Kenzi Karasaki（唐崎建二）is a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. His research interest is the subsurface hydrology in fractured and faulted rock masses. He began his career in the theory and numerical simulations of subsurface fluid flow. His current focus is in the data collection and analysis through fieldwork. The application of his research topic is fairly wide: oil and gas production, nuclear waste isolation, contaminant transport, CO2 sequestration, in addition to water resources development.
Kenzi was born in Yamaguchi and went to Yamaguchi Senior High. In the senior year, he became an American Field Service student and spent a year in Little Falls, Minnesota. Upon return, he entered Science I Class at the University of Tokyo. He lived in Koma-Ryo (the legendary Komaba Dormitory, demolished more than a decade ago) for almost four years spending most of the time playing American football, working part time and dating. He was, so to speak, a jock. After somehow completing the undergrad, he enrolled in the M.S. course in the Natural Resources Development Option in the Engineering Dept. In 1979, he came to study at UC Berkeley as a PhD student in Mineral Engineering Dept. He was first hired as an GSRA, then a postdoc, followed by the staff scientist position at LBNL. He has been with the lab for nearly 40 years.
In his private life, he plays golf a lot and currently serves as the president of Soko Akamonkai, the San Francisco area alumni association of the Univ. of Tokyo.