BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A $500,000 gift from Greatbatch, Inc. to the
University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
will support scientific work through the Greatbatch Professorship
in Power Sources Research in the departments of Chemical and
Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Esther S. Takeuchi, Ph.D., often cited as the woman awarded the
most U.S. patents -- 134 -- has been named to the professorship.
Before joining the faculty of UB Engineering in September, Takeuchi
had worked at Greatbatch, Inc. for 22 years in a variety of
positions in the area of research and development. Takeuchi's most
recent position was as chief scientist for the company.
The Greatbatch gift will support Takeuchi, one of just 100 women
elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and her work in the
areas of power and biomedical research.
Greatbatch, Inc., located in Clarence, is a worldwide leader in
the design, development and manufacture of critical components for
implantable medical devices and other demanding applications.
Takeuchi is renowned for her work in developing tiny batteries
that have helped make implantable cardiac pacemakers,
defibrillators and other medical devices a life-saving reality for
millions of patients.
"I am honored to be chosen as the Greatbatch Professor," said
Takeuchi. "I am eager to expand my research with other scientists
at UB into areas including batteries for other medical devices,
understanding the physiological benefits of electrical stimulation
and some homeland-security applications, which require ever-smaller
Takeuchi has received numerous awards: the Jacob F. Schoellkopf
Award from the Western New York section of the American Chemical
Society for creative research in batteries for medical
applications; the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society
Technology Award for development of lithium/silver vanadium oxide
batteries; Woman of Distinction from the American Association of
University Women; and the Achievement in Healthcare Award from
D'Youville College. Takeuchi is a fellow of the
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a
member of the Western New York Women's Hall of Fame.
Greatbatch Inc. is committed to investing in technology both
through the company's direct research and development efforts, as
well as through partnering with leading educational institutions
such as UB, says Tom Hook, president and CEO. "We look forward to
growing our partnership with UB during this program."
"UB Engineering is grateful to Greatbatch, Inc. for this
generous gift," said Harvey J. Stenger, dean of the school.
"Partnerships with industry are vital to the continued growth of
the school. The Greatbatch gift will enhance Dr. Takeuchi's
research and is an investment in the education of tomorrow's
engineers in Western New York and whose skills will be a great
asset to the continued success of corporations such as
Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE: GB) is a leading developer and
manufacturer of critical components used in medical devices for the
cardiac rhythm management, neurostimulation and interventional
radiology markets. Additionally, Greatbatch supplies commercial
power sources for other technically demanding applications.
Additional information about the company is available at www.greatbatch.com.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State
University of New York. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their
academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate
and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University
at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American