In Fall 2006, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at U.C. Berkeley initiated a new and innovative Product Development Program (PDP). The PDP is a graduate-level degree program whose central aim is to fill the unmet need at national and international levels for graduates of chemical engineering and related disciplines who have knowledge and field experience in the complex process of transforming technical innovations into commercially successful products. In the space of one calendar year, PDP graduates will gain exposure to real-world product development practices in a range of chemical process-intensive industries including biotechnology, microelectronics , nanoscience and consumer products. The PDP does not require a research thesis, but students will find completing the extensive coursework and field study assignment challenging.
PDP Fills A Specific Niche
By combining elements of advanced technical knowledge with focused business-related training, the PDP aims to fill a specific niche in the "choice space" of graduate education options for engineering graduates.