Senior Advisor, North American Operations, and Faculty Member
International Space University (ISU)
Steve is currently serving as Senior Advisor for North American Operations, reporting to the ISU President as a member of his executive team, to affect the transition of duties to Mr. Gary Martin, ISU’s new Vice President for North American Operations.
As an ISU Faculty Member, he focuses on Space and Society topics — “Space and the Arts”, “Inspiring the Next Generation: Techniques for K-12 Classroom Visits” (based on his classroom outreach experiences at NASA), “Space, Spirituality, and Interfaith Dialogue” — as well as lessons-learned from NASA human and robotic missions with which he has been involved.
Formerly as ISU’s Vice President for North American Operations, Steve managed the North American Office, located in the Washington, DC area. His principal activities included serving on ISU’s Executive Committee to help guide and further the University’s development, maintaining and enhancing ISU’s relationships and support to public and private organizations and individuals in the space community, and supporting alumni affairs and the conduct of ISU’s current programs.
Before joining ISU, Steve held senior positions with NASA in Washington, DC, Houston, and in Europe. He participated in the Discovery Program of planetary science missions (e.g., Lunar Prospector, Genesis, Deep Impact, Kepler) and the SOFIA Airborne Observatory. In earlier roles, he contributed to NASA’s Strategic Planning, its investment in in-situ resource utilization, and the commercial development of space. On the International Space Station (ISS) Program, Steve spent four years in The Netherlands as NASA’s liaison to the European Space Agency (ESA), during which time he also assisted the mission of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, serving on staff to the U.S. Ambassador on protocol matters relevant to NASA and the space program, in general.
Before his NASA career, Steve worked in aerospace industry, performing systems engineering, final vehicle testing, and project management during the first six flights of the Space Shuttle. He also served in a business development role. Steve was a participant in the first NASA-sponsored summer study of Space Settlements with Princeton Prof. Gerard K. O’Neill which resulted in the “Stanford Torus” design for 10,000 people to live and work in cislunar space. (NASA Publication SP-413)
Steve has a Bachelors degree in Physics (Drexel University), and a Masters degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MIT), where he performed space science research supported by the NSF and NASA under the guidance of Prof. I. I. Shapiro. Steve is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society and a past member of its Board of Directors, is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), Women In Aerospace, the Washington Space Business Roundtable, The Planetary Society, and the National Space Society.