Brad Henderson teaches engineering writing and science writing courses at UC Davis, as well as a freshman seminar on the psychology of drummers: rock, jazz, & blues.
Prior to serving on the faculty of the University Writing Program, Henderson gained over ten years of industry experience working as a design engineer for Parker-Hannifin Aerospace and technical education specialist for Hewlett-Packard Inkjet. He has also held lectureship positions with UC Irvine's and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Colleges of Engineering.
Henderson is currently developing a math-based system for teaching engineers, scientists, and other STEM professionals how to improve and refine their workplace writing skills. His new method will be published in Sentence Algebra & Document Algorithms, a forthcoming title from Springer, New York (2016). This year, he is also piloting a grammar through the lens of math class and doing outreach to high-tech industry partners to investigate best practices in engineering/science writing in the global, digital, 21st century workplace.
Selected articles relevant to Henderson's teaching include:
- "How Scientists Are Learning to Write," by Alexandra Ossola, The Atlantic online, 12.12.14 issue
- "A Math-Based System to Improve Engineering Writing Outcomes," by Brad Henderson, ASEE 2014
- "Doing Engineering in the School of Letters & Science," by Brad Henderson, ASEE 2013
- "Whiplash: The Cult of the Drummer," by Mick Brown, The Telegraph online, U.K., 14 Jan 2015
On-the-side, Henderson plays drums, practices Bikram Yoga, and labors on a variety of creative projects--in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He is featured in Engineers Can Write by Tom Moran (IEEE Press 2012)--as one of twelve "literary engineers" currently writing and publishing poetry and fiction in the United States. His most recent creative publications are the poetry ebook/pbook, The Blue Devil: poems (2014/2015) and the ebook re-release of his Phi Kappa Phi award winning Drums: a Novel (2010).
M.S. in Professional Writing (MPW), University of Southern California, Los Angeles
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, minor in English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo