ChBE Seminar Series (Silas Annual Conference) – 3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, October 27 – Dr Jayshree Seth



Dr Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Lawyer, 3M

“The State of Science and the Need for STEM Advocacy”


The future success of businesses, economies and humanity depends on the continued advancement of science and the development of sustainable innovations. This, in turn, depends on including diverse perspectives within our organizations and communities to bring together creative thinking, innovative mindset, and scientific prowess to solve real world problems. Jayshree will present an overview of the 3M State of Science Index, a global research aimed at finding out what people think about science. Numerous findings underscore the importance of reducing real and perceived barriers to appreciating science and teaching STEM, not only to ensure that we have a healthy pool of future scientists, technologists and engineers to solve humanitarian challenges. complex and global challenges we face, but also for society to accept the solutions. The presentation will also include the impact of the pandemic on public perception of science, the key themes emerging from the 2020 and 2021 results, and how we can all play a role in advancing science and promoting diversity. in STEM.

Biography :

Jayshree Seth is an enterprise scientist at 3M and leads the development of applied technologies for the Industrial Adhesives and Tapes division. She joined 3M in 1993 after a Masters and Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York, and currently holds 72 patents for a variety of innovations with several more pending. Jayshree is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of her foster mother REC Trichy India, now NIIT Trichy, where she obtained a B. Tech. in chemical engineering. Jayshree was first nominated by 3M Chief Scientific Advisor in 2018 and uses his scientific knowledge, technical expertise and professional experience to advance science and communicate the importance and benefits of science in everyday life. She is also a member of Carlton Society, which is the 3M Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. Jayshree is the 4th female and the first female engineer to be inducted. In 2020, she was rewarded Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Award of Excellence. She is also the very first winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the new category “Women opinion leaders of the year” at the 18th edition of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2021. Jayshree was featured in one of the docuseries titles “Not the scientific kind which premiered during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. She is the author of the book, The heart of science – Technical prints, fingerprints and prints, published by the Society of Women Engineers, and all proceeds from sales go to a scholarship for minority women underrepresented in STEM. She is a sought-after speaker, globally, on a multitude of topics such as STEM innovation, leadership and advocacy and has featured in local, national and international media. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Minnesota and on the Engineering Advisory Board of Clarkson University. Jayshree has two grown children and her husband is also a 3Mer.

About the Silas conference:

Ethics, leadership and quality, founded on strong communication skills and professionalism, are essential elements of an engineering education. To emphasize the importance of these core values, in 1995 the Phillips Petroleum Foundation awarded a grant to the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering to develop the Phillips 66 / CJ “Pete” Silas program in ethics and leadership.

Named in recognition of the outstanding professional achievement of Georgia Tech former chemical engineering student CJ “Pete” Silas, who retired from Phillips Petroleum as President and CEO in 1994, the program focuses on technical and business decisions that have ethical ramifications. These topics and related fields of engineering, technology and ethics are integrated into the core curriculum in chemical and biomolecular engineering and are addressed at an annual public symposium featuring industrialists and ethicists. leading.



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