Over the past decade, Dr. Raj Rajan, Ph.D., PE has helped drive top-line growth in many private sector companies—by embedding sustainability thought leadership into innovation management, environmental metrics for purchased goods, internal operations and product offerings, true value accounting for scarce resources, and sector-level standardization of sustainable growth benchmarks. Raj has over thirty years of experience in commercial and industrial water cycle management and environmental process engineering for the paper, petroleum, chemical, utility, food and beverage, transportation, and energetics industries as well as the travel and tourism sector. He has been active in industry groups focused on developing greenhouse gas mitigation, climate change adaptation and water stewardship guidance.
Dr. Rajan was appointed as the statewide business representative on Minnesota’s Clean Water Council in 2016. He also serves on the Advisory Council of The Nature Conservancy’s Minnesota Headwaters Fund, Faculty Leadership Council of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, Advisory Board of the non-profit Climate Generation, and Chair of External Advisory Council for the National Science Foundation project on Sustainable, Healthy and Livable Cities.
Additionally, he serves on the Kresge Foundation’s Urban Climate Adaptation Assessment Advisors’ Group, and recently participated in Industry Working Groups of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Water Stewardship Advisory Group of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, and Sustainability Advisory Workgroup of the American Cleaning Institute.
Raj is a Registered Professional Engineer in multiple US states. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Varanasi, India.