The William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering is happy to announce that Jerrod Henderson, Ph.D., will join the Department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor starting Sept. 1, 2021.
“Dr. Henderson is a rising star and NSF-funded investigator in the field of Engineering Education research with focus on engaging historically marginalized students into pursuing STEM careers. He is also an accomplished teacher and mentor of students. We look forward to having Dr. Henderson as a tenure-track faculty member in our Department,” said T.J. (Lakis) Mountziaris, Ph.D., William A. Brookshire Professor and Department Chair.
Henderson, who is currently an Instructional Associate Professor in the Cullen College of Engineering, was selected through a national search. In addition to teaching and research, he serves as the director of the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES) and is the co-founder of the St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy.
Henderson's research focuses on the development of out-of-school STEM interventions for K-12 students and the implementation of innovative strategies in engineering classrooms. He is the PI on two NSF-funded projects and Co-PI on a third one, with all three focusing on the engagement of underrepresented minority students in engineering.
He was recently honored with the 2020 Black Engineering Educational Leadership Award by the U.S. Black Engineer and Technology Leadership Magazine, and by the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He has been recognized as an Inspiring Leader in STEM by Insight into Diversity Magazine (2017) and has been awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award by the University of Illinois (2019) and the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award at the 34th Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference (2020).
Henderson earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Morehouse College and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.