Community Colloquium: Dariush Rafinejad

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Dariush Rafinejad

Consulting Associate Professor
Management Science and Engineering Department,

Stanford University

Founder and President

Blue Dome Consulting

Thursday, January 27, 2011

11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainable Product Innovation"

Hosted by Roland Geyer



The intensified impact of product creation and consumption activities on the ecological system and natural resources has brought into question the sustainability of Earth’s eco-services and resources in support of human development. Traditional methods of product development and operation strategies must be amended to meet the sustainability challenge. This is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurship, technological innovation and development of new managerial tools.

We will review our teaching and research in sustainable product development and supply-demand strategies at Stanford University.


Dr. Dariush Rafinejad is a consulting associate professor at the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University and also teaches at the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. He has had over 25 years of experience as a senior executive in high-tech industries in Silicon Valley. He was Corporate Vice President at both Applied Materials and LAM Research, both billion-dollar semiconductor process equipment manufacturers. He founde and is currently president of Blue Dome Consulting. whose clients include Novellus, SanDisk, Brewer Science, Aviza Tech, MKS, AMEC (China), SoloPower, and Intevac.

He is the author of the book Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization (J. Ross Publishing 2007). His co-authored case studies & research papers at Stanford University include "Development of Prius Hybrid Vehicle (A & B)"; "Modeling Sustainability in Product Development & Commercialization"; "Transition to Sustainable Product Development & Manufacturing"; "Economic Models of Sustainability in Product Development & Manufacturing"; "Wacker Sustainable Chemical Production Practices"; and "Wacker Invests in Production of Solar Silicon."

Rafinejad has a PhD and an MSc from UC Berkeley and has done post-doctoral research and at Imperial College in London, England. He also has an Executive Engineering Management Certificate from Stanford University.


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