As a PhD student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Steven has studied the ways in which maker-based educational practices and design thinking reveal opportunities and challenges for systemic change within the public education system. His research has leveraged elements of organizational theory, design studies, learning sciences, and foresight methodologies to explore the institutional challenges schools and districts face when adopting innovative educational practices. Steven is also a Research Analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education in the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College, where he brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding transformative change within educational systems.
In 2019, he received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and was named a University Innovation Fellow by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. Steven began his career as a high school physics teacher and later helped envision, design, and run a community-centered educational makerspace at a major US science center. Steven holds a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Florida.
My research interests center on innovative learning frameworks that blend pedagogies and strategies from formal and informal STEM educational settings, specifically focusing on collaboration, prototyping, and both digital and traditional fabrication skills. Through my work with the Maker Educational Pathways Research Group, I have studied the role of the Maker Movement in shaping the identities of young adults and its implications for STEM education reform.