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 Olympiad Physics Problem Solving online classes. As a high school student in former 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 four books on competitive math and physics, 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 book on competitive physics, “F=ma Contests: 2011-2019 Official Solutions Manual” (co-authored with his double USAPhO Gold Medalist student Eric K.Zhang) is available as a free download on the AAPT web site: https://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2020/pastexams.cfm.
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.
Charles Ratliff, AP Calculus BC & AP Physics I:
Charles P. (Dutch) Ratliff joined the AwesomeMath faculty in June 2021. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1999 with a BS in physics and mathematics, then from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a PhD in physics & astronomy. He has worked as a research scientist in the medical schools of the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, USC and UCLA. He has published original research in theoretical and experimental neurophysiology, using the retina as a model system. From 2017-2021 he was a professor at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, where he taught classes in physics, calculus, economics and psychology. He is a Visiting Collaborative Researcher at the Center for Systems Vision Science at Ritsumeikan University.
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