ASM International Boston Chapter is pleased to announce the
following members as your 2018 - 2019 Officers
Chair: Dr. Olga Belyavsky
Dr. Olga Belyavsky (Volha Bialiauskaya) holds a doctorate degree from Northeastern University and had graduated Summa Cum Laude from National Technical University in Minsk, Belarus, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
While working as a Test Development Engineer at Analog devices, she also takes an active role in the promotion of STEM (Lego First Robotics) outreach programs, and coaches a Math Olympics Team at the Russian School of Mathematics, Winchester. The Olympics team under her guidance has held the “National Champion” Title in CML Computer Science Olympiad for 3 consecutive years. The Junior Robotics Team under her guidance has won the “Synergy” and the “Little Einsteins” Awards at the Merrimack Valley Robotics Expo in 2017.
Olga has been an active member of the Boston Chapter recently serving as its Vice-Chair and heading this past year's Technical Program Committee. She was responsible for orchestrating the successful and popular event "Who Would Hire a Ph.D?" featuring Boston area HR Professionals.
Vice-Chair: Robert (Robb) Westby
After a 4 year hitch with the US Army as a Spanish Linguist he became hooked on microscopy after looking at a fly in an electron microscope. He has spent nearly 30 years still in awe of what you can see. He holds a degree in Electron Microscopy with a background as a service lab specializing in SEM and EDS methods; a reliability engineer with two west coast semiconductor companies; a field service engineer; and, applications specialist for a major EDS company. Since 2010, he has been with JEOL USA as a regional sales manager for their EM products division. In his spare time he has taken up abstract painting and woodworking in between maintaining a nearly 100 year old home.
Robb has been an active member of the Boston Chapter for many years recently serving as Secretary for the Executive Committee. He is also an enthusiastic volunteer for the Chapter's annual Materials Experience held at BU and WPI.
Treasurer: Dr. Santosh Jha
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. 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 multiple R&D programs sponsored by Surmet, the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. In this capacity, Santosh has helped Surmet carry out R&D programs worth over $110 million.
Santosh has over 20 years of R&D experience and has published more than 45 research papers in the areas of high temperature materials such as titanium aluminides and thermal barrier coatings, optical ceramics, and specialty coatings. Prior to joining Surmet in August 2002, Santosh worked at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. With a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay, Santosh also had the privilege of working as a Visiting Scientist at the KFA, Juelich, Germany as recipient of the prestigious Indo-German DLR fellowship.
Santosh is an active member of the Boston Chapter and had the honor to serve as its Chair in 2007-2008. He also has served 5 terms as Treasurer and, as a testimonial to his excellence and tireless commitment to the Chapter, he was unanimously nominated and elected for this 6th term.
Secretary: Dr. Ryan Eriksen
Dr. Ryan Eriksen is currently a Postdoc at Boston University in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department working on Self-Cleaning Solar Power, which uses transparent electrodes to electronically remove dust from solar panels and mirrors. He operates as the project manager for the group, leading workers and consulting on experiments. He previously completed his PhD in Material Science and Engineering in 2015, working on a variety of projects from chemical sensors, fuel cells, and thermoelectrics. All of these topics had a central theme of high temperature electrochemistry, but more recently, he has been studying management.
Ryan has been an active member of the Boston Chapter since his undergraduate years and has continued his participation recently joining the Executive Committee. He looks forward to serving as Secretary for the upcoming term.