Dr. Dan Snustad

Dr. Dan Snustad

Speaker 2017

Technical Director

3M Deutschland


3M Innovation Model Key Components and Considerations for the Future


Dr. Dan Snustad is currently the Research and Development Technical Director for 3M West Europe. In this role, he is responsible for strategic planning, maintenance and growth of 3M technology platforms and new product growth for 3M. His responsibilities include processes around identification and development of new technology platforms, technology alignment and technology migration plans, customer inspired innovation for new product ideas, new product development migration plans and commercialization execution. Other critical responsibilities include application development for growth of existing products, product process engineering, and environmental, health, safety and sustainability considerations for our products and our employees.

Dr. Snustad previously had responsibility for the Industrial Business sponsor laboratory where his focus was the alignment and transfer of technology from corporate laboratories into 3M’s industrial business units for commercialization. He was also involved with identification and acquisition of new technology in coordination with 3M’s New Ventures group, university relations and corporate laboratories.

Prior to his work in the Industrial Business Group, Dan was the Technical Director for Defense Markets Division. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic direction and execution of technology and product development to meet the needs of the defense market.

Dr. Snustad received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology and his Doctorate in Chemistry from Colorado State University. After graduate school, Dr. Snustad joined 3M’s Specialty Chemicals Division and migrated through technology development, new product development, program management and laboratory management roles. He then continued his career as a six sigma black belt, Business Development Manager for the Building Environment Solutions and then Laboratory Manager within 3M’s Corporate Materials Research Laboratory. Dr. Snustad’s business and technology background includes work in abrasives, films, liquid crystals, fluorinated materials, semiconductor photo-resists, 3M glass bubbles, air filtration products, high performance coatings, adhesives, films and other advanced materials.

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