Lucas is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where he learned to appreciate soccer, Bossa Nova, and Brazilian Churrasco!   He is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Computational Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI, where he teaches core and concentration courses in the Mathematics Track. He completed his Ph.D. in the Mathematics department at MIT in 2018, with research interests in Fluid Dynamics and Education. He obtained a double B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics in 2013, also at MIT, with a minor in Management Science.


At MIT, Dr. Tambasco has worked as a teacher assistant for Complex Variables (18.04), and as an instructor for Calculus (18.01), where he led a flipped classroom using MITx courses. He received the Charles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Mathematics Department. Dr. Tambasco has worked for the Teaching & Learning Lab (T&LL) at MIT as an instructor for the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program, a certificate-granting program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


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.

Education & Qualifications
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD in Applied Math
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS Physics & Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • ACT
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    Lucas is truly an outstanding tutor. He takes complicated problems and explains them in a straightforward and accessible way. He is also friendly, reliable, and flexible in terms of scheduling meeting times. My daughter could not meet with him in person because we live in different cities, but he uses a system that allowed him to send all of his notes and explanations in a document to her after each session. All in all, he was tremendously helpful to her; and I recommend him highly.
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    (Julie, Mathematics)
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    Lucas is highly knowledgeable & well versed with the ACT format. With his friendly demeanor, he was able to effectively coach my daughter. She looked forward to every session and was thrilled at her improved scores.
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    (Natesh, ACT)
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    Lucas is the best; he made a connection with my daughter, and she was comfortable sitting in his care and looked forward to meeting with him online. She enjoyed the learning and the coaching sessions. Thanking Lucas is appropriate and writing a testimony is nice, but it only scratches the gratitude itch. My daughter came away from the sessions with Lucas excited about her maths, and she grew in confidence in the personal sense of her worth.
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    (Geoff, Mathematics)