Ann Marie Sastry
Ann Marie Sastry is President and CEO of Amesite, an artificial intelligence software company. Dr. Sastry was previously President, CEO, Board Director and co-Founder of Sakti3, recognized as one of MIT's 50 Smartest Companies (2015), and as a Crain's Detroit Business Cool Places to Work winner (2017). The company was acquired by Dyson in 2015 for $90M, to support Dyson's efforts in building an electric vehicle. Sastry was invited to the White House in 2015 to be recognized for her technology entrepreneurship, and meet with President Barack Obama. Her technology and business work have been featured in the WSJ, Fortune, Forbes, the Economist, USA Today, the New York Times and on the cover of Inc. Prior to starting her companies, she was Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (UM's highest teaching honor) at the University of Michigan, for 17 years. Tenured and promoted early, Sastry was recognized with some of the highest honors in her scientific fields, including the ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award (2011) and NSF's Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1997). She has co-authored over 100 publications and 100 patents and filings, and has delivered over 100 invited lectures and seminars globally (NIH, NSF, NAE, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, etc.). Sastry is active in philanthropy and business mentorship, with a focus on education and poverty alleviation. She holds PhD and MS degrees from Cornell University, and a BS from the University of Delaware, all in mechanical engineering.