Dr. Jason Steffen has been a member of the science team for NASA's Kepler mission since 2008. A native of Utah, He received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from Weber State University and his MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Steffen spent a decade as the Brinson Fellow at Fermilab and the Lindheimer Fellow at Northwestern University, both near Chicago, and recently moved back West as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Steffen is an author on over 60 publications and has been privileged to contribute to many recent discoveries in exoplanet science.
Exoplanets, experimental searches for axion-like particles, dark energy, gravitation
I study various properties of exoplanets and exoplanetary systems (systems of planets that orbit distant stars). I’ve been a part of NASA’s Kepler mission since 2008 and work primarily with Kepler data. I’m looking forward to the launch of NASA’s TESS mission, which is a successor to Kepler.