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April 14: Former 3M VP, 'Father of Post-it Notes'

Geoff Nicholson to discuss "INNOVATION...a Survival Issue" from 4-5 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-9-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Geoff Nicholson (pictured), a retired former vice president at 3M Company, who played a key role in the development of 3M’s Post-it notes, will deliver a presentation titled “INNOVATION…a Survival Issue” from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Nicholson’s presentation is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Nicholson will present and define innovation in product design—and its importance to businesses—using examples, including Post-it notes, which grew from a failed adhesive into a major product.

Nicholson, who still serves as a 3M ambassador, is also on the board of directors of CimaNanoTech, a global company that manufactures conductive film nano-materials. CimaNanoTech’s North America and Europe headquarters is in St. Paul, Minn., and its Asia headquarters is in Singapore.

According to an executive profile on the Bloomberg Business website, Nicholson served at 3M Corporation from 1963 to 2001 and previously held the position of vice president of corporation of corporate technical planning and international technical operations. He received a doctorate in chemistry from Imperial College, University of London.

Nicholson’s presentation is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato student chapters of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and APICS, which began as the American Production and Inventory Control Society, but is now an international professional society.

For more information, please contact Harry Petersen, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering Technology, by phone at 507-389-1898 or by email at

The Department of Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering Technology is part of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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