The Graduate School | May 5, 2019
The Graduate School is proud to announce that Dr. Esther Takeuchi, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Material Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, will address graduates at the Graduate School’s annual Commencement Ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
One of the world’s leading energy researchers, Dr. Takeuchi is a member of both the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering, and earned the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2009. She is best known for her research on the lithium/SVO battery system used to power cardiac defibrillators, devices implanted in more than 300,000 people with ventricular arrhythmias annually. A chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Takeuchi holds more than 150 patents, and received her degrees from Ohio State University and the University of Pennsylvania.
"Dr. Takeuchi has had an immeasurable influence with her research on defibrillator batteries. It is work that is not only theoretically important, but also fundamentally impactful, restoring some normalcy to so many lives including, actually, my father. She embodies the idea that Your Research Matters, a foundational tenet of the Graduate School at Notre Dame, and she is a tremendous role model for all of us. I look forward to her sharing her wisdom and insights with our graduates,” notes Laura Carlson, Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame.
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