Sergei Gleyzer

Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2022–2025

Sergei Gleyzer is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Teaching Philosophy

My goal is to inspire and encourage my students to think critically about the world around them and use science and technology as means of understanding it. This requires critical thinking and use of scientific methodology with real-world examples. I strive to teach students how to analyze the world around us and use modern tools, such as machine learning, to acquire new insights into solving various challenges in a variety of disciplines. My goal is to help students to explore the physical world and discover their own interests, strengths, and weaknesses, in a way that makes this experience more meaningful.

I frequently use technology and tools, such as python, github, Slack, Zoom, Jupyter and Google Colaboratory to provide the students with an interactive learning experience. I have used these tools in various settings: during the introductory physics courses for non-majors, in graduate and undergraduate machine learning courses I have developed at UA, and in interactive hands-on sessions.

I strive to teach the students not only the concepts and the technical skills needed to apply these ideas to real-world data, but how to ask the right kind of questions or pose an existing challenge in a way that can be solved with the tools and technology that they have learned. This allows the students to explore the subject on their own terms and by following their own interests and be more inspired to apply technology to real-world challenges.