Dr. Titu Andreescu, Lead Instructor, Advanced Problem Solvers:
Dr. Titu Andreescu is an associate professor of mathematics in the Science and Mathematics Education department at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Much of his career has been devoted to competition math, an efficient medium for teaching creative problem-solving for a wide-range of math topics. With over 30 years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring the brightest mathematical minds of our age at all levels, including being the primary coach for the International Mathematics Olympiad, Dr. Andreescu sought to bring this expertise to the Dallas area in the form of AwesomeMath Academy.
M. Tip Phaovibul, Lead Instructor, Intermediate & Advanced Problem Solvers:
I received my bachelors degree in mathematics from California State University at Long Beach in 2008 and my doctorate degree from the University of Illinois, specializing in number theory, in 2015. In 2004-2008, I was an assistant coach for the Long Beach Math circle and Southern California ARML (the A team usually finishes in the top 8 in the nation). During my time at the University of Illinois, I served on the Undergraduate Math competition committee, which helps train for the Putnam contest and other competitions. Over the past three years, I’ve been working for AwesomeMath and have enjoyed teaching young students how to succeed in mathematics competitions. For more information about me, you can visit my page at mtip341.wordpress.com.
Patrick McClintock, Lead Instructor, Novice & Beginner Problem Solvers:
Patrick McClintock has been with AwesomeMath since 2014, becoming an instructor after having the opportunity to study under Titu Andreescu and other IMO leaders. Since then he has been entrenched in competition math. He is a graduate of UTD and is currently pursuing an MAT in Mathematics Education. He delights in seeing his students grow and evolve over the years as they progress through different levels of problem solving classes.
Branislav Kisačanin, Physics Problem Solving Instructor:
Dr. Branislav Kisačanin created and teaches AwesomeMath Academy Physics Problem Solving online classes. As a high school student in Yugoslavia he successfully participated in math and physics competitions and grew up to be a highly regarded expert for applications of computer vision and artificial intelligence in autonomous driving. He works as a computer scientist at Nvidia Corporation. Dr. Branislav published five books on computer vision and control theory and was a guest editor for several special issues of top computer vision journals. In his spare time, he is a passionate teacher of competitive math and physics at the AwesomeMath Summer Programs and at the AwesomeMath Academy. In that arena, Dr. Branislav published three books on competitive math, with two more currently in the pipeline, and has created three levels of competitive physics courses at the AwesomeMath Academy. His physics students have won a number of medals at the USAPhO competition. His first book on competitive physics, “F=ma Contests: 2011-2018 Official Solutions Manual” (co-authored with his double USAPhO Gold Medalist student Eric K.Zhang) is about to be published by AAPT.
Aleksandra Djordjevic, Chemistry Online Instructor:
Ms. Alex (Aleksandra Djordjevic) has been studying, applying, and tutoring chemistry for over 20 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in Industrial Chemistry summa cum laude at the University of Belgrade in former Yugoslavia and is an honorary member of Serbian Chemical Society. She received her MS degree in Computational Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and later worked as a chemical engineer developing novel materials for new technologies in the electronics industry.
Elizabeth Reiland, Intro to Combinatorics & Math That Counts Online Instructor:
Elizabeth Reiland has been teaching Combinatorics and Number Theory at AwesomeMath Summer Program since 2012 and has served as the Academic Coordinator since 2015. She received her B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in 2011 and will finish her Ph.D. in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department at Johns Hopkins University in 2018. While at JHU she served as the instuctor of record for the undergraduate Discrete Mathematics course and received the Professor Joel Dean Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as assisting with several other courses at both an undergraduate and graduate level. Elizabeth is passionate about mathematics, and she strives to help inspire students to grow their own love of math and learning.
Neil Parker, Director of Marketing and Communications:
Neil has 14 years of marketing and brand management experience and success in a wide range of industries including healthcare recruiting, media, retail/e-commerce, and commercial real estate most recently. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he majored in film production and was fortunate enough to work on several movies & tv shows filmed in and around Austin. His marketing experience spans paid ads, social media, email marketing, experiential/event marketing. Neil lives in Celina, TX, about 40 minutes north of Dallas with his wife Chelsea and 1 year old daughter Nora. Chelsea is a kindergarten teacher in the Frisco Independent School District. Neil enjoys hunting, watching sports of all kinds, outdoor activities, and spending time with Chelsea and Nora.
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