Mark Henderson

Mark Henderson is a professor in the new Department of Engineering at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus. He is a founder of GlobalResolve, an ASU program to create global student teams and partnerships that solve problems of clean water, health and energy and create sustainable business ventures for villages in the developing world. GlobalResolve received the 2009 ASU Alumni Association Creasman Award for Excellence. More information can be found at

Mark Henderson has applied for and been awarded 2 grants

  • Global Resolve: Social Entrepreneurship Through Innovation and New Product Development

    Began December, 2005 and ended June, 2007

    Global Resolve is a proposed new program at Arizona State University to create Global teams of students and faculty to address local needs in developing countries and under-represented populations. This involves the School of Global Studies, the Carey School of Business and the College of Sciene, Engineering and Technology at ASU and equivalent groups at international partner universities. The teams of trans-disciplinary social entrepreneurial students and faculty are formed around solving needs at a particular global location identified by a global partner . The teams work together across time and distance to develop products to satisfy the needs of the population and help enable local economic development. This proposal requests funding for two pilot projects, one with the Hopi Nation in Arizona and one with the UK and South Africa to develop medical instrumentation. These two pilot projects in 2006-07 will be assessed and used to kick off the larger scale Global Resolve Program in Fall 2007. We are building off the foundation of current successful activities at ASU in global product development.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Alan Artibise Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
    • Ms. Vicki Krell Sponsored Projects Site Supervisor, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
    • Mark Henderson
    • Dr. David Jacobson Professor and Director, School of Global Studies, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
  • The Global Innovation for Village Entrepreneurship (GIVE) Capstone

    Began March, 2010 and ended December, 2011

    GlobalResolve proposes the development of a capstone and certificate for Global Innovation for Village Entrepreneurship (GIVE) with the express purpose to create solutions for village problems in developing countries and then build a business around the solution. The capstone courses are: 1) Global Impact Entrepreneurship: Introduction to Global Poverty, Entrepreneurship and Village Appraisal; 2) Village Immersion: Travel to and Assessment of Needs of a Developing Village using GlobalResolve partners to identify the village and arrange for local help. The goal will be to talk to the villagers and experience what poverty looks like, feels like and the specific needs of the villagers and to mentor the village in venture startup. And, 3) Solution Development: Creating a Sustainable Technological Business Solution for a Village. This course, taught by a diverse team of faculty and enrolling a diverse set of students, will bring together the theory from course 1 and the experience from the field trips in course 2 into a set of products developed for a village with the goal of creating village-based sustainable business ventures. This capstone is a DR-100 program as well as being one of the Acara Institute's Challenge programs - Multiple partners for global impact. Our three goals for this program are: 1) Develop student and villager capacity to address global issues through the application of entrepreneurial principles 2) Expand ASU’s capacity to solve key issues in developing nations through research, venture creation, and international collaboration 3) Start sustainable business ventures in developing countries

    With the team:

    • Dr. Keith Hjelmstad Dean and Vice President, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
    • Dr. Mark Henderson Professor, Engineering, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
    • Dr. Chell Roberts Professor and Chair, Engineering, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
    • Mrs. Peggy Mathews Grant Administrator, ORSPA, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus