Dr. Kim Henthorn, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named 2010 Woman of the Year by Missouri S&T. Henthorn was honored during a campus ceremony on Wednesday, April 14.
The Woman of the Year award is given annually in recognition of efforts to improve the campus environment for women and minorities. As part of the award, Henthorn received a $2,000 stipend funded by Missouri S&T graduate Cynthia Tang, founder and former chair of Insight Industries Inc.
“Dr. Henthorn serves as an excellent role model and mentor to all students in the department,” wrote one of her colleagues in her nomination. “The students consider her to be an outstanding instructor who is well prepared for lectures, is accessible to the students and who is very fair in her grading, yet at the same time being very demanding for students to perform at a high level.”
“Dr. Henthorn exudes dedication and enthusiasm in the classroom by employing various teaching methods that leave you wanting to learn more,” one of her current student’s wrote in her nomination.
Henthorn teaches core and elective courses in chemical engineering and advises more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include microfluids, computational fluid dynamics and fine particle characterization, entrainment and transport.
The faculty advisor for the Missouri S&T student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, Henthorn is also involved in various workshops for Missouri S&T summer programs for girls in grades 7-10, particularly “Summer Solutions” and “It’s a Girl Thing,” as well as for the outreach program “SWE/WISE Lock-In for 11th- and 12th-grade girls.” Her efforts have helped S&T achieve a 65 percent success rate in enrolling senior girls who have attended one of these events.
Henthorn earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 2004. In 1999, she earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She has taught at Missouri S&T since 2004. Prior to that, Henthorn served as a graduate research assistant in the Purdue chemical engineering department.