Our Team


Dr. Sushant Jha
Technical Advisor


James Gateau
Strategic Advisor

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Douglas Brook
Business Development and Capture Manager

Doug Brook is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in business development and operations.  With more than 25 years of business experience, nearly 20 in the federal space, he brings specific expertise in business growth, relationship building, and leadership. As an entrepreneur Mr. Brook has owned and operated three software / service delivery companies, and one real-estate company. Mr. Brook is a Project Management Professional and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University.  He has received numerous awards and certifications and currently serves on the advisory board for the Wright State college of Computer Science.


Dr. Mesut Yurukcu
Research Engineer

Mesut Yurukcu received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in Turkey and completed the Business Administration and Project Management master's degrees at DeVry University in Houston, TX. He conducted his Ph.D. studies at the Department of Applied Physics, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, in thin-film coating and nanostructures' growth dynamics. With his interdisciplinary engineering, science, and business background, he was the founder and co-founder of several advanced technology companies in the last 20 years. Last several years, he focused on data analytics, deep learning, and machine learning for his research which includes thin films, coatings, fabrication, deposition (physical, chemical, atomic, and electro) and analyzing techniques, fuel cells, batteries, alternative and renewable energy applications, theoretical studies, materials modeling and simulations, thermal interface materials, 3D printing materials, growth dynamics, and particles physics. He is the author and co-author of more than 30 journal papers, conference proceedings, and six book chapters with a Coating Journal editorial board and reviewer of several high-impact journals. He is the Co-PI for several grants.

Dr. Rahul Bhowmik
CEO and Senior Scientist

Dr. Rahul Bhowmik is the founder of Polaron Analytics with a corporate vision of facilitating his company to become a leading provider of Research and Development services utilizing data analytics techniques. Dr. Bhowmik has worked on several defense contracts for the past 11 years and has more than 14 years of experience in computational modeling and simulations with in-depth expertise in many advanced data analytics techniques. In his recent work with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Dr. Bhowmik has used molecular dynamics simulations and machine learning methods to predict polymers' thermal properties. In another project work with AFRL researchers, Dr. Bhowmik used multi-scale simulations to predict surfaces' wetting by various solvents, useful to print robust 3D structures.

Dr. Sushant Jha has worked on several Department of Defense programs for the past 15 years; most spent as an on-site contractor in the AFRL. He is currently working as a principal materials engineer with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). He has more than 15 years of experience in materials fatigue and durability in aerospace applications, probabilistic fatigue life prediction modeling, and data science. His life prediction models have been adopted in several key AFRL-led programs and in the Federal Aviation Administration sponsored code DARWIN. Recently, he has led the efforts to develop methods for additively manufactured parts under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center programs conducted by UDRI. Dr. Jha’s research is being adopted to optimize the additive manufacturing (AM) process and qualification of fatigue-critical AM parts.

James Gateau has extensive experience in government and large and small business roles. He currently serves as a Chief Growth Officer at the Peerless Technologies Corporation, where he leads a team that identifies opportunities and develops strategies to win government contracts. He also worked at the Tyto Athene LLC and AT&T corporation, managing multi-million-dollar programs. James has over two decades of experience in the US Navy. He served in various critical roles, such as Chief Operating Officer, Deputy N6 / Knowledge Manager, Deputy Chief, CIO Division, Combat Information Systems Officer, and others.