Title: Nuclear Scientist, Mathematician
Company: U.S. Department of Energy
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Ivan Itkin, Nuclear Scientist and Mathematician at the US Department of Energy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in atomic energy and nuclear science.
Dr. Itkin originally intended to pursue chemical engineering, but after taking a college course that challenged him in mathematics, he shifted gears in that direction. He earned a BSChemE from the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn in 1956 and soon followed in up with a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from New York University a year later. He continued to pursue his education at the University of Pittsburgh, acquiring a PhD in 1964 in mathematics. As a testament to his dedication to his career and spirit of learning, he received an honorary PhD in public service from Chatham College in 1994.
Early in his career, Dr. Itkin worked as an associate scientist at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. In 1959, he was named a scientist at the company and was promoted again in 1954 as a senior scientist and 1971 as a fellow scientist. In 1973, Dr. Itkin felt a calling to government and became involved the state government, serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1973 to 1998. He rounded out his career at the US Department of Energy, working as director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management from 1999 to 2001. He has been involved with politics throughout his years as a US Presidential Elector, delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a caucus chairman and as a majority whip for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In his career, Dr. Itkin has maintained affiliation with the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Nuclear Society, the American Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith and the Sierra Club. In 1986, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He was also recognized as the House Member of the Year in 1983 with the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. Furthermore, Dr. Itkin received a Keystone Award from the Alcoholism and Addiction Association and an Award of Appreciation from the National Federation for the Blind in 1983.
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