Served in the U.S. Army
Received Master of Arts & Doctor of Philosophy from University of Kansas
Steve was born July 3, 1947 in Topeka, KS to Harold and Margaret Carlson.
He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas in 1969. The day he graduated, he received his draft notice. He then served two years in the Army and was stationed in Taiwan. Upon his return, he received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Kansas. This is where his career in education began. As a graduate student at Kansas, he served as an Assistant Instructor of Mathematics. After that, he held visiting positions at Baylor University, Grinnell College, Indiana University and the Mathematical Association of America.
From 1981-1989, Steve held an Associate Professor of Mathematics position at the University of North Dakota. In 1989, he was hired on as a Professor of Mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Rose-Hulman has long been recognized as one of the top Universities in the country in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. He worked at Rose-Hulman until his retirement during the winter quarter of 2011-2012.
During his tenure at Rose, he served as the Governor of the Indiana Section from 1999-2002, and in many Sectional and national Committees of the MAA. During this time, he also “wrote the book” on his mathematics class. Steve married Karen Carlson in 2005. Together they have four children, Alex, Mike, Emily and Amy. Two of their children have special needs and one of the great joys of his life was serving as a coach and coordinator for Challenger baseball.Back to the list of inductees