Location: Huntington, New York, United States
Donald Christiansen, President at Informatica, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.
In his pre-teen years, Mr. Christiansen was intrigued by home-built projects. He was inspired by his father, who was a designer for Bendix Corporation. Together, they constructed electronic power supplies and radio and television sets. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Christiansen enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a WWII Navy radio technician. A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Christiansen earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1950. Soon thereafter, he completed postgraduate coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1951 to 1954 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966, 1968, and 1971. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts.
Since 1993, Mr. Christiansen has served as the president of Informatica in Huntington, New York. He previously spent 20 years, as the editor and publisher and chairman of the editorial board of IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Mr. Christiansen previously held engineering and management positions with the CBS Electronics Division from 1950 to 1962. He later served on the editorial staffs of EEE-Circuit Design Engineering, Electronic Design, and McGraw-Hill’s Electronics magazine, where he was the editor-in-chief.
For his accomplishments in the field, Mr. Christiansen received the Eta Kappa Nu Distinguished Service Award and the Gruenwald Award, among others honors. Civically, he served as president, director, and chairman of the editorial committee of the Society of National Association Publications, and as a director of the New York Business Press Editors. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.
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