Dr. Douglas C. Neckers is the McMaster Distinguished Research Professor (emeritus) and founder of the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University. He is currently CEO of Spectra Group, Ltd., a photochemical sciences business located in Millbury, Ohio. The author or co-author of 10 books and over 400 scientific papers and more than 60 patents, he is a graduate of Hope College, holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kansas, and had a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.A native of Chautauqua County, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, as well as the Henry T. King Fellow. He played a key role in creating the partnership that enables BGSU faculty and students to study and conduct research on original materials in the Jackson archives at the center.
Doug's interests focus on American leadership in the global economy with particular attention to the intersection of science and technology with governmental and presidential decision-making. He agrees with Steve Jobs, who Doug thinks said it best: "I'm looking for new American leadership paradigms at the intersection of Technology St. with Liberal Arts Boulevard."
Internationally known for his expertise in photopolymerization, he has served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, as well as dozens of corporations, including Mead, 3D Systems, Ciba Geigy, PPG, General Electric, 3M and E.I. DuPont de Nemours.Among his many scientific awards are an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Paul R. Block Jr. Award from the American Chemical Society's Toledo Section, the President's Award from Mead Imaging, the Morley Medal from the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society, the National Science Foundation Creativity Award, and the Inter-American Photochemical Society Award. He was the first winner of the Olscamp Research Award at BGSU and its first distinguished research professor.Dr. Neckers is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is listed in Who's Who in American Education, American Men in Science, and Who's Who in America.