2016-17 Sylvia M. Stoesser Lecture in Chemistry

Dr. Gayle Schueller is 3M’s Vice President of New Platforms for Growth & Commercialization. She is responsible for the identification, initiation, and commercialization of corporate sponsored growth platforms in high growth market spaces.

Gayle started in 3M’s corporate laboratory as a product development specialist and has over 20 years of technical and business leadership experience. Her career spans a broad range of businesses from electronics to healthcare to consumer industries. She has led technical and business teams from around the world including Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.

Gayle’s previous 3M wide assignments include Directora General for 3M Mexico, Vice President for Global Sustainability, and Vice President of Research & Development and Design for 3M’s global Consumer and Office Business. In Gayle’s most recent role as Directora General for 3M Mexico, she was responsible for general management of the full 3M business portfolio for one of the company’s largest and fastest growing subsidiaries. As 3M’s first Vice President for Global Sustainability, Gayle was responsible for 3M’s integrated strategy to deliver customer solutions to meet their sustainability challenges and to operate in a way that advances environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic success for all 3M stakeholders.

Previously, as Vice President of Research & Development and Design for 3M’s Consumer and Office Business, Gayle was responsible for global technology development, customer technical engagement, strategic direction, and new product design and commercialization for the consumer facing portion of 3M. Her team was responsible for converting consumer insights and 40+ uniquely differentiated technology platforms into engaging consumer products with iconic brands ranging from Post-it® and Scotch® to Filtrete™, Scotch-Brite™, Nexcare™, Scotchgard™, and Command™.

Gayle earned a BS in Physics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. Her doctoral research focused on non-destructive testing, electrochemistry and corrosion.