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meet the team

  • Shankar Balasubramanian

    Alexandria, VA

    Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci-Tech

    Teacher: John Dell

    Senior

    Bio:

    Life throws unexpected things at you.

    Back in 4th grade, I would never have dreamt of pursuing physics. I was quite the avid collector: bugs… read more

  • Zachary Bogorad

    Traveling Team

    Solon, OH

    Solon High School

    Teacher: Ronald Fabo

    Senior

    Bio:

    I'm not really sure why I'm interested in physics. The biggest reason is definitely an innate desire to know how the world works. When I was younge… read more

  • Adam Busis

    Traveling Team

    Silver Spring, MD

    Montgomery Blair High School

    Teacher: James Schafer

    Senior

    Bio:

    I have enjoyed mathematics and mathematical puzzles for as long as I can remember. As a toddler, I loved jigsaw puzzles, and I would spend hours pl… read more

  • Kevin Chen

    La Jolla, CA

    The Bishop's School

    Teacher: Marcus Milling

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    Since I can remember, I have always been interested in math. I enjoyed its intricacies and elegance. I loved learning concepts, but I wanted to pu… read more

  • Allen Cheng

    Alexandria, VA

    Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci-Tech

    Teacher: John Dell

    Junior

    Bio:

    I am now a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. However, I still owe my interest in physics t… read more

  • Hannah Field

    Bronx, NY

    Stanford Online High School

    Teacher: Alex McKale

    Senior

    Bio:

    For me, it has always been about trying to understand things at the deepest, most fundamental level possible. I didn’t want to know that a battery … read more

  • Ben Hannel

    West Lake Village, CA

    Westlake High School

    Teacher: Scott Holloway

    Senior

    Bio:

    My world is one of intense fascination and voracious learning which my family has nurtured and encouraged.

    Age seven. My dad asks me, “if a … read more

  • Rohan Kodialam

    Lincroft, NJ

    High Technology High School

    Teacher: Jennifer Martino

    Senior

    Bio:

    My earliest childhood memories are of cozy evenings spent curled up in the family room learning math and science from my Dad, an applied mathematic… read more

  • Abijith Krishnan

    Scottsdale, AZ

    BASIS Scottsdale

    Teacher: Paul McClernon

    Junior

    Bio:

    Initially, I never was solely interested in physics, but in science in general as the captain of my school’s middle school Science Bowl team. I stu… read more

  • Kevin Li

    Traveling Team

    Princeton Junction, NJ

    West Windsor - Plainsboro High School South

    Teacher: Danielle Bugge

    Senior

    Bio:

    When high school students are asked to rank their least favorite subjects, math and physics often rank among the top of the list. Contrary to all t… read more

  • Celine Liang

    Saratoga, CA

    Saratoga High School

    Teacher: Kirk Davis

    Junior

    Bio:

    I'm super excited to be back at camp for another year! Last year was such an amazing experience for me, and I can’t wait to dive into another week … read more

  • Allen Liu

    Penfield, NY

    Penfield High School

    Teacher: David Wiener

    Junior

    Bio:

    Since I was a child, I have always been asking how and why. From politics to the physical world to mathematical equations, I have rarely been sati… read more

  • Jason Lu

    Traveling Team

    Lincolnshire, IL

    Adlai Stevenson High School

    Teacher: Sara Cahill

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    As long as I can remember, I have had a passion for learning how things work and why they are true. I was endlessly curious, and I loved to take th… read more

  • Jonathan Ma

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Eric Nelson

    Junior

    Bio:

    In lower school, I knew little about physics, which seemed like an abstract word sometimes invoked by science teachers to describe the world around… read more

  • Advait Parulekar

    Austin, TX

    Westwood High School

    Teacher: Douglas Skinner

    Senior

    Bio:

    I am not sure what the deal is with me and physics. It has been a while, and times and I have changed since. The idea behind physics was that as fa… read more

  • Saranesh Prembabu

    Traveling Team

    San Ramon, CA

    Dougherty Valley High School

    Teacher: Millard Lee

    Senior

    Bio:

    I have always felt curiosity toward science since a young age. Science has been my favorite subject since starting school, and in fact I was disap… read more

  • Videh Seksaria

    Lexington, MA

    Lexington High School

    Teacher: Ryan Grams

    Senior

    Bio:

    I can't really ever remember a time when I wasn't interested in math and science. I remember playing with primitive motors and circuits, combining … read more

  • Brian Tseng

    Fremont, CA

    Mission San Jose High School

    Teacher: Peter Geschke

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    As with many of the finalists, my interest in physics stems from my participation in math competitions. And how did I get involved in math competit… read more

  • Charles Wang

    Alexandria, VA

    Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci-Tech

    Teacher: John Dell

    Freshman

    Bio:

    I always sought to know how the world works, driving me to ask countless questions since I was three and a half years old, according to my parents.… read more

  • Brian Xie

    Fremont, CA

    Mission San Jose High School

    Teacher: Peter Geschke

    Junior

    Bio:

    Throughout most of elementary and middle school, I was the slacker who simply blew off most of my work. I didn’t give my academic future much thoug… read more