Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Karlsruhe, Germany; 2007-2013

  • Dr.–Ing., Mechanical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Thesis: The Theory and Application of Optical Diagnostic Techniques in the Combustion Chamber of a Diesel Engine

The University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan; 2004-2007

  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering; 8.23 GPA (9.0 scale), Benton Research Fellowship
  • Thesis: A Study of the Transition between Lean Conventional Diesel Combustion and Lean, Premixed, Low-Temperature Diesel Combustion

Colorado School of Mines; Golden, Colorado; 2000-2004

  • B.S. in Engineering, Mechanical Specialty; 3.96 GPA, Presidential and RL Gibson Scholarships


Short bio:

Steve started at Sandia as a post doc in 2013 and converted to staff in November 2014. His research helps industry build cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. His work to develop experimental approaches and incisive data analysis techniques provide a deeper scientific understanding of diesel combustion systems. With an education comprised of diverse and international opportunities, Steve’s skillset includes over a decade of engine research experience.


  • Member, SAE
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers