Meet Dr. Ali. Have you ever used masking or painter’s tape? Then you may have encountered the science of Dr. Mahfuza Ali. Dr. Ali is a Corporate scientist in 3M’s Materials Resource Division. She invented and developed a novel Quaternary Ammonium Materials Technology Platform that has generated several highly successful commercialized products for 3M, including antistatic polarizer films used for laptops and TVs, ink-receptive films used for printing durable, brighter images and antimicrobial coatings.
Since joining 3M in 1984 after graduating with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Kentucky and completing one year of post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Mahfuza has worked on product-development efforts with several business units of 3M and co-authored numerous patents that cover a large variety of commercialized products in multiple markets.
In addition to her day-to-day work in the lab, Mahfuza enjoys teaching science classes to students in 3M’s Science Training Encouragement Program (STEP) and enrichment science classes at a local elementary school. She serves on the board of directors of the prestigious Schubert Club organization as an executive member of the Schubert Club Education Committee and as a volunteer council member of the Salon Se Leve Musical Organization. Mahfuza also mentors many young 3M scientists.