Annie Abell is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Annie received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and her MFA from Ohio State University in Design Research & Development with an emphasis on Industrial Design. She teaches capstone design courses for mechanical engineering students, a product design elective course for senior- and graduate-level engineering students of various majors, and an interdisciplinary product development course for undergraduate students participating in Ohio State’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor. Previously she taught in Ohio State's Department of Design and Ohio State's First-Year Engineering Program, and also has past experience working in prototyping labs. Her current scholarship endeavors are focused on investigating the ways in which students approach open-ended, ill-structured, or ambiguous problems.

Selected Publications

Dringenberg, E., Abell, A., Guanes, G. Decision Making in Engineering Capstone Design: Participants’ Reactions to a Workshop about Diverse Types of Reasoning. International Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 35, No. 6(B), pp. 1907–1917, 2019

Dringenberg, E., & Abell, A. (2018, June), Characterizations and Portrayals of Intuition in Decision-Making: A Systematic Review of Management Literature to Inform Engineering Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Abell, A., & DeVore, K. (2017, June), Embracing Ambiguity: A Framework for Promoting Iterative Design Thinking Approaches in Engineering and Design Curricula Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.


  • Engineering Design
  • Product Design
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Design Research Methods