Dr. Dailey is currently developing a conformable version of the 3M™ Crystal Silk™ SurfaceShield film for 3M’s Industrial Adhesive and Tapes.
Young Scientist Challenge Role:
3M Business Unit:
Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division
Meet Dr. Dailey. From laptops and refrigerators to cars and spacecrafts, the science of Dr. Mary Caruso Dailey can be seen (and touched) in unexpected places in our lives. As a product development specialist for the Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division at 3M, Dr. Dailey is currently developing new film materials including Crystal Silk, a durable film composite embedded with tiny glass beads that create a smooth tactile experience and easy-cleaning surface for a variety of touchpad-powered products. Previously, she served as a product development chemist in the Industrial Business Group, working on epoxy-based structural adhesives that have been brought to life in automotive, aerospace and industrial applications.
Mary has a passion for positively influencing our next generation of scientists. She is actively involved in a number of leadership and mentoring opportunities, such as the 3M’s student Science Training Encouragement Program (STEP) and 3M’s Teachers Working in Science and Technology (TWIST) program. Mary has also served as a science fair judge at both the state and regional levels, inspired high-school students through speaking engagements as part of the 3M TECH program and tutored elementary students in math and reading.
Mary earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and her B.S. in Chemistry from Elon University in 2006.