Dr. Cristina Thomas has more than 34 years of technical and leadership experience in research and development organizations including in the Venezuelan oil industry, IBM (New York) and 3M (Minnesota). She has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. She has had a variety of assignments including Global R&D Services Director, R&D Global Process Owner, Strategy Manager, Laboratory Manager, Commercialization Manager, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Technical Black Belt and Group Leader of Materials Modeling. She is a co inventor in more than 25 patents and is recognized for persistently nurturing team high performance to deliver innovative ideas that move new technologies into markets.
She has a passion for institutions that focus on education of underrepresented students and women in science and engineering. She is a board member at Crito Rey Jesuit Twin Cities High School and at Project Scientist. She leads 3M Science Encouragement Programs and is a member of the AIChE Corporate Council & Industry Leader's and the Government University Industry Research Roundtable sponsored by National Academy of Science. She received the 2019 AIChE Industry Leadership Award, the 2019 AICHE Management Division Award, and is an ACS fellow, an ACS PMSE fellow and an AIChE fellow. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her three accomplished and caring adult children.