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Our Founders

Richard Rusczyk

Art of Problem Solving was founded by Richard Rusczyk in 2003 to create interactive educational opportunities for avid math students. Richard is the author or a co-author of 7 AoPS textbooks 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.

Glen Dawson

In 2014, Glen founded a learning center in Morrisville, North Carolina, that two years later became the first AoPS Academy campus. Glen served as the National Director of AoPS Academy until his retirement in 2019. He has experience as a college math professor, statistician, and expert SAS programmer. He has been a professional math tutor for many years, and specializes in training academically-advanced and high-performing math students. Glen is a graduate of Duke University and holds a graduate degree in statistics from Boston University.

David Patrick

Dave joined AoPS in 2004. He is the author or a co-author of 4 AoPS textbooks. 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.

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Kyle Guillet

Kyle Guillet

Kyle is the West Regional Director of AoPS Academy. In 2009, he earned dual BS degrees in mathematics and biology as a Dean's Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he joined Teach For America and taught 6th- and 8th-grade math in beautiful Navajo, New Mexico. Kyle joined AoPS full-time in 2012 and spent many great years as a co-author of the Beast Academy books before transitioning to the AoPS Academy team. He enjoys dancing poorly, and as a matter of principle will only buy prime rib if the number of ribs is actually prime.

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones

Kelly is the East Regional Director of AoPS Academy. In 2014, Kelly became the Language Arts Director at the inaugural AoPS Academy campus in Morrisville, North Carolina. She went on to manage the language arts program nationally prior to taking on her current role of overseeing the campuses in the eastern half of the country. In a past life, Kelly was a public school teacher. She is a licensed reading specialist and language arts teacher, spanning all grade levels from kindergarten through high school. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in education from Penn State and a master's degree from UNC Chapel Hill. When she has time on her hands, Kelly runs a lot, reads a lot, and hangs out with her two kids, objectively the coolest kids on the block.

Kaitlin Kelly

Kaitlin Kelly

Kaitlin is the Operations Producer for AoPS Academy. She joined AoPS in 2019. She received a Bachelor's in Political Science from the George Washington University in 2013 and, upon realizing that law school wasn't for her, her Master's in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught English around the world, from Argentina to Haiti to China to Turkey. You can always find her on the beach (under an umbrella, of course) or on an airplane setting off to places unknown.

Chris Lang

Chris Lang

Chris is the Procurement Administrator for AoPS Academy. She joined the Morrisville, North Carolina campus in 2015 and now works at headquarters in sunny San Diego. Chris understands the value of the opportunities that AoPS Academy offers for students, having worked in the public school system for close to a decade. Besides making sure that everything at AoPS Academy works right, Chris holds a degree in paralegal studies, has two beautiful daughters, and loves watching horror movies.

Yating Liu

Yating Liu

Yating Liu is the Director of Business Development of AoPS Academy, overseeing campus acquisitions, educational products, financial, and long-term strategic planning. He was the designer or significant contributor of seven AoPS Academy courses and was formerly in charge of AoPS Academy operations. Yating earned his BS in math from Peking University and his MS in math and PhD in math education from Ohio State. Before joining AoPS, he was one of the youngest tenure track faculty and doctoral advisors at Old Dominion University. Yating was a one-time champion in China's national level math competition and a two-time champion in provincial level physics competitions by the age of fifteen—the same year that he received an entrance exam waiver for any university in the nation. In his free time, Yating enjoys tinkering and antique hunting.

Bridget Lynch

Bridget Lynch

Bridget is the Workflow Systems Designer for AoPS Academy. She joined AoPS in 2019 after working for five years as a program director at a nearby Catholic parish. The transition from church work to STEM was a big one, but as a homeschool alum, a philosophical academic, and an emotional support human to a giant greyhound, she’s used to juggling unconventional situations. When she isn’t trying to save the world through impactful communication practices, you can find her cooking huge amounts of her Italian family recipes for her friends, hand-lettering random quotes, and rocking her friends’ babies to sleep.

Noah Prince

Noah Prince

Noah is the Technology Systems Designer for AoPS Academy. He 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 Ransom

Dustin is the VP of Operations at Art of Problem Solving and oversees the AoPS Academy Operations team. He 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?!"

Claire Vannette

Claire Vannette

Claire is the Launch Project Manager for AoPS Academy. She studied Literature and Writing at UC San Diego and then spent a year in AmeriCorps, completing service projects across the Eastern seaboard. She has also worked as an SAT tutor, but is very glad she doesn't have to take any more standardized tests. Her hobbies include gardening with native California plants, playing RPGs, and giving people advice on the internet.

"General coaching classes at many academic training centers stress repetition of the concept until a student grasps it thoroughly. At AoPS Academy, they go far beyond repetition. Their highly qualified instructors do a great job at teaching fundamental concepts to students at much greater depth, and challenge them to walk that extra mile by presenting them with more complex problems to solve. It provides a great learning experience in a friendly, fun, yet competitive and challenging environment. They provide their students with a combination of excellent instructional curriculum along with amazing online tools. AoPS Academy also encourages students to take part in various competitions. Overall they do an incredible job imparting a deep knowledge of both math and language arts to all of their students, and AoPS Academy sets them on a path towards their career goals. We are happy to be part of AoPS Academy family!"
-Sandeep J.
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