Kenneth Christensen

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology

Biography

Kenneth T. Christensen is the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Carol and Ed Kaplan Endowed Chair in Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

He joined Illinois Tech in November 2020 as the Carol and Ed Kaplan Dean of the Armour College of Engineering. As Dean, Christensen has focused on enhancing student experience and success as well as improving the industry relevance of Illinois Tech’s engineering curricula via strategic partnerships to ensure they better meet workforce needs. Before this, he was the Viola D. Hank Professor at the University of Notre Dame and served as Chair of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (2017-2020), Assistant Dean for Faculty Development (2015-2017) and a Provost Fellow (2017-2019).

Prior to August 2014, he was a Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he also served as Associate Department Head (2012-14) and Associate Director of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) Satellite Center (2011-2014).

He began his academic career at the University of New Mexico in 2002. Christensen’s research expertise is in experimental fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on flows central to a range of energy, environmental and geophysical applications, and he is a Fellow of multiple professional societies (ASME, APS and AAAS).