Chris Haas received his bachelor’s and doctoral degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Since graduating in 1997, he has worked at 3M in Maplewood, MN. Chris spent 5 years in 3M's Corporate Research Process Laboratory, where he worked on inventing novel ways to extrude polymers. His research work included processing biodegradable/renewable resource polymers, foams, and oriented films. Upon moving into 3M’s Security Systems Division in 2002, Chris began working on currency, passport, and identification card products, including novel currency substrates, passport security features, and card technologies. He has seven issued patents, all involving advanced polymer systems.