Mrinali Kesavadas- 3 Out Of 8

Hello Fellow Scientists,

I can’t believe that this is already my second blog. At first, I thought that it might be a daunting task to come up with many observations. When I sat down and started to think about things that I encounter every day, I realized that there were so many observations and problems to pick from. One observation came from my trip to Las Vegas during spring break. Another observation came to me because of my experiences on a sunny day. Once I had one idea, that would lead me to another idea. There were so many problems within a topic itself that I could not ignore. Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

Before I knew it, I had eight observations. This made it all the more harder to pick just three problems out of the eight I had collected. When picking the three problems, I kept in mind that I had to pick two possible solutions for each problem. Keeping that thought in mind helped me to narrow down the topics. There were some problems I thought I would like to solve more than others, but they did not have more than one possible solution. After I found three problems that had two possible solutions, I started to come up with more solutions. That made me wonder why the problems have not been solved if there were so many ways to attack it.

Innovation motivates 3M scientists to solve problems. When I was talking to my mentor, Dr.Benton Free, he mentioned how teamwork was a big part of 3M. He told me how 3M scientists share their knowledge with each other in order to come up with the best possible solution to a problem. This communication portrays a strong desire among the 3M scientists to innovate and come up with a solution once the problem is identified.

Keep an eye out for my first video blog coming out next week!
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