Takumi Sato

Takumi Sato, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Takumi Sato

Takumi Sato

Clinical Assistant Professor


Public Safety Bldg,
Suite 201
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061


Office: 540-231-2727



Department Membership

School of Education

Professional Activities

  • At-large Member, Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Virginia Tech, September 2015 – current.
  • Reviewer, VT Engage Program Review Committee, October 2015 – May 2016. Reviewer, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, June 2014 – current.
  • Committee Member, College of Liberal Arts and Human Services Library Committee, Virginia Tech, August 2013 – August 2016.
  • Committee Member, School of Education Ad hoc Dispositions Committee, Virginia Tech, March 2014 – September 2014.


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University
  • B.A. Washington University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Volunteer of the Year Award, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Virginia, 2014.
    • College of Education Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University, May 2013.
    • Volunteer of the Year Award, Boys & Girls Club of Lansing (MI), 2012.
    • College of Education Urban Education Retention Fellowship in Urban Education, Michigan State University, December 2011.
    • Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Colorado Springs, CO, July 2011.

    Selected Publications


    • Sato, T. (2015). [Review of the book Deep Knowledge: Learning to Teach Science for Understanding and Equity, by D.B. Larkin]. Science Education, 99(3), 611-613.
    • Calabrese Barton, A., Birmingham, D., Sato, T., Tan, E. & Calabrese Barton, S. (Fall 2013). Youth as community science experts in green energy technologies.  Afterschool Matters.

    Sponsored Research

    • Actualizing STEM Potential in the Mississippi Delta, Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Brenda Brand, National Science Foundation, DRL #1511792, $1.6 million, July 2015-June 2019.
    • Design & Develop Award, $8694.50 (to Department for course release) from TLOS, Virginia Tech, October 2014.
    • Engagement Faculty Fellows, $6,500 from VT Engage, Virginia Tech, May 2014.