Meet Dr. Caruso Dailey. Meet Dr. Caruso Dailey. From cellphones to vehicles, the science of Dr. Mary Caruso Dailey can be experienced, although you may not be able to see it. As an Advanced Product Development Specialist for the Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division at 3M, Dr. Caruso Dailey is currently leading a team that develops liquid adhesives for new electronics applications. Previously, she developed the film material called Crystal Silk, a durable film composite embedded with tiny glass beads that create a smooth tactile experience and easy-cleaning surface for a variety of touchpad-powered products. Before that, she worked in the Industrial Business Group on epoxy-based structural adhesives that have been brought to life in automotive, aerospace and industrial applications.
Mary has a passion for positively influencing our next generation of scientists. She is currently the Chair of 3M’s Technical Women’s Leadership Forum, working to accelerate the inclusion and advancement of technical women globally to reflect our customers and markets and grow our business. She is actively involved in a number of mentoring opportunities with high school and college students, and has been a Mentor for the Young Scientist Challenge for 6 years. Mary has also served as a science fair judge at both the state and regional levels, volunteered at the Regional Science Bowls, and inspired high-school students through speaking engagements as part of the 3M’s Technical Teams Encouraging Career Horizons (TECH) program. She has also been featured in a 3M’s Science at Home video series, which are experiments that can be done with common household materials with a target audience of school-age children.
Mary earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and her B.S. in Chemistry from Elon University in 2006.