Battery startup Sakti3 founder to step down from U-M faculty position
Ann Marie Sastry, founder and chief executive officer of Ann Arbor-based battery startup Sakti3, announced that she will be ending her tenure as a professor at the University of Michigan.
Sastry, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering, received multiple awards for both her teaching and her research while at the university.
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"Fundamentally, I do think that people bringing experience from academia, industry, nonprofits, and government to one another is healthy and it makes for interesting people and interesting workplaces," Sastry said in an email to Xconomy. "The reality is that each of these sectors has profoundly different objectives, but the learnings from each are incredibly valuable, so long as the focus on the objectives stays sharp. So I feel that we can bring the best intentions of the university to an industrial exercise, of creating good technologies that are profitable and that sustain the enterprise, while having an impact that is different, but very important, in society."
Sakti3 develops batteries for electric cars and aims to help curb dependency on oil and fossil fuels. The company started as a spin-off of technology developed at Michigan.