Dariush Rafinejad, PhD




PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
MSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley


Dr. Rafinejad has had over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in high-tech industries in Silicon Valley. He was a Corporate Vice President at both Applied Materials and Lam Research, both multi-billion dollar semiconductor equipment companies. Prior to PGS, he was Associate Professor, Consulting at Stanford University. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Haas Business School at Berkeley and Dean of Management at Menlo College in Atherton, California. Dr. Rafinejad is the founding CEO of Blue Dome Consulting serving high tech companies in the U.S. and China to develop product innovation and organizational leadership capability. He has authored several publications including two books on product innovation. His recent book was published in 2017 and is titled: Sustainable Product Innovation – Entrepreneurship for Human Well-Being.

Scholarly Work


2017. Sustainable Product Innovation: Entrepreneurship for Human Wellbeing: J.Ross Publishing,

2007. Innovation, Product Development, and Commercialization: J.Ross Publishing


Milton Friedman was Wrong: Corporations do Have Social Responsibility, GreenBiz, 2019

Case Studies

An Intrapreneur at Lam Research Corporation, April 2019

Applied Materials Corporation Sustains Its Market Leadership through Intrapreneurship, Dec. 2018

Chevrolet VOLT – A Disruptive Innovation Bridge to Electrified Transportation, 2013

A Tale of Three Bins at Sabre Holdings Corporation, 2011

Reverse Logistics as a Profit Center at Cisco Systems, Inc.- Cases A & B, 2009

Sustainable Production in the Chemical Industry – WACKER Sets a Good Example at its Burghausen Site, 2008

WACKER Invests in Production of Solar Silicon, 2008

Development of Prius Hybrid Vehicle-Cases A & B, 2007