Steenkamp is a physicist with a broad interest in laser spectroscopy and laser based diagnostic methods. I am currently involved in projects on generating and applying tunable laser light in the vacuum ultraviolet spectral range, investigating molecules that are of importance in the field of astronomy and probing charge carrier dynamics in thin silicon membranes. She is passionate about undergraduate teaching as well as training of postgraduate students. As the only female lecturer ever at the Physics Department of Stellenbosch University I am involved in outreach to the female students in our department, as well as high school learners. She is a Director of the Laser Research Institute of the University of Stellenbosch and serve on the committee of the Photonics Division of the South-African Institute of Physics. In 2009 she was the second woman to recieve the Silver Jubilee Medal of the South African Institute of Physics for outstanding achievement by a younger physicist and in 2010 she received the award of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) for Young Women Scientists in the field of Mathematics and Physics in the African region.