Ashish Shah

Vice President of Research and Development, Viant Medical

Ashish Shah.

Dr. Ashish Shah (Electrical Engineering PhD ‘93, MS ‘89) is the Vice President of Research and Development at Viant, Inc. Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Research and Development for the Advanced Surgical and Orthopaedics division at Integer (formerly Greatbatch). Prior to this position, he was the Director of Materials and Process Technologies for the organization. Before taking on this role, he was the R&D Director for Primary Batteries, where he led the development and innovation of next generation battery technologies for use in cardiac and neuro devices. At the same time, he was also the Director of Materials Research, where he provided materials expertise to various divisions in Integer while conducting research into new materials and material-related issues for use in medical components and devices.

Upon joining Greatbatch (now Integer) in 1995, he played a significant role in the research and development of tantalum electrolytic capacitors for use in implantable cardiac defibrillators. He led the capacitor research group before transitioning to the leadership of manufacturing and welding engineering groups. This resulted in the issuance of a number of patents, and in 1999, he was presented with the Niagara Frontier “Inventor of the Year” award for collaboration on breakthrough capacitor patents.

In addition to his primary goal of leading R&D programs for Integer, Shah leads the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Battery technical information report (TIR) committee and is a contributing member on a number of other AAMI committees. He maintains a relationship with Upstate New York Medtech as co-chair of the science and technology committee. He holds 24 US patents in the areas of implantable components.

Shah is enthusiastic and energized about being involved with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s industrial advisory board, and is looking forward to helping our students. A UB alum, Shah has a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering with a focus on plasma processes and coatings.

Shah joined the Dean's Advisory Council in 2012.