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From 1986 to 2014, the United States Teams have brought home: 52 Gold Medals, 37 Silver Medals, 29 Bronze Medals, and 11 Honorable Mentions. — AAPT.ORG

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Coaches

 

Director

  • 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.

Coaches

  • JiaJia Dong

    Coach

    Associate Professor in the Physics Department, Bucknell University. Interests include 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.

  • David Fallest

    Senior Coach

    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.

  • Mikhail Kagan

    Coach

    Assistant professor of physics at Penn State Abington. His research interests are in the fields of quantum gravity and cosmology, as well as physics education. Recently Mike got interested in the interplay between electrical circuits, random walks and graph theory.

  • Jeffrey Yan

    Junior Coach

    Jeffrey is a rising junior at Harvard studying math and computer science. Physics camp and IPhO are some of his fondest memories of high school, so he's really looking forward to helping out at camp this year!

  • Kevin Zhou

    Junior Coach

    Kevin is a rising junior at MIT studying physics, math, and music. He was a gold medalist in 2012 and 2013 and is excited to be returning for his first year junior coaching.