Kathy Spriggs

Kathy Spriggs

Director, Anode Engineering
Kathy Spriggs is a Director of Anode Engineering, leading the mechanical design of the iron-air battery cell that is the fundamental building block of Form Energy’s multi-day energy storage system.
How did you first learn about Form Energy?

I first heard about Form Energy in 2019 when I moved to Boston and spoke to a friend who was connected to Greentown Labs, the climate tech startup incubator that supported Form in its earliest stages of development.


What made you want to work at Form Energy?

I’ve been passionate about sustainability since middle school when I co-chaired my school’s environmental action committee that led an effort to “Bag Plastic” (reduce plastic bag usage) in NYC. In college I fell in love with Mechanical Engineering and started designing consumer products. I’ve always wanted to find a way to apply my engineering skills to solve climate change. I’m thrilled to be working at a company where I can finally do exactly that!


What are your job duties & responsibilities at Form Energy?

I lead the Cell Design team, a group of Mechanical Engineers that design the electrode stack that will be the foundational building block of our commercial product. We split our team between CAD, analysis, and prototyping.


What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I love solving mechanical problems and pushing the limits to make a better product. At Form, we’re always asking ourselves how we can maximize space for our active materials, how we can make the most reliable interfaces, and how we can reduce costs. My colleagues at Form come from a range of different industries and it’s fun to combine our different experiences to come up with novel solutions.


How does your position at Form Energy differ from other roles you’ve held previously?

This is the first startup I’ve worked at. I’m loving the fast pace and seeing how quickly the team is growing! I’ve worked with a lot of smart people before, but I’ve never worked at a place where everyone is both incredibly smart and incredibly kind. That combination makes me really excited to go to work every day.


What about working in the energy storage industry excites you the most?

The more I learn about the industry, the more clear it is that a solution like Form Energy’s iron-air battery is a crucial tool for a sustainable future. I’m expecting a baby this summer and now more than ever, I want to make sure future generations will be able to thrive on Earth.


What are your hopes for the energy storage industry?

I hope that multi-day storage solutions will make 100% sustainable energy possible, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing conflict around the world.


What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Outside of work I love road biking, reading, baking, and exploring Boston with my French Bulldog, Remy, and my husband, Ian.


What book did you last read?

“The Cracked Spine – A Scottish Bookshop Mystery” by Paige Shelton

“Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing your Humanity” by Kim Scott