Reza Rahaman is the director of UPOP and the B. Gordon Industry Co-Director and Senior Lecturer for the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL), of which UPOP is a part.
Dr. Rahaman returned to MIT in 2018 after a 29-year career in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural chemical industries.
Immediately prior to MIT, Reza was the vice president of research, development, and innovation for the Specialty Division of the Clorox Company. In that role he was accountable for developing innovation strategies for a diverse set of businesses and ensuring robust technology roadmaps and innovation pipelines to deliver growth and profit targets for 45 percent of the Clorox Company portfolio ($2.7bn in net customer sales).
Among his businesses were Brita, Burt’s Bees, Glad, Hidden Valley Ranch, Fresh Step, and Kingsford Charcoal. Notable product platforms developed and launched under his leadership include Brita filter-as-you-pour, Burt’s Bees Natural Cosmetics, Glad Force Flex Plus and Force Flex Plus Advanced Protection (dual layer technology) and Fresh Step Clean Paws.
In addition to his passion for developing leaders, Reza is passionate about workplace equality and is the vice-chair of the board of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s premier nonprofit promoting LGBT+ workplace equality. He and his husband James enjoy travel and hiking.
Reza received his BSc (Eng.) in chemical engineering from Imperial College, University of London, and his MSCEP in Chemical Engineering Practice and PhD in chemical engineering from MIT.