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meet the coaches


  • Paul Stanley

    Academic Director


    Dobson Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Beloit College. His research involves classical and quantum chaos, and varies between highly theoretical, heavily computational, and playfully experimental. In his spare time he plays the trumpet semi-professionally


  • JiaJia Dong



    Assistant professor in the Physics Department, Hamline University. Interests includes non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, particularly in biological systems. Her interests also include using computer modeling and theoretical approaches, whereas she studies the stationary and dynamic properties of these systems. This will be her first year coaching the 2009 US Physics Team.

  • David Fallest



    Graduate student at North Carolina State University currently conducting research in soft condensed matter. When not occupied with studying physics, he enjoys his favorite hobby - juggling. He is happy to have joined the coaching staff in 2008

  • David Jones



    David taught high school physics for 19 years at three different high schools in the Miami Dade County Public Schools. Three of his students over the years earned a spot on the US Physics Team. David also works for the College Board as an AP Physics Workshop Consultant. He is currently working at Florida International University teaching Physics I and II and working as a coordinator for a physics education and outreach grant titled CHEPREO.

  • Andrew Lin



    Yale graduate - Silver Medalist in 1998 and Gold Medalist in 1999. Andrew was a junior coach from 2001 through 2003, and coach since 2004.

Lab Coaches

  • Warren Turner

    Senior Coach


    Assistant Professor at Westfield State College in Massachusetts. Warren has been with the team since 1999 as a coach and senior lab coach in 2001 to Present

  • Qiu Zi Li

    Assistant Lab Coach


    A PhD candidate in the Physics Department at University of Maryland-College Park. She's currently doing research in the area of condensed matter theory. This will be her first year working as Lab Assistant for the 2009 US physics Team