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Mark Henderson, associate dean of Barrett Honors College at the ASU Polytechnic campus and a professor of mechanical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, was recently recognized as the Polytechnic campus Professor of the Year by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce.
Duane Roen, vice provost at the Polytechnic campus, presented the award to Henderson at the May 24 Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet that honored K-12 and college educators, student scholarship recipients, police and fire persons of the year, businesses, non-profits, and community volunteers.
Henderson was selected for the honor because of his commitment to creating leaning opportunities that prepare ASU undergraduates to make a difference in the world. As a teacher and mentor, his innovations have given hundreds of students hands-on, real-world challenges that help them gain knowledge, expertise, and self-confidence, while changing lives around the globe.
He is co-founder and director of the ASU-wide GlobalResolve, a social entrepreneurship program involving students in worldwide technological projects that directly improve the lives of underprivileged people, especially those in developing countries. The program works with global partners to develop sustainable technologies and community ventures in the areas of energy, clean water and health. GlobalResolve works in 13 countries, including Mexico, Nepal, Tonga, Kenya and South Sudan.
In addition to GlobalResolve, Henderson is co-founder of InnovationSpace, a transdisciplinary curriculum that teaches students how to develop products that create market value while serving real societal needs and minimizing impacts on the environment.
He has been lauded for his work with the President’s Innovation Award in 2009, the ASU Alumni Association Creasman Award in 2008, and the Humanitarian Award from Tempe Sister Cities in 2014. He was named an ASU President’s Professor in 2016.