Dr. Nathan Holt graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Liberal Studies, focusing on courses from the College of Science, and with a minor in Physics. As a senior project, he authored Tensors for Undergraduate Physics Majors, a short text introducing tensor mathematics and its applications. He then worked at the Center for Science Outreach at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he assisted with Vanderbilt’s branch of the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 program and the Boys Exploring Science and Technology (BEST) Camp.
In 2016 Dr. Holt received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Ralf Rapp. His physics research interests include thermal photon emission as a probe of matter at high temperatures and densities, chiral symmetry breaking and restoration, vacuum hadronic physics, and AdS/CFT holography.
Dr. Holt's extracurricular interests include powerlifting (Nathan is a former state and national champion powerlifter in the Southern Powerlifting Federation), drumming, cars he will never be able to afford, and cats.