Our Team

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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Matt Hin

Matt Hin Campus Director

Matt's talent for numbers and computation was shaped into a passion for mathematics after his first AMC 10 as a freshman in high school. Matt holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College and a master's degree in applied mathematics from Cornell University. Before joining AoPS, Matt was a remote instructor and tutor for primary and secondary classrooms across the nation with Elevate K-12. Matt hopes to continue to build STEM pathways for marginalized, underrepresented, and low-income communities. In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading and watching works of science fiction and magical realism, recreating his family's Cambodian recipes, and tinkering with video games.

Rachel Shine

Rachel Shine Associate Director

Rachel's love of reading led her to earn her study in Canterbury, England and earn her BA in English literature at the University of Illinois. She knew she loved working with students, so she earned her MA in teaching from National Louis University through the Academy for Urban School Leadership. She taught middle school and high school language arts in Chicago Public Schools and Seattle Public Schools for nearly 15 years. She served on the Museum of Pop Culture’s Teacher Advisory Board and earned the prestigious National Board Certification. She loves all the personalities and curiosity of students and believes the AoPS students have the most interesting perspectives! Her teaching style can be described as a “warm demander” - a balanced mix of strict, goofy, and encouraging.

Our family regularly talks about AoPS. We try to think about how our life would be different without you all. What if my daughter hadn't learned to love math? What if she never experienced being pushed to her limits? Overcoming failure? She wouldn't be who she is. And she is AWESOME! A very proud mom here. We are so fortunate that we found AoPS Academy. I credit AoPS for much of her confidence.

Kelly B.,

AoPS Academy parent to 16-year-old engineering major at UW and future cancer researcher