September 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Chemistry Alum Named Society for Applied Spectroscopy Fellow

Ohio University alum James Rydzak78M.S.will be named a Society for Applied Spectroscopy Fellow at the SCIX 2014 national meeting for the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

The award recognizes individual members for their outstanding service to the field of spectroscopy.

Jim is a Senior Investigator who was responsible for the formation of the Process Analytical at GSK. He started at  SmithKlineBeecham, now GlaxoSmithKline,  in 1999. He also started the PAT group at GSK and Colgate-Palmolive, where he worked  prior to joining GSK for 16 years, first as  molecular spectroscopists, then starting the  Process Analytical Group in 1989 and later as a group leader and  Analytical & Testing lab supervisor. Jim’s background in FT-IR,  Raman and NIR spectroscopy led him into the field of Process Analytical in the mid-1980s.

Jim got his B.S. in Chemistry in 1976  from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and his M.S. in  Analytical Chemistry working for Peter Griffiths at Ohio University  in 1978.

He has taught short courses in molecular spectroscopy with  for the Center for Professional Advancement for eight years in  Amsterdam and New Jersey in the ’90s. He has also teamed with  Chris Hassell to run “Process Analytical Chemistry: Out of the Lab  and into the Pipes” course on PAT at the Federation of Applied  Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS/SciX) conference for  many years.

Jim is active in presenting at and organizing sessions at  the FACSS and EAS analytical conferences and has been the SciX program chair in 2003 and FACSS Governing Board Chair in 2007. He has run a PAT Networking session at PITTCON for a number of years. Jim has been an SAS member since the early ’80s. He is the  current President of the Coblentz Society.

Jim is a founding member of the ASTM E55 Committee for the Manufacture of Pharmaceuticals and has served as Executive Secretary of that  committee and also is a member of the E13 committee on Analytical  instrumentation. In February, ASTM published a Guidance standard  for the Validation of PAT Applications that Jim had co-authored and  led through the ASTM consensus voting process.

Jim has also authored a number of technical papers. Jim is married to his lovely wife Jeanne, an engineer, for 36 years and has 2 sons that are successfully employed and forging careers of their own.

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