Technically Speaking Series

Global and Local Research and Development | Technological Leadership Institute

Series Event Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 5:30pm

Location: Thomas H. Swain Room

Speakers: Dr. Ashish Khandpur, Senior Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer at 3M

We will explore the implications of "The World is Flat" for new services,  products/business development opportunities. What are the lessons learned, surprises, threats/opportunities, blockers/accelerators, and innovation in localization in a global technology environment.


Globalization is the increasing interdependence, dynamical links, feedback and processes by which regional economies, societies, and cultures continue to become integrated through a global network of communication, transportation, and trade.  Because the pace of global change is accelerating, the long-term strategic view of business becomes a vital consideration. Rather than a traditional focus on maximizing short-term profits, the long-term view allows leaders to better consider the impact of emerging trends. They then can make the necessary course corrections to remain a viable player.     

About Dr. Ashish K. Khandpur

Ashish has been with 3M for the past 19 years, of which he has spent 14 years in the company’s US operations and the other 5 in the India & Asia Pacific regions.

Ashish started his career with 3M Corporate Labs as a Senior Research Engineer in 1995.  Since then he has held various technical and leadership positions in 3M’s corporate research (Adhesive technologies Center; Interface Materials Technology Center), business unit (Office Supplies Division) and subsidiary (India & Sri Lanka) labs.  In these roles he successfully led teams in the area of new products & technologies development as well as core product engineering & technical service support.  This was followed by his role as the Technical Director for the then Industrial & Transportation Business for the Asia Pacific region and then two years as the Vice President for Research & Development for the Industrial Business Group.  He began leading one of 3M’s largest businesses, having been appointed Vice President & General Manager of the Personal Safety Division effective January 1, 2014.  He recently was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Research and Development in July 2014.

Ashish has completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India, and holds a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA in Chemical Engineering with specialization in the field of polymers.  Ashish is an inventor on 10 issued patents.

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