Erin Blasko | May 22, 2019
Esther Takeuchi, the primary speaker for Saturday’s Graduate School Commencement Ceremony at the University of Notre Dame, drew on her own experience as a young chemist to provide members of the class of 2020 “with a foundation from which (to) make the world a better place.”
A distinguished professor of chemistry and material science and engineering at Stony Brook University in New York, Takeuchi is best known for her research on lithium/SVA battery systems — tiny devices used to power implantable cardiac defibrillators in ventricular arrhythmia patients.
This despite a background in organic chemistry.
“My first job after graduation was in a large petrochemical company,” Takeuchi said. “After a year, I had the opportunity to conduct postdoctoral research with a university electrochemist, and I felt seizing an opportunity to intellectually grow in a field new to me would provide me with additional career opportunities.”
It did, and Takeuchi went on to become one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers as a result.
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