Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Magne Kristiansen:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1915-2014, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University
Title: Magne Kristiansen Papers,
Dates: 1915-2014
Abstract: The collection contains the papers and publications of Professor Magne Kristiansen and the Engineering Department of Texas Tech.
Collection # U 437.1
Quantity: 2 Boxes (2.2 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Magne Kristiansen holds the ranks of Professor Emeritus from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1967, both in electrical engineering, from the University of Texas at Austin. Kristiansen began his career as an Assistant Professor at Texas Technological College in 1966 and was promoted to the high rank of Horn Professor in 1977. He served as the Director of the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics, and has been recognized for his contributions to the field of engineering through various awards including the Spencer A. Wells Award, the NATO Senior Fellowship in Science, the Texas Tech University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in 1980, and the IEEE Nuclear Plasma Science Society Merit Award. In addition, Kristiansen was given a special award in 1995 by the U. S. Government for Outstanding Contribution to National Defense and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

In 1925, during Tech’s first semester of registration, the College of Engineering had 313 students enrolled in its two-member faculty department. Three additional professors were quickly added to meet the needs of the enrollees, and in 1927 the faculty ranks numbered ten. By the 1954-1955 academic year there were thirty-nine faculty members. The Textile Engineering building was home to all Engineering classes in 1925 and was one of the few buildings open on the first day of school. Additional buildings were added in 1928, 1950, and 1951. The first female Engineering graduate was Edna Nawanna Houghton in 1930, who returned two years later to teach in the Architecture department. Today, the College of Engineering is one of the largest colleges in the Texas Tech University System. It was renamed the "Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering" in 2008 in honor of one of its most distinguished alumnus

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, faculty records, reports and office files pertaining to the activities of the Texas Tech University Electrical Engineering Department. Also included are 395 prints and 1 negative.


The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Magne Kristiansen Papers, 1915-2014, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2014

Processed by

Molly Lieb, 2017

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 American Institute of Electrical Engineering Panhandle-Plains Section, 1949-1950
2 Bassett Laboratories Dedication (3 prints), 1996
3 Bullen, C.V., 1932-1946
4 Center for Energy Research Annual Reports, 1982-1984
5 Computer Science Degree Program Proposals, 1979-1982
6 Crosbyton Project: Articles, 1981-1983
7 Crosbyton Project: Photographs (104 prints, folder 1 of 2), 1980-1986
8 Crosbyton Project: Photographs (80 Prints, folder 2 of 2), 1980-1986
9 Crosbyton Project: Controversy and Resignations, 1983
10 Crosbyton Project: Faculty Responses to Controversy, 1983
11 Crosbyton Project: Information and Articles, 1970-2011
12 Crosbyton Project: Performance and Cost of Solar Gridiron Electrical Power Plants, 1981
13 Crosbyton Project: Prelimminary Performance Results, 1980
14 Crosbyton Project: Request for Establishment, undated
15 Electrical Engineering Building Floor Plans, 1988-2005
16 Electrical Engineering Development Proposal, 1969
17 Electrical Engineering Goals and Plans, undated
18 Electrical Engineering History (folder 1 of 2), 1948-2014
19 Electrical Engineering History (folder 2 of 2), 1948-2014
20 Electrical Engineering Homecoming (12 prints), 1988
21 Electrical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (1 print), 1988-1991
22 Electrical Engineering Newsletter (41 prints and 1 negative), 1975-1987
23 Electrical Engineering Newsletter (32 prints), 1988-2004
24 Electrical Engineering Newsletter Memoranda, 1997
25 Electrical Engineering Strategic Plan, 1988-1991
26 Engineering Achievement Report and Planning Statement, 1982
box folder
2 1 Engineering Achievement Report and Planning Statement, 1983-1989
2 Engineering Guidelines for Professional Development and Promotion, 1983
3 Engineering Research, 1975-1986 and undated
4 Engineering Review, 1980
5 Enrollment Trends, 1971-1979
6 Hagler, Marion, 1983-1988
7 Investigation of Waveguides, 1964
8 Kristiansen, Magne, 1972-2002
9 Method for Calculating the Numerator and Denominator of a Passive Electric Circuit, undated
10 Miller, W. J., 1915-1987
11 Network Solution by Residual Networks, undated
12 Newsletters: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2003
13 Newsletters: Department of Electrical Engineering, 1991-2001
14 Newsletters: Electrical Engineering, 1974-1990
15 Newsletters: Electrical Engineering Association, 1979
16 Newsletters: Tech Today, 1980-1985
17 Photographs (125 prints), undated
18 Retirement Dinner for Travis Simpson, 1992-1993
19 Scholarships, 1997-2014
20 Seacat, Russell, 1964-1985
21 Seacat's Method, undated
22 Simpson, Travis, 1974-1993
23 Spuhler, Harold A., 1964 and undated
24 Texas Tech University in the Twenty-First Century, 1987
25 Thermonuclear Plasma Research Proposal, 1970-1971


Blueprint: Elevation of a Rotary Drilling Rig - Miller, W. J., 1923