DR. MARY CARUSO DAILEY - A MENTOR'S VIEW

It sure has been a busy month! Nikita has been trying out a few of 3M’s products in his projects and figuring out which ones worked and which ones didn't work. He’s had two parallel projects/ideas he’s been investigating and just recently combined them into one overall innovation that he’ll present later this fall at 3M Center. I’m thrilled to see that through his experiments, Nikita has been able to learn how working on two projects can benefit the overall goal of his innovation. It’s easy to get stuck on a problem in the laboratory when you’re not sure what your next step will be, and this is a great time to work on another project, which may or may not be related to your original one. This allows your brain to think differently and when you return to your original project at a later time, you’re then able to see your problems through a different lens and maybe have some new perspectives on what to try next. I think scientists go through this process all the time and it is healthy to do so.