Mr Sasaki obtained his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Tokyo in 2012 and 2014, respectively, in the field of Civil Engineering. At Tokyo, under the supervision by Prof. Ikuo Towhata and Reiko Kuwano he specialised in soil liquefaction research, investigating the effect of long duration earthquakes on liquefaction and an innovative soil improvement technique involving bacterial precipitation of calcium carbonate. These research were highly experimental and as a result he is adept at handling various apparatus for soil mechanics testing including hollow cylindrical torsional shear apparatus and cyclic triaxial compression apparatus.
Since October 2014 as a PhD research student at Cambridge, he has been looking into the stability of methane hydrate wellbore and its monitoring by distributed fibre optic sensors during seabed settlement, supervised by Dr. Mohammed Elshafie and Prof. Kenichi Soga. This research would entail numerical estimation of wellbore behaviours through finite element analysis and experimental validation of the numerical simulation and fibre optic monitoring capability in the harsh wellbore conditions. He is primarily funded by Japan Student Service Organization and the Cambridge Trust for undertaking the research at Cambridge.