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Kevin J. Hemker

HemkerKevinKEVIN J. HEMKER, the Alonzo G. Decker Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received his doctorate in materials science and engineering from Stanford University in 1990. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland, he joined the Johns Hopkins’ Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1993. In 2001, he became the program chair of mechanical engineering in the Whiting School’s Engineering Programs for Professionals (now Engineering for Professionals) and in 2007 was appointed chair of Mechanical Engineering. Hemker has secondary appointments in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Earth and Planetary Sciences, and is the former chair of the university’s Faculty Budget Advisory Committee.

Externally, Hemker serves the Department of Defense as a member of the prestigious Defense Science Research Council, a think tank for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He recently participated in an Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel convened to advise the Department of Energy on materials-related energy solutions. Dr. Hemker is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Materials and is currently on the board of directors for The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.