Jason Steffen

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

Biography

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.

Education

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

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KNPR News
February 4, 2019
UNLV’s College of Sciences turns 50 years old this year The college is an umbrella over chemistry, geoscience, math, physics, water management and many more areas of high science.
KSNV-TV: News 3
January 4, 2019
Stargazers could be in for a treat in tonight's northern sky.
Thrillist
November 9, 2018
Considering how many people willingly wait in long lines, it’s surprising how much they hate it.
Pacific Standard
November 1, 2018
The Kepler telescope has run out of fuel and officially entered retirement. Luckily, there is a replacement on the way to continue our observation of the stars.

Articles Featuring Jason Steffen

petri dish and beakers containing liquids
ResearchDecember 26, 2018
In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.
image of moon orbits
ResearchSeptember 18, 2018
UNLV astrophysicists ponder "reservoirs of life" on the moons of planets expelled by their hosts and drifting through the galaxy.
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Campus NewsApril 9, 2018
Passing the baton in the search for distant planets.
total lunar eclipse
ResearchJanuary 25, 2018
Super, blue, and eclipsed: Come Jan. 31, it's three moons in one.