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Lucas Landherr

Associate Teaching Professor,  Chemical Engineering

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Office

  • 457 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.8646

Research Focus

Development of comics, visualization, and modules for novel STEM teaching tools for all-ages education

About

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

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

Research Overview

Development of comics, visualization, and modules for novel STEM teaching tools for all-ages 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)

Alumni

Jul 10, 2019

Landherr Publishes Comic In New Journal "Matter"

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.

Faculty

Mar 19, 2019

Landherr Awarded the ASEE ChED Fahien Award

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 is given in honor of Ray Fahien, who was editor of Chemical Engineering Education from 1967-1995, and who was effectively the founding father of the journal, establishing it as a premier […]

Faculty

Oct 09, 2018

Prof. Landherr to deliver engineering education lectureship at UConn

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.

Faculty

Aug 07, 2018

Landherr Recipient of the 2018 AIChE Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education

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

Faculty

May 17, 2018

Prof. Lucas Landherr collaborating with Crash Course: Engineering video series

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.

Professional Societies

Aug 16, 2017

Prof. Lucas Landherr Honored with AIChE 35 Under 35 Award

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.

Faculty

Aug 06, 2017

ChE Professors Receive Awards at ASEE Summer School Conference

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.

Faculty

Jun 01, 2017

Prof. Lucas Landherr begins new regular contribution of engineering comics in journal, Chemical Engineering Education

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. 

Faculty

May 03, 2017

Faculty and Staff Awards 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Edward Beighley, CEE Yun Raymond Fu, ECE Tommaso Melodia, ECE Rising Star Staff Award Erin Schnepp, Undergraduate Academic Advising Carolina Venegas-Martinez, CEE Outstanding Teachers of First Year […]

Faculty

Feb 01, 2017

Prof. Lucas Landherr Wins 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award from Northeast Section of ASEE

Associate Teaching Professor, Lucas Landherr recently won the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Northeast section of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). This award is given by each ASEE section, with support, where possible, from local industry. The award, which focuses on outstanding classroom performance, recognizes teachers of engineering and engineering technology students and […]

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