A native of Newport News, VA, Dr. Ricker earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from N.C. State University and a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to NIST, he has worked for NASA, The Babcock & Wilcox Co., and The University of Notre Dame. He has organized over 30 scientific meetings, edited two books, and published over 50 scientific papers and 40 technical reports. In addition, he has made over 40 invited presentations at technical meetings, sat on 18 special committees or review panels, and co-authored two chapters for the “ASM Metals Handbook” (Stress Corrosion Cracking and Corrosion of Intermetallics). At NIST he has handled numerous special assignments including directing the NACE-NIST Corrosion Data Program, Program Analyst in the NIST Director’s Office, NIST Representative to the Technical Advisory Group of the PNGV program, Representative to the Committee on Civilian Industrial Technology of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), Manager of the National Rockwell Hardness Standards Program, Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, and Source Evaluation Board of the Advanced Technology Program (ATP).
BS Materials Engineering, 1975, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
MS Materials Engineering with minor in Electrical Engineering, 1978, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
PhD Materials Engineering, 1983, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TroyNY