Christensen, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, has built a nationally recognized research group in photonics and computational imaging.
His work in applications such as imaging sensors and micro-mirror arrays has been funded by entities ranging from the National Science Foundation to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA.
In 2007, he became a member of the first class of researchers to receive the DARPA Young Faculty Award for his work in active illumination for adaptive multi-resolution sensing.
Currently, Christensen leads a research project that also involves senior faculty from the University of Delaware, University of Texas-Dallas, and Sandia National Laboratory.
Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from Gerald Ford, chair of SMU’s Board of Trustees, the fellowships help the University retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.
The University’s new Ford Fellows were honored by the SMU Board of Trustees at its May meeting.