Dr. Belma Erdogan-Haug is a Government R&D Program Manager within the Corporate R&D Services. She is responsible for starting, executing and aligning strategically important key 3M R&D programs to government and university programs and to strengthen relationships with external scientific organizations as well as government agencies.
Belma joined 3M as a senior research scientist in the Corporate Research Materials Laboratory (CRML), after completing a Post-doc in the Polymer Science & Engineering / Chemistry, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Through her years in CRML, she contributed to significant advances in Pressure Sensitive Adhesives, Nanoparticles and Low Shrink Dental Materials. In the Renewable Energy Division, she focused on encapsulants and led a cross functional team from Germany, Japan, Korea and China and finally in Display Materials and Systems Division, she worked as a project manager/team leader and focused on Optically Clear Adhesives for flexible display applications both for consumer electronics and automotive dashboard. She has 20 patents and 13 peer reviewed scientific journal publications.
Besides work, Belma has been very active in the 3M Tech Forum (3M’s global network for technical employees), Georgia Tech University Relations Team and Women’s Leadership Forum where she served as a senator and chair for various committees. She is passionate about helping her community and involved in many outreach programs like being a volunteer tutor for high school students, mentoring women and underrepresented minority college students about science and career development. She is frequently invited to speak about her research as well as career development and leadership as a women in STEM.