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meet the coaches


  • Paul Stanley

    Academic Director

    Paul is the Dobson Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Beloit College. 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.


  • Chrisy Xiyu Du

    Junior Coach

    Chrisy is a graduate student studying physics at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include statistical mechanics and soft condensed matter. Right now she is working on understanding the role of shapes in colloidal self assembly.

  • Mark Eichenlaub

    Junior Coach

    Mark is a graduate student studying physics education research at University of Maryland. His research uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand cognitive aspects of problem solving in introductory physics for the life sciences. He has always enjoyed a good physics problem and is looking forward to his first summer working with the physics team!

  • David Fallest

    Senior Coach

    Dave is a scientist working at the NSWCDD. While earning his Ph.D. At North Carolina State University, he conducted soft condensed matter experiments and numerical astrophysics research. When not teaching or researching, David enjoys his favorite pastime -- juggling.

  • Eugen Hruska


    Graduate student at Rice University. His research interest lies in statistical physics and computational biophysics, mainly around protein folding. He competed at IPhO four times.

  • Mikhail Kagan


    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.

  • Kevin Zhou

    Junior Coach

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