Dr. James T. McLeskey, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University where he directs the Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory (ECSL). Dr. McLeskey and the ECSL team were the first researchers to report the fabrication of polymer photovoltaics using a water-soluble polythiophine polymer known as PTEBS. Dr. McLeskey is the author of approximately 32 archival journal publications and he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling approximately $1.2M.
Dr. McLeskey’s background includes six years in industry working on the design and repair of large turbo-generator rotors. He also taught high school science for four years and holds a Commonwealth of Virginia Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Physics and Chemistry. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and in 2006, he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award from State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) as the Rising Star Designee. In addition to his teaching and research experience, Dr. McLeskey has served the university extensively in the areas of curriculum development, ABET accreditation, and community outreach.