My Favorite Invention Of course it's 3M™ Collimated Multilayer Optical Film (CMOF) – it's the one I've been championing recently. In one film, it accomplishes what 3 or 4 films used to do. But the real reason I'm excited about it – it's got a huge green story. Read the press release for details.
My Philosophy I look at traditional constraints. I try to understand why something can't be better. Then I figure out how the constraints can be removed, to make big improvements – in everything!
John has over 100 issued and pending patents
He'll be giving the Invited Paper at SID Display Week 2012, on the topic of Sustainability
He invented the 3M™ Air Guide, and has introduced Integrated Optics to the world of display technology
Meet Dave: The Job, Favorite Project, Extras
About My Job There are two key components to my job: find the hidden value in our products and technology; and establish how we can use 3M technology to create new solutions.
My Favorite Project The important one is the early work we did with microreplicated air structures. We were trying to combine the optical functionality of multiple films into one, and found a need for "sticky air." This pioneering work led to some of the existing solutions we use today – in mobile, televisions and beyond.
Dave is involved in energy standards and regulations, making sure they are fair.
He and several scientists were featured in an MPR story about microreplication. Read the story.
Meet Gary: The Job; Philosophy; Extras
About My Job Much of my job is figuring things out. We're talking next-next generation projects, in many cases. I look into the depths of a product or idea and give a thumbs up or down for feasibility.
My Philosophy Internal education is so important. Once you figure something out, you need to disseminate that information and educate the company. You have to take advantage of the diverse technologies and people – really connect yourself in – or you're missing so much of what the company has to offer.
Gary built a model that simulates properties of a backlight, to test how a film will perform.
He solved the mystery of a specific film variation that had plagued 3M for over a year.