About Art of Problem Solving

You find a math problem in a book, or maybe on a contest, or maybe your teacher tells you the problem. You work on it for a half-hour. Then another half-hour. It bugs you and bugs you because you know that other kid who wins all the trophies knows how to do the problem. You want to win the trophies, too, but that's not why you spend another half-hour on the problem. You want to know the answer. More than just the answer, you want to know how to do the problem.

Finally, you give up and look up the answer. The solution mostly makes sense, but you're not entirely satisfied. You may not even know why you're not satisfied. You're not satisfied because the solution didn't answer the most important question...

How would I have thought of that?

The creators of this site were this student once. We were the kids who wanted to win the trophies. We worked hard and became the kids who won the trophies. The trophies are in attics now. The problem-solving skills, the love of mathematics, and the friendships forged with peers with similar interests remain. We've applied the skills we've developed through mathematics to a variety of fields in college, then in the professional world.

Now we've returned to our starting point - the student in a room, chewing on a pencil, staring at a question, giving up, reading the answer, and thinking...

How would I have thought of that?

This time you are the student. We are building this site for you, to provide a resource you can turn to.

You're stuck on a problem, so you write friends in the Community. You practice with Alcumus. You watch a video. You take an online class. You pick up a book. You don't give up. You learn how to think of the solution. You solve the problem. Then you think...

Next problem.

Our Team

Below are the people building Art of Problem Solving from our office in sunny San Diego. Click on each image to learn more, and check out our Careers page if you'd like to join the team!

Richard Rusczyk
CEO
Art of Problem Solving was founded by Richard Rusczyk in 2003 to create interactive educational opportunities for avid math students. Richard is one of the co-authors of the Art of Problem Solving classic textbooks, author of Art of Problem Solving's Introduction to Algebra, Introduction to Geometry, and Precalculus textbooks, co-author of Art of Problem Solving's Intermediate Algebra and Prealgebra, one of the co-creators of the Mandelbrot Competition, and a past Director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search. He was a participant in National MATHCOUNTS, a three-time participant in the Math Olympiad Summer Program, and a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner (1989). He received the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions Paul Erdös Award in 2014. He graduated from Princeton University in 1993, and worked as a bond trader for D.E. Shaw & Company for four years. AoPS marks Richard's return to his vocation - educating motivated students.
David Patrick
CFO
Dave joined AoPS in 2004. He is the author of Art of Problem Solving's Introduction to Counting & Probability, Intermediate Counting & Probability, and Calculus textbooks, and co-author of Prealgebra. Dave earned the sole perfect score on the American High School Mathematics Examination (AHSME) in 1988 and was a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner that year. He attended the Research Science Institute (RSI) in 1987, and the Math Olympiad Summer Program in 1988, where he first met fellow student Richard Rusczyk. He also finished in the top 10 on the Putnam exam in 1991. Dave graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1992 with a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science and an MS in Mathematics. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT in 1997. He was an acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington from 1997 to 2001. Dave is originally from Western New York and is an alumnus of the SUNY Buffalo Gifted Math Program.
Jeremy Copeland
School Director
Jeremy joined AoPS in 2009. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 2006 and was on the math faculty at MIT from 2006 to 2009. He is currently the Online School Director at AoPS. He once specialized in turning hard problems in geometry, algebra, and mathematical physics into easy problems in combinatorics and graph theory. Now he specializes in helping to redistribute mathematics from brilliant teachers to brilliant students. He gets his signs right 50 percent of the time, struggles with problems that lack symmetry, and secretly believes that every problem somehow reduces to the Chinese Remainder Theorem.
Jason Batterson
BA Headmaster
Jason joined AoPS in 2010 to lead development of the Beast Academy series. Before joining AoPS, he taught mathematics and coached the math team at Ligon Middle School. Ligon won state MATHCOUNTS titles in 2008 and 2009. In addition to teaching and coaching at Ligon, Jason coached the math team at Fred Carnage Middle School for the 2009-2010 school year. Ligon and Carnage placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the state MATHCOUNTS competition in 2010, with 6 of the state's top 10 competitors coached by Jason. While teaching, Jason wrote and published "Competition Math for Middle School," and developed AGMath.com. He enjoys puzzles, running, skiing, and playing in the pool with his kids Parker and Ada.
Shyan Akmal
Shyan is currently a student at Harvey Mudd College, majoring in math and computer science. In high school he was an avid participant in science and math competitions, qualifying for the USAMO and USAJMO, being an ARML high scorer two years in a row, and attending the national competitions for Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. His experiences have motivated him to become (more) suspicious of all subjects which aren't pure mathematics. Beyond teaching and math, he enjoys reading novels (especially those by Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett), playing guitar, and losing at ultimate frisbee.
R.J. Ashmore
R.J. joined AoPS in 2016, shortly after completing his Ph.D. in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California. While honing his research, writing, and teaching skills at USC, he studied the ways that the American media has reflected, as well as shaped, the changing roles that young people have played in our society over the last hundred years. Previously, R.J. earned his B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and his M.A. in the same subject from The Ohio State University. In his spare time, he loves watching movies (with a particular fondness for Classic Hollywood and silent comedies), reading (his interests run the gamut from William Shakespeare to Jane Austen to contemporary comic books), playing board games, and looking for new and interesting subjects to learn about.
Kelcie Bartley
Kelcie is the Outreach Coordinator for the Carmel Valley campus in San Diego. She holds her Masters degree in gifted education from Northwestern University, with a focus on the social and emotional needs of underrepresented students in gifted programming. Prior to joining AoPS, Kelcie worked as a diversity and inclusion practitioner for an independent school in St. Louis, where she designed and taught social justice courses, trained parents and teachers, and led community outreach initiatives. In her spare time, Kelcie enjoys sewing, watching movies, and lurking in the comments sections of her favorite blogs.
John Chandler
John joined AoPS in 2014. He graduated from UCSD with a bachelor's degree in History. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping and going to concerts.
Dorothy Couchman
Dorothy joined AoPS in 2017. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and has been talking to people and asking questions about books and ideas since even before she learned to read. (Her very first student was her sock monkey, Monkey). On her return to California from the East Coast, she celebrated by throwing out all her wool socks. She also likes making pickles, exploring the outdoors, and taking Scrabble just a little too seriously.
Karl Cobbe
In middle school, Karl was lucky enough to be among the first users of AoPS, cultivating a mathematical foundation that has endured through the years. He attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy, and he was proud to be a part of the school’s exceptional math team. He remains grateful to Exeter’s passionate faculty for persistently challenging his intellectual limits. When subsequently attending Stanford, Karl felt drawn towards computer science, fascinated by the potential for information technology to radically transform our world. He particularly enjoyed studying artificial intelligence, including the fields of machine learning and general game playing. In 2016, Karl was excited to join the team at AoPS, where he now helps to inspire the next generation. In his free time, he loves hiking, playing the piano, and practicing yoga.
Tina Cruickshank
Tina is the office and shipping manager for Art of Problem Solving. She has been with AoPS since 2007. If you have taken an AoPS class, you may know her as Ubermoderator. Tina graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Masters degree in Public Administration. Tina learned to love the California weather when she was a United States Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, and couldn't wait to move back. She loves her fluffy dog Gizmo and bad vampire movies.
Benjamin Engwall
Benjamin completed his B.S. in Mathematics in 2014 and has since been pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, where he is currently studying topics in Machine Learning. He has been an active member of the AoPS community since 2008, and has been working with the online school as a grader and assistant since 2013. This summer, he's excited to be interning with AoPS in San Diego. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming competitively, racing in triathlons, and reading about how technology is shaping the world we live in.
Jonathan Espedal
Better known as Jon-Qui-Qui, he came to AoPS after graduating from pirate school but being rejected from attending postgraduate studies in cat wrangling. While he works on his ability to handle feline fury as he would an attacking alligator, he figures he may as well keep his arms buff by lifting boxes of AoPS books. Plus, he can use Gizmo as a less advanced stand-in for cat attacks, so he can survive anything.
James Fung
James joined AoPS in 2012. He received a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, studying machine learning and linguistics, at UC Berkeley where he spent several years as a teaching assistant in engineering math courses. James has been tutoring and teaching math and science since high school. He was a National MATHCOUNTS contestant, qualified for the USAMO each year of high school, and attended the Physics Olympiad Summer Program. In his spare time, he applies math to boardgames, thinks of ballroom dancing as a Markov process, and is a novice kitchen scientist.
Duncan Gilles
Duncan joined AoPS in 2015. While in high school in New York, Duncan took a "Problem Solving" course that included competing in the AIME and AMC competitions. He also participated in both the Math and Physics Olympiad clubs at his school. High school was also where he first started tutoring math, an activity which he continued during his Bachelors degree at Dartmouth College. After working in the test preparation field for a few years, Duncan went back to school to get a Masters in Applied Math from Northeastern University, where he focused on Statistics and Computational Methods. Outside of work, Duncan likes to hike, bike, do crossword puzzles, play computer games, do logic puzzles, and much more. He's an avid reader and, having recently finished Modern Library's Top 100 English Language Novels of the 20th Century, is now working his way through the Pulitzer Prize winners for Fiction. Having moved to San Diego from Boston, Duncan is excited for the large amounts of snow he will now not see, and having never surfed he can only assume he's an expert.
Kyle Guillet
Kyle joined AoPS in 2012. He earned his degrees in Mathematics and Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he joined Teach For America (TFA) to help close the achievement gap in low income communities. As part of the TFA corps, he worked in rural New Mexico, where he taught 6th and 8th grade math and learned to make friends with sheep. He enjoys dancing poorly, and as a matter of principle will only buy prime rib if the number of ribs is actually prime.
Deep Gupta
Deep is currently an undergraduate at MIT pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was an avid participant in math and science competitions, such as ARML, USAMTS, and the Siemens Competition, in his high school years. Now he writes problems for local and regional math competitions and teaches topics in Mathematics and Computer Science, working to deliver the enriching experiences he has had and the joys of problem solving to younger students. He is excited to work this summer as an intern for the company that helped inspire the problem solver within him. Along with his pursuit of the sciences, he enjoys hip hop dancing, working out, playing competitive Pokemon, and exploring the vast realm of EDM!
Anika Huhn
Anika joined AoPS in 2013. She earned her degree in Physics from MIT. Anika directed MIT Junction, a college-level summer program for high school students. She worked in energy consulting for biomass fuel producers, and taught math and science at Acera School near Boston. Anika loves condensed matter physics, backpacking, puzzle hunts, and enabling people to learn. She is developing online educational interfaces and games to go along with AoPS's new elementary school curriculum, Beast Academy.
Stephen Lester
Stephen joined AoPS in 2015. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a minor in French, but 日本語も話せます。Since then, he has taught English in France, programmed in French in Montreal, and has traveled from coast to coast within the United States. In his free time, he enjoys looking at pictures of sloths on the Internet, learning languages, playing video and board games, arcane sorcery, digging through dusty vinyl record stores, and installing and ultimately reinstalling Linux distributions.
Jerry Leung
Jerry is a student at Northeastern University, where his major is Math and CS combined, and he is very excited for his upcoming graduation in May 2018. He has known about AoPS since high school and frequently visited the AoPS Wiki. He benefited greatly from this on math contests and cannot wait for working at AoPS in a long term! He loves teaching mathematics and computer science, and enjoys students' a-ha moments. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, CAMELCUP, and many other board games, as well as solving algorithmic challenges in LeetCode
Hans Li
Hans is a rising sophomore at MIT, studying math, computer science, and economics. In high school, he was a 3 time qualifier for USAMO/USAJMO, in large part due to discovering AoPS and its resources in 2009. He's thrilled to now be on the other side of the table as a summer intern, working on expanding the resources that were so influential during his youth. In his free time he enjoys working out, trying to dance, drowning in the beautiful San Diego beaches, and making promises to go running when he really is never going to run.
Yating Liu
Yating joined AoPS in 2016. He earned his B.S. in mathematics from Peking University and received his M.S. in mathematics and Ph.D. in mathematics education from Ohio State. Before joining AoPS, he was an assistant professor at Old Dominion University, where he worked on designing mathematical tasks that nurture students' problem solving and mathematical reasoning capacities. He got to know AoPS while organizing a local math club and couldn't wait to drive all the way across the country to join the company. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing ping pong, and swimming.
Grayson Maas
Grayson joined AoPS in 2015. He recently earned his Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Grayson understands culture as the lens through which we assign meaning to the world and everything in it. Culture shapes our perception of reality--how cool is that?! For the past three years, he has been conducting research, writing, and teaching about the various factors contributing to underrepresentation in STEM education and in the workforce. Prior to becoming an anthropologist, Grayson earned a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania during a time when he was considering a career in veterinary medicine but then thought better of it. He loves animals (especially dogs), music (especially playing his acoustic guitar), traveling (especially everywhere!), and sports (especially basketball, football, and all professional teams representing Philadelphia, the city that raised him).
Corinne Madsen
Corinne attended her first math competition in the 5th grade and continued competing through her high school years at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. While attending Mount Allison University, she fell in love with coding and switched over to computer science competitions. There, she also tutored in various subjects, taught middle school students how to code, and learned how to live with 6 feet of snow. After graduating with a combined major in Math and Computer Science in the spring of 2015, she was very happy to join AoPS in a position that lets her combine her passion for mathematics, teaching, and computer science.
Elise McMahon
Elise recently received her masters in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge University, doing "Part III". Her main mathematical interests are in algebraic topology. Prior to this, she studied for a year in Moscow, doing the Math in Moscow program, she spent a semester attending Budapest Semesters in Mathematics, and received her B.A. in mathematics from Ave Maria University. She is happy to be back in the US now, and in the fall, she will start her PhD in pure math at Cornell. In her free time, she loves rock climbing. She really loves rock climbing.
Palmer Mebane
Palmer joined AoPS in 2012 shortly after graduating from Harvey Mudd College the same year. As a math contest participant, he was honorable mention on the USAMO in 2007, a US IMO team candidate in 2008, and a top 15 finisher on the Putnam in 2009 and 2011. During his four years of college, he graded for the USAMO and MOSP four times and single-handedly managed the WOOT "Problem of the Day" service. Outside of mathematics, Palmer solves and writes logic puzzles. He solves them fast enough to have been named the US Puzzle Champion in 2011, 2013, and 2014, and World Puzzle Champion in 2011 with top-3 finishes in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His best constructions can be seen on the tests he made for Logic Masters India.
Tasha Moyer
In 2009, Tasha graduated with a math degree from Arizona State, where Barack Obama gave her commencement address. After college, she joined Teach For America and taught Algebra I and Algebra Readiness for two years at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, CA. She then moved to Oakland, CA to teach Precalc and AP Calc at KIPP King Collegiate High School. At King, she also served as Math Department Chair. In 2014, Tasha joined AoPS, where she has worn many hats. Now, she could not be more excited to be back in the classroom. In her spare time, Tasha enjoys exploring San Diego with her friends, running and doing yoga by the beach, and cuddling with her adorable cat Eli.
Nathan Mytelka
Nathan just completed his sophomore year at Princeton University, where he is studying computer science with certificates in Medieval Studies and Hellenic Studies. He has previously attended National MATHCOUNTS, taken the USAMO, and scored in the top 500 on the Putnam. He also helped teach math and computer science for the past six years. In his spare time, he enjoys music, walks through nature, and books.
Erich Owen
The actual date that Erich "joined AoPS" is still in question. It's a long story. He is the illustrator of AoPS's new math series for younger children, Beast Academy. Erich doesn't have a degree in mathematics but he draws awesome creatures doing math better than anyone else in the office, so he has that going for him. He has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a crayon and has put that experience to good use in his 14 years as a professional illustrator. Some highlights of his career before joining AoPS include co-creating and illustrating the internationally published graphic novel and comic strip series, Mail Order Ninja, and working with William Shatner on a comic book series based on Mr. Shatner's TekWar novels and TV series. He even got to have lunch with Mr. Shatner to discuss the project. In his spare time, Erich draws other stuff.
Chris Page
Chris is old enough to have used a slide rule before calculators were a thing. High school math competitions led to a math/physics double major at Rutgers University. A physics Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania followed, including three years of TA’ing calculus. It also led to meeting Richard Garfield, and being a developer and expansion designer for the early years of the card game, Magic: The Gathering. After graduation, he worked in labs analyzing protein oxidoreductase reactions, and electron microscope tomographic reconstructions. His mid-life crisis was returning to math and AoPS in 2016. In his spare time, Chris choreographs contra dance, collects Eurogames, studies TV animation, and sleeps in on weekends.
Sonia Parsa
Sonia joined AoPS in 2016 as their full time Accountant. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics at the age of 20. She worked full time while she completed her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at the age of 22. She moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 from Washington, D.C. and has loved it ever since!
Tristan Pollner
Tristan is a student at Princeton University, studying math and computer science. In high school, he was a USAJMO Honorable Mention and scored 14 on the AIME, in large part due to discovering AoPS and its resources in 2010. He's thrilled to now be on the other side of the table as a summer intern, working on expanding the resources that were so influential during his youth. In his free time he enjoys climbing, playing the piano, and keeping up with his favorite TV shows.
Noah Prince
Noah Prince joined AoPS in 2016. Before that, he taught math and coached quizbowl at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Noah earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 2008, having done his thesis research in graph theory. He also earned his B.S. from U of I in 2004. He has taught enrichment camps for mathematically-bent middle schoolers and graduate math classes at a local university, sometimes in the same day. He likes proofs that involve mathematical induction, and his favorite proof (that of the Erdos-Ginzburg-Ziv Theorem) uses two inductions in its base case. When not doing math, he plays with his three kids, reads novels, and eats lots of hummus.
Dustin Ransom
Dustin first joined AoPS as an assistant in 2013, and assisted the intermediate group at the Los Angeles Math Circle while studying math at UCLA. Dustin became interested in math through music. Interested in digital audio synthesis, he realized he'd need to actually learn some math in order to build synthesizers from the ground up. Soon after, math overcame his musical interests. Outside of math, Dustin is obsessed with endurance sports and training. An avid runner himself, you'll often find him running in the San Diego mountains wondering, "When are we going to run that sub-2 hour marathon already?!"
Mark Richard
Mark is currently studying mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He spends his time playing piano and guitar, reading math textbooks, and playing squash. Much of his brainpower is spent on figuring out better ways to present math to many different audiences, and as such he is a huge fan of the stand-up mathematician, Matt Parker. He's always excited to share his love of math to everyone who will (or won't) listen.
Shannon Rogers
Shannon joined AoPS in 2011 after earning her degree in Mathematics from UCLA. While at UCLA, Shannon also spent a great deal of time delving into education, especially at the elementary level. She completed extensive coursework in Education, spent hundreds of hours assisting in classrooms at the UCLA Lab School, and was a research assistant on studies with UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Sciences. Shannon also spent two years teaching at the Los Angeles Math Circle (LAMC), and was the Lead Instructor for the LAMC's Junior Group in 2010. Now in San Diego, she frequently teaches student groups at the San Diego Math Circle and is an active participant in the San Diego Math Teachers' Circle. Shannon is co-author of AoPS's Beast Academy series of books for students in grades 2-5. She loves math jokes, sign language, Doctor Who, and all things combinatorics.
Ho Seung (Paul) Ryu
Paul joined AoPS in 2009. Paul loves capturing lines of programming code like an ace code trainer and directing data from one place to another like a digital traffic controller. Building the machinery of our Online School course page is definitely Paul's greatest triumph at AoPS. Paul discovered QBasic on his computer when he was six years old and has been programming ever since. Before attending Harvard, he was a third-place winner at National MATHCOUNTS, a two-time perfect scorer on the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 12, a participant at the Research Science Institute, and a prize winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In his free time, he enjoys emacs, waterbending, musical instruments, talking about himself in the third person, and Pokémon Go (Team Valor!). Paul lives with four cats, including a Siamese kitten named after Elijah Wood.
Paul Salerno
Paul joined AoPS in 2013. He first discovered his love of mathematics in high school, when an inspirational teacher introduced him to the Pomona-Wisconsin Mathematics Talent Search. He went on to earn his degree in mathematics from Pomona College, and in his junior year he traveled to Hungary to study combinatorics in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. After receiving the Hugh J. Hamilton Prize for an outstanding senior math major, he went on to graduate with a Master's degree in mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, where he spent several years as a teaching assistant for math courses. In his free time, Paul enjoys making music, playing adventure games, and writing computer programs for mathematical problems.
Anakaren Santana
Anakaren earned her degrees in Mathematics and Art Practice from UC Berkeley. Throughout her college career, she worked as a Physics tutor for the Biology Scholars Program focusing on Introductory Physics for college students. At the Art Department in UC Berkeley, Anakaren worked on combining her art practice and fascination for math through various projects based on fractals. After graduating, Anakaren volunteered as a Science and Art teacher at a bilingual school in Honduras where she also contributed to the development of the Science curriculum. She often tutors Middle School, High School, and College students in various Math and Science subjects. On her free time, Anakaren likes to play board games, work on art projects, cook, and, when possible, she helps out at a family owned candy factory that specializes in dulce de leche and other traditional Mexican candies.
Naoki Sato
Naoki joined AoPS in 2005 after a successful career in investment banking. He won first place in the 1993 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, and represented Canada at the 1992 and 1993 International Mathematical Olympiads, winning a bronze and silver medal, respectively. He has also served as deputy leader for the Canadian IMO team in 1997, 2002, and 2006. A native of Toronto, Canada, Naoki earned a Bachelor's in mathematics from the University of Toronto, and a Master's in mathematics from Yale University. His interests include cycling and wine tasting.
Melissa Schulz
Melissa joined AoPS in 2016. She spent the last decade before that immersed in the world of language and books. She earned a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine (where she studied abroad in Sweden, learning the delicate arts of eating caviar from a tube and pronouncing words with the letter å) and an MA in English from UC San Diego. Along the way, she taught reading, writing, and grammar to students ranging from elementary school to college. All told, Melissa has more than eight years of experience teaching, tutoring, creating classes and curriculum, and supporting other teachers. She’s excited to bring that experience to AoPS, and to learn some math while she’s here! Aside from books and words, Melissa enjoys tending her tiny flock of chickens, petting her cats, and spending time outdoors with her husband and baby.
Greta Selman
Greta first started as a freelance colorist and artist for the Beast Academy books in 2012. She joined AoPS full-time in January of 2016 in order to help work on the BA websites. Prior to working for AoPS, she worked as a designer for many years in the home decor industry as well as taught Adobe Illustrator courses. When not coloring for a living, she enjoys cycling, cooking, and creating.
Samer Seraj
Samer earned his degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto. From high school through college, he progressed from being an AoPS student to teaching assistant to course instructor. Finally in 2016, he was happy to join AoPS full-time in San Diego. In high school, he competed in the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad and the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad. During his university years, he won an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and a U of T Excellence Award. In his spare time, he enjoys meeting people outside of math because he secretly believes that everything can be expressed mathematically.
Micah Spence
Micah joined AoPS in 2012 and is a college student. His hobbies include tournament bass fishing and bow hunting in the off season. He loves old school rock and roll and hopes to graduate with his mechanical engineering degree in 2018.
William Swartworth
William completed his B.S. degrees in math and computer science at UT Austin in 2017. He has been a member of the AoPS community since 2007, and began working as grader and course assistant in 2013. This summer he is excited to intern with AoPS in San Diego before heading off to join the math department at UCLA as a graduate student. In his spare time he enjoys coming up with interesting math puzzles, several of which have appeared on the 2016 USAMTS contest. Outside of math, he enjoys running, weightlifting, and juggling and hopes to learn a five ball routine sometime before completing his PhD.
Amy Szczepanski
Amy joined AoPS in 2013. She completed her Ph.D. in mathematics in 2001 at the University of California, San Diego and then spent a few years living in Ithaca, NY while teaching math at an assortment of institutions in the mid-Atlantic states before ending up at the University of Tennessee. While at UT she taught still more math and later coordinated education and outreach for the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center. She is an alumna of the Research Science Institute and has served on the staff of the program six times, including as Director of the 2009 and 2010 sessions. She enjoys sewing and knitting, especially projects with a mathematical flavor to them.
Albert Wang
Albert is currently studying mathematics at Princeton University. Originally hailing from the southern states, he joined the AoPS community in 2009. He was captain of his All-State Math Team, a national MATHCOUNTS contestant, qualified for the USA Mathematics Olympiad, and attended the Research Science Institute at MIT. This summer he is excited to intern with AoPS in San Diego before starting his sophomore year. He enjoys helping coach his former Middle School and High School All-State Math Teams. In his free time, he enjoys binge watching TV shows on Netflix, is a member of Princeton's Ultimate Frisbee Team, and is a diehard New England Patriots fan.
Deven Ware
Deven joined AoPS in 2014. During this same year he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA. While there, he led the Intermediate Circle at the Los Angeles Math Circle and played with electron lasers for fun. Outside of school, he attended MathPath twice as a counselor and attended the UCLA Logic Summer School as a student. In his free time, Deven enjoys solving logic puzzles and pondering about interesting math problems. He also acknowledges the concerning fact that in this bio he has claimed attending school as one of his outside of school activities.
Phyllis Xu
Phyllis joined AoPS at the start of 2014. Originally from Maryland, she completed her B.S. at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering and continued on to finish her Ph.D. at UC-San Diego where she studied various materials on the nanoscale. Phyllis has tutored and taught math since her high school years and still loves it even after all this time. In all her time living near the beaches of San Diego, she still has not once gone swimming in the waters.
Laura Zehender
Laura first joined AoPS as a middle school student in 2004. After taking AoPS's awesome classes for many years, she was excited to start working as a class assistant while she was attending Stanford and then to join AoPS full-time soon after graduating in 2014. She's loved math and teaching for a long time, whether going to math meets (when she could find enough other homeschoolers to form a team!), attending math camps as a camper and later as a counselor, or coaching a MATHCOUNTS team. While at Stanford, Laura studied a mix of mathematics, computer science, and classics – the latter gave her the chance to study abroad in Italy, where she could visit lots of exciting ancient ruins like those in the photo on the left. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, working on crafts, learning new styles of dancing, and roller skating.
Rachel Zhang
Rachel just finished her first year at MIT, where she studies mathematics. In high school, she represented USA at the European Girls' Math Olympiad three times, won Math Prize for Girls in 2015, and was a USAMO honorable mention in 2016. She doesn't know if she has any consistent hobbies besides taking walks at night and going on boba runs, but she's hoping to do more social dancing and play more music.
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