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l.landherr@northeastern.edu

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Biography

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, and is the engineering consultant helping to develop the Crash Course Engineering series with PBS Digital.

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.

Education

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

Research & Scholarship Interests

development of comics and visualization for novel STEM teaching tools for K-12, undergraduate, and adult education
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

Honors & Awards

  • American Society of Engineering Education Ray W. Fahien Award - 2019
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education - 2018
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers 35 Under 35 Award - 2017
  • American Society of Engineering Education Northeast Section Outstanding Teacher Award - 2016
  • College of Engineering 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, 2018, 2019

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  • 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
    • Societal Impact Operating Council, 2019 chair
    • K-12 Outreach Committee, co-founder
    • Disabilities Task Force, co-founder
  • American Society of Engineering Education

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:

  • L. Landherr. Crash Course: Engineering, Serving as Engineering Consultant /Curriculum Writer, Youtube Series in Affiliation with PBS Digital, 2018-2019.
  • L. Landherr. Integrating Comics Into Engineering Education To Promote Student Interest, Confidence, and Understanding. Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, 2019.
  • M. Vigeant, J. Cole, K. Dahm, L. Ford, L. Landherr, D. Silverstein, C. West. How We Teach: Thermodynamics, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, 2019.
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Illumination, Chemical Engineering  Education, 53(3), 2019, 145-146.  
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Evolving Your Teaching, Chemical Engineering  Education, 53(2), 2019, 67-68.  
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Idea Theft, Chemical Engineering  Education, 53(1), 2019, 63-64.      
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Exams Are Alive With The Sound Of  … Music?, Chemical Engineering Education, 52(4), 2018, 294-295.            
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Skeleton Notes, Chemical Engineering Education, 52(3), 2018, 221-222
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Diversity Statement, Chemical Engineering Education, 52(2), 2018, 115-116
  • L. Landherr, M. Lubchansky. Drawn to Engineering: Answering Questions, Chemical Engineering Education, 52(1), 2018, 31-32
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Presenting Audiences, Chemical Engineering Education, 51(4), 2017, 163-164
  • L. Landherr, M. Keszler. Drawn to Engineering: Humor in Exams, Chemical Engineering Education, 51(3), 2017, 126-127
  • L. Landherr, M. Lubchansky. Drawn to Engineering: Problem-Solvers, Chemical Engineering Education, 51(2), 2017, 62-63
  • L. Landherr, C. Pfluger, R.A. Koppes. The River Project: an Open-Ended Engineering Design Challenge from Bench-Scale to Pilot-Scale, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, 2018
  • M. Vigeant, D.L. Silverstein, K.D. Dahm, L.P. Ford, J. Cole, L. Landherr. How We Teach: Unit Operations Laboratory, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, 2018
  • L. Landherr. The Production of Science Comics To Improve Undergraduate Engineering, Proceedings of the ASEE Northeast Section Conference, 2016

STEM Comics:

  • "Gene Therapy."  Simonson, Z. (w) and Keszler, M.. (p). Ed. By Shepherd, D. Boston, MA: Northeastern  University. 2016
  • "Assumptions."  Cogswell, C. (w), Shepherd, D. * (w), and Pietsch, C. (p) Boston, MA: Northeastern  University.  2016 
  • "Refrigeration Cycles."  Shepherd, D. * (w) and Keszler, M. (p)  Boston, MA: Northeastern University.  2016 
  • "Recycle and Purge Streams."  Shepherd, D. * (w) and Lubchansky, M. (p).  Boston, MA: Northeastern  University.  2016 
  • "Fugacity."  Shepherd, D. * (w) and Cooke, J. (p).  Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2016 
  • "Heat Exchangers."  Shepherd, D. * (w) and Lubchansky, M. (p).  Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2016 
  • “Feedback Controls.”  Shepherd, D. * (w) and Lai, M. (p).  Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2015  
  • “Uncertainty.”  Shepherd, D. * (w) and Kahl, A. (p).  Boston, MA: Northeastern University.  2015
  • “Data Analysis.”  Shepherd, D. * (w) and Sparks, B. (p).  Boston, MA: Northeastern University.  2015


Other 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

July 10, 2019

ChE Associate Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr, in collaboration with recent graduate Monica Keszler (class of 2019), has published a comic in the new scientific journal, Matter.

March 19, 2019

Chemical Engineering Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr was recently awarded the Ray W. Fahien Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Division. This award...

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.

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