Steve Mason was born and raised in Roanoke. After taking a degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Virginia in 1974, and wanting to experience another part of the country, Mason attended graduate school at the University of Wyoming, completing a Ph.D. in physics, specializing in solar physics, in 1981. After teaching physics, astronomy, and mathematics for six years, first at Saint Norbert College in DePere WI and then at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, Dr. Mason worked in the software industry first in Boston and then Roaonke, until 2001. During this time he developed software implementing underlying mathematics used in computer aided design software, worked on software simulators used during the development of a computer chip to do volume rendering, and developed links to allow access to database information from CAD drawings. The volume rendering team was awarded a European patent in 1999 for the volume rendering chip. In 2001, Dr. Mason returned to the classroom, teaching Middle School and High School mathematics in Giles and Franklin Counties. Most recently he has taught mathematics, general education science courses, independent study physics and run a math tutoring center at Ferrum College in Franklin County and is currently in his first year as an adjunct instructor in physics at Jefferson College. Dr. Mason has a son in his first year at Radford College and a daughter in her sophmore year at Hidden Valley High School. He enjoys playing the twelve string guitar and sings tenor in the choir at First Baptist Church here in Roanoke.
B.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Wyoming