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Lucas Landherr

Associate Teaching Professor, Chemical Engineering
457 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


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

August 16, 2017

ChE Associate Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr was selected to receive AIChE's new 35 Under 35 award for his contributions to engineering education and new tools for pre-college teaching.

August 6, 2017

ChE's Adam Ekenseair, Lucas Landherr, and Courtney Pfluger all were honored for their poster sessions during the American Society of Engineering Education Chemical Engineering Division Summer School.

June 1, 2017

The editors of the journal Chemical Engineering Education have announced ChE Associate Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr as a new regular contributor to the journal based on his education research involving the use of comics in teaching.

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