Nathan Holland
 COVES Fellow Profile

Nathan Holland

  • Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical Engineering
  • Old Dominion University
  • Port of Virginia

“I witnessed firsthand how individual skill and expertise help the third largest economic engine in the Commonwealth reach its objectives.”

Summer Responsibilities: Nathan supported efforts to determine the carbon footprint generated by terminal shuttles at the Norfolk International Terminal and at the Virginia International Gateway. His findings assisted the port’s environmental planning and design consultant in helping the port reach its 2040 net zero emissions goal.

Background: Nathan has served as an adjunct instructor and director of the School of Engineering and Technology summer bridge program at Hampton University (HU) and as a lead graduate teaching assistant for the Materials Science Laboratory at ODU. Having passed his candidacy exam, Nathan is approaching the completion of his proposal and is commencing biomechanical-focused dissertation work. Nathan is invested in STEM education, which includes competency, innovation, retention, and support for historically marginalized groups.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Old Dominion University
  • M.Eng., Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology