Steve is Professor of Metal Arts and 3D Design, and Director of the School of Art & Art History, where he has taught for 31 years. He graduated from the University of Iowa with an M.A. in Sculpture and a Ph.D. in Art Learning. His scholarly work is on the application of interpretation philosophy to art making. His creative work is the design and fabrication of bicycles. He builds and exhibits the bicycles he uses in ultra-marathons. In 2017 his bicycle ArrowHed received the Single Track award for best mountain bike at Bespoked International, Bristol, UK. Steve is currently working on the project, Iditarod Trail, Single Speed. This project is centered on riding the Iditarod Trail, Anchorage, AK to Nome, AK, March 1, 2020, on a titanium bicycle he builds for the event, documenting the creation of the bicycle and the 25-30-day trip on the Iditarod Trail, and then exhibiting the bicycle at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and Bespoked.
In 2010 Steve created a handmade bicycle curriculum, teaching Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle I and II. The University of Iowa Handmade Bicycle Program, comprised of art and engineering majors, emanates from the pedagogical belief that, purposeful exploration is the essential condition for teaching and learning skills, concepts and tools – in this instance welding, modeling, 3D concepts, fabrication tools, aesthetics and materials.