Spencer Pugh

Dr. Spencer Pugh is an executive with 35 years of experience in technology development, product commercialization, and business management.   He is the Principal of Prospect Ridge Consulting, LLC, and serves on the Board of Directors of the start-up MagPlasma.  Most recently, he was Vice-President, Research and Development, for Michelman, a specialty chemical company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.   His global R&D team developed coatings and additives for printing, packaging, and composite applications.  From 2005 to 2015, Dr. Pugh was with Battelle in Columbus, Ohio, where he was the Vice-President and General Manager of the Energy and Environment Global Business Unit.  With offices and laboratories in the US and the UK, his 300+ person team delivered R&D results in oil and gas exploration and production; alternative energy systems; electric grid management; environmental assessment, monitoring and remediation; environmental chemical analysis; and agrochemical formulation and evaluation. Before coming to Battelle, Dr. Pugh was a Senior Laboratory Head in Research and Development with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York.  His team developed new products for enhanced performance, improved manufacturability, and reduced cost for Kodak’s manufacturing plants in China, France, and the U.S.  He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from The College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University.   Dr. Pugh is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), licensed by the Licensing Executives Society. He has been active in the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) for 15 years and has served on its Board of Directors twice.