Son of an electric motor-winder and a high school debate queen in Seattle, Steve worked summers through high school and college doing lousy jobs. He got a fellowship to Yale though, and went off to become an engineer - - a bad choice for him, he found out quickly. People issues grabbed his attention, so he decided along about his Senior year to do graduate work at the University of Michigan.
Those were the 60s... great days for politics, life, and learning. Working at the Institute for Social Research (still the largest social science research outfit in the country) was fun, as was doing management development and fieldwork with big companies in New York, Pittsburgh, and Mississippi. I had good mentors in Rensis Likert, and many key authors in management such as Chris Argyris and Ron Lippitt. Summers sometimes took me to Seattle for teaching, fishing, and falling in love.
Steve's California journey started at the Claremont Colleges where he was soon chairing a Department of Psychology, working alongside Peter Drucker, and publishing with the Quality of Work Life Center at UCLA. He's long been at Cal Poly, though he is known to "take off" now and again. During the 1980's he served as a training manager for Hughes Aircraft and develop DoD award-winning quality improvement programs.
Steve loves to combine work and travel in the developing countries of the world.. He's provided leadership and coordination for projects in the Caribbean, Bangladesh, and Tanzania, in addition to providing staff development workshops for officers of the World Health Organization and providing consultations on human resources project strategy. With strong international interests he has helped Cal Poly develop links in Swaziland and Armenia, and has his heart set on higher education development in Viet Nam and China.
But he also sees Internet as a true revolution in the Being of man.. a mega-step toward biological progress. Already, companies who are "getting with it" are seeing obscene ROI numbers. We do need to worry about all of those who will not get on board. There are frightening aspects of Virtual Reality... though ours is largely "virtual now", and we're only starting to appreciate it. The digital revolution is truly profound. There's nothing more important for any of us to understand or teach. (Thankfully, Third World countries often 'get it', and there are supportive global communities that can be joined.)