Vice President of Research
Rick McCullough nurtures interdisciplinary research initiatives; oversees sponsored research, technology commercialization and a number of cross-college research centers; and works to obtain funding from foundations and corporations for research activities.
Previously dean of the university’s Mellon College of Science, McCullough understands the research field from both the lab and commercial perspectives:
- He was the principal investigator in research showing that attaching "grease" to electronic plastics makes them vastly better electrical conductors — a finding that could influence the production of the next generation of printable electronic devices such as tiny switches for transistors in radio frequency identification tags, flexible screen displays, and debit or key cards.
- On the commercial side, McCullough founded Plextronics, the world leader in developing active layer technology for printed electronics devices, such as organic light-emitting diode displays, polymer solar cells and plastic circuitry. Since its inception in 2002, the Pittsburgh company has grown to more than 40 employees and received numerous honors, among them being named the 2006 Start-up of the Year by the Organic Semiconductors Industry.
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For more, read McCullough's CV