Richard D. McCullough, PhD-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Richard D. McCullough, Ph.D.

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Vice President, Research
Carnegie Mellon
5000 Forbes Avenue
Warner Hall 608
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Richard McCullough was appointed vice president for research at Carnegie Mellon University in July 2007. In this new senior leadership position, McCullough will nurture interdisciplinary research initiatives and oversee sponsored research, technology commercialization and a number of cross-college research centers. Prior to this position he served as the dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He came to Carnegie Mellon in 1990 as an assistant professor and quickly rose through the tenure ranks, being promoted to associate professor in 1995 and professor in 1998. In 1998 he assumed the role of department head of chemistry. He was appointed dean of the Mellon College of Science in 2001.

McCullough is internationally known as the world's expert in the synthesis of regioregular polythiophenes.  His research focuses on understanding the structure-property relationships displayed by these materials.

In addition to his position at Carnegie Mellon, McCullough is also the chief scientist and founder of Plextronics, Inc., 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 and inclusion in the Red Herring 100 this past May.

He holds a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from The University of Texas at Dallas.