Meet Dr. Seshadri. As an advanced product development specialist in the Stationery and Office Supplies Division, Kannan applies materials science and manufacturing towards products that require out-of-the-box thinking to solve real-world problems. Throughout his career, Kannan has served as group and project leads, and has managed cross-functional teams at 3M to develop new products and platforms. Kannan’s expertise spans abrasives, ultra-thin polymer films, energy conservation and management, microfluidic devices, sustainability, bio-based polymers, filtration/separations technologies for air, water and gas, and biopharmaceutical production. He also holds 49 patents in biotech/biopharma, filtration, optical films, abrasives, and consumer products.
When not in the lab, Kannan enjoys reading, hiking/backpacking, biking, and mentoring the next generation of STEM leaders. Kannan participates in youth-focused programs including 3M Visiting Wizards, 3M STEP, 3M TWIST, is an active scout leader and a member of the President’s Cabinet of the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also mentors students in the classroom to help promote science literacy, awareness, and education. Kannan serves as a judge at the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair and the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair and was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Academy of Science.
Kannan earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Penn State University and his post doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Materials Science and Engineering.