More than 300 hard-working Second Century Campaign volunteers are helping to ensure that SMU meets its ambitious campaign goals. Each issue of Campaign Update features new volunteers who have joined the effort, such as the new steering committee co-chair whose photo and brief bio appear below. For a complete list of campaign volunteers, please visit

Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff

Marc P. Christensen (co-chair)

Marc P. Christensen is department chair and professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. His primary research focus is the development of advancements in photonics, systems employing light trapped in semi-conductor chips that process and manipulate information at extremely high speeds. He earned a B.A. in electrical engineering and physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from George Mason University.