Jonah Shaver

Product Development Specialist
Display Materials & Systems Division
3M
“Protecting the sensors of an autonomous vehicle is like protecting one’s eyesight,” just ask Jonah Shaver, Ph.D. and product development specialist at 3M.

Meet Dr. Shaver. For the past five years, Jonah has applied his knowledge and skills towards translating customer needs into new products and state-of-the-art processes at 3M. As a Product Development Specialist in the Display Materials and Systems Division, he develops technologies to protect and enhance capabilities of sensor systems in domains from autonomous vehicles to healthcare. In his role as a principal investigator for new sensing modalities related to 3M optical technologies, Jonah uses imaging and spectroscopy to study light-matter interactions in materials—applying physics, photonics, and science to life.

As a natural teacher, Jonah mentored many graduate and undergraduate students, taught physics labs, and guest-lectured graduate level courses at several institutions. He has held positions spanning the globe, including visiting grad student at various labs, from Los Alamos, to Humboldt University in Berlin, and the French national high magnetic field lab in Toulouse; a nanotech short-course instructor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a Fulbright Scholar and staff researcher at the University of Bordeaux in France.

Jonah holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice University and a bachelor’s in physics from Wright State University. When he’s not in the lab, you can find Jonah playing ultimate frisbee with Surly Ultimate out of Minnesota or officiating for USA Ultimate and American Ultimate Disc League at the national level.