Richard D. McCullough Receives 2007 Pittsburgh Award from ACS-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Richard D. McCullough Receives 2007 Pittsburgh Award from ACS

Richard D. McCullough, Ph.D., vice president of research and professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected to receive the 2007 Pittsburgh Award from the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award, established in 1933, recognizes McCullough's “innovation and research prowess combined with his leadership skills and contributions to the local economy.”

McCullough will receive the award at the Pittsburgh Award Dinner, held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Pennsylvania Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Ave. Registration information for those wishing to attend the awards dinner is available at the ACS Pittsburgh Section website.

As a scientist, McCullough was the principal investigator of research which showed that attaching “grease” to electronic plastics makes them vastly better electrical conductors, a finding which stands to influence the next generation of printable electronic devices. As an entrepreneur, McCullough founded Plextronics, the world leader in developing active layer technology for such devices. As an educator, he served as dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon, where under his tenure, the college experienced record enrollment in many of its programs and saw a steady increase in research initiatives. In his current position as vice president of research for the university, McCullough is responsible for nurturing interdisciplinary research initiatives.

The Pittsburgh Award was established in 1932 by the Pittsburgh Section of ACS to recognize outstanding leadership in chemical affairs in the local and larger professional community. The award is a symbol of the honor and appreciation accorded to those who have rendered distinguished service to the field of chemistry.

By: Jocelyn Duffy