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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

 

 

Meet the Team

  • Vincent Bian

    Poolesville, MD

    Poolesville High School

    Teacher: Christopher Hanson

    Junior

    Bio:

    When I was really young, I was the stereotypical curious child - always asking questions about the world around me, and always asking “why?” after my ex… read more

  • Sean Chen

    San Diego, CA

    Canyon Crest Academy

    Teacher: John Danssaert

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I’ve been interested in physics for a while, and for quite a bit without even knowing it. When I was in elementary school and first learned about atoms,… read more

  • Swapnil Garg

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Eric Nelson

    Senior

    Bio:

    Since middle school, my life has revolved around math. After I joined my middle school’s Mathcounts club, it became my home within my school. I loved pa… read more

  • Gopal Goel

    Traveling Team

    Portland, OR

    Krishna Homeschool

    Teacher: Purushottam Goel

    Freshman

    Bio:

    It was a dream come true to be invited to the US Physics Team.

    My love for physics stemmed from my love for math. Homeschooling gave me the opport… read more

  • Matthew Guo

    San Jose, CA

    Evergreen Valley High School

    Teacher: Scott Lubbs

    Junior

    Bio:

    Growing up, math was by far my favorite subject in school. The clever manipulation of numbers exerted an irresistible attraction on me, and I soon began… read more

  • Hagan Hensley

    Stanford, CA

    EPGY Stanford University

    Teacher: Alex McKale

    Senior

    Bio:

    My interest in physics stemmed from a lifelong interest in astronomy. I’m lucky to live only a short drive away from the dark skies of west Texas, and w… read more

  • Raymond Li

    San Diego, CA

    Canyon Crest Academy

    Teacher: John Danssaert

    Junior

    Bio:

    My physics journey began not with physics, but with math. As a young kid, I loved learning about math. When I was about three or four, my grandparents t… read more

  • Kiran Linsuain

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Homeschool

    Teacher: Otto Linsuain

    Junior

    Bio:

    A stroke of serendipity brought about my first physics "experiment" at a very young age. I do not remember how old (or young) I was or how I managed to … read more

  • Richard Liu

    Mason, OH

    Mason High School

    Teacher: Diana Messer

    Junior

    Bio:

    As a child, I was fairly lazy and reluctant to do anything academically related. At the direction of my parents, I tried to do well in school, but the n… read more

  • Edward Lu

    Katy, TX

    Cinco Ranch High School

    Teacher: Shawn Richard

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    Ever since my primary school years (and also before, from what my mom says), I have always been curious about how the world works. And, not just what ma… read more

  • Pranav Murugan

    Denton, TX

    Texas Academy of Math and Science

    Teacher: Ben Warren

    Senior

    Bio:

    I remember being fascinated in elementary and middle school with how the math I learned tied so easily to the physical world around us. That a quadratic… read more

  • Graham O'Donnell

    Tallahassee, FL

    Lincoln High School

    Teacher: David Wright

    Senior

    Bio:

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been good with numbers. I began taking classes above my grade level in 1st grade and completed Algebra I in 4th gra… read more

  • Anthony Ou

    Traveling Team

    Carmel, IN

    Carmel High School

    Teacher: Kimi Fellers

    Junior

    Bio:

    Nearly everyone begins their biographies by reminiscing on their infatuation with the science from a young age. However, I am unfortunately unable to do… read more

  • Dilhan Salgado

    Silver Spring, MD

    Montgomery Blair High School

    Teacher: James Schafer

    Senior

    Bio:

    Like many other people, my interests with the sciences started with Math. I have been enthralled with math for as long as I can remember. I first starte… read more

  • Michelle Song

    Traveling Team

    Fremont, CA

    Mission San Jose High School

    Teacher: Peter Geschke

    Senior

    Bio:

    Here is my love letter to physics.

    Thank you, physics, for stoking my burning childhood imagination. What and Where are we? Is there more to the w… read more

  • Shannon Weng

    Princeton Junction, NJ

    West Windsor - Plainsboro High School South

    Teacher: Barbara Fortunato

    Senior

    Bio:

    Ever since I can remember, science has been a special part of my identity. Our relationship has evolved over the years, but I still fondly remember its … read more

  • Jason Xia

    Naperville, IL

    Naperville North High School

    Teacher: Kevin Farrell

    Senior

    Bio:

    As a kid, I constantly bombarded my parents with questions: “How does electricity make a fan turn? How does a refrigerator keep food cold?” I’m sure my … read more

  • YuQing Xie

    Traveling Team

    Wilmington, DE

    Charter School of Wilmington

    Teacher: David Stover

    Senior

    Bio:

    An eagle soars gracefully in the air, a perfect balance of lift and gravity. It dives towards the lake, snatching a fish with its talons as I imagine th… read more

  • David Xiong

    Princeton Junction, NJ

    West Windsor - Plainsboro High School South

    Teacher: Barbara Fortunato

    Junior

    Bio:

    I formally started learning physics in high school, but my first interaction with physics actually started when i was much younger, when my parents firs… read more

  • Daniel Zhu

    Traveling Team

    Silver Spring, MD

    Montgomery Blair High School

    Teacher: James Schafer

    Junior

    Bio:

    If you had asked me a couple of years ago why I found physics interesting, my answer would be more or less straightforward: unlike other fields of scien… read more

Contact Information

For more details and information about the US Physics Team, please contact AAPT's Programs department at 301-209-3340 or programs@aapt.org