Dr. Santanu Kumar Ray has been the Steel Chair Professor in the department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of IIT Madras since March 2016. He did his B.Tech (Hons), M.Tech and Ph.D all from IIT Kharagpur. He spent 35 years at the R & D Centre of SAIL. For a brief period of 6 months he was the Principal of Seacom Engineering College in Kolkata. His areas of interests are commercial implementation of new developments in secondary refining and continuous casting of special and alloy steels. Santanu does research and collaborative projects in Metallurgical Engineering, specifically in the area of Steel. Current project is 'Improvement in quality of different steels'. He has worked in different areas of Steel Technology during his stint at R & D Centre of SAIL for 35 years. Santanu has one book and 10 patents to his credit , out of which 3 are in foreign countries.