Charles Lam, MBA


Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Charles Lam is an accomplished project management and process improvement practitioner, consultant, and educator with over 20 years of experience. Charles has initiated 5 PMOs and personally managed ~100 projects for small, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies in the areas of finance, IT, and operation management in a wide array of industries, including higher education, internet startups, banking, insurance, consulting, and electric utility. Professionally, Charles is a Founder/Managing Director for OpenWest, Inc, specializing in project management training, consulting, and staffing. Academically, Charles began teaching project management 10 years ago. Moreover, Charles has designed/developed Business Analysis Certificate, Project Management Certificate, and MS in Project Management degree programs for well-known private and public universities throughout Southern California. Currently, Charles serves on the Project Management Certificate Program Advisory Board for the UCLA Extension.


  • Executive Program in Management and Leadership, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MBA, Finance, Azusa Pacific University
  • BS in Business Administration, Information Systems, University of Southern California


  • -Project Management Professional (PMP ®), Project Management Institute
  • -Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM), Stanford University
  • -Advanced Project Management Certificate, Stanford University
  • -Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Florida Atlantic University
  • -Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belts, California State University, Pomona
  • -Lean Enterprise Certificate, American Society of Quality
  • -Change Leadership Certificate, Cornell University
  • -ADKAR ® Change Management, PROSCI
  • -Business Analysis Certificate, Duke University
  • -Certified Internal Auditor Certificate, George Mason University

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Change Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Audit & Controls
  • Process Improvement
  • Project Management

Courses Taught

  • BIOT 515 - Project Management for the Biotechnology Industry