Steven received his B.S. in Astrophysics from Rice University in 2013. He pursued a Ph.D. in Physics with a focus in astrophysics at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with John Wisniewski. From 2015-2019 he was based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD., where as part of his graduate studies he managed day-to-day operations of Disk Detective, a NASA-led citizen science project through the Zooniverse project to identify new circumstellar disks in the AllWISE catalog.
Steven’s research has centered around the behavior of M dwarfs, better known as red dwarfs. His masters thesis focused on characterizing the flare behavior of GJ 1243, the most active M dwarf in the Kepler field of view. As part of his work with Disk Detective, he led identification of one of the first “Peter Pan” disks, M dwarfs that host protoplanetary and transitional disks at ages much greater than the typical ages of these disks.
Steven moved to MIT in 2019 to join the Chandra/HETG team, under the supervision of Moritz Guenther and David Principe. He plans to continue his study of circumstellar disks around M dwarfs, studying the disk characteristics and accretion behavior of young stars with observations from Chandra and XMM-Newton, in conjunction with other ground- and space-based observatories.