About Me

Laboratory Manager, Corporate Research Lab, 3M Company

Brian R. Hackerson, Laboratory Manager, 3M SEMS Corporate Research Laboratory

Disclaimer: The observations and opinions shared on this blog are mine alone.

I believe I have the greatest job in the world. It only took about 20 years to get there. I get to work in Corporate Research at 3M. My team and I are actively working on new software and systems new product development. You’re probably thinking Scotch Tape, Post-it(R) Notes and sandpaper at this point in your reading. With my prior background in software development and leadership I was hired to accelerate efforts to create new systems for 3M. While I do that, I get to try out bleeding edge technologies while figuring out how to apply them into the 3M products of the future. One such project I was involved with was the Littmann 3200 Bluetooth Stethoscope, and how it enables telemedicine. This effort culminated with a very cool video which featured a few of my team members.

I came to 3M in October of 2006. Prior to that I had a number of leadership and consulting positions most recently with Ingenix (now known as OptumInsights), a division of UnitedHealth Group. I am most proud of a software application (Plan Cost Estimator) I helped build that won an industry award in 2004. I also worked on several other consumer health applications including one of the largest healthcare web portals (http://www.myuhc.com). Most of the rest of my career was in the healthcare industry, working for many of the managed healthcare companies in the Twin Cities area.

I graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelors in Mathematics, and have completed graduate coursework at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. I also have a certificate in Information Quality Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I live in the suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with my wife of 25 years and my two kids (now 16 and 13 years old) and 2 cats. We enjoy traveling together, geocaching and movies.  The banner on my home page is from the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.  My wife and I spent a glorious week there in 2009 while celebrating our 20th anniversary. One of the great weeks of our lives. I highly recommend this resort for a stay in Monterey, CA.

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