Scientist, Mentor and Mom: A Career Focused on Making an Impact in the World
Aug 29, 2019

At 3M, we know the innovative work our employees are doing is making a difference in the world. It’s one of the biggest reasons 3Mers love working here. Every day they see how their projects are making an impact. And while some days may be more challenging than others, 3Mers find that the best days outweigh the stressful ones. Those closest to them have noticed, too.

After graduating from Clarkson University with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Jayshree joined 3M.  And in her 25-year career, she’s witnessed firsthand how her work is making an impact in people’s lives.

“In my current role as Chief Science Advocate, I get to speak at many external and internal forums to various audiences,” she says. “It is truly gratifying to hear positive feedback from people, especially when they say they feel inspired.”

And Jayshree sees the products she’s helped create make an impact, too: “In previous roles, I worked on closures and fasteners to make diapers stay put on wiggly babies. And over the years, I have worked on everything from oil-control films for skin care to industrial tapes such as packaging and transfer tapes. Many of my projects have had a strong sustainability impact, which makes me very proud.”

Beyond the products and patents, Jayshree is most proud of her role as a mentor to other women in STEM at 3M. “It is humbling to see the impact you can have,” she says. “I think it is great for young girls to see women in STEM. I hope having a scientist for a mother has positively impacted Manashree’s view of what women are capable of and able to succeed at.”

Jayshree remembers the first time she saw her work making an impression on her daughter: “When she was asked to draw a scientist in elementary school, she was one of two students in that whole class who drew a female scientist!”

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