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Steven C. Gustafson (B.S., Physics, 1967)


I went to graduate school at Duke University receiving a Ph.D. in physics in 1974 with a dissertation in the microwave spectroscopy area.

In the middle of graduate school, I was drafted and spent two years in the Army, including a year in Vietnam. A more delightful experience was my marriage in 1970. In 1974, I moved to Ohio, where I spent the next 24 years at the University of Dayton in the electro-optics area. In 1998, I joined the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology, where I now teach graduate students and conduct research in the pattern recognition area. The photo shows my two sons, both of whom are engineers (one mechanical and one electrical working in San Francisco and Seattle), my oldest son’s wife, and my lovely wife, who was recently Dean of the Business School at the University of Dayton. I also like to ride my bicycle. This summer I rode 200 miles with my son from Seattle to Vancouver.