Joah Sapphire’s research focuses on the digital transformation of highly regulated industries. Sapphire applies his multidisciplinary core competencies, gained from three decades serving as a research scientist, government official and finance executive, to solve complex problems in the public and private sector. Sapphire received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
Since 2014, Sapphire has taught Financial Management during the spring semester. Sapphire has served as faculty advisor for the following Capstones; in 2019, “Sustainable City Mobility Innovations;” in 2017, “Recommending Regulated Utilities Infrastructure Investing Opportunities for a leading Public-Private Partnership Focused Infrastructure Fund;” and in 2015, “Develop New and Innovative Investment Strategies in Infrastructure for New York City Employees' Retirement System (NYCERS) Pension Fund.”
Sapphire has published several papers and has secured over $1.2 million in grant funding for innovative research addressing many diverse topics related to digital transformation. His recent research projects include; in 2019, as Principal Investigator for a $300,000 grant that was awarded by the National Academies of Sciences for “Creative Marketing Techniques to Improve Revenue Generation Partnerships;” in 2018, for the “Automated Electric Vehicle Campus Demonstration” funded by NYSERDA with $500,000, Sapphire served as a researcher for the first long term testing program of a Level 4 automated vehicle in the State of New York; in 2017, as part of a team that secured a $400,000 grant from USDOT and NYSDOT, Sapphire co-authored a report entitled “Exploring Applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Unmanned Ground Systems in Enhanced Incident Management, Bridge Inspection and Other Transportation-related Operations;” and in 2016, Sapphire wrote the conference paper “On Notice: The Coming Transformation of Key Economic Sectors” for the SIPA’s Global Digital Futures Policy Forum where he detailed US and European efforts to regulate Automated Vehicles and other disruptive technology.