09 Jul Notre Dame Commencement 2019: Graduate School Commencement Speaker
Esther Takeuchi, distinguished professor of chemistry and material science and engineering at Stony Brook University, addressed graduates at the Graduate School’s annual Commencement Ceremony on May 18, 2019.
One of the world’s leading energy researchers, 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.