Dr. Robert C. Kemerait is Senior Scientist, Nuclear Treaty Monitoring Directorate, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
Dr. Kemerait, a native of Madison, Ohio, entered active duty with the U.S. Army in 1954, working as communications chief in a combat engineering company for two years while stationed in occupied Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1957 and attended the University of Florida where he earned his degree in electrical engineering. In his early positions, he worked on the Skybolt air-launched missile program as well as guidance and control for the Atlas weapons system, including operating the guidance and control console during two manned Mercury Atlas launches. He joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 1963 as a guidance and control specialist on the Atlas, Delta and Agena rockets, including the Agena target vehicle for the Gemini spacecraft, as well as with the Centaur vehicle. He left NASA in 1969 to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering.
For three years, Dr. Kemerait served as assistant professor of electrical engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and directing graduate theses. He joined ENSCO Inc., in 1974 as an AFTAC contractor, developing a research group of more than 30 people. During his 21 years with the company he was promoted to Division Manager and Vice President. His primary accomplishments were in event discrimination and tunnel detection with ground penetrating radar. Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Kemerait was Chief Scientist and Vice President for Command Technologies Inc., building a group of 22 people specializing in international affairs, seismic system development, data collection and processing, and National Data Center support.
1960 Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree, University of Florida
1966 Master of Electrical Engineering degree with a minor in nuclear engineering, University of Florida
1971 Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering, University of Florida
1. September 1969 - August 1971, graduate research assistant, University of Florida, Gainesville
2. September 1971 - June 1974, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne (June 1972 - August 1972 and June 1973 - August 1973, summer research engineer, Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Fla.)
3. June 1974 - May 1995, Division Manager and Vice President, ENSCO Inc., Melbourne, Fla.
4. May 1995 - March 2005, Manager, Kemerait Engineering Group, and Chief Scientist and Vice President Command Technologies Inc., Patrick AFB, Fla.
5. March 2005 - present, Senior Scientist, Nuclear Treaty Monitoring Directorate, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1965 - 1969 Numerous NASA awards
2004 Distinguished Alumni Award, Madison High School, Ohio
1972 Registered Professional Engineer, State of Florida
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Eta Kappa Nu Association
Society of the Sigma Xi
Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Life Member and Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(Current as of January 2008)