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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Newsletter 2016

Doug Hamrick Named WSU Tri-Cities Distinguished Alumnus

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Doug HamrickDoug Hamrick, retired chemical disposal project manager, received Washington State University Tri-Cities’ Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in recognition of his service, career achievements, and dedication to the promotion of educational excellence.

Hamrick graduated from WSU Tri-Cities in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has 40 years of experience working in nuclear operations and chemical weapons demilitarization. He served in leadership positions at high hazard facilities at the Hanford site; Rocky Flats, Colorado; and Anniston, Alabama. He was project general manager of the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility from 2002 to 2009 while the facility completed construction, performed startup testing, and completed the destruction of weapons containing the nerve agents sarin and VX.

Since returning to the Tri-Cities in 2012, he has devoted his retirement to community service. He serves on the Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity board of directors as treasurer and volunteers two days a week to help build houses for deserving families.

Hamrick and his wife, Julia, are the sponsors of two WSU scholarships: the Bud and Joan Simmons Scholarship for Chemistry and the Hamrick Family Scholarship for Mechanical Engineers. Hamrick also serves on the REACH Museum Foundation board of directors as development committee chairman.

“Doug continues to give of his time and expertise to ensure students of all types have access to opportunities for bettering their educational experience, whether that be through the construction of the Coug House or through scholarships,” said WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young. “He’s a prime example of how students can use their educational experience to pursue opportunities beyond their career paths. He has used his education to give back to the community.”