As an undergraduate at Duquesne University, Steve was on the Dean's List, Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, and Atlantic 10 conference men's tennis All-Academic team. He was also awarded Atlantic 10 men's tennis Student Athlete of the Year. He graduated with a degree in physics and is now a graduate student at Vanderbilt University pursuing his Doctorate in Medical Physics degree. Steve became a teaching assistant as a junior at Duquesne and has been teaching ever since. He has taught undergraduate physics labs for 4 years at Duquesne and Vanderbilt. Steve sets up and runs the labs and grades lab reports and quizzes, with up to 18 students per class, including non-science majors, science majors, and pre-meds. He has also tutored student athletes in physics for the Vanderbilt Athletic Department. About his teaching style, Steve says, "I try to create an environment where the student is comfortable asking questions. I like to guide the student to the answer by asking questions. Thinking through the problem is more important than just having the answer." As a current graduate student, Steve feels he can relate well to what students are going through and can help with college-related questions. "I love when students who think they will do poorly in a class or subject greatly exceed their expectations," he says. Steve played tennis, basketball, and lacrosse in high school and Division 1 tennis as an undergraduate. He taught tennis throughout that time. He is a big sports fan, especially hockey and the Pittsburgh sports teams (Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates). He enjoys music, both going to live shows and playing the guitar and bass. This summer he is running his first half-marathon and "tough mudder."