Jennifer Blain Christen is an associate professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, where she teaches students about circuits and oversees electrical engineering research. Along with her many ASU faculty duties, she maintains involvement in professional organizations and runs a startup venture focused on rapid, low-cost medical diagnostics.

Blain Christen’s accomplishments in teaching, research and volunteering her time to better society through engineering and technical professional groups made her a natural fit to win the Joseph C. Palais Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award for the 2022–23 academic year.

“I was very shocked and honored to be selected,” she says.

The Palais Award, established in 2016 by its namesake, electrical engineering Professor Emeritus Joseph Palais, celebrates School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering faculty who demonstrate all-around excellence in research, teaching and community service.

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