John Henshaw

John Henshaw

Department Chair and Harry H. Rogers Chair of Mechanical EngineeringStephenson Hall 2065
john-henshaw@utulsa.eduResearch Website

Professor 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.

Specific research interests in materials science include automotive composite materials, and in particular the durability of those materials, the use of composites to repair steel pipe and other metallic structures, and the fracture mechanics of very thin metal structures. In the area of engineering design, research interests include the decision-making process in design, teamwork, and design education. Related to sustainable energy, research interests include novel wind turbines, hybrid-electric vehicles, and human-powered vehicles.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Delaware (1990)
  • B.Eng., Materials Engineering and Mathematics, Vanderbilt University (1979)

Areas of Research Focus

  • Composite Materials
  • Engineering Design
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Alternate-Fuel Transportation

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Visiting Professor, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995-6)
  • Invited Professor, The University of Picardie-Jules Verne, Saint-Quentin, France (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007)

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Metallurgical Engineer, Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Lab (1979-80)
  • Materials Engineer, Phillips Petroleum Company (1980-86)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering

Courses Taught at TU

  • Properties of Materials (ME 3034)
  • Automotive Design (ME 4043)
  • Interdisciplinary Design Projects (ME 4293)
  • Corrosion Engineering (ME 4333)

Awards & Recognition

  • Engineering Education Excellence Award. Presented by the National Society of Professional Engineers in July, 2000, at Norfolk, Virginia (awarded to two professors nationwide, and first awarded in 2000).
  • Daily Illini List of Faculty Rated as Excellent by their Students, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995-6.
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Tulsa, April, 1993.
  • Kermit C. Brown Award for Teaching Excellence, The University of Tulsa, 1998.
  • Library Journal - Best Science Books of 2006 for Does Measurement Measure Up? How Numbers Reveal and Conceal the Truth (honor awarded to 34 science books published in 2006).
  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (award presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers Annual Congress, Detroit, Michigan, February, 1994).
  • Tau Beta Pi Teaching Excellence Award College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, The University of Tulsa, 1991, 2003.
  • The University of Tulsa Mortar Board Society Outstanding Teacher Award College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 1995, 2006.
  • The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award, May 1994.
  • Zelimir Schmidt Research Award. The University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, 2001.


  • A Pressure Vessel Fracture Mechanics Study of the Aluminum Beverage Can
    Hackworth, Matthew R., and Henshaw, John M.; Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 65, 525-539, (2000)
  • Analysis of a Blow-Molded HDPE Bottle that Failed by Brittle Fracture
    Luckey, S. G., Henshaw, J.M., Dewan, C., Eltananny, G., and Teeters, D.; Engineering Failure Analysis, vol. 8, pp. 361-370 (2001)
  • Correlating Stressed Environmental Testing of Structural Composites to Service
    Luckey, S. George, Houston, Dan Q., Henshaw, John M., and Hagerman, Edward M.; SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Technical Paper Series, 2001-01-0094, SAE 2001 World Congress, Detroit MI (March 2001)
  • Creep Characterization of Seven Automotive Composite Materials
    Cook, Michelle C., Henshaw, John M., Houston, Dan Q.; SAMPE Fall Technical Conference (2008)
  • Does Measurement Measure Up? How Numbers Reveal and Conceal the Truth
    Henshaw, John M.; The Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 080188375X (2006)
  • Recycling and Disposal of Polymer-Matrix Composites
    Henshaw, John M.; Included as a chapter in the ASM Handbook, Volume 21: Composites (2001)
  • The Effects of Stressed Environmental Exposure on the Durability of Automotive Composite Materials
    Meyer, Laura, Henshaw, John M., Houston, Dan Q., and Hagerman, Edward M.; Polymers and Polymer Composites. Vol. 7, No. 4 (1999)