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Gayatri Keskar

VP of ResearchMaterial ConneXion

New York, NY

Member Since January 2022


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Dr. Gayatri Keskar is a vice president of research at Material ConneXion, a leading materials driven design consultancy and library, helping clients create better products through smart materials and design thinking. She holds numerous patents in next-generation materials for smart technologies and consumer products and has served as a technical advisor to several start-ups and Fortune 500s such as: NBCUniversal, Hunter Douglas, Nike, and Estée Lauder. Through her work, she identifies strategic opportunities and provides out-of-the-box material thinking and eco-conscious solutions to global brands, arming them with best practices from conceptualization to production. Gayatri earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University.

Published content

Can industry conferences make you a stronger business professional?

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If you want to strengthen your professional network, skills and knowledge, making time to attend industry conferences can be a great strategy. As a business professional, attending an industry conference can be a valuable opportunity to learn from experts, network with peers and stay current with the latest industry trends and innovations. Whether attending in person or virtually, these events provide a unique chance to gather insights, ideas and best practices that can help you stay ahead of the competition. Below, 15 Fast Company Executive Board members share some of the big benefits you can gain from attending an annual industry conference, from creating new partnerships to learning new information about your industry. Consider their insights the next time you hear of an upcoming event you may want to attend.

10 ways leaders can encourage team collaboration instead of competition

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Apply these tips to keep employees motivated without comparing themselves. In a competitive workplace, it's important for leaders to foster an environment where employees feel safe to express their challenges as well as successes without feeling intimidated or insecure about how they measure up to other team members. Bonding over common and personal interests outside of work is another opportunity to strengthen relationships. And when employees celebrate each others' wins and learn how to support others in collaboration it enhances mutual respect and admiration for the next person. Below, 10 Fast Company Executive Board members share their best practices on how to connect with colleagues in a healthy way without comparing their own success or lack of it.

Human-centric, eco-transformative mobility experiences charting the future on wheels


Emerging business models can promote economic sustainability through mobility as a service by lowering emissions and connecting people to nature and one another, thereby mitigating the effects of rising energy and living costs.

13 ways companies can reduce waste and protect the environment

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It's easy to help your company do its part to create a more sustainable planet. It doesn't have to break the bank. Global environmental change, and the sustainability of our Earth, continue to be a rising topic of conversation in our personal and professional lives. If business owners, in particular, are looking for affordable ways to save the planet, they can start by assessing their company's carbon footprint beyond their walls and implementing small steps to improve their efficiency to make a better impact in their own community, first, and eventually worldwide. Below, 13 Fast Company Executive Board members share one easy, economical suggestion for business leaders who want to invest more of their time and resources into a "green-first" philosophy so they can cut waste as a company at-large.

The spirit in matter fueling augmented mutualism in an evolving world


Recent advances in fermentation, culturing, and engineering microorganisms and natural polymers are ushering in a new paradigm of biomolecular materials with brand-new functional and aesthetic properties.

14 ways AI is changing the way leaders do business

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It's a new day in the workplace—with creative focus time increasing and mundane manual duties decreasing. As the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in the marketplace continue to evolve, more and more organizations are finally starting to see the light.  Whether it's lightening the load for staff members who desire to focus on more meaningful assignments or it's developing a quicker strategy to turnaround data analysis results you're ready to discuss with the team, AI can serve a crucial purpose in helping the business to steadily move forward, improve customer satisfaction and revamp its image. Here, Fast Company Executive Board members weigh in on how their use of AI has help their companies spark innovation and improve business performance.

Company details

Material ConneXion

Company bio

Material ConneXion helps product ideas move from inspiration to ideation through material education, curated libraries, and experienced advisory. With 25+ years of experience, MCX experts provide a unique cross-industry perspective on material selection, sustainability, and innovation. Start-ups and Fortune 500s partner with MCX when they need help finding the best materials, process technologies, or sustainability strategies for their cutting-edge products and spaces.



Area of focus

Advanced Materials

Company size

11 - 50