Douglas Christensen portrait
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University

Research Summary

Ultrasound devices, physics and modeling (such as in therapeutic ultrasound); fiberoptic and guided wave sensors (especially those applicable to biomedical sensing).


Douglas A. Christensen received the B.S.E.E. degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 1962, the M.S. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1963, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1967.

From 1972 to 1974, he held a special National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctorate position in biomedical engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been a Faculty Member at the University of Utah since 1971. He currently holds a joint appointment as Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Electrical  and Computer Engineering. He is the author of Ultrasonic Bioinstrumentation (New York: Wiley, 1988), coauthor of  Basic Introduction to Bioelectromagnetics (Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 1999), and author of Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics and Bioelectricity (Morgan & Claypool, 2009). 

His major research interests are in the use of waves in bioengineering, including modeling and measurements in therapeutic ultrasound, and optical biosensors.