Brad Henderson’s approach to the teaching of university-level writing encompasses a broad range of life experiences that have called upon him to encode critical thinking into English prose, as well as mathematical constructs. After earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Henderson worked as a design engineer for Parker-Hannifin Aerospace in Irvine, California, during the 1980s. He wrote three novels during this period, earned an MPW degree from USC, and participated in John Rechy’s private Los Angeles fiction workshop. During the 1990s, one of Henderson’s books, Drums: a Novel, found a small-press publisher and achieved brief notoriety among rock music aficionados, as well as earning an endorsement from Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum. From 1993 to 1999, Henderson re-entered the corporate milieu as a technical education consultant and manager of an internal diversity program for Hewlett-Packard. Interestingly enough, Davis, California is Brad Henderson’s hometown, where Brad attended K through 12 in the local public schools and completed his first two years of college at UCD while wrestling varsity on the Aggie squad. Henderson’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Hartman Hamel, was one of Davisville’s original pioneer settlers. What’s more, both Henderson’s father and paternal grandfather are emeritus professors of UCD’s College of Engineering. Now, having returned to his original turf, Henderson proudly embraces his current appointment as a third-generation “Aggie” faculty. While on the job, Henderson specializes in engineering, scientific, technical, and business writing. On the side, Henderson plays drums, practices martials arts, and labors on a variety of creative publication projects–in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Information Courtesy of the University Writing Program, UC Davis.