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In 1986, under the direction of the AAPT Executive Officer, Jack Wilson, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) organized the United States Physics Team for the first time. — AAPT.ORG

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Below you will find profiles and information on coaches and assistant coaches helping the Physics Team train for the world Physics Olympiad.



  • Paul Stanley

    Academic Director


    Paul is the Dobson Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Beloit College and the Chair of Natural Sciences. He has worked for the US Physics team since 2003. 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, and he travels, having visited over fifty different countries.


  • Lucy Chen

    Assistant Coach


    Rising junior at Harvard College - silver medalist in 2011. Lucy is pursuing a joint Physics and Math major, with advanced standing in Statistics.

  • David Fallest



    Postdoctoral teaching scholar at North Carolina State University. While earning his Ph.D., he conducted soft condensed matter experiments and numerical astrophysics research. When not teaching or researching, David enjoys his favourite pastime -- juggling.

  • Qiuzi Li



    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.

  • Andrew Lin

    Senior Coach


    Andrew is an analyst and developer at Luminoso Technologies, where he teaches an army of computers to navigate the wilderness of human language. He graduated from Yale with a degree in physics in 2003. Andrew joined the coaching staff as a Junior Coach in 2001 and has been with the team ever since; he was a silver medalist in 1998 and a gold medalist in 1999.

  • Marianna Mao



    Rising senior at Harvard College-gold medalist in 2009, junior coach in 2011. Marianna's primary fields of study are physics, math, and computer science.