Keith Alexander

Keith Alexander

Assistant Dean of Professional Education
Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Product Development Program

office: 410B Latimer Hall
office phone: (510) 642-4526

Research Interests

New Product Development; Technology Commercialization


Keith Alexander is the Executive Director of the Product Development Program (PDP) of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California - Berkeley. The PDP is a new graduate-level degree program whose central aim is to fill the unmet need at the national level for chemical engineering graduates who have knowledge and experience in the complex process of transforming technical innovations into commercially successful products. PDP graduates will gain exposure to common product development practices in a range chemical process intensive industries including biotechnology, consumer products, chemical products, microelectronics, and nanotechnology. The first class will enter the PDP in August 2006.

Prior to his appointment at U.C. Berkeley, Keith Alexander was a Senior Vice President of CH2M Hill, Inc. CH2M Hill is a $3 billion international environmental engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Located in the Corporate office, Dr. Alexander had executive profit-and-loss responsibility for the firm's global management and information solutions services business unit. He has had over 15 years of experience in new venture start-up, strategy development and change management.

Prior to coming to CH2M Hill, Dr. Alexander spent 5 years with the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he served clients in several industries including chemicals, natural gas, vehicle manufacturing and food processing. He was a key contributor to the initiation and development of McKinsey's environmental management practice.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Alexander holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.