Dr. Ann Marie Sastry
Co-Founder & CEO
Ann Marie Sastry is Co‐Founder and CEO of Sakti3. Sakti3 has been recognized for its innovations with several technical and business awards, including recognition as an IHS CERAweek Energy Innovation Pioneer (2014), in MIT’s Technology Review as one the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (2012), and the winner of the World’s Top Ten in the Energy Category (2011). Sastry brings over 25 years leadership and technical experience to her role at Sakti3, building a management team with more than 100 years of experience in finance, manufacturing, and technology. She personally trained the core technical team. She has co‐authored over 80 awarded and filed patents and over 100 scientific publications, and delivered over 100 invited lectures at research, government, and private institutions globally. Sastry has also served as a board member and advisor to government and public entities and as a longstanding advisor to protégés in academics, industry, and government.
Prior to leading Sakti3, Sastry was the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical, and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Tenured and promoted early, she founded and led two research centers in batteries (funding: DOE, GM) and bioscience (funding: Keck Foundation), and a global graduate program, Energy Systems Engineering. Her laboratory originated the technical work that underpins Sakti3 technology, and was continuously funded by the DOE for over 17 years. Sastry also led work sponsored by NSF, NIH, Army, ONR, DARPA, Ford, LBNL, and ORNL. She has received several of the highest technical honors in her field, including the ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award (2011), ASME Gustus Larson Award (2007), and the NSF's PECASE (1997). Sastry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University (NSF Graduate Fellowship), and a B.S. from the University of Delaware (DuPont Scholar), all in Mechanical Engineering.