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Steve Sakiyama

Steve Sakiyama


Associate Faculty


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 taught about the science of the atmosphere, oceans and air quality management while working as a scientist at the BC Ministry of Environment. Although primarily a science expert, he is also skilled in communicating the complexities of science in a way that helps to inform environmental decision-making and policy development. Sakiyama has co-authored a textbook in air pollution meteorology and published several journal papers on meteorology and air pollution. Outside of the world of science, Steve is also a regular humor writer for the Seaside Times magazine. His blog, Weatherwit, provides an educational forecast for weather watchers along with some insights on life. 


Sakiyama was a co-recipient of Royal Roads’ Teacher of the Year Award in 2009. He was also a co-op coordinator at Camosun College and, on occasion, still teaches air quality management in their Environmental Technology program. Over his years of teaching Sakiyama has developed a unique educational approach that involves different learning styles and a blend of his real-life experiences into the course content.


Sakiyama has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, as well as a master of science degree in environmental fluid mechanics, both from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered professional engineer in B.C.