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Joshua Hertz

Associate 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

Most Recent Publications

  • 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, D. Davis, B. O’Connell, C. Mukasa, “Gruepr: an open source program for creating student project teams,” 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, paper ID#26537 (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)
  • R. Whalen, S.F. Freeman, J.O. Love, K. Schulte Grahame, J.L. Hertz, “Evolution of cornerstone: creating a first-year culture with a multifaceted approach,” 2018 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, paper ID#22932 (2018)
  • S.F. Freeman, C. Pfluger, R. Whalen, K. Schulte Grahame, J.L. Hertz, C. Variawa, J.O. Love, M.L. Sivak, B. Maheswaran, “Cranking up cornerstone: lessons learned from implementing a pilot with first-year engineering students,” 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, paper ID#16898 (2016)
  • B.E. McNealy, J. Jiang, J.L. Hertz, “A precise, reduced-parameter physical model of thin film electrolyte impedance,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 162, p. F537 (2015)
  • W. Shen, J. Jiang, J.L. Hertz, “Using thin films to investigate heterogeneous defect chemistry,” J. Electroceramics, 34, p. 74 (2015)  [Invited Article]
  • W. Shen, J.L. Hertz, “Ionic conductivity of YSZ/CZO multilayers with variable lattice mismatch,” J. Mater. Chem. A, 3, p. 2378 (2015)
  • N. Ye, A. Hasbani, J. Jiang, J.L. Hertz, “Zn, Ga, and Ca substituted transition-metal-free oxides with K2NiF4 structure,” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2, p. 7563 (2014)
  • W. Shen, J.L. Hertz, “Beneficial lattice strain in heterogeneously doped ceria,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, p. 22904 (2014)
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Aug 05, 2019

Students Learn Materials Science in Mayan Mesoamerica

First Year Engineering Associate Teaching Professor Joshua Hertz led a group of students on a new Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Belize, where they explored how ancient civilizations produced materials.


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.”


Dec 14, 2016

Noisy Engineers Union

First-year engineering students in Assistant Teaching Professor Joshua Hertz's Cornerstone of Engineering course built new electronic percussion instruments for their team design projects and worked with a local musician, Maria Finkelmeier, to test them.


Jul 20, 2016

Alternative Energy in Brazil

Assistant Teaching Professor Joshua Hertz is leading a group of students to Brazil during Summer II as part of a Dialogue of Civilizations program to study Alternative Energy.


May 05, 2015

COE Faculty and Staff Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the COE Faculty and Staff Awards: Outstanding Teachers of First Year Engineering Students Thomas Gilbert, Chemistry Joshua Hertz, Engineering Marco Rainho, Mathematics Swastik Kar, Physics Martin W. Essigmann Outstanding Teaching Award Marvin Onabajo, ECE Outstanding Cooperative Education Coordinator Award Alison Nogueira, MIE Outstanding Staff Award Roy Dalsheim, Student Services Susan […]

May 05, 2015

COE Faculty & Staff Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the COE Faculty and Staff Awards.

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