Dr. Amy Lucía Prieto is the Founder of Prieto Battery, Inc. She serves as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Company. Dr. Prieto launched the Company in 2009 with the goal of bringing an advanced lithium-ion battery technology out of the academic lab and into the marketplace. The first funds raised went towards setting up a lab with better testing equipment and hiring key scientists dedicated to bringing this idea to commercialization. Dr. Prieto balances her time at the Company between overseeing the technology milestones and providing guidance for overall business strategy.
Dr. Prieto holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and completed her postdoctoral research training at Harvard University. She was a Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellow at Berkeley, a L’Oreal Foundation Fellow at Harvard, and is recognized as one of the world’s experts in the chemistry of nanostructured materials. In July 2012, Dr. Prieto received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. In 2011, she was named the ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellow, a prestigious honor given to one scientist chosen each year out of a national field. Her recent research includes new architectures for high surface area lithium ion batteries, the synthesis of nanoparticles of earth abundant, nontoxic elements for advanced photovoltaics and hydrogen storage, and the development of chemical vapor deposition methods for novel nanostructures.
Katie is a global strategist and business development executive. She provides critical corporate leadership in presenting the value proposition for the Company with the dual objectives of securing the right strategic investors for financing and for establishing critical relationships with customers to facilitate the transfer of the technology to the marketplace. Katie works closely with Dr. Prieto in providing financial forecasting, evaluating market analysis and structuring Prieto’s roadmap to commercialization. She also stewards the Company’s communication efforts and serves as the liaison for investor, media and government relations.
In the last decade, Katie has solidified her expertise in the environmental and clean tech sectors. Among her notable accomplishments, Katie was part of the team that won an $11M US Department of Energy grant awarded to the City of Fort Collins, Colorado to demonstrate smart grid technology. Katie spearheaded the campaign to pass the first Feed-in Tariff solar policy in the State of Colorado; and serves on the steering committee of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster C3E initiative, a workforce development program established to advance women in the clean energy sector.
Katie is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for School of Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and also serves as a Board member of Pretty Brainy, an innovative program combining interdisciplinary STEM studies for girls.
Katie’s education includes an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a BA dual degree from Sweet Briar College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.