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Contact: Teresa S. Thomas
(412) 268-3580

For immediate release:
July 1, 2001

Richard D. McCullough, Noted Chemist and Professor, To Become Dean of Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science

PITTSBURGH–Richard D. McCullough, a Carnegie Mellon University chemistry professor known for his work in creating novel conductive materials, will become dean of the university's Mellon College of Science on August 1.

As dean, McCullough will be responsible for overseeing the education provided to 600 undergraduates and 200 graduate students in the college's four departments of biological sciences, chemistry, mathematical sciences and physics. The Mellon College of Science has about 200 faculty members.

McCullough joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1990 as an assistant professor of chemistry. He was promoted to full professor in 1998. He currently heads the Department of Chemistry.

"Rick McCullough brings to the position a great combination of energy, vision and leadership," said Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet, who made the announcement.

McCullough earned his bachelor of science in chemistry degree from The University of Texas at Dallas, his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. He earned the Sarah and Adolph Roseman Achievement Award in Research and Teaching at Johns Hopkins and an AT&T Special Foundation Award at Carnegie Mellon.

McCullough's work in organic and materials chemistry spans many fields and primarily focuses on the synthesis of advanced manufacturing materials with special conductive qualities that are mainly used as conductors for electronic and transistor applications or as diagnostic sensors. He is recognized as a leader in research on conductive polymers with interests in self-assembly and synthesis of highly conductive organic polymers and oligomers, conjugated polymer sensors, nanoelectronic assembly and electrical conductive nanowires, multifunctional nanoelectronic polymers, and the synthesis and development of organic-inorganic hybrid magnetic materials.

Because of his expertise in the science and technology of materials chemistry and engineering, McCullough has served on the technical advisory board for BFGoodrich Performance Materials and consulted for the Polaroid Corporation. He has been invited to give lectures on his scientific work at universities and organizations throughout North America and Europe and in Korea. His research has been funded by several organizations including the NATO, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force, AT&T and the American Chemical Society.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the editorial board for the journal, Advanced Materials. He was a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

McCullough takes an active role in many activities within Carnegie Mellon, most notably as a teacher, research advisor, a member of the Biotechnology Implementation Committee, and chairman of the policy board for the Cyert Center for Early Childhood Education. He also is a lead judge for the Siemens-Westinghouse Science Fair.

McCullough succeeds Susan Henry, a noted biologist who left the university last July to become dean of Cornell University's New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He and his wife, biologist Jai Vartikar, have two sons, Dylan and Jason, and reside in the Fox Chapel area near Pittsburgh.

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