by UBNOW staff
Published May 9, 2022
An accomplished entrepreneur, humanitarian and researcher, Ravinder Bansal will receive a SUNY Honorary Doctorate of Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 21.
Bansal is co-founder and former chairman and CEO of AirSep Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medical oxygen concentrators and generators.
He has made a tremendous economic impact across the region while helping pioneer the development of life-saving devices that benefit patients globally.
Born in India, Bansal earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, moving to Buffalo in 1977 to work at Praxair and founding AirSep in 1987. As a result of his leadership, AirSep is one of Buffalo’s most successful manufacturing businesses, developing advanced, affordable oxygen systems in high demand worldwide.
An avid aviator, Bansal became, at 68, the only person of Indian origin to circumnavigate the earth solo in a single-engine plane. His flight had two missions: to raise cancer awareness and enough money to buy an urgently needed MRI machine for a charity hospital in his hometown.
Bansal has had a long, productive association with UB. In addition to hiring many graduates to work at AirSep, he has served as a member of UB boards and committees including the UB Foundation, the Advisory Council for UB’s Educational Opportunity Center, the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Advisory Board for UB’s Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer & Economic Growth and Development.