The Founder and Director of the Metroplex Math Circle is Dr. Titu Andreescu. MMC builds upon a long and distinguished career helping talented students around the world to achieve excellence in mathematics and problem solving.
Dr. Titu Andreescu, University of Texas at Dallas
Titu Andreescu received his Ph.D. from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. The topic of his dissertation was “Research on Diophantine Analysis and Applications.” Professor Andreescu currently teaches at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is past chairman of the USA Mathematical Olympiad, served as director of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions (1998–2003), coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad Team (IMO) for 10 years (1993–2002), director of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (1995–2002), and leader of the USA IMO Team (1995–2002). In 2002 Titu was elected member of the IMO Advisory Board, the governing body of the world’s most prestigious mathematics competition. Titu co-founded in 2006 and continues as director of the AwesomeMath Summer Program (AMSP). He received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching from the MAA in 1994 and a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the president of the MAA in 1995 for his outstanding service as coach of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program in preparing the US team for its perfect performance in Hong Kong at the 1994 IMO. Titu’s contributions to numerous textbooks and problem books are recognized worldwide. Related articles on this site.
Following are just some of the excellent speakers who have presented to the Metroplex Math Circle:
Dr. Zuming Feng, Phillips Exeter Academy
Zuming Feng received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University with emphasis on Algebraic Number Theory and Elliptic Curves. He teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy. Zuming also served as a coach of the USA IMO team (1997-2006), was the deputy leader of the USA IMO Team (2000-2002), and an assistant director of the USA Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (1999-2002). He has been a member of the USA Mathematical Olympiad Committee since 1999, and has been the leader of the USA IMO team and the academic director of the USA Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program since 2003. Zuming is also co-founder and academic director of the AwesomeMath Summer Program (AMSP) since 2006. He received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching from the MAA in 1996 and 2002. Related articles on this site.
Dr. Dorin Andrica
Dorin Andrica received his Ph.D. in 1992 from “Babes-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; his thesis treated critical points and applications to the geometry of differentiable submanifolds. Professor Andrica has been chairman of the Department of Geometry at “Babes-Bolyai” since 1995. He has written and contributed to numerous mathematics textbooks, problem books, articles and scientific papers at various levels. He is an invited lecturer at university conferences around the world: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Turkey, and the USA. Dorin is a member of the Romanian Committee for the Mathematics Olympiad and is a member on the editorial boards of several international journals. Also, he is well known for his conjecture about consecutive primes called “Andrica’s Conjecture.” He has been a regular faculty member at the Canada–USA Mathcamps between 2001–2005 and at the AwesomeMath Summer Program (AMSP) since 2006. Related articles on this site.
Dr. Bennette Harris
Bennette Harris is currently an Associate Professor and former department chair of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he has been on staff since 1982. His research interests include topics in both mathematics and computer science. He is the 1984 recipient of UW-Whitewater’s Roseman Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor. In addition to teaching at UW-Whitewater, Bennette has taught computer technology courses for IBM and AT&T, and has served as a mathematics and computer consultant for a number of industries. This fall he is on sabbatical conducting research in automated Internet server management strategies. Bennette has a BS in mathematics from Virginia Tech, MA from UW-Madison, and EdD from Oklahoma State. Related articles on this site.
AoPS Incorporated was founded by Richard Rusczyk in 2003 to create interactive educational opportunities for avid math students. Richard Rusczyk is one of the co-authors of the Art of Problem Solving textbooks, author of Art of Problem Solving’s Introduction to Algebra and Introduction to Geometry textbooks, one of the co-creators of the Mandelbrot Competition, and the 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 graduated from Princeton University in 1993, helped inaugurate ESPN’s SportsFigures program, 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. Related articles on this site.
Dr. Tatiana Shubin
Tatiana Shubin won the All-Siberian Math Olympiad when she was in the seventh grade. Her B.S. is from Moscow State University (Russia), and her PhD is from UC Santa Barbara. She served for 6 years as the California State Director of AMC-8, then became a co-founder of the Bay Area Math Adventures (BAMA), and has been on the BAMA steering committee ever since. Related articles on this site.
Alicia Prieto Langarica, UT Arlington
Ms. Langarica is a mathematics Phd student at The University of Texas at Arlington. She has a BS in Applied Mathematics from the Univestity of Texas at Dallas and was a contestant in the Mexican Mathematics Olympiads for 5 years where she received one national silver medal and two gold medals. Since then, she has been involved continuously in mathematics Olympiads as a trainer and problem writer. Related articles on this site.
Dr. Paul Stanford, UT Dallas
Dr. Stanford is a professor at UT Dallas who worked for Texas Instruments for many years, both in England and in Dallas, doing software development and then serving on standardization boards, helping electronic companies to share schematics and other descriptions of integrated circuits with each other. He was a senior member of technical staff (SMTS) at TI, and the standard was the Electronic Design Interchange Format (EDIF). Dr. Stanford has lead tutorials on EDIF at conferences around the world on many occasions, and was featured on a video training series.
More recently, Dr. Stanford ran his own company, designing computer languages for other companies. The company was called Custom Computer Languages. He has taught in community colleges and at UT Dallas for many years and has also developed automatic testing procedures withing the telecommunications industry. Related articles on this site.
Simion Filip, Princeton
Mr. Filip is a senior at Princeton University, studying mathematics with an interest in mathematical physics. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics. While in high-school, Simion Filip took part in both the International Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads, where he received silver and bronze medals respectively. Related articles on this site.
Dr. Tanya Khovanova, MIT
Dr. Khovanova has had a varied and interesting career. She grew up in Russia where she participated in many math competitions, winning 3 gold medals at the national level and one gold and a silver at the IMO. She earned her PhD in Mathematics at Moscow State University.
Until recently Dr. Khovanova worked in Battle Management until recently deciding to return to academia. She currently holds a position as a Visiting Scholar at Math Dept at MIT. In addition, Dr. Khovanova is a math competition coach at the Advanced Math and Sciences Academy.
You can read more about Dr. Tanya Khovanova on her blog.
Dr. Branislav Kisačanin, Texas Instruments
Dr. Kisačanin is a computer scientist at Texas Instruments working in the field of computer vision. In his spare time he likes to use computer vision for fun project such as his Tetris-playing robot. He loved math and physics competitions and nowadays likes to challenge his wife, kids, and friends with math problems and puzzles. Dr.Kisačanin wrote a book about selected mathematical gems: Mathematical Problems and Proofs.
Dr. Carol Reynolds
For more than 20 years, Dr. Carol Reynolds was Associate Professor of Music History at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Carol also is a uniquely talented and much sought-after speaker for arts venues and general audiences. Never dull or superficial, Carol brings to her audiences a unique mix of humor, substance, and skilled piano performance to make the arts more accessible and meaningful to all.
Dr. Mirro Yotov, Florida International University
- B.A. in Math: Sofia University, Bulgaria
- Ph.D. in Math: Moscow State University and Sofia University
- Assistant Professor in Math at Department of Mathematics and
- Statistics of Florida International University
- Bronze Medal on IMO’81
- Leader of the Little Math Circle at the Dept of Math and Stats of FIU.
Dr. Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas
- Assistant Professor of Computer Science
- Human Language Technology Research Institute
- B.S. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
- Ph.D. in Computer Science, Cornell University
Brian T Basham
- Undergraduate Mathematics Major at MIT
- Two time USAMO qualifier
- MOSP qualifier 2007
- 1st Place HMMT Combinatorics Subject Test 2008
- AMC 10 Perfect Score 2005
- Teaching Assistant at AwesomeMath and IdeaMath
- Mathematics Instructor, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (1991-2007)
- Faculty, Mathematics Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) (2002)
- Senior Coach, China Mathematics Association Olympiad Committee (1988-1990)
- MAA Sliffe Award winner for Distinguished Teaching
Dr. Alexey Root, University of Texas at Dallas
- Ph.D. in education, UCLA (1999)
- Author of Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators (2006), Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008), and Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities (March 30, 2009)
- U.S. Women’s Chess Champion and Women’s International Master title (1989)
- For more information, visit http://lu.com/authors/AlexeyRoot.pdf
Ivan Borsenco, MIT
- IMO Gold Medalist (2006), Bronze Medalist (2003 – 2005)
- Assistant Editor, Mathematical Reflections (2005 – present)
Dr. Jonathan Kane, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
- Member of the AIME Committee (2004 – present)
- Co-founder of the Purple Comet! Math Meet (formerly the UWW-UTD Math Meet)
Dr. Zoran Sunic, Texas A&M University
- Deputy Leader of the Macedonian IMO team
- Coach of the US IMO Team (2002)
- Member of the USAMO Committee (2005 – present)
Zac Cox, Stanford Law School
- McDermott Scholar, University of Texas at Dallas (2004 – 2008 )
- Captain of St. Mark’s School of Texas Math Team (2003 – 2004)
- USAMO qualifier (2001 – 2004)