Director (R&D/Admin.) & Business Manager
Dr. Santosh K. Jha is currently the Director (R&D/Admin.) & Business Manager of Surmet Corp., an advanced specialty materials solution company, headquartered in Burlington, MA, USA.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D), Materials Science and Engineering, August 1999: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra, India; Thesis Title: “High Temperature Oxidation Characteristics of Ti3Al-Nb Intermetallics”
Master of Technology, Corrosion and Science of Surface Coatings: Regional Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, Bihar, India; Dissertation title: “Isothermal and Cyclic Oxidation of AISI 310 Austenitic Steel”; First Rank Gold Medalist
Master of Science, Chemistry: specialization in Physical Chemistry: Department of Chemistry, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Bihar, India
Dr. Jha joined Surmet Corp. as a Materials Scientist in August 2002. Here, working with a group of scientists and engineers, he focused on the development of ALON and Spinel Optical Ceramics. His job responsibilities at Surmet include overseeing and managing of multiple R&D programs sponsored by Surmet, the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. In this capacity, Santosh Jha has helped Surmet carry out R&D programs worth over $70 million over the last 15 years.
Santosh has over 20 years of R&D experience in the areas of various materials including high temperature materials such as titanium aluminides and thermal barrier coatings, optical ceramics, and specialty coatings.
Prior to joining Surmet in August 2002, Santosh Jha worked at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. A Ph.D. from IIT Bombay, Santosh also has the privilege of working as a Visiting Scientist at the KFA, Juelich, Germany as recipient of prestigious Indo-German DLR fellowship.
He has published more than 45 research papers in various refereed journals. In addition, he has also co-authored about 80 reports submitted to various agencies of US DOD, DOE and NSF.
Santosh is also a member of the ASM International and had the honor to serve as the Chair of the ASM Boston Chapter in 2007-2008. His services and contribution to the other professional societies include:
• Member and Vice-President: Student Chapter, NACE India Section, 1997-98.
• Member: NACE India Section 1997-2000.
• Member: NACE International, Houston 1999-2000.