Mathew Crawford is the founder and CEO of MIST Academy, a school for gifted and talented students, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Crawford won numerous national math championships as a student before attending Washington University in St. Louis on a Compton Fellowship where he studied mathematics and worked on the Human Genome Project at the Institute for Biomedical Computing. After spending several on Wall Street and eventually running a finance operation from the basement of his apartment, Crawford founded his first education company in 2001, Universal Set Educational Resources, with childhood friend Cameron Matthews. In 2003, Crawford became the first employee of Art of Problem Solving where he helped to write and teach most of the online classes during the first three years of the AoPS online school.
His competition achievements include:
- National MathCounts written test champion in 7th grade (perfect score of 46) and second place in 8th grade (score of 44).
- Two-time perfect scorer on the AHSME.
- Perfect score on the AIME as a freshman.
- Three-time invitee to the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program.
- Member of a top 4 Putnam team.
- Youngest winner of the National Mu Alpha Theta convention.
- Only 5-time winner of the Alabama State Written Examination (Algebra II/Trig once, Comprehensive four times).
- Twice among ARML high scorers (tie-breakers) and Zachary Sobol Award winner.
Crawford also writes competition problems and performs duties for many math competitions:
- USAMTS problem writer and grader (2004-2006)
- iTest head test writer (2007 and 2008)
- Birmingham and Alabama MATHCOUNTS coordinator
- Mu Alpha Theta test writer and proof reader
- Co-coach of the Missouri ARML team (1996,1997)
- Coach of the San Diego ARML team (2005,2006)
- Coach of the Alabama ARML team (2008, 2010-present)
- Headed up the grading of the Power Round for the Georgia ARML site (2010)
- San Diego Math League test writer and problem writer for the San Diego Math Olympiad (2004-6)
Crawford's user page can be found here.