Eden Steven

(Class of 2002)

After graduating from SPH in 2002 I commenced studying at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA, majoring first in Electrical Engineering with a focus on control systems. Later I took a second major in Physics. In 2007 I pursued my Ph.D. degree in Physics at the Florida State University. As part of that training, I worked in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory performing multi-disciplinary research. After graduating in 2012, I continued teaching and working at Florida State University as Adjunct Faculty while serving as the Dean’s Office Postdoctoral Fellow, performing independent research. In January 2017, I returned home to start an education and science center with my sister in collaboration with schools and universities. My pursuit and career in science started when I was in my SPH senior year.

I owe my versatility in Math to the inspiring private tutor I had when I was in elementary school. My love for Mathematics was also inspired by my late Math teacher at SPH whose motto was, “Math is easy, simple, and beautiful.” In the same year I encountered another inspiring teacher in Physics class. There I saw the beauty of Physics from a Math perspective. My Physics teacher showed me how formulas are connected to each other with absolute certainty and consistency. He demonstrated the simplicity behind complex phenomena. I slowly began to glimpse the inner workings and design in nature that is flawless. The class was so inspiring and fun, although very challenging! I was in love with Physics.

Some people assume there is no feasible career path if we major in Math or Physics in college.  At the University of Wisconsin – Madison, I took Electrical Engineering as my major, the closest course that was in line with my love of Math and Physics. I later decided to pursue a double major, adding Physics as my second major. This decision was due to the fact that the way Physics describes nature is just too beautiful and useful to ignore. Physics is all around us. Our clothes, cellphones, construction, medical and transportation products, are all applications of science. I joined a research group to study quantum cascade lasers and quantum computers. It was beyond amazing how advanced that scientific field is. How raw, real, and robust their experimental methods were! I knew then that I wanted to do research.