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 design cognition, design methods, design education, and lightweight composite material structures. Oscar maintains strong industry-university relations and a commitment to remain close to design 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 Cognition
  • Design Methods
  • Management of Design
  • Product Design
  • 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 482 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2015
  • ME 423 - Mechanical Design 2
    • Taught in 2015
  • ME 729 - Special Topics in Advanced Machine Design Methods
    • Taught in 2015
  • MSCI 401 - Management Engineering Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2015
  • ME 380 - Mechanical Engineering Design Workshop
    • Taught in 2015, 2016
  • ME 680 - Advanced Design Engineering
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • MSCI 402 - Management Engineering Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2015, 2016
  • ME 682 - Advanced Design Engineering- Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • GENE 403 - Interdisciplinary Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • ME 681 - Advanced Design Engineering- Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • GENE 404 - Interdisciplinary Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 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
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  • Hurst A. and Nespoli O.G., Peer Review in Capstone Design Courses: An Implementation Using Progress Update Meetings, Capstone Conference Special Issue, International Journal of Engineering Education, 2015. (Accepted in 2015)
  • Hurst, A., Nespoli, O.G., Abdellahi, S. and Gero, J.S., “A Comparison of Design Activity of Academics and Practitioners Using the FBS Ontology: A Case Study”, International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19), Delft, Netherlands, 2019. (Accepted in 2019)
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0257 (Accepted in 2018)