Christian Wagner

wagner_100 Professor Christian N. J. Wagner
Tel. (310) 825-5534
FAX (310) 206-7353

Professor Emeritus; Born in Germany, he received the Licence es Science Mathematiques (B.S.) in France in 1951 and the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur der Werkstofftechnologie (M.S. in Materials Technology) from the  University Saarbrucken, Germany, in 1954. Subsequently, he spent two years (1955-56) at MIT as a visiting fellow, completing his research for the doctorate degree (Dr. rer. nat.) which he received from the University Saarbrucken in 1957.

Dr. Wagner emigrated to the US in 1959, joining the Metallurgy Department at Yale University as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in 1962. He became a US citizen in 1969. In July 1970, Dr. Wagner joined the Materials Department at UCLA as Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. He served as Chairman of the Department from 1974 to 1979, as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School from 1982 to 1985, and as Acting Chairman of the Department during the academic year 1990/91. He was elected Chair of the Faculty of the School for the two-year term 1989-91. Dr. Wagner is internationally known for his research on the structure of liquid, amorphous and nanocrystalline materials , and on residual stresses in plastically deformed materials.


Research Interests

After 21 years on the Faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Wagner retired on 1 July 1991, but still continues his active research on the structure of non- and nano-crystalline materials using x-rays and neutron diffraction techniques.


Dr. Wagner is a Fellow of ASM International and member of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), the American Physical Society, the American Crystallographc Association, the Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He organized and co-chaired the 5th International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals (LAM 5) at UCLA in 1983, and chaired the 4th International Conference on the Structure of Noncrystalline Materials (NCM4) in Oxnard, CA in 1988. In 1972, he received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association, and in 1989 the Senior U.S. Scientist Award (Humboldt Award) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany. He served as a Visiting Professor at the Technical University in Berlin in 1969, and at the University Saarbrucken in 1979/80.


Mailing Address

  • UCLA, HSSEAS School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    410 Westwood Plaza
    3111 Engineering V
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595