Dr. Ann Fornof

3M Senior Research Specialist
Electrical Markets Division
As an inventor with more than 25 granted patents, Dr. Ann Fornof brings practical knowledge of technology development to help 3M business divisions commercialize its innovative products.

Meet Dr. Fornof. As a senior research specialist in the Electrical Markets Division, Dr. Fornof works with diverse teams of scientists, engineers and other experts from across 3M to develop new technologies that make all sorts of innovative products from dental fillings that are more robust to adhesives that keep fiber optics in place to DIY window film to solvent-free manufacturing of vinyl electrical tape.

Ann is dedicated to spreading her passion for science and helping young people believe they can, too, be successful scientists or engineers. She speaks to groups about STEM, works with startups through the 3M-supported accelerator program, Tarmac TX, and regularly mentors aspiring engineers and scientists. Professionally, Ann is also a strong advocate for scientists and engineers. Ann is currently chair of Women in Chemical Engineering for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Community. Previously, Ann was chair of 3M’s Tech Forum, where she was responsible for connecting 3M’s technical community, and served as a 3M ambassador at external events to showcase the technical community’s achievements.

Ann holds a Ph.D. in macromolecular science and engineering from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University. Outside of work, she enjoys eating, reading, and running!