Arts & Sciences Faculty
Lars Christensen, Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, received the College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Research Award—Natural and Physical Sciences May 5, 2016, during the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Awards gala, held at The Rawls Course in Lubbock.
The Arts & Sciences Excellence in Research Award recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves and have achieved national or international recognition for their research or other creative activity—one award to a faculty member in each of the core disciplines of study in the College—Natural and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities.
Christensen is an expert on homological algebra and applies it to solve problems in representation theory and commutative ring theory. These two areas are fundamental to all models and problems that can be expressed mathematically in the languages of matrices and polynomials. As such, they provide fundamental tools for several other fields of mathematical research, and they also have direct applications in coding theory, cryptography, and theoretical physics.
Christensen graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1995 and obtained his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1999. For the next five years, he worked with telecommunications and crypto software development, became a visiting professor at the University of Nebraska in 2004, and then joined the faculty at Texas Tech University in 2007.