Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teacing, UNSW (2018)
PhD in Water Sciences, Centre for Water Science (now Cranfield Water Science Institute), Cranfield University, UK (Awarded 2008)
MSc in Water Pollution Control Technology, Cranfield University, UK (2004)
MChem (1H) in Environmental Chemistry with a Year in Industry, University of Edinburgh, UK (2002)
Associate Professor Rita Henderson is an academic in the School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW. She joined the School as a Senior Lecturer towards the end of 2013 after spending 6 years with the UNSW Water Research Centre in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Rita works in both teaching (40%) and research (40%) where her interests are in water supply and biotechnology. She leads the Algae & Organic Matter Laboratory, which is affiliated with the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology and is Program Leader of the Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science Practice Partnership. In November 2019, Rita was nominated and appointed to the role of Board Director of Water Research Australia, this follows engagement with their Education Program (now Research Leadership Program) first as Committee Member and then from 2016 as Chair. Rita is also a Member of the International Water Association (IWA), the Australian Water Association (AWA) and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC). Rita is the Editor in Chief of the IWA's new H2Open Journal.
Beyond her research, Rita is a passionate equity and diversity advocate. Having led a UNSW Faculty of Engineering project to enhance gender equity, she has since contributed on the Faculty’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the UNSW Athena SWAN pilot Self-Assessment Team. She is currently Chair of the Faculty's Gender equity Working Group. She is also a School Champion for Humanitarian Engineering.
2016: AWA NSW Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award 2016
2015: Finalist for the Australia Museum 2015 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science
2012: AIPS NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award
2010: IWA Young Water Professional (YWP) Award 2010-2012
2010: Chair of the Organising Committee for the 5th IWA International Young Water Professional conference
2009: ARC Post-Doctoral Industry Fellowship (APDI)
Prof Gregory Leslie ; A/Prof Rita Henderson ; Prof Ashish Sharma ; Prof Kenneth Grattan ; Prof Tong Sun ; Dr Peter Jarvis ; Dr Heriberto Bustamante ; Dr Peter Cox ; Dr Bala Vigneswaran. Adapting catchment management monitoring and potable water treatment to climate change. ARC Linkage LP160100620.
A/Prof Rita Henderson ; Prof Patrick Cullen ; Dr Stuart Prescott ; Prof Gregory Leslie. Algal control using multi-functional, cold plasma activated microbubbles. ARC Discovery DP200102195