3M Scientist Receives Innovator of the Year Award for Achievements in Optical Science, Leadership in Innovation Processes

  3M Scientist Receives Innovator of the Year Award for Achievements in
  Optical Science, Leadership in Innovation Processes

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- November 11, 2013

Dr. Andy Ouderkirk, Corporate Scientist for 3M’s Electronics Markets Materials
Division, has received the 2013 R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year Award. This
award honors Ouderkirk for demonstrated skills in leadership and innovation.

3M's Dr. Andy Ouderkirk, inventor of 3M Multilayer Optical Film, named 2013
R&D Magazine Innovator o ...

3M's Dr. Andy Ouderkirk, inventor of 3M Multilayer Optical Film, named 2013
R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year. (Photo: 3M)

He is cited for excellence in research for inventing advanced optical films
used in consumer electronics and furthering practical development processes.
Ouderkirk’s research led to the creation of 3M Multilayer Optical Film with
light management properties that conserve energy. The thin film is used in
smart phones, computer displays, e-books, tablets and other consumer
electronics devices to help improve battery life.

“Every year, the R&D Innovator of the Year Award goes to individuals, or teams
of innovators, who display a rare mix of capabilities. First, it recognizes
the ability to advance research and technology development in a fundamental
way and, second, the ability to see how these discoveries could be applied,
benefiting people in daily life,” said Paul Livingstone, member of the judging
panel. “They show an awareness of the marketplace even as scientific curiosity
drives them. These are the characteristics that have been displayed
continuously by Andrew Ouderkirk in his work at 3M Company, and why R&D
Magazine has chosen him as 2013 Innovator of the Year,” said Livingstone.

In his role as one of the company’s top scientists and member of 3M’s
prestigious Carlton Society, Ouderkirk propagated materials research and
shared technologies and knowledge in optics, lasers and polymer processing,
adding to the company’s proprietary Light Management technology platform.
Light Management serves as a core for product development of thin films. He is
known for teaching and sharing his passion for the innovation process – both
within 3M and in academia.

A physical chemist by training, Ouderkirk focuses on evaluating innovative
practices that can lead to breakthroughs in new discoveries. Analysis holds
that incremental discoveries are predictable within a lead market, while
breakthrough innovations impact adjacent markets. Thus, inventions like
Multilayer Optical Film first found application in electronics displays.
Today, those films are also used in smart cards, solar panels, window films,
LED light bulbs and with current research holding promise in opto-electronics.

Ouderkirk’s studies indicate innovators bring different skills to the
invention process. Specialists bring depth of knowledge in a discipline.
Specialist-generalists explore both depth in their research with world-class
expertise, plus knowledge across disciplines and patent familiarity. Both are
critical to the innovation process. Ouderkirk, himself, holds 170 patents.

“3M’s culture of openness, networking and freedom to cross disciplines and
boundaries and take risk are all incredibly important to the success of the
company and in nurturing employees’ creativity and growth,” said Ouderkirk.
“My work and the collaboration with my colleagues and with customers are
pathways to impact and transform people’s lives with new ideas that come to
life. I am deeply honored to be recognized as the 2013 Innovator of the Year
by R&D Magazine.”

Ouderkirk is a respected author and teacher who has more than 50 publications
and invited presentations. He has been recognized by the American Chemical
Society with the National Award for Creative Invention. He was elected into
the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Andy has served on the advisory
board of the Singapore National Research Foundation and the University of
Southern California Center for Global Innovation. He is a
Scientist-in-Residence with the Center for Innovation Research in Cultural
Intelligence and Leadership at Nanyang Technological University.

The Innovator of the Year Award is presented each year to an individual or
team who has demonstrated leadership, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and
success in the pursuit of science and technology. This year’s ceremony was
held November 7 in Orlando, Fla.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries.
For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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