Dr. Cristina Thomas has more than 25 years of technical and leadership experience in research and development organizations. She joined 3M in 1992 as a Senior Research Engineer in the Life Sciences Sector laboratory after completing undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics in Venezuela and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1992 (specializing in Polymer Science and Engineering) from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Prior to 3M, she worked in the Venezuelan oil industry (MARAVEN) and in IBM (New York) performing scientific engineering computations.
Initially, Cristina contributed to 3M new technology and product development projects by applying and leading computational materials modeling and commercializing products for pavement markings, windshield sealants, and window films and attachments (solar control and safety), among others.
Later, she had a variety of assignments including Strategy Manager, Laboratory Manager and Commercialization Manager for the Traffic Safety and Security Division, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Technical Black Belt in the former Building Safety Solutions Division and Group Leader of the Materials Modeling Group in the former Advanced Materials Technology Center.
Today, she is a Senior Technical Leader within the Corporate Research and Development (R&D) organization. Her team is responsible for providing services to the R&D community at 3M, including knowledge discovery and analytics, global technical learning and collaboration, government R&D contracts, and global R&D processes.
She has a passion for organizations that move new technologies and new product platforms into markets, for organizational change management and for women in science, including their development and leadership. She lives in Stillwater, Minn., with her husband and three children.