Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Jason Steffen is 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 70 publications in astronomy and physics in topics ranging from dark matter and dark energy to airplanes and planets. He has been privileged to contribute to many recent discoveries regarding planets orbiting distant stars as a member of the science team for NASA's Kepler—which he joined in 2008. Dr. Steffen is looking forward to the launch of NASA’s TESS mission, which is a successor to Kepler.


  • –present
    Research Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University