He holds a PhD and BS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla (1997 and 2001) and a MS in Material Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (1997). Prior to his current position he spent thirteen years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA as a Research Staff Member (2008-2015), a Research Associate (2004-2008) and Post-Doctoral Fellow (2002-2004). He has authored/coauthored over 50 technical papers, 15 technical reports, been co-editor on one book, and holds two US Patents.
His primary research interests are in refractory ceramics, thermal management and materials characterization. He has led projects related to the selection and characterization of refractories for the numerous industries, material development and selection for high temperature and corrosive environments, mechanical testing of insulation material for space applications, development of ultra-high-performance concrete and advanced manufacturing methods for modular construction of nuclear structures, testing of candidate metallic and advanced ceramic materials for nuclear fuel cladding applications and materials development for heat exchangers in microturbine and fuel cell systems.
Dr. Hemrick is a former recipient of the ACerS/NICE Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award and the ASM International Silver Medal Award. He is a member and past-chair of the Refractory Ceramics Division, current member of the ACerS Meetings Committee, a member of NICE and Keramos and is also active in ASM International and ASTM committee C8.