Dr. Douglas Corrigan is currently the Director of the Riverstone Energy Center, which is a high-tech clean energy incubator and commercialization center located in South Boston, Virginia. Dr. Corrigan has spent his career as a research scientist and a successful entrepreneur. He has been actively engaged in understanding the best practices for transforming high-tech innovation into viable commercial ventures.
As CEO of an advanced biotechnology company, Dr. Corrigan led the charge for evaluating the market driving forces governing the biotechnology sector and developing new technologies and products to align with those needs. Through his experiences in physics, engineering, materials science, and biotechnology, Dr. Corrigan became engaged in sustainable energy research and the factors controlling the transformation of our energy based economy.
Dr. Corrigan has a passion for exploring and affecting how innovation transforms itself into the market place, especially those products and processes that help to solve energy demand and supply challenges affecting our well-being and economy. Over the course of the last two years, Dr. Corrigan has been transferring his entrepreneurial skills to others through economic development and high-tech business incubation programs like that represented by the Riverstone Energy Center.
Dr. Corrigan has a B.S. and M.S. degree from Rensselaer focusing on Engineering Physics, Materials Science, Solid-State Physics, and Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Quillen College of Medicine. During the beginning phases of his career, he played an integral role as a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA, where he served as part of the team to conduct multiple microgravity missions aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia that focused on solving material solidification, crystallization, and thermal transport theories underlying how advanced products are made terrestrially.