Steve is an independent technology consultant. Steve designs systems and develops software for data analysis, machine learning, and information visualization, having worked in this area for RightNow Technologies and Oracle. He has also served as a professor at Carleton College, Minnesota and Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He trained as a scientist and holds a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Carleton, and a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Pursuing his fascination with other languages and cultures, he studied for a year in France and worked three years in Japan. He is currently involved with organizations such as the Montana Local Government Center, the African Society at Montana State University, Gallatin Valley Community Radio and Bozeman PechaKucha.