Oscar Nespoli

Continuing Lecturer

Contact InformationOscar Nespoli

Phone: 519-888-4420
Location: E5 3037

Biography Summary

Oscar Nespoli is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Oscar joined UWaterloo following a 23 year career in research, engineering and management practice in industry and government.

Oscar’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of interdisciplinary engineering design, design methods, engineering education, case study methods and lightweight composite material structures. Oscar maintains strong industry-university relations and a commitment to remain close to engineering design and design management practice.

Before joining UWaterloo, Oscar was employed at L-3 Communications Wescam where he led inter-disciplinary teams toward successful development and commercialization of camera systems. Earlier in his career Oscar was employed at Department of National Defence, the Canadian Space Agency, Owens Corning Canada, and the research division of the Bata Shoe Organization.

Oscar has been a licensed Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) since 1986. He is a member of the Design Society, and founded and co-chairs an International Special Interest Group (SIG) on Design Practice.

Research Interests

  • Design Research Methods And Practice
  • Design Education
  • Lightweight Structures For Advanced Manufacturing And Space Applications

Education

  • 1984, Master's, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1981, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, Queen's University

Courses*

  • ME 729 - Special Topics in Advanced Machine Design Methods
    • Taught in 2014, 2015
  • MSCI 402 - Management Engineering Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016
  • ME 481 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2014
  • ME 482 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2014, 2015
  • ME 423 - Mechanical Design 2
    • Taught in 2014, 2015
  • MSCI 401 - Management Engineering Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2014, 2015
  • GENE 403 - Interdisciplinary Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • ME 380 - Mechanical Engineering Design Workshop
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016
  • ME 680 - Advanced Design Engineering
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • ME 681 - Advanced Design Engineering- Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018
  • GENE 404 - Interdisciplinary Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018
  • ME 682 - Advanced Design Engineering- Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Hurst, A. & Nespoli, O.G. (2015) Peer review in capstone design courses: An implementation using progress update meetings," International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 31, no. 6(B), pp. 1799-1809. (Accepted in 2015)
  • 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, (Accepted in 2018)