Ann Marie Sastry, Ph.D.

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board

Dr. Sastry has been our President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman since our incorporation in November 2017. From April 2008 to October 2015, Dr. Sastry served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, member of the board of directors and co-founder of Sakti3, recognized as one of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 50 Smartest Companies in 2015. Backed by a global team of venture capitalists Sakti3 was sold to Dyson Ltd. in 2015 for $90 million. Dr. Sastry was invited to the White House in 2015 to be recognized for her technology entrepreneurship, and meet with President Barack Obama. From October 2015 to November 2017, Dr. Sastry continued on with Dyson as head of the global solid state battery team, focusing on technology strategy and advancement, staff and organizational growth, and partnership development. 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, Dr. Sastry was a professor of engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sastry was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (UM’s highest teaching honor) in 2008. Tenured and promoted early, Sastry was recognized with some of the highest honors in her scientific fields over her 17 year academic career, including the ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award (2011) and NSF’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1997). She founded two academic research centers in intracellular signaling (Keck Foundation) and advanced automotive batteries (GM / Department of Energy), and a global graduate program in Energy Systems Engineering. She has co-authored over 100 publications and 100 patents and filings, and has delivered over 100 invited lectures and seminars globally on a range of scientific and technology topics, spanning mathematics, physics, bioscience and battery technology. 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.

Mike Smiley

Director of People

Joined the Amesite team in 2020. HR Manager and Administrative Manager at Sakti3. Received 6 workplace excellence awards at Sakti3. Integrated the Sakti3 team into Dyson, following Sakti3's acquisition in 2015. Served on the People Enablement Team within Dyson to deliver process improvements and organizational change to enable a high-performance culture.

Expertise: global hiring, performance management, and global HR collaboration on people needs ranging from benefits to compliance and regulatory change management. Holds a BBA in Business Administration, HR Management from Cleary University. 

Matthew Kern

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining the Company, from April 2012 to February 2021, Mr. Kern was associated with Blackbaud, a cloud software company, where he was most recently the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Mr. Kern earned his B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University - Kelley School of Business.