Richard N. Savage

Dean of the Hopeman School for Science, Engineering, & Mathematics
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Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-3841

Richard N. Savage


  • Ph.D. Analytical and Physical Chemistry, Indiana University 
  • B.S. Chemistry, Juniata College 

Areas of Research

  • Micro and nano systems for energy conversion and point of care clinical diagnostics


  • Introduction to Material Science
  • Electrical Properties of Materials
  • Design of Micro Systems
  • Characterization of Material Surfaces

What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed? 
Find your passion, serve the Lord, and never compromise your integrity. I serve as a learning coach and enjoy giving students a practical context for how the fundamentals of science, engineering, and mathematics can be applied to solve challenging global problems.

Selected Publications

  • “Application of Quantum Dots to Solar Cells to Increase Efficiency,” Fall MRS Proceedings, Vol 1493, 2012
  • “A New Full Year Multidisciplinary Engineering Senior Design Project Course: Structure, Content, and Lessons Learned,” ASEE Annual Conference, 2010
  • “Integrating Project-Based Learning Throughout the Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum,” IEEE Engineering Management Review, Vo. 7 (1), 2009
  • “Utilizing Quantum Dots to Enhance Solar Spectrum Conversion Efficiencies for Photovoltaics,” accepted to MRS Fall Technical Conference, Boston, MA, December, 2008
  • “Characterization and Finite Element Analysis of a Viscoelastic Response Observed in Experimental Data Collected on Micro Actuators Constructed with Thin Metal Films on Silicon for MEMS Applications,” accepted to MRS Fall Technical Conference, Boston, MA, December, 2008
  • “The Role of Design in Materials Science & Engineering,” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 917-924, 2006
  • “The Transition of XPS, SIMS and Auger based Materials Analysis Techniques from Lab-to-Fab,” Solid State Technology, August, 2003

Additional Experience 
I have spent 24 years in industry which has included two startup companies. I enjoy sharing the application of these fundamentals in design and research, and on sunny days, I enjoy riding a Can Am Spyder F3. Also, I do a lot of 3D printing using fused deposition for prototyping fun projects like fidget spinners.