Richard W. Christiansen graduated from the MacFarland High School in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1961. In 1966, he received his Master of Science Degree in Physics from the University of New Mexico. In 1976, Mr. Christiansen received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah. He is now Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Digital Signal Processing Laboratory and Center for Signal Processing at Brigham Young University.
Mr. Christiansen is among the leaders in the development of the technology on the videophone. He is also a consultant to Hughes Aircraft, Sperry Corporation, Rockwell International and Western Airlines. He has received many fellowships and grants for his research and has received the Brigham Young University Outstanding Faculty of the year award. In addition, Mr. Christiansen is the recipient of 5 United States patents for data compression, hearing enhancement, and noise suppression.
He is married to the former Anita Stuckey, also a Bordentown High School graduate and valedictorian of her class. They have nine children. Mr. Christiansen received the Bordentown Regional High School Alumni Award in 1993