Founder & CSO
Steve is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Physics, Emeritus at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Steve’s degrees are in Electrical Engineering (BS, Columbia University 1965, SM, MIT 1967 and PhD MIT 1971). Steve was a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1971 to 1985 when he joined UNM. He was appointed Director of the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) in 1987, stepping down as Director in 2013 and retiring from UNM as Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2014. During his tenure, CHTM matured into an internationally respected research center in photonics, microelectronics and nanotechnology. Since its inception, CHTM has published over 2500 refereed journal articles, graduated over 460 MS and PhD students, been awarded over 207 US patents, and received over $208 M in research funding. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of LightPath Technologies, a global manufacturer, distributor and integrator of optical components and high-level assemblies since 2001. Steve has published over 450 refereed papers, has presented over 250 invited papers and seminars, and holds 73 US patents. He has been active in professional societies chairing the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) in 2000, and the Electron, Ion, Photon Beam Nanofabrication and Applications (EIPBN) conference in 2008, and the Lithography Workshop in 2013. He has served on a number of National Academy Panels and Boards. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the OSA, the AAAS, and the National Academy of Inventors. In 2010 he was the first UNM Science and Technology Corporation Innovation fellow. In 2013 he was the inaugural recipient of the UNM Presidential Medal of Distinction for his contributions to the University of New Mexico.