Steven Webster

Portrait of Steven Webster

Steven Webster

MOT Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Steve spent 31 years with the 3M Company, the last 12 as a corporate vice president. His final position before retirement was vice president, research and technology commercialization for 3M's Display and Graphics business. In that role he had responsibility for about 1000 technical professionals worldwide, setting technology strategy and guiding key programs for a global business, and directly leading laboratories in Minneapolis, Austin, and Singapore. He previously led the global deployment of Six Sigma for 3M, and has held R&D leadership roles in display technology, optical films, telecommunications, data storage and optical recording. Steve has extensive experience in development programs with major electronics industry OEM's in the U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining 3M, Steve was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories. Mr. Webster holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He did additional graduate work in computer communications software and VLSI at Columbia University. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater and Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly-traded company. He is also a mentor/instructor and on the steering committee for the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) in the MIT School of Engineering. 

Alternate Job Roles

  • Honeywell/Edson W. Spencer Chair in Technology Management
  • Senior Fellow


  • Technological innovation leadership
  • Global laboratory management
  • New product development and commercialization
  • Large-scale organizational change
  • Information display
  • Telecommunications
  • Consumer electronics
  • Data storage
  • Optical films
  • Specialty chemical industries

3M Company: 31 years in various positions, including: Vice President, Research and Technology Commercialization, 3M Display and Graphics Business Vice President, 3M Six Sigma Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories 


  • M.S in Management of Technology
  • M.S. in Medical Device Innovation
Currently Teaching Courses
Managing Technological Innovation (MOT 8232)
Product Innovation & Development Management (MDI 5010)

Honors and Awards

Desh & Jaishree Deshpande Award for contributions to the MIT Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program