Tony Clinch's 27 year career with has led to 4 patents and recognition as Minnesota's Young Chemical Engineer of the Year in 1995.
Young Scientist Challenge Role:
3M Technical Director
3M Business Unit:
3M Office Supplies
Tony Clinch is the Technical Director of 3M's Office Supplies Division. He started his 27 year career working on novel processes to make fluoropolymers, polyolefins and reactive graft blends. This led to 4 patents and to his recognition as Minnesota's Young Chemical Engineer of the Year in 1995. Clinch later managed a technical team in 3M's Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division that developed new masking tapes with a patented, solvent-less process. Since joining Office Supplies Division in 2006, Clinch helped champion numerous new products and environmental efforts including the launch in 2010 of Post-it® Greener Notes which use an adhesive that is made from plant based materials.
In addition, Tony has held numerous positions within 3M's employee recreation group, the 3M Club, including serving as president on two separate occasions. He has served on the Engineering Advisory Board at Montana State University, and he has also been a mentor to new employees at 3M.