Thomas Disselkamp

Award-Winning Engineer, Philanthropist, and Athlete

About Thomas Disselkamp

An electrical engineer, Thomas Disselkamp currently serves as a product development specialist at the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. He joined the company in 1981 and has been repeatedly recognized for his achievements within the company; for instance, he earned corporate engineering awards for a unique proprietary web inspection system and an optical/electronic process monitoring system. The 3M Company also gave Thomas Disselkamp its quality achievement award for the development of an optical magnetic tape defect detection system that is used for products that the company sold to the Department of Defense.

Outside of his professional life, Tom Disselkamp takes an interest in charitable activities and pursues a variety of hobbies. A supporter of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, he has sponsored two international children through the organization and also volunteers with Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit that sends hand-packed meals to malnourished children in more than 70 countries. In his free time, Thomas Allen Disselkamp also enjoys vegetable gardening and grilling, as well as a variety of sports including skiing, running, hiking, biking, and swimming.


Finding Lake Superior Agates

Minnesota business professional Thomas Allen Disselkamp currently works with 3M Company in St. Paul, heading the company's product development for components of optical and electrical systems. In his leisure time, Tom Disselkamp enjoys hunting for agates.

Residents of Minnesota may know that the state named the Lake Superior agate as its official state gemstone. The area around Lake Superior continues to be a popular site for rockhounds searching for these agates, which often feature yellow, orange, and red coloration due to the presence of iron (although plainer white and gray agates also exist). These agates range in size from small pebbles to rocks weighing more than 20 pounds. Thomas Disselkamp has an extensive collection of agates which span a wide size range.

Visitors to the beaches of Lake Superior may find these agates among the other rocks by the shoreline. However, other places to look for agates include the shores of the Mississippi River, along trails stretching from the North Shore to the Twin Cities, in gravel pits and quarries, in farmers' fields, and even among landscaping river rocks around businesses.

Donating Your Old Car to the American Diabetes Association

Thomas Allen Disselkamp has worked as a product development specialist for 3M Company since 1981. There, Thomas Disselkamp leads project teams while also reviewing and approving both system documentation and engineering drawings. In his personal time, Tom Disselkamp has given time and aid to multiple charities, including riding in the Tour de Cure to raise money for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The ADA’s mission is to both prevent and cure diabetes while also improving the quality of life for people who already have the disease. Aside from riding in the Tour de Cure, there are many other ways to help the organization raise funds necessary to meet its goals, including donating your vehicle.

Working through a third-party car donation program, the ADA is more than happy to accept your old car or truck, but the organization also takes RVs and boats. The donation process is completely free for the donor and is tax deductible.

The donation process is as simple as filling out an online form or calling the ADA’s vehicle donation number and providing your basic information, along with information on the vehicle like its make, model, and year. Once completed, the ADA’s vehicle donation partner will pick up the vehicle, take care of the title transfer process, and provide a tax receipt for deduction.

To learn more about the ADA, donating your vehicle, or other ways to help the organization fight diabetes, visit www