Christiansen, only in his second semester of his master's degree, was selected to speak at the SPIE Photonics West.
“It was nice to know that I was at least doing something that other people considered to be on the right track and worthy of a presentation," says Christiansen.
The conference draws about 25,000 attendees from all over the world. In addition to technology exhibits, participants attend teaching sessions, topics ranging from physics to neuroscience.
Photonics is a branch of technology that studies the properties and behaviour of photons, for example in fiber optics.
Christiansen completed an undergraduate degree in computer and software engineering at the University of Alberta, and now returned to his hometown to study under Dr. David Naylor at the U of L.