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meet the team

  • Yishun Dong

    Columbus, OH

    Upper Arlington High School

    Teacher: Jeff Schuster

    Senior

    Bio:

    This is my second time being qualified for the U.S. physics team. Some of my biography information can be found from my previous one. But still, I … read more

  • Yale Fan

    Portland, OR

    Catlin Gabel School

    Teacher: Robert Sauer

    Junior

    Bio:

    Existential questions afflicted me from a very early age. To me, the straightforward biological motive of self-perpetuation achieves no apparent e… read more

  • David Field

    Traveling Team

    Andover, MA

    Phillips Andover Academy

    Teacher: J. Peter Watt

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I've lived in Andover for most of my life. I went to public school for elementry and middle school, and now I am a day student at Phillips Andover … read more

  • Justin Holmgren

    Palo Alto, CA

    Palo Alto High School

    Teacher: Keith Geller

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was born in Summit, New Jersey on August 14, 1991, but I moved to Palo Alto, California when I was four. When I was a young kid, I wanted to be … read more

  • Patrick Hurst

    Aurora, IL

    Illinois Math & Science Academy

    Teacher: Mark Carlson

    Senior

    Bio:

    When I was in sixth grade, my parents bought me The Feynman Lectures on Physics, and I proceeded to read through the series as if I was reading a n… read more

  • Robert Kastner

    Basking Ridge, NJ

    Ridge High School

    Teacher: Michael Gilmore

    Senior

    Bio:

    In third grade, I entered the National Science Teachers' Association/Craftsmen Tools Young Inventors Contest. I was selected as one of the 36 winn… read more

  • Brian Kong

    Milton, MA

    Milton Academy

    Teacher: Thomas Gagnon

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I was born in America, but mostly grew up in Korea, before coming to Milton Academy, a boarding school in Milton, MA. This is my second year at Mil… read more

  • Kevin Lang

    Charlotte, NC

    Myers Park High School

    Teacher: Lauren Brown

    Senior

    Bio:

    I am a senior at Myers Park HS in Charlotte, North Carolina. I live here with my family including my twin brother, my little sister, the dog we re… read more

  • Dan Li

    Alexandria, VA

    Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci-Tech

    Teacher: John Dell

    Junior

    Bio:

    In elementary school, my parents and teachers discovered that I possessed exceptional mathematical aptitude. This was particularly seen when I go… read more

  • Patricia Li

    San Jose, CA

    Lynbrook High School

    Teacher: David Taylor

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was born in Colorado, moved to New York and then to California, where I've lived for almost all my life. I got my start with Mathcounts in 6th gr… read more

  • Bowei Liu

    Traveling Team

    Fremont, CA

    Mission San Jose High School

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I was born in Beijing, China, and I moved to the United States at the age of two. I remember being very interested in reading/language as a kid, an… read more

  • Jenny Lu

    Southbury, CT

    Pomperaug High School

    Teacher: Jose Martinez

    Junior

    Bio:

    I live in Southbury, CT, which is, like many of the towns nearby, in the middle of the temperate deciduous forest. Despite all the grumbling about … read more

  • Marianna Mao

    Traveling Team

    Fremont, CA

    Mission San Jose High School

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was born and raised in the sleepy town of Slidell, Louisiana, where I spent the majority of my time catching lizards or crashing my bike into … read more

  • Anand Natarajan

    Traveling Team

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Eric Nelson

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993 (or so reliable witnesses tell me) and I've lived in far too many states since then. In fact, I've live… read more

  • Joshua Oreman

    Traveling Team

    Los Angeles, CA

    Harvard Westlake School

    Teacher: John Feulner

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was born on January 17, 1991, and lived the first five years of my life in Glendale, California; now I live in Pasadena, about ten miles away. … read more

  • Thomas Schultz

    Boston, MA

    Boston Univ Academy

    Teacher: Gary Garber

    Junior

    Bio:

    Two of the most influential academic experiences of my life have been being a member of the US Physics Team and attending the ISSYP (international … read more

  • Allen Yuan

    Beverly Hills, MI

    Detroit Country Day High School

    Teacher: Dan Berger

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I was born in Michigan, and I've lived here most of my life. Before kindergarten, I wasn't particularly bright; the one thing that fascinated me m… read more

  • Yunfan Zhang

    Andover, MA

    Phillips Andover Academy

    Teacher: J. Peter Watt

    Senior

    Bio:

    I was born in Beijing, China. Reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time in 5th grade started my interest in physics and cosmology.… read more

  • Andrew Zhou

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Eric Nelson

    Junior

    Bio:

    I was born in San Jose, California on August 3rd, 1992 and live there today. In my childhood, I developed a love for learning that clearly still pe… read more