Joshua Hertz

Teaching Professor,  First Year Engineering Program



  • 375 Snell Engineering
  • 617.373.7417


Dr. Hertz earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University in 1999 and then a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. Following this, he worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in September 2008, leading a lab that researched the effects of composition and nanostructure on ionic conduction and surface exchange in ceramic materials. In 2014, he moved to Northeastern University to focus on teaching and developing curriculum in the First Year Engineering program.


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering
  • Alfred University B.S., Ceramic Engineering

Selected Publications

  • J.L. Hertz, “gruepr, a software tool for optimally partitioning students onto teams,” ASEE Computers in Education Journal, 12 (2021)
  • J.L. Hertz, R. Whalen, C. Mukasa, J. Sangster, “4th time around: do classes get better with instructor repetition?” 2020 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, paper ID#29367 (2020)
  • J.L. Hertz, N. Daviero, “We own this: a class patent system as experiential learning,” 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, paper ID#25363 (2019)
  • J.L. Hertz, “Confidently uncomfortable: first year student ambiguity tolerance and self-efficacy on open-ended design problems,” 2018 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, paper ID#23114 (2018)
  • W. Shen, J. Jiang, C. Ni, Z. Voras, T.P. Beebe, J.L. Hertz, “Two-dimensional vacancy trapping in yttria-doped ceria,” Solid State Ionics, 255, p. 13 (2014)
  • B.E. McNealy, J.L. Hertz, “Numerical modeling of a non-flooding hybrid polymer electrolyte fuel cell,” Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 38, p. 5357 (2013)
  • B. Raman, J.L. Hertz, K.D. Benkstein, S. Semancik, “Bioinspired methodology for artificial olfaction,” Anal. Chem., 80, p. 8364 (2008)
  • J.L. Hertz, H.L. Tuller, “Micro fuel cell,” US Patent 7,871,734
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Congratulations RISE: 2021 Winners

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Faculty and Staff Awards 2020

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COE Presents at the 2020 ASEE’S Virtual Conference

College of Engineering faculty, staff, and students, published and presented virtual papers at the American Society for Engineering Education – Virtual National conference.


Aug 05, 2019

Students Learn Materials Science in Mayan Mesoamerica

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Jun 26, 2019

Hertz Wins Best Paper Award at ASEE 2019

Associate Teaching Professor Joshua Hertz and BS/MS student in Mechanical Engineering Noah Daviero received a Best Paper Award (2nd Place) at the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education annual conference for their paper, “We Own This: A Class Patent System as Experiential Learning.”

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