Reza Rahaman

Bernard Gordon Managing Director, SoE TLC Programs

Reza Rahaman is the Bernard Gordon Managing Director, MIT School of Engineering Technical Leadership and Communication Programs - the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP), the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL), the Graduate Engineering Leadership Program (GradEL), and the School of Engineering Communication Lab.  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% 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 served on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s premier nonprofit promoting LGBT+ workplace equality from 2016-2021. 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 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT. 

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