Steven was born and raised in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn N.Y. Steven attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy N.Y. and in 1973; he graduated with a BS and a masters degree in electrical engineering.
Steven began his thirty five year career at Eastman Kodak Company in 1973 as an electrical engineer working in an applied research laboratory. He engaged in a number of early digital imaging projects. Among these was the design and construction of the first digital still camera and playback system in 1975. Steven continued to work throughout the 1980s in the emerging field of digital photography receiving over 10 key digital imaging patents. Steven has received numerous recognitions for his work that includes his 2007 Induction into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, 2011 election to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2009 Economist Magazine Consumer Products Innovation Award and the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation that he received in 2010 from President Obama.