Dr. Richard D. McCullough
Professor and Vice President of Research
Carnegie Mellon University
Office of Vice President for Research
5000 Forbes Ave.
Warner Hall 608
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office : 412-268-1180
Executive Assistant: Lori Watson: 412-268-6139
Dr. Richard D. McCullough's CV
Richard D. McCullough, born in Dallas, Texas, in 1959, obtained his B.S. in chemistry in 1982 from the University of Texas at Dallas. He then worked with Dwaine Cowan on organic metals at the Johns Hopkins University, being awarded his Ph.D. in 1988. From then until 1990, he developed enzyme models as a postdoctoral student with Ronald Breslow at Columbia University. Dr. McCullough joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in 1990. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and Full Professor in 1998. Dr. McCullough was the Department Chair for the Chemistry Department at Carnegie Mellon University from 1998 to 2001. In 2001, he assumed the position as Dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
In 2002, Dr. McCullough co-founded a Carnegie Mellon spin-off company based on regioregular poly(3-alkylthiophene), Plextronics Inc. As co-founder and chief science officer for Plextronics, McCullough received the 2006 Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence for a Start-Up Entrepreneur. In 2004, InnovationWORLD designated the Harmarville-based company as one of the 21 most promising companies that "investors, foreign locations, professional services firms and other organizations seeking to support expansion-stage companies should be talking to and working with."
In August 2007, Dr. McCullough was appointed as Carnegie Mellon's new vice president of research. In this new senior leadership position, McCullough will nurture interdisciplinary research initiatives at one of the nation’s leading research institutions. He’ll also be overseeing sponsored research, technology commercialization and a number of cross-college research centers. And McCullough will work to obtain funding from foundations and corporations for research activities.
His current research interests range over organic, polymer, and inorganic materials chemistry, including the self assembly and synthesis of highly conductive organic polymers and oligimers, conjugated polymer sensors, nanoelectronic assembly and fabrication of molecular circuits and transistors, new designs methods and the synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid nanomagnets and high-spin materials, crystal engineering and novel nanocrystalline semiconductor materials.