Ann Marie Sastry
CEO, Amesite Inc.
Ann Marie is a tech entrepreneur and educator. She founded Amesite, an award-winning software company, to address one of the most important challenges of our time: delivery of effective online learning. Amesite’s Learning Community Environment systems provide artificial intelligence driven online experiences that serve custom, third-party, or existing customer content. Amesite works with its business, university, and nonprofit partners to provide branded, scalable, and effective experiences for learners anywhere.
Dr. Sastry was previously 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. Sastry was invited to the White House in 2015 to be recognized for her technology entrepreneurship and meet with President Barack Obama.
Prior to starting her companies, she was Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, UM’s highest teaching honor, at the University of Michigan, for 17 years. 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 has delivered invited technology and business lectures and seminars globally, including NSF, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and others. Her technology and business work have been featured in WSJ, Fortune, Forbes, The Economist, USA Today, The New York Times and on the cover of Inc.
Sastry is active in business mentorship and philanthropy, with emphases on education, environment, and poverty alleviation.