Ada HurstAffiliation

I am a faculty member in the Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Waterloo. I am pleased to promote the Management Engineering program any chance I get. 


I received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Applied Science and PhD in Management Sciences, all from the University of Waterloo.


I have taught and coordinated the capstone design project courses for the Management Engineering program since 2011. I also teach courses in organizational theory, technology, and behaviour. Occasionally, I offer special directed readings courses, such as on the study of design and designing, and on sustainable design, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.


My research interests lie in the area of (engineering) design cognition and design learning/education. Simply put, I'm interested in learning about how people design, how they learn to design, and how we can make the teaching and learning of design better. Much of this research has been funded by a number of University of Waterloo Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grants.

Service & Administration

I was the co-ideator and member of the local organizing committee of the inaugural Canadian Design Workshop held in 2020, a conference that sought to establish a network of design educators and researchers in Canada. I have previously served as Chair of the Selection Committee for NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program.