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Raul Chao is a Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business, where he teaches operations management, innovation, and new product development courses. Raul's research and teaching is focused on helping managers design more innovative organizations. He has helped many entrepreneurial ventures and established companies manage their innovation and new product development processes, and he currently serves as an advisor or board member for numerous early-stage ventures. He is a leader in novel curriculum design, having developed a number of cross-disciplinary experiential courses at the University of Virginia focused on product development and technology commercialization. Much of Raul's research and teaching is based on fieldwork and case studies conducted at companies such as 3M, Microsoft, Whirlpool and Lockheed Martin, among others.
Prior to joining the Darden faculty, Raul worked as a management consultant serving U.S. and Latin American organizations in a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, biomedical, healthcare, financial services, hospitality and media. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife Cristina and their children, Carolina, Tomas and Nicolas.