Somnath Sengupta, the founder and President of Powerhouse Consulting Group (Powerhouse), is a MIT trained researcher with 20 years of experience in strategic alliances and building technical capacity thru bids and proposals, program design, project management, and international business development. Over the past 20 years, he has successfully (a) helped DARPA PMs create two $30M programs; (b) cofounded a small business that was acquired by Blackberry®; (c) helped develop over $25 M of new business for BAE Systems; and (d) manage multiple programs over $10 M for on-time delivery. He brings forth the highest quality of communication and mentoring skills in a multicultural background that has helped him develop strong professional relationships- domestic and international. Dr. Sengupta has 25 years of aggregate teaching experience, 20+ published papers, 19 patents, with 7 additional patent applications pending. He has received the R&D 100 Award, Technology Transfer Award, and the BAE Systems Chairman’s Award.
From 2015 till present, Dr. Sengupta has advised the US Army Research Laboratory and US Navy inventors in the areas of commercialization of their Intellectual Property (IP) and entrepreneurial mentoring services to start ups and small businesses wishing to commercialize the IP. He is also under contract from the Naval Research Laboratory to provide technology scale up solutions to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency . He is invited to speak in many entrepreneurial forums and is an Entrepreneur -in-Residence at the Energetics Technology Center .
From 2004 through July,2015, Dr. Sengupta was a Senior Program Manager and then a Technology Development Manager at BAE Systems. In that capacity, he led the strategic technology development for high power microwave with profit and loss responsibility. He created and managed emerging market opportunities in chemical sensing, optical sensing, data analytics, and image processing. He collaborated with universities, small businesses, and other large businesses. In 2008, he won the BAE Systems Chairman’s Award for successful capture and program execution of a DARPA contract.
From 1998 to 2004 he was with Paratek Microwave, Inc in Columbia, Maryland. He co-founded Paratek Microwave, a successful technology transfer from the US Army Research Laboratory, which provided tunable components for hand held devices, smart scanning antenna systems and miniaturized RF front-ends for multi-function, multi-frequency wireless devices and markets. . Paratek was awarded the 2002 Federal Laboratory Consortiums Technology Transfer Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Dr. Sengupta was responsible for sales, marketing, and product line management. In its early years, he developed and maintained a successful brand campaign thru global awareness for the company’s technology and products towards $50M of venture capital investment. During the later years, he focused his efforts to build the government business for Paratek. Paratek was acquired by Blackberry® in 2012 .
From 1993 to 1998 he was with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Aberdeen, Maryland. As an Electrical Engineer, he established and managed a team for the research and development of cutting edge electronically tunable thin film technology. He was accountable for attracting funding & talent, and managing R&D efforts for the development of tunable RF components and scanning antennas.
From 1990 to 1992 he was a post-doctoral associate at the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts . At MIT, he worked on the crystal growth and characterization of fluoride and super conductor single crystals. He collaborated with MIT Lincoln Labs, AT&T Bell Labs and IBM Labs to conceive, conduct and publish research on high-temperature superconductors for electronic applications. The goal was to conduct successful research while also gaining publicity and recognition for the work to encourage consortium partners to use the new technology.
From 1985 to 1990, he was a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida . At USF, he conceived, designed and established the first fiber laser growth facility of its kind, demonstrated the first miniature solid state laser with high conversion efficiency, and published five research papers in refereed journals & presented findings at conferences around the world. He has previously held a US government security clearance.
From 1981 to 1983; Somnath attended the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur , India where he earned his MSc degree in Physics with a focus on Nuclear Physics.