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.

Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla4578‑1 Fall 2019
GIS Lab
Kaz Sakamoto REQUIRED 1ST YR
UP COMPUTER LAB
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41360
PLA6645‑1 Fall 2019
Prototyping for Urban Policy & Decision-Making
Clara Chung, Kaz Sakamoto
UP COMPUTER LAB
M 6 PM - 8 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41554
Pla6113‑1 Spring 2019
Exploring Urban Data with Machine Learning
Kaz Sakamoto CAP 23
202 FAYERWEATHER
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
83596
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