Title: Research Scientist
Company: Yale University
Location: Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Jim Ropchan, Research Scientist at Yale University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of chemistry.
Dr. Ropchan started his higher education at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Canada. He earned his degree in chemical technology in 1971, and continued his education at the Detroit Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in 1972. After working as a quality control chemist for Ford Motor Co., he returned to his studies, earning a PhD from the University of Detroit in 1981. From 1981 to 1985, Dr. Ropchan continued his coursework as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and started as an associate investigator with the division of nuclear medicine and biophysics in 1983.
In 1984, Dr. Ropchan spent a year as a lecturer on radiopharmacy chemistry and cyclotron research in Italy. In 1986, he started as the director and chief chemist of the chemistry section in the Yale positron emission tomography facility for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In 1987, he became secretary of the radioactive drug research committee and an instructor of radiopharmacy, where he works to this day. Since 1991, Dr. Ropchan has worked as a designer and fabricator of targetry and chemistry systems, and in 1992, he became the director of the cyclotron facility.
Through his career as a research chemist, Dr. Ropchan has been a member of a variety of professional organizations. He is a member of the Radiation Safety Committee, The Planetary Society, the Cousteau Society, and the Keepers Club. Additionally, he is a member of the American Management Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Heart Association, the American Chemical Society, and the American Institute of Chemists. Dr. Ropchan is also a fellow of the IBC, and was a grantee at UCLA.
For his excellence in the field, Dr. Ropchan has been the recipient of a variety of awards. As a student, he was given the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Detroit Institute of Technology. In 1989, he received the Supervisor Performance Award from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and was named Man of the Year by ABI in 1991. He received additional Supervisor Performance Awards in 1991 and 1992, and was also named Man of the Year by the IBC in 1992. As a further testament to his stature as a researcher and chemist, Dr. Ropchan was featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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