CEO and Co-Founder, Sakti3 Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical and Materials Science and Engineering

Ann Marie Sastry

Ann Marie Sastry is an entrepreneur, researcher and educator in battery science and technology. Prior to leading her company Sakti3, which makes solid-state batteries with double the energy density of today’s technology, she was the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Tenured and promoted early, she founded and led two research centers in batteries and bioscience, and a global graduate program.

Her lab originated the technical work that underpins Sakti3 technology, and was continuously funded by the DOE for over 17 years. She also led work sponsored by NSF, NIH, Army, ONR, DARPA, General Motors, Ford, LBNL, and ORNL. She has received several of the highest technical honors in her field, including the 2011 ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award, 2007 ASME Gustus Larson Award and the NSF’s PECASE (1997). She holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University, and a BS from the University of Delaware, in Mechanical Engineering.

Sastry has co-authored over 70 awarded and filed patents, over 100 scientific publications, and delivered over 100 invited lectures at research, government and private institutions globally. Most recently, Sastry was invited to speak at the first ever White House Demo Day, hosted by President Barack Obama. Read more about her presence at the demo day here.