Luscher, Anthony


Anthony F Luscher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Luscher's academic training includes BS and MS degrees from The University of Rochester (1983), and a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1995), all in Mechanical Engineering.

His academic research and teaching has focused on engineering design and manufacture. He has created innovative ways to teach engineering design to groups of senior students. He has developed the new capstone course sequence at Ohio State in which all seniors design, build, and test a product design. He has also developed a version of the course where students work with faculty as part of a multidisciplinary team to solve industrial and societal problems.

Professor Luscher’s research has focused on the creation of advanced mechanical joining systems for multi-material applications. Using kinematic constraint theory, methods have been developed to optimize the number and type of features contributing to an assembly. Other research has recently focused on the optimization and joining of structures for lightweight vehicle structures and the biomechanical and kinematic modeling of the human arm in tool use. Recent research has centered on the attachment of stents to human tracheas.


- fastening, joining, and assembly

- optimization of structures

- computer aided design