Chief Technology Officer
Steven Li, M.A.Sc.

Steven Li is the co-founder and CTO of StarSpec Technologies. He completed his Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto under the supervision of the director of the Institute for Aerospace Studies, Prof. Chris Damaren, and will soon defend his Ph.D. on advanced optimization techniques for optics and mechanical design at Princeton University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Physics. At Princeton, he has worked with Prof. N. Jeremy Kasdin and Prof. William C. Jones, and has obtained certificates in statistics, machine learning, and scientific computing. In addition, Steven has studied under the renowned neural network expert Prof. Sebastian Seung and has practical experience in training CNNs, LSTMs, GANs and Transformers. Steven has been an invited speaker at the American Roentgen Ray Society and has presented at numerous international conferences including the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

During his academic career, Steven has closely collaborated with astrophysicist Prof. C. Barth Netterfield and led the structural and mechanical design as well as the optics integration for the Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT) and topology optimized structures on the SPIDER balloon-borne telescope. He has business training from Princeton and University of Toronto entrepreneurship programs, and has completed coursework from the NYU Stern School of Business.