Cordell currently serves as Technical Director for 3M Commercial Solutions Division, a group responsible for products enhancing some of the world's leading brands. Examples include graphic and architectural films for advertising and decoration, as well as cleaning and surface finish solutions for floors, glass, and food service. Cordell has a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M and the University of Minnesota, respectively. After joining 3M, he worked in the Consumer Business Group, first as a product developer for consumer adhesives and tapes, then in various management roles within Stationery Products and Home Care laboratories. He then joined the Safety & Graphics Business Group in 2012, taking on a number of managerial assignments in research and development prior to his current role.