From Alan Jackman on May 21st, 2021
This interview is with Richard M. Christensen, Professor Emeritus of Applied Science. He was hired in 1988 and retired in 1994. He had a varied career in industry, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and as faculty member at the University of Houston, Washington University, UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
His research focused on mechanics of materials, particularly “failure criteria,” the circumstances under which various materials shift from safe states of stress to states of certain failure. Christensen holds 4 patents, has received many awards and honors and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1987.
He is interviewed by his friend and colleague, Yin Yeh, Professor Emeritus of Applied Science.