B.S. Cooper Union (1973)
Ph.D. State University of New York, Stony Brook, Astronomy (1979)
Observatory Supervisor and Lecturer Steven Souza received his B.S. from Cooper Union, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His thesis work centered on cold interstellar clouds, and resulted in the first detection of the diatomic carbon molecule (C2) in interstellar space. He served previously as Instructor and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Williams College, and as Visiting Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois. At the General Electric Research and Development Center, he conducted research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for medical diagnostic applications, including blood flow imaging, medical device position tracking for surgical procedures, sciatic nerve imaging, and microscopic MRI for laboratory pathology studies. He developed systems for medical image processing, ultrafast MRI, multi-channel proton (1H) and phosphorus (31P) imaging, high-field MRI, patient safety, MRI-guided therapy/surgery, and a prototype system for imaging human limbs. Since returning to Williams, his research work has centered on occultation observations of small bodies in the outer solar system (e.g., Pluto), and he has begun a new program to monitor H-alpha emission by Be and other massive stars. He has collaborated in observations of total solar eclipses and spectroscopy of planetary nebulae. He has served as a reviewer for the NSF, PASP, Astrophysical Journal, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He has authored or co-authored 50 journal articles, 113 abstracts, 7 books and 4 book chapters, and holds 27 U.S. patents.