Website of Sandro Tacchella


I see teaching as an exciting challenge and important investement into the next generation of people. I had the opportunity to contribute to the teaching efforts at the Department of Physics and Mathematics at ETH Zurich since I have been an undergraduate student. I am very interested in foster the curiosity among the students and engage them with each other, the course material as well as my research. I enjoy to help students understand difficult ideas and concepts. With my teaching, I want to reach everyone in the classroom, thereby ensuring that we not only learn about the universe itself, but more general scientific concepts, that will help the next generation of people to address current and future issues in our globalized, highly technological world.

Mentoring Students @ Harvard and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

My goal in mentoring is to support the development of students' career paths. I enjoy to offer research projects that both develop specific technical skills and set students on a broad path of research that will remain fruitful for many years. Througout my postdoc at Harvard, I have advised the following students:

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiative Program (SAO/LIP)

In the summer of 2020, I was a mentor for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiative Program (SAO/LIP), which targets talented undergraduate science majors who participate in the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Programs located on the campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The students have the opportuniaty to work on a summer research project at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. My student studied the variability of star formation in simulated galaxies. I strongly support this and similar programs because it provides scientific research for minority students and thereby helps building a more inclusive environment.

Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP)

In the academic year of 2018/19, I was also a mentor for the Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), which provides an opportunity for high-school juniors and seniors to work on a year-long independent research project in astrophysics under the guidance of an astrophysicist. My two students from a local public high school successfully implemented a simple galaxy growth model and presented their work at a professional seminar. I strongly support this and similar programs because it exposes high-school students to authentic research experiences and therefore encourages them to major in STEM fields in colleges. It also helps students to transition into colleges and to be independent learners and thinkers.

Teaching Assistance @ ETH Zurich

As a B.Sc. and M.Sc. student at ETH Zurich I taught undergraduates by supervising the exercises to introductory classes in physics and mathematics. As a Ph.D. student, I was given the opportunity to assist the following courses:

Mentoring Students @ ETH Zurich

During my Ph.D. studies at ETH Zurich, I had the opportunity to mentor and advise students' research projects as part of their Bachelor's or Master's thesis: