Primary responsibilities are in the area of cosmetic preservation and advising the chemist on new formulations. Other responsibilities include developing new active ingredients through fermentation, advising manufacturing on cleaning and sanitization procedures and assisting quality assurance and manufacturing when problems arise.
Before coming to Estee Lauder, Steve worked for Ralston Purina Company and attended school at the University of Tulsa majoring in microbiology. He is past - chairman of the CTFA Microbiology Committee, active member of the U.S. TAG / ISO Committee for Cosmetic Microbiology, and Cosmetic Europe's Preservation and Microbiology Committees.
Member of the American Society of Microbiology, Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Institute of Food Technology. Holds numerous patents in the area of cosmetic science and fermentation, and frequently presents in the areas of cosmetic preservation, risk assessment and fermentation.