Richard McCullough

Richard McCullough

Vice Provost for Research, Harvard University
Designee for Drew Gilpin Faust, President

Richard McCulloughThe Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR), which McCullough leads, has broad responsibility and oversight for the review, development and implementation of policies related to the organization and execution of academic research, especially in the sciences, and to aspects of the University’s relations with foundations and industry. The office portfolio also specifically includes interdisciplinary research and research funding. Led by Vice Provost McCullough, the Office of the VPR is particularly focused on removing barriers to collaboration, whether in University policies or financial or administrative systems. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research works with the President and Provost to foster and encourage entrepreneurship, whether by undergraduates, graduate students or faculty members.

Prior to being named Vice Provost for Research at Harvard, McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he also had served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and head of the Department of Chemistry. The Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon, McCullough, whose research has principally been focused on developing printable electronic materials, founded two companies: Plextronics Inc. and Liquid X Printed Metals. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Advanced Materials. McCullough has a BS in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas, and earned his MA and PhD in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.



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One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE’s Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization.