Greatbatch, Inc. Gift Supports UB Engineering Professorship

By Cynthia Machamer

Release Date: December 20, 2007 This content is archived.


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 power sources."

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."

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

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 Universities.