Douglas Hutchings

Douglas Hutchings

G1000MPD Member since October 05, 2012
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Name Douglas Hutchings
Bio Douglas Hutchings is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Solar Solutions (SSS), an Arkansas based advanced materials company. Douglas attended high school at Lakeview in Mena, Arkansas before enrolling at the Arkansas School for Math and Science in Hot Springs. Douglas received his B.A. in Mathematics (w/honors) and Physics from Hendrix College prior to moving to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in the Microelectronics-Photonics program. He received the nationally competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and twice participated in the NSF funded GK-12 Program. This external funding allowed Douglas to pursue and manage his own research topic which revolved around design, simulation and frabrication of sensors for the early detection of breast cancer. The research relied heavily on semiconductor fabrication processes and it was this experience that provided the background to start SSS. Douglas founded SSS while still pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas and secured seed funding for the venture 9 days prior to successfully defending his dissertation. Upon graduating he hired himself as the thrid full-time employee with the responsibility of continuing to oversee the technical and business development of the interdisciplinary staff of six people. As the CEO of SSS, Douglas led the team to compete in 16 international business competitions where they placed in the top three/finalist in every competition and won 7 of them outright. One result of this securing an invitation for the whole team to close the NASDAQ. Douglas Hutchings and Seth Shumate (the first full time employee of SSS) were named as two of the five “Nation’s Top New Inventors” by Inventors Digest for their work that has resulted in three additional patent applications. The work with SSS has resulted in Douglas being named one of Arkansas Business “Top 20 in their 20s” and Northwest Arkansas Business Journal “Fast 15”. Douglas has a strong sense of community which is evident in the community outreach that SSS performs. In addition to being active members of local, state and national organizations, SSS holds an annual Science Day with local middle schools to encourage interest in STEM education. The most recent of these events engaged over 400 middle school students and provided the teachers with the materials necessary to continue performing the experiements in coming years. Douglas enjoys serving on panels and committees for cleantech and entrepreneurship with the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service, Licensing Executives Society, and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. Douglas is excited to also be working as a founding board member of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and corresponding Foundation.
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Personal website or linked in http://www.siliconsolarsolutions.com
Position CEO
Company/Institution Silicon Solar Solutions