Steve Casner, author, pilot, traveler, keynote safety speaker

Steve Casner, Ph.D.

Steve Casner is a research psychologist who studies the creative, problem-solving, ever-wandering, and sometimes injury-prone mind. A NASA scientist by day, Casner also flies jets and helicopters, rides motorcycles and skateboards, and has surprisingly few scratches on him. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.


Steve graduated from Millersville University with a B.S. in Computer Science, then went on to graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Pittsburgh, earning an interdisciplinary Ph.D. across the departments of Psychology, Computer Science, and Medicine. After graduate school, Steve studied news and magazine writing and editing at UC Berkeley Extension. Steve is a semi-regular contributor to Slate Magazine.

Since 1990, Steve has been a research psychologist at NASA and have studied the effects of increasing technology in the airline cockpit. Many of his scientific publications can be found here.

Steve flies airplanes and helicopters. He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate, and is rated to fly the Boeing 737, the Airbus A320, and several business jets.

Steve is an avid photographer and still rides skateboards.