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Hemrick receives ASM International Silver Medal

James Hemrick of the Materials Science & Technology Division is the co-recipient of the 2014 ASM International Silver Medal Award, a major honor bestowed by the society. The award recognizes two mid-career researchers each year (one from academia and one from industry) who have filled leadership roles in the society and made significant contributions in materials science and engineering.

Hemrick received his doctorate in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). His research focuses on advanced refractory ceramic and insulation materials, mechanical properties of ceramics and other high temperature materials and mechanical evaluation of nuclear fuel clad materials.