Jennifer Vail is a tribologist, combining mechanical engineering and materials science to understand interacting surfaces in relative motion. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from aerospace materials to syringes to dog food. She is passionate about using tribology to reduce energy consumption and produce longer-lasting materials.
At DuPont, Vail partners with chemists and engineers to apply her background to solve challenges with wear and friction of materials. She believes there are endless possibilities for tribological innovation, and it starts with seeing friction in your everyday life.
From automotive and aerospace to healthcare, electronics and more, we work collaboratively with customers to create advanced solutions that deliver results.
Transformation begins with the spark of something new.
In 2018, TED and DuPont began a partnership to do just that: TRANSFORM. As the world and our interactions grow more complex, so do our challenges. To solve for modern problems, we decided to pursue a new framework for innovation itself, one that considers all perspectives and outcomes in the calculus. This inaugural TED@DuPont event signifies a monumental step to unlock the institutional knowledge within the organization and showcase the New DuPont. Taking place in September 2019, at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, the day’s topics ranged from science, technology, and beyond. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED