Jason Steffen

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Expertise: Astronomy, Exoplanets, Cosmology, Dark matter and energy, Gravitation, General physics


Jason Steffen works in the field of exoplanets — planets that orbit distant stars. He has been a member of the science team for NASA's Kepler mission.  He continues to analyze data from that mission to understand the properties of planets and planetary systems. He also worked on projects related to dark matter, dark energy, and gravity.

Steffen is originally from Utah and attended graduate school in Seattle. Before coming to UNLV, he was the Lindheimer Fellow at Northwestern University and the Brinson Fellow at Fermilab outside of Chicago.

In addition to his work in astrophysics, he is known for the Steffen Method, a procedure to efficiently board passengers on an airplane.


  • PhD in Physics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • BS in Physics and Mathematic, Weber State University

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January 15, 2022
Around the turn of the 21st century, a new age of galactic discovery began.
True Viral News
January 15, 2022
The telescope will be used to take unprecedented images of the deepest part of the universe. The powerful space instrument will devote a full quarter of its first year to peering at exoplanets in the Milky Way.
December 31, 2021
When the James Webb Space Telescope gets into place next month about a million miles from Earth, it will allow scientists to see the light of distant galaxies and marvel at the origins of the universe.
Mashable India
October 26, 2021
The invisible will become visible.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

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Campus News | February 3, 2021

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