B.S. 2000 Physics and Mathematics, Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
M.S. 2003 Physics, University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D. 2006 Physics, University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Steffen's research covers several areas related to exoplanets, focusing on data analysis and theoretical modeling. He was a member of the science team for NASA's Kepler mission and has done extensive work on the properties of transiting exoplanetary systems. Since coming to UNLV, his research has expanded to include computational work on the chemical composition of planetary material, the formation of terrestrial planets, the internal structure of observed exoplanets, and the future of planetary systems throughout the late stages of the evolution of the host star. His group collaborates with high pressure physicists, geochemists, astronomical theorists, observers, and statisticians from across the globe.