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John Henshaw, P.E., PhD

John Henshaw, P.E., PhD
Department Chairperson of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
918-631-3002 Stephenson Hall Room 2065


PhD – Univerisity of Delaware Other – Vanderbilt University


John Henshaw teaches courses and performs research in the areas of materials science, engineering design, and sustainable energy technology. He also writes books about science and technology for a general audience.

Research Interests

Assistive Products for Persons with Disabilities
Human-powered and Alternative-fuel Transportation
Fracture Mechanics
Materials Durability
Failure Analysis

Teaching Interests

Properties of Materials
Corrosion Engineering
Introduction to Polymers
Interdisciplinary Design Projects


  • Does Measurement Measure Up? How Numbers Reveal and Conceal the Truth, by John M. Henshaw. The Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 080188375X. April 15, 2006.

  • A Tour of the Senses: How Your Brain Interprets the World, by John M. Henshaw. The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN-13: 978-1421404363. February 8, 2012.

  • An Equation for Every Occasion: 52 Formulas and Why they Matter, by John M. Henshaw with Steven Lewis. The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN-13: 978-1421414911. August 25, 2014

  • “Identifying the Barrier Issues in Composites Applications”, D.J. Wilkins, S.H. Munson-McGee, and J.M. Henshaw, a chapter in the National Institute of Standards and Technology monograph entitled Polymer Composites (NIST GCR 90-577-1), p. 163-181 August, 1990.

  • Henshaw, John M., “Recycling and Disposal of Polymer-Matrix Composites”. Included as a chapter in the ASM Handbook, Volume 21: Composites. 2001.

  • Wilkins, Dick J., Henshaw, John M., et al., “CINERG: A Design Discovery Experiment”, proceedings of the 1989 NSF Engineering Design Research Conference, Amherst, Massachusetts, June, 1989.

  • Wilkins, Dick J., Henshaw, John M., et al., “CINERG: A Design Discovery Experiment”, proceedings of the 1989 NSF Engineering Design Research Conference, Amherst, Massachusetts, June, 1989.

  • Karbhari, Vistasp M., Henshaw, John M., and Wilkins, Dick J., “The Role of Scale Effects and QFD in Integrated Composites Design”, published in Tsai, S. W., and Springer, G.S., eds., Composites: Design, Manufacture, and Application, (Proceedings of ICCM/8, the 8th International Conference on Composite Materials, July, 1991).

  • Karbhari, Vistasp M., Steenkamer, David A., Wilkins, Dick J., and Henshaw, John M. “Support Systems for Composites Product Development”, Proceedings of the 23d International SAMPE Technical Conference, October, 1991, Lake Kiamesha, NY.

  • Henshaw, John M. and Funk, John, “A Habilitation Swing for a Child with Cloverleaf Syndrome”, in the proceedings of RESNA ’93 (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America), Las Vegas, Nevada, June, 1993.

  • Henshaw, John M., “Fracture of Glass”, published in NATIONAL EDUCATORS WORKSHOP Update ’92: Standard Experiments in Engineering Materials Science and Technology. November, 1992.

  • Henshaw, John M., Radloff, Stefan E., and McAdams, Jason D. “Design and Development of a Reciprocating-Drive Tricycle for Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy Patients”, in the proceedings of the 1994 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 8-11, 1994.

  • Henshaw, John M., and Radloff, Stefan E., “A Human Powered Vehicle for the Physically Disabled”, in Tuning in to the 21st Century through Assistive Technology, the proceedings of RESNA ’94 (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America), Nashville, Tennessee June, 1994

  • Henshaw, John M., Orloski, John C., Thrasher, E. Brook, and Smith, Irvin T., “A Novel Method for Rapid Prototyping of Large Composite Structures”, published in Advanced Composites Technologies, the proceedings of the 1993 ASM/ESD Conference on Composite Materials, Dearborn, Michigan, November, 1993.

  • “The University of Tulsa ‘Hybrid Hurricane'”, John M. Henshaw, Robert D. Strattan, Irvin T. Smith, Eric Sager, and Charles Tompkins, published in Innovations in Design: The 1993 Ford Hybrid Electric Vehicle Challenge, pp. 265-275, Society of Automotive Engineers special publication SP-980, 1994.

  • Henshaw, John M. and Doudican, J. Chip, “The Effects of Sulfuric Acid and Water on the Mechanical Properties of a Glass-Reinforced Composite Material”, Society of Automotive Engineers paper # SAE 950191, February, 1995.

  • Henshaw, John M., Doudican, J. Chip, and Houston, Dan Q, “The Effects of Preload on the Environmental Resistance of a Glass-Reinforced Polyurethane”. Proceedings of ACCE ’95, Detroit, Michigan, November, 1995.

  • Strattan, Robert D., Henshaw, John M., and Doudican, J. Chip, “Hybrid-Electric Vehicle to Achieve the 80 MPG Goal”, ASEE (American Society of Engineering Educators) Conference Proceedings, Manhattan, KS, 1995.

  • Henshaw, John M., Meyer, Laura J., Houston, Dan Q., and Hagerman, Edward M., “Stressed Environmental Degradation of Automotive Composite Materials”, Proceedings of ACCE ’97, Detroit, Michigan, April, 1997.

  • Willson, Kelly L., Henshaw, John M., and Houston, Dan Q., “Effects of Time, Stress, and Environmental Exposure on a Glass-Polyurethane Automotive Composite”, Proceedings of TMS ’98 (The Metallurgical Society), Chicago, Illinois, November, 1998.

  • Hackworth, Matthew R., and Henshaw, John M., “Fracture Mechanics of Aluminum Beverage Containers – An Experimental Investigation”, Published in Aluminum Alloys for Packaging – III, Subodh K. Das, ed., February, 1998.

  • Luckey, S. George, Henshaw, John M., Houston , Dan Q., and Hagerman, Edward M., “The Creep Characterization of Structural Automotive Polymer Matrix Composites Using a Novel Fixture”, SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering) Conference, Dearborn, MI, September, 2000.

  • Luckey, S. George, Houston, Dan Q., Henshaw, John M., and Hagerman, Edward M., “Correlating Stressed Environmental Testing of Structural Composites to Service”. SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Technical Paper Series, 2001-01-0094, SAE 2001 World Congress, Detroit MI, March, 2001.

  • Johnston, Allison, Jesse French, and John Henshaw, “On the Design of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine for Use in Rural Communities”, Proceedings of ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference 2009, Paper #DETC2009-86484, Awarded “Best Student Paper – First Place”

  • Henshaw, John M., “Creep Characterization of Seven Automotive Composite Materials,” 2008 SAMPE Fall Technical Conference, Memphis, TN, September, 2008.

  • French, J.J, C. T. Clancy, A. L. Johnston, M. A. Holland, J. M. Henshaw, “Design and Fabrication of the Energy Generating Components for the Sustainable Shepherd’s Residence in Northeastern China”, Proceedings of ASME Energy Sustainability 2009, Paper #ES2009-90074

  • French, J.J., J.M. Henshaw. “Development of a Mechanical Damage Classification System for Use in the Post Construction Code for Nonmetallic Repair of Piping and Pressure Vessels”, Proceedings of ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping 2009, Paper #PVP2009-78099, Awarded “Best Student Paper – Honorable Mention”

  • Lepage, Will, Mayer, Kevin, Hampton, Kyle, Johnson, Bradford, Purser, Gordon, and Henshaw, John, “Design and Development of a Portable Off-Grid Water Chlorination System.” Proceedings of the 2011 ASME Congress IMECE2011, Denver, Colorado.

  • Volk, Michael, Miska, Stephen, Iwata, Masaru, Logan, Matt, Henshaw, John, and Birt, Franklin, “Small-Scale Technology for Pipeline Monitoring and Inspection.” Proceedings of the NACE 2012 Corrosion Conference, Salt Lake City.

  • Tipton, Steven, M., Smith, Ross W., Theisen, Stephen A., Eddings, Forrest A., and Henshaw, John M., “Quantitative Fatigue Failure Analysis.” Submitted to ICEFA VI, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014.

  • Riojas, Katy, and Henshaw, John, “The Magic Rider: A Mobility Platform for Children with Disabilities.” Submitted to the 2014 RESNA Annual Conference, Indianapolis.

  • Henshaw, John M. and Wilkins, Dick J., “Comparison of Long and Short Fiber Reinforced Injection Molded Electrical Connector Housings”, Composites Manufacturing, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.26-31, March, 1990.

  • Karbhari, Vistasp M., Henshaw, John M., Wilkins, Dick J., and Munson-McGee, Stuart H., “Composites – Design, Manufacturing, and Other Issues: A View Towards the Future”, International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, pp. 13-38, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1991.

  • Lunsford, Dale A. and Henshaw, John M., “Integrating Courses in Marketing Research and Engineering Design: An Instructional Technique for Enhancing the Product Development Process”, Journal of Marketing Education, pp. 10-19, Summer, 1992.

  • Henshaw, John M., Owens, Alan D., Smith, Irvin T., Cook, Todd, and Houston, Dan. Q., “Recycling of a Cyclic Thermoplastic Composite Material by Injection and Compression Molding”, the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials., pp. 14-29, Volume 7, January, 1994.

  • Henshaw, John M., “Design for Recycling: New Paradigm or Just the Latest ‘Design-for-X’ Fad?”, International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, pp. 125-139, Volume 9, nos. 1-3, 1994.

  • Messimer, Sherri L. and Henshaw, John M., “Composites Design and Manufacturing Assistant”, International Journal of Materials and Product Technology , pp. 105-115, Vol. 9, Nos. 1/2/3, 1994.

  • Henshaw, John M., Sorem, James R., Jr., and Glaessgen, Edward H., “Finite Element Analysis of Ply-by-Ply and Equivalent Stress Concentrations in Composite Plates with Multiple Holes under Tensile and Shear Loading”, Composite Structures, Volume 36, pp. 45-58, 1996.

  • Henshaw, John M., Han, Weijian, and Owens, Alan D., “An Overview of Recycling Issues for Composite Materials”, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, pp. 4-20, Volume 9, January, 1996.

  • Messimer, Sherri L., Henshaw, John M., Montgomery, John, and Rogers, John, “Composites design and manufacturing critiquing system”, Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing, pp. 65-79, vol. 10, 1996.

  • Radloff, Stefan, and Henshaw, John M., “Reciprocating Drive Recumbent Tricycles for Young Riders with Disabilities”, Human Power, pp. 9-13, Spring, 1997.

  • Meyer, Laura, Henshaw, John M., Houston, Dan Q., and Hagerman, Ed, “The Effects of Stressed Environmental Exposure on the Durability of Automotive Composite Materials”,Polymers and Polymer Composites. Vol. 7, no. 4, 1999.

  • Henshaw, John M., Wood, Victoria, and Hall, Aaron C., “Failure of automobile seat belts caused by polymer degradation”,Engineering Failure Analysis, pp. 13-26, Volume 6, no. 1, February 1999. (This paper also appears in Failure Analysis Case Studies II, edited by D.R.H. Jones. Published by Elsevier Science

  • Hackworth, Matthew R., and Henshaw, John M., “A pressure vessel fracture mechanics study of the aluminum beverage can”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 65 (2000) 525-539.

  • Luckey, S. G., Henshaw, J.M., Dewan, C., Eltananny, G., and Teeters, D., ” Analysis of a blow-molded HDPE bottle that failed by brittle fracture”, Engineering Failure Analysis, vol. 8, pp. 361-370, 2001.

  • Henshaw, John M. and Wilkins, Dick J., “Concurrent Engineering for Composite Materials”, final report for contract EDC 8421409 submitted to the U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, August 29, 1990.

  • Henshaw, John M., Wilkins, Dick J., and Karbhari, Vistasp M., “The Total Quality Design Handbook”, Center for Composite Materials Technical Report 90-27, University of Delaware, 1990.

  • Henshaw, John M., “The Composites Manufacturing Guide: A Framework for a Composites Design and Manufacturing Decision Support System”, Final Report to the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials, Newark, Delaware, in fulfillment of a subcontract to the U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, November, 1991.

  • Henshaw, John M., and Han, Weijian, “Life Cycle Modeling and Recycling of Cyclic Thermoplastic Composite Materials for Automotive Structures”, NIST Advanced Technology Program Quarterly Progress Reports, February, 1993; May, 1993; August, 1993; November, 1993; February 1994; May, 1994; August, 1994; November, 1994; February, 1995.

  • Henshaw, John M. and various co-authors, “Progress in Understanding the Durability of Automotive Composite Materials”. Quarterly progress reports to the United States Advanced Materials Project (USAMP), 1996 – present.

  • Han, W., Sullivan, J.L., and Henshaw, J.M., “Life Cycle Assessment of Application of Cyclic Thermoplastic Composites to Automobiles”, Ford Motor Co. Technical Report No., SR-97-021. January 31, 1997.

Courses Taught

  • To Be a Mechanical Engineer
  • Properties of Materials
  • Properties of Materials Lab
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Research and Thesis

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASM International – The Materials Society

Awards & Honors

  • The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • First Place–Oral Presentation Competition
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Teaching Excellence Award
  • Elected
  • Engineering Education Excellence Award
  • Kermit C. Brown Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Daily Illini List of Faculty Rated as Excellent by their Students
  • Most Improved Team
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • First Place, Region X
  • The University of Tulsa Mortar Board Society Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Tau Beta Pi Teaching Excellence Award
  • First Place–Overall Hybrid Class
  • Second Place, United States
  • Second Place–Overall Hybrid Class
  • Zelimir Schmidt Research Award
  • First Place, United States
  • First Place–Outstanding Student Project Award
  • Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) Mentor of the Year
  • Fifth Place–Overall
  • Best Science Book of 2006