Department of Computer Science
695 Park Ave; New York N.Y. 10065
William Gregory Sakas
City University of New York
Ph.D. (Computer Science), 2000.
Dissertation title: Ambiguity
and the Computational Feasibility of Syntax Acquisition.
AB (Economics), 1982.
Stuyvesant High School
New York State Regents diploma, 1978.
Teaching and Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, CUNY/Graduate Center, Ph.D.
Program in Computer Science, May 2001 – present
Assistant Professor, CUNY/Graduate Center, Ph.D.
Program in Linguistics, May 2001 – present
Courses/Seminars: Mechanisms of Syntax Acquisition,
Computational Natural Language Learning and Data Mining
(Cross listed with Linguistcs and Cognitive Science)
Assistant Professor, CUNY/Hunter College, September
2000 – present
Taught: Software Design and Analysis I, Discrete Structures,
Operating Systems and Interdisciplinary Graduate Center Seminar: Computational
Mechanisms of Syntax Acquisition.
Instructor, CUNY/Hunter College, September 1999
to June 2000
Taught: Software Design and Analysis I, Discrete Structures
and Operating Systems.
Substitute Instructor, CUNY/Hunter College, September
1997 to June 1999
Taught: Software Design and Analysis I and II.
Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY/Hunter College, September
1994 to June 1997
Taught: Software Design and Analysis I.
Research Assistant, CUNY/Hunter College, September
1992 to June 1994
Assisted Prof. Cullen Schaffer on the development
of a knowledge infrastructure for the World Health Organization’s compilation
of drug side-effect terms.Engineered software to generate new semantic
relationships based on pre-existing expert knowledge.
Adjunct Instructor, Adelphi University, January
1985 to June 1989
Taught: Introduction to Programming, Data Structure
Programming in Pascal, Assembly Language Programming, Introduction
to Business Computing, MS Dos System Configuration for Advanced Users
and Computers in Education.
Teacher, The Yeshiva University High School for
Girls, January 1985 to June 1986
Taught: Computer Literacy and Introduction to Computer
Computer Education Consultant, September 1984 to
Developed syllabi, taught pilot courses and purchased
equipment for private (K-12) schools in New York City establishing
their first computer science programs.
Teacher, The American School in Switzerland (TASIS),
September 1982 to June 1984
Developed and implemented the school’s first
computer science program.Taught: Advanced Placement Computer Science
and Computer Programming in Pascal (Junior College/Post-graduate Division);
Computer Programming and Computer Literacy (High School Division).Also
taught Algebra I and II, Music Theory and conducted the school choir.
Course Coordinator, Harvard Summer School, July
1982 to August 1982
Developed a syllabus and taught a series of one week
courses to freshman and sophomores with little or no experience to computers
and/or computer programming.
Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Extension College, September
1981 to June 1982
Taught: Data Structures Using Pascal.
Group Leader/Instructor, Core Curriculum Computer
Requirement, Harvard College, September 1979 to June 1982
Assisted in the development of a requirement dictating
those fundamentals of computer programming that all incoming students
were required to master.Wrote a study guide and exams, and taught classes
for students needing to meet the requirement.Supervised and trained
Independent Computer Consultant, March 1985 to June
Designed and engineered software to perform a wide variety of tasks
a distributed human resources administration database
a payroll and budget forecasting application
a front-end database query parser
a marketing summary report generator
a world wide web database
a bank loan application approval system
Clients included Citibank,Warner Publisher Services,
Warner Books,Stanwich Partners’ Investing Services, The International
Congress of Oral Implantologists, PnT Marketing Services and the New
York Center for Communications.
Computer Lab Assistant, CUNY Ph.D. Program in Computer Science, September
1997 – June 1998
Managed user accounts, maintained basic system functions
and installed software packages for an AIX RS6000 network.Also
maintained program’s web pages.
Computer Lab Manager, CUNY Ph.D. Program in Linguistics,
January 1996 – September 1997
Installed and maintained a real-time speech analysis
system.Set up and maintained a computer commons lab for student and
faculty use.Budgeted, purchased and installed new hardware and software
systems (PC and Mac).
Resident Composer/lyricist, Don Quiote Experimental
Children’s Theater, September 1987 – June 1988
Wrote the musical score for several shows performed
by professional adult actors that were presented to children from
schools in the New York City area.
Sakas, W.G. and Fodor, J.D. (2001).The Structural Triggers Learner.In
S. Bertolo (ed.) Language Acquisition and Learnability. Cambridge,
UK: Cambridge University Press.
Sakas, W.G. and Sylla, J. (1981). The Core Guide
to PPL Programming.Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Science Center