Dr. Heemskerk studied mechanical engineering at the Delft University of Technology (MSc 1985), and researched assembly with industrial robots (PhD 1990). During 1985-1986 he was a visiting scientist at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Dr. Heemskerk is one of the main designers of the European Robotic Arm (ERA). The space robot was launched to ISS in 2021. In 2007, Dr. Heemskerk founded Heemskerk Innovative Technology, and has worked as robotics expert on many different projects.
Since 2016, dr. Heemskerk is a professor in Robotics at Inholland University of Applied Sciences, working on Smart Farming.