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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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Meet the Team

 
  • Shreyas Balaji

    Traveling Team

    Sugar Land, TX

    John Foster Dulles High School

    Teacher: Judy Matney

    Senior

    Bio:

    I’m a normal high school senior with an above-average interest in physics. I’m curious and I like math, which makes for a potent combination. I pic… read more

  • Mike Bao

    Fullerton, CA

    Troy High School

    Teacher: Thomas Mosig

    Senior

    Bio:

    Physics first entered my life during my first airplane ride. Face pressed against the cool glass of the window, I watched in awe as the plane rumbl… read more

  • Edward Cen

    Bellaire, TX

    Bellaire High School

    Teacher: James Newland

    Senior

    Bio:

    The first physics question I really remember actually thinking about was Zeno’s paradox. Of course, I had the usual physical curiosities as a child… read more

  • Phil Chen

    Irvine, CA

    University HS - Irvine

    Teacher: Tim Smay

    Junior

    Bio:

    Five years ago, I would have never imagined myself here. My dream was to become a professional violinist. “Physics” did not even exist in my vocabu… read more

  • Matthew Guo

    San Jose, CA

    Evergreen Valley High School

    Teacher: Scott Lubbs

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    Ever since I was little, I enjoyed challenges of the mind. I would spend my free time putting puzzles together, playing video games that involved c… read more

  • Tiffany Huang

    Saratoga, CA

    Saratoga High School

    Teacher: Kirk Davis

    Junior

    Bio:

    You learn something new every day!

    —or so I strive for (not in the ironic “This is actually really obvious” kind of way, of course). My curio… read more

  • Kiran Linsuain

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Homeschool

    Teacher: Otto Linsuain

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    Growing up I always remember physics being in the background. My brother and I used to ”help” my father put together physics demonstrations for his… read more

  • Steven Liu

    Lincroft, NJ

    High Technology High School

    Teacher: Jennifer Martino

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I didn't really expect to be writing this bio at this point, but here I am.

    I've always been interested in science (and more generally how th… read more

  • Faraz Masroor

    Pinecrest, FL

    Gulliver Schools

    Teacher: Iuliana Vaida

    Senior

    Bio:

    From a very young age, while I had a magnificent curiosity about how the world around me worked, I had horrendous grades in elementary school math … read more

  • Srijon Mukherjee

    Noida, UP

    Amity International School, Noida

    Teacher: Vijayashree Naidu

    Senior

    Bio:

    I have had an interest in Mathematics ever since I was in elementary school. This interest in Mathematics probably sparked my later interest in Phy… read more

  • Pranav Murugan

    Denton, TX

    Texas Academy of Math and Science

    Teacher: Ben Warren

    Junior

    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 quad… read more

  • Anthony Ou

    Carmel, IN

    Carmel High School

    Teacher: Kimi Fellers

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I was not always very interested in physics. As a child, I was exceedingly lazy. So much so that anything which required critical thought was too t… read more

  • Aditya Parulekar

    Austin, TX

    Westwood High School

    Teacher: Leslie Drake

    Junior

    Bio:

    It’s been so long since I started doing math and physics that I don’t quite remember why I started. I think it was some strange combination of my p… read more

  • Jimmy Qin

    Traveling Team

    Sanford, FL

    Seminole High School

    Teacher: Amber Morgan

    Senior

    Bio:

    I’ve physics-ed my way through high school for four years and learned a bit about fields, dels, waves, and the importance of having patience and st… read more

  • Sanjay Raman

    Traveling Team

    Seattle, WA

    Lakeside School

    Teacher: Dean Ballard

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    My physics journey began in 7th grade. Before then, I was the typical math-focused student who took a few advanced math classes and participated in… read more

  • Kye Shi

    Traveling Team

    Watsonville, CA

    Monte Vista Christian School

    Teacher: John Clymer

    Senior

    Bio:

    As a kid, I loved making things. Second grade, I remember sitting in the classroom after school--alone, for, as a kid, I sucked at making friends--… read more

  • Michelle Song

    Traveling Team

    Fremont, CA

    Mission San Jose High School

    Teacher: Peter Geschke

    Junior

    Bio:

    I’ve been fascinated with the universe ever since the solar system still had nine planets. My first interest was astronomy, which naturally led to … read more

  • Andrew Wang

    Andover, MA

    Phillips Andover Academy

    Teacher: J. Peter Watt

    Junior

    Bio:

    My formative years were spent in the wonderful town of Thousand Oaks, California, where I learned to read, solve math problems, keep my eyes open t… read more

  • Handong Wang

    Los Gatos, CA

    Los Gatos High School

    Teacher: Daniel Burns

    Junior

    Bio:

    Once upon a time, there was a lab rat that was rewarded for every two-digit multiplication problem it solved. Ten years of feedback looping later, … read more

  • Catherine Wu

    Saratoga, CA

    Saratoga High School

    Teacher: Kirk Davis

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I’ve heard it said that those who are good at physics are always good at math, but those good at math aren’t necessarily good at physics; that’s wh… read more

  • Haobang Yang

    Edison, NJ

    John P Stevens High School

    Teacher: James Kovalcin

    Junior

    Bio:

    When I first saw that I had to write an autobiography, I knew I couldn’t simply base it solely on how I became who I am now. Although my avoidance … read more

  • Jerry Zhang

    Chesterfield, MO

    Marquette High School

    Teacher: Steven Schmitt

    Junior

    Bio:

    In our garage sits a relic from elementary school: a homemade, small scale shake table.

    One day in third grade, my dad brought home a picture… read more

 

Contact Information

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