Lucas is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where he learned to appreciate soccer, Bossa Nova, and Brazilian Churrasco! He moved to Miami in sixth grade, where he started to participate in regional and statewide Math competitions. He attended MIT as an undergraduate, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics, and a minor in Management Science. He decided to remain at MIT to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics, where he is currently in his fourth year.
Throughout his academic career, Lucas was always interested in education and teaching. As an undergraduate, he served as a teacher assistant and tutor in classes ranging from Introduction to Computer Science to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra. As a Ph.D. candidate, he has worked as a TA for Complex Variables, and once as the instructor for Calculus 1. He has also participated in the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program as a student, and eventually as an instructor. There, he taught a seven-seminar series to incoming graduate students and post-doctoral candidates with topics that include planning lectures and assignments to inclusiveness in the classroom. Lucas has also been involved with the MIT’s online initiative (MITx), where he has written problems, recorded recitation videos, and served as a TA.
In addition to teaching, Lucas really enjoys playing the acoustic guitar and cooking. He will hold typical Brazilian barbecues for his friends in Boston, usually accompanied by some great Bossa Nova.