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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

Glen Dawson is the National Director of AoPS Academy. In 2014, Glen founded a learning center in Morrisville, North Carolina, that two years later became the first AoPS Academy campus. 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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Thomas Flood - Campus Director

Thomas is Campus Director of AoPS Academy in Bellevue, Washington. He began his career at AoPS as the Assistant Director in Vienna, Virginia. He is an experienced teacher and tutor with a passion for education policy. After completing his Masters of Arts in Education from Wake Forest University, Thomas moved to Washington, DC, where he taught middle and high school math as well as math, science, and ELA at the University of the District of Columbia. As an undergraduate, he studied mathematics, economics, and gender studies at Furman University, where he was awarded the J. Carlyle Ellet Economics Prize, as the top economics graduate of the year. The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) and Public and Municipal Finance journals have published his research in economics, education policy, and pedagogy.

Thomas Flood - Campus Director

Rebecca Sodervick - Assistant Campus Director

Rebecca Sodervick is the Assistant Director of AoPS Academy in Bellevue. She is a passionate educator of mathematics with experience teaching and tutoring students ranging from elementary to advanced undergraduates. While studying Mathematics at Michigan State University (MSU), Rebecca supervised a Math Learning Center and assisted with the MSU K-12 Summer Math Camps. In addition, she helped run the Discovering America Exchange Program, partnering with Xi'an Jiaotong and Beihang Universities in China. After graduating, Rebecca returned to the MSU K-12 Summer Math Camp as Assistant Director, while completing a Master's degree in Mathematics at the University of Michigan. During her time there, Rebecca also taught AoPS curriculum to a group of precocious 3rd - 5th graders and coached a state-qualifying Math Counts team. When not working, Rebecca enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her playful dog, Dexter.

Rebecca Sodervick - Assistant Campus Director
"AoPS Academy is truly a wonderful place to learn advanced concepts in math. The academy has highly qualified instructors who not only help kids learn rigorous math concepts in great depth, but also inspire them to achieve the lofty heights that they are capable of. The instructors are truly an inspiration for my children due to their thoughtful mentoring. Thank you for everything you do for our kids."
-Praveen T.
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