A.D. Cropper, PhD

Cropper, Andre 3690035_22884457 TP

Title: Research Scientist
Company: Raytheon Company
Location: McKinney, New York, United States

A.D. Cropper, PhD, Research Scientist at Raytheon Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Infrared Engineering.

Since 2013, Dr. Cropper has been working in electro-optical technologies as an infrared engineering fellow of Raytheon Company, as well as an expert on hyperspectral imaging and system engineering. He attributes his success over many years as an engineer to his upbringing and his search for excellence. Though he entered the field of arrow space defense by accident, he has now made a specialty of hyperspectral imaging, which gathers information across the normally invisible electromagnetic spectrum for identifying materials, finding objects, or detecting processes. Dr. Cropper is a recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has appeared in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World.

Born Andre Dominic Cropper in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Cropper came to the U.S. in 1978. He earned a BSEE in 1984 and a MSEE in 1987 from Howard University, and worked as an instructor with Norfolk University in Virginia and a research associate with Morgan State University before completing a PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1995. He taught there as well, and lectured briefly with the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, in Trinidad. Dr. Cropper was hired as a project engineer of process, measurements, and controls with Corning in New York in 1996, and became a senior research scientist of active materials and device directorate before joining Raytheon. He has also worked with Morgan State University in the engineering enrichment program, and consults in advanced controls and equipment services in the Bahamas.

In his civic duty, Dr. Cropper has supported the Black Graduate Student Association of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as the worship committee of Christ the King Catholic Church. He was also a speaker for St. Paul’s High School in the Bahamas, and a member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Swim Team from 1972 to 1984. In 2015, Dr. Cropper was inducted into the Virginia Tech Hall of Achievement, and in 2014 he was named a Professional of the Year of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. He is a fellow of the society, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Tau Beta Pi, Beta Kappa Chi, the IEEE, the National Society of Black Engineers, and other professional groups.

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