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Dr. Lucas Landherr joined the Chemical Engineering Department in the fall of 2012, and has since been conducting engineering education research into novel teaching techniques for undergraduate and K-12 STEM education.  He has focused on the development of comics to teach complex science and engineering concepts, through collaboration with professional and student artists, and his comics have been adopted by colleges throughout the U.S. as well as in the U.K., Belgium, and Denmark.  Dr. Landherr is currently a regular contributor to the Chemical Engineering Education journal, producing the Drawn To Engineering comic.  He has also worked to develop STEM modules for K-12 classrooms inspired by graduate level research.

Dr. Landherr previously received his Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in 2005 with an honors thesis studying drag-reducing polymers. He then completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2010, developing and characterizing thin polymer films and brushes as nanoscale lubricants. While at Cornell, he received a GK-12 NSF Fellowship, with which he designed curriculum and physics experiments for high school classrooms. In 2012, Dr. Landherr completed an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he conducted research on polymeric interactions with superhydrophobic surfaces.


  • B.S. (Chemical Engineering) Lafayette College, 2005
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) Cornell University, 2010

Research & Scholarship Interests

Engineering education; development of STEM comics to teach complex concepts and theory; production of research-inspired K-12 STEM experiments.
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

Honors & Awards

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers 35 Under 35 Award - 2017
  • American Society of Engineering Education Northeast Section Outstanding Teacher Award - 2016
  • Fostering Engineering Innovation in Education Award - 2017
  • Dr. R. H. Sioui Award for Excellence in Teaching - 2015
  • Omega Chi Epsilon Faculty Member of the Year Award - 2015, 2016


  • Provost Grant for Advancing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning - Recipient, 2015

Teaching Interests

Unit Operations; Process Control; Transport; Thermodynamics

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- member of the Societal Impact Operating Council
American Society of Engineering Education
American Chemical Society

Selected Publications

STEM Comics:
• “Feedback Controls.” Shepherd, D. * (w) and Lai, M. (p). Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2015 [8 1/2" X 11" science comic. 1-8]
• “Uncertainty.” Shepherd, D. * (w) and Kahl, A. (p). Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2015 [8 1/2" X 11" science comic. 1-6]
• “Data Analysis.” Shepherd, D. * (w) and Sparks, B. (p). Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2015 [8 1/2" X 11" science comic. 1-5]
Journal Articles:
• “Interfacial Friction and Adhesion of Polymer Brushes.” Landherr, L.J.T.; Cohen, C.; Agarwal, P.; Archer, L.A. Langmuir 2011, 27, 9387-9395.
• “Effect of Pendent Chains on the Interfacial Properties of Thin Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Networks.” Landherr, L.J.T.; Cohen, C.; Archer, L.A. Langmuir 2011, 27, 5944-5952.
• “Interfacial friction of thin PDMS network films.” Landherr, L.J.T.; Zhang, Q.; Cohen, C.; Archer, L.A. Journal of Polymer Science B, 2008, 46, 1773-1787.

(*- D. Shepherd is the creative pseudonym for L. Landherr)

Related News

October 9, 2018

ChE Associate Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr will be the inaugural speaker of the G. Michael Howard Engineering Education Lectureship, to be held at the University of Connecticut.

August 7, 2018

ChE Associate Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr was awarded the AIChE Education Division’s Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education.

May 17, 2018

ChE Associate Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr is working with PBS as a content consultant for their 46 episode Crash Course series in Engineering to explain the differences between various engineering disciplines.

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