Bio (Steve Sakiyama)
Environment and Sustainability
Steve Sakiyama is an environmental scientist who has worked for more than 30 years in the fields of meteorology, air quality and environmental assessments with the provincial governments of Alberta and British Columbia. His research areas are in meteorology and the behavior of air pollution in the atmosphere. Since joining Royal Roads in 2002, he has been helping students unravel the mysteries of atmosphere and oceans as well as how to manage air pollution. Although primarily a scientist, he is also skilled at communicating the complexities of natural processes in an applied and practical way in order to inform environmental decision-making and policy development. Sakiyama co-authored a textbook in air pollution meteorology, contributed to a book on air quality management in Canada, and has published several journal papers on meteorology and air pollution. Prior to this retirement from the BC government in 2015, Sakiyama led an interagency team in the development of a sophisticated national system that forecasts the location and intensity of smoke from wildfires. Outside of the world of science, he was a regular writer for the Seaside Times Magazine, where he used humour and insights on life to educate readers about the wonders of weather.
Sakiyama was a co-recipient of the Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award at Royal Roads University in 2009. He was also a co-op coordinator at Camosun College for two years and taught air quality management in their Environmental Technology program. During his years of teaching Sakiyama has developed a unique educational approach that involves different learning styles and a blend of his real-life experiences with theory to make the course content come alive.
Sakiyama holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (1979) and an MSc in Environmental Fluid Mechanics (1981) from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered Professional Engineer in BC.