Steve Aukstakalnis is a former research scientist and Director of the Virtual Environment and Interactive Systems Program at the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation. There, his work focused on the application of advanced visual displays and interactive techniques in such areas as architecture, engineering, scientific visualization and national defense. He has served on the research staff at the University of Washington as well as the faculty of Mississippi State University. Steve has served an invited lecturer, instructor and researcher on the topic of virtual reality and advanced visual simulation for such organizations as the Dept. of Defense, U.S. Army, Naval Oceanographic Office, Nat'l Reconnaissance Office, University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, Purdue, Dartmouth, Nat'l Taiwan University, the Smithsonian Institution and a host of other universities, corporations and government agencies across N. America and around the world.