At heart, Dr. Kyle Nakamoto is a problem solver. And right now, the senior lead scientist is using his artificial intelligence (AI) and supply chain expertise to help solve one of the nation’s biggest and most immediate public health challenges: how to effectively staff COVID-19 vaccination sites around the nation.
Kyle is part of the supply chain management team that developed Booz Allen’s COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce Simulator. It’s a tool that uses AI, modeling, and visualization to help state and local health departments forecast how many medical professionals and clerical workers they’ll need at vaccination sites based on vaccine distribution and availability. The simulator is one of many solutions the firm has developed to help address the pandemic and produce better outcomes.
In addition to his AI and supply chain know-how, Kyle’s well versed in how vaccines and drug trials work from his time as a medical university professor. This unique combination of skills makes him ideally suited to tackle the sticky challenges of the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain.
We recently interviewed Kyle to find out more about how he’s making an impact with his work on the simulator—and more.