The Honorable Gus M. Bilirakis, U.S. Representative for Florida’s 12th congressional district, congratulated the 2012 National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) charter fellows in the House of Representatives on February 28. Among the 101 fellows is Stony Brook University’s Distinguished Professor Esther Sans Takeuchi, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and is chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Click here to read Bilirakis’ full speech in the the 113th Congressional Record.
The U.S. Commissioner of Patents, Margaret A. Focarino, recently inducted the 101 inventors as the 2012 National Academy of Inventors’ Charter Fellows. The Fellows were nominated by their peers, and through the NAI Selection Committee, had their innovations deemed as making significant impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society. Collectively, the group holds more than 3,200 patents.
“I commend these individuals, and the organizations that support them, for the work that they do to revolutionize the world we live in,” said Bilirakis.
Takeuchi, one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers who is best known for developing the technology for the power source used in implantable cardiac defibrillators and for holding 153 patents — more than any woman in the United States — will receive the prestigious E.V. Murphree Award at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, in April.
Takeuchi is an internationally recognized expert in the multidisciplinary field of battery research, whose innovative work inventing lithium/silver vanadium oxide (Li/SVO) has been instrumental in saving innumerable lives. LiSVO is the enabling power source technology that makes possible the successful implementation of the implantable cardiac defibrillator.
Takeuchi was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation presented by President Obama in 2009, the highest honor possible for technological achievement in the United States. She has been inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering and selected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She has received numerous “inventor of the year” awards and has been recognized on a number of occasions for her impact as a woman in the sciences.