Kaz Sakamoto

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kaz Sakamoto ('13 MSUP) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He is currently a data scientist at Goldman Sachs in the Technology division.

Sakamoto's current work deals with optimizing internal technology infrastructure and working through an end-to-end data science pipeline. Previously he was an assistant vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he convinced HUD to change their methodology for CDBG funding post Super Storm Sandy, consulted on Universal Pre-K roll out and produced many maps for such projects as the East River Ferry Expansion, the Seward Park Re-development, and Public Wifi in NYC.

Sakamoto has been an adjunct faculty member of the urban studies department at Barnard College since 2014.

Sakamoto earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Rochester, studied Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music, and received a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University. His research interests concern the use of technology in the planning process, specifically public participation.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6113‑1 Spring 2018
Exploring Urban Data With Machine Learning
Kaz Sakamoto Cap 20
200 Fayerweather North
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
Session B: 3/5 - 4/30
1.5 Points
Pla4578‑2 Fall 2017
Intro to GIS Lab 2
Kaz Sakamoto Required for 1st Year, Cap 18
UP Computer Lab
W 6 PM - 8 PM
0 Points
Pla6575‑1 Fall 2017
Prototyping With Open Data
Kaz Sakamoto, Clara Chung Analytics
UP Computer Lab
M 6 PM - 8 PM
Ses B= 10/23-12/1
1.5 Points