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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May 25, 2021
The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years coincides with a supermoon this week for a cosmic spectacle.
May 25, 2021
The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years coincides with a supermoon this week for quite a cosmic show.
May 6, 2021
After a strange string of lights sent Las Vegas searching for answers, 8 News Now spoke with a local expert to explain the strange orbs that streaked across the sky Wednesday and Thursday night.
March 19, 2021
With Spring approaching this weekend, earth could make a close encounter with an asteroid the size of the Golden Gate bridge.

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Campus News | August 10, 2020
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Campus News | July 2, 2020
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