Top scientist and inventor is strategic hire


The renowned inventor of the tiny batteries that have helped make implantable cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices a life-saving reality for millions of patients has accepted a faculty position in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Esther S. Takeuchi, formerly chief scientist at Greatbatch Inc., began her new position as a professor in the UB departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering on September 1.

Takeuchi often is cited as the woman awarded the most patents in the U.S.—134 at last count—most of them related to her pioneering development of sophisticated power sources for implantable devices, now a booming multibillion-dollar business.

Named to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, Takeuchi is one of just 100 women elected to the organization, considered the highest distinction that an engineering professional can achieve. Only four percent of the academy’s 2,300 active members are women.