Stephen M. Holt received his B.S. in Mathematical Physics from Wilmington College (Wilmington, Ohio, USA), and his B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Franklin University (Columbus, Ohio. USA). He also completed his M.S. in Engineering (with an emphasis in Ocean Engineering and Underwater Acoustics) from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC, USA) and Graduate Certificates in Engineering Management from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC, USA) and Project Management from The George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia, USA).
Steve is currently employed with KBR, Inc. of Greenbelt, Maryland, USA as a Senior Systems Engineer supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He has also supported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with many meteorological and oceanic programs. He joined the IEEE in 2000 and was later elected to the grade of Senior Member to the IEEE in 2001. He is also a long-standing member of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). Steve was the elected member to the OES Executive Committee as its Secretary for ten years (2001-2010). In 2007, he was awarded the IEEE OES Distinguished Service Award (DSA).
His technical interests include spacecraft systems engineering, optical systems engineering, as well as remote sensing of the atmosphere and oceanic environments. He has completed a nine-year work effort on the recently deployed NASA James Webb Space Telescope and is presently working on the NASA ILLUMA-T infrared optical laser communications program.