Applied Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • MSCI 311 - Organizational Design and Technology
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • MSCI 402 - Management Engineering Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • MSCI 605 - Organizational Theory & Behaviour
    • Taught in 2015
  • MSCI 401 - Management Engineering Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2015, 2017, 2018
  • MSCI 300B - Seminar
    • Taught in 2015, 2019
  • MSCI 597 - Complementary Studies Topics in Management Sciences
    • Taught in 2019
  • MSCI 760 - Topics in Other Areas of Management Sciences
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Cardoso, C., Hurst A., and Nespoli, O., (2020) Reflective Inquiry in Design Reviews: The Role of Question-Asking During Exchanges of Peer Feedback, International Journal of Engineering Education, 36(2), pp. 614-622. (Accepted in 0000)
  • Hurst, A Nespoli, OG, Comparing Instructor and Student Verbal Feedback in Design Reviews of a Capstone Design Course: Differences in Topic and Function, International Journal of Engineering Education, 35(1A), 2019, 221 - 231
  • Bayley, T. & Hurst, A., Teaching Line Balancing through Active and Blended Learning, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 16(2), 2018
  • Hurst, Ada, Rennick, Chris, and Bedi, Sanjeev, A “Lattice” Approach to Design Education: Bringing Real and Integrated Design Experience to the Classroom through Engineering Design Days, Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, The Design Society International Conference on Engineering Design, 2019, 429 - 438
  • Nespoli O.G., Hurst A. and Russell J., Facilitating Need Finding and Problem Formulation During Cooperative Workterms Through Virtual Instruction – Pilot Implementation Results, International Design Conference – DESIGN 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2018. (Accepted in 2018)
  • Hurst, A., Nespoli, O. G., Abdellahi, S., & Gero, J. S., (2019). A Comparison of Design Activity of Academics and Practitioners Using the FBS Ontology: A Case Study, in Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19), Delft, The Netherlands, 5-8 August 2019. DOI: 10.1017/dsi.2019.138 (Accepted in 2019)