Dr. Ylitalo has focused her career on developing new technologies that can be used across many businesses and has over 30 issued patents.
Young Scientist Challenge Role:
3M Lead Research Specialist
3M Business Unit:
3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division
Dr. Caroline Ylitalo is the lead research specialist for the Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division. Throughout her career, Ylitalo has focused on developing new technologies that can be used across many 3M businesses and has over 30 issued patents. Examples include a line of inks and films for digitally printed commercial graphics and traffic signs, antimicrobial wound care dressings and odor resistant insulation.
Since joining 3M in 1992, Caroline has always been an active participant and volunteer in various science encouragement organizations including participation in the 3M Visiting Wizards program, judging at local and state science fairs and coaching Destination Imagination and Math Counts teams.