While a project developer for 3M’s Consumer and Office business, Dr. Hardy guided the development of various adhesives, tapes, and home cleaning products.
Young Scientist Challenge Role:
3M Technical Manager
3M Business Unit:
Safety & Graphics Business Laboratory
Meet Dr. Hardy.Dr. Cordell Hardy serves as a Technical Manager in the 3M’s Safety & Graphics Business Laboratory where his research team is responsible for leading and supporting technology commercialization programs in such diverse areas as particulate and chemical filtration materials, protective and optical coatings, abrasives and sustainable materials. These technology platforms directly impact a broad range of products at 3M including respirators and other personal protective equipment, commercial cleaning products, commercial graphics and traffic safety solutions.
A former National Science Foundation Fellow, he joined 3M in 2003 after completing a BS at Florida A&M University and a PhD at the University of Minnesota, each in chemical engineering. His first role at 3M involved product development for 3M’s Consumer business, and he has since had management roles of increasing responsibility in product development and product stewardship prior to his current role. As a married father of three, Dr. Hardy has experienced some of the enduring benefits of STEM-focused education, and he is passionate about helping others in their pursuit of the same.