James H. and Carla A. Christensen Scholarship

To recognize a Systems Engineering and Design student for outstanding academic merit, who is involved in extracurricular activities in the ISE and/or The Grainger College of Engineering, as well as civic and volunteer activities.

Jim Christensen received his Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1977. He began his career at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria as a Research Engineer and, later, left to join Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Jim retired from Baxter as a senior manager in Information Technology in July 2013. Carla Christensen graduated from the University of Illinois in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education. She started her career with IBM Corporation and, later, joined Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company. Carla retired from Ex Libris in April 2020. Jim and Carla are excited to be a part of helping engineering students achieve their academic and career goals.

Past Recipients of the Award

2020 John (Jack) Thorne
2018 Steven Gray
2017 Siobhan Fox
2016 Cole Murray
2015 Kyra Grant
2014 Joshua Love
2013 Kevin J. E. Anderson
2012 Thomas Pinsky
2011 Evan Rodrigues
2010 Ross Gorman
2009 Andrew Kickertz
2008 Lauren M. Quebbeman
2007 Chelsey Walker
2006 Brian Matesic
2005 Katherine N. Meyer
2004 Grace K. Yaguchi
2003 Geoffrey M. Price