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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

    Traveling Team

    Poolesville, MD

    Poolesville High School

    Teacher: Christopher Hanson

    Senior

    Bio:

    I’ve always been a curious child: learning as much as I could about the nine planets when I was a child (Pluto was still considered a planet back then),… read more

  • Eddie Chen

    Plainsboro, NJ

    West Windsor - Plainsboro High School N

    Teacher: Walter Zubrzycki

    Sophomore

    Bio:

    I did not become motivated and serious about math until middle school. In fact, I did not strive to excel in anything before middle school, partly becau… read more

  • Sean Chen

    Traveling Team

    San Diego, CA

    Canyon Crest Academy

    Teacher: John Danssaert

    Junior

    Bio:

    Sometimes when I go to bed, I can’t stop thinking about you until sleep shadows my mind. Sometimes when I have spare time at home you find your way into… read more

  • David Dai

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Mark Brada

    Freshman

    Bio:

    My passion for physics did not start with math, nor was I the stereotypical curious child. I dreamed of becoming a Minecraft YouTuber like SkyDoesMinecr… read more

  • Jonathan Geller

    Wallingford, CT

    Choate Rosemary Hall

    Teacher: Jonathan Gadoua

    Junior

    Bio:

    Like most of my teammates, my interest in science began at an early age. My favorite toys were always magnets that I could put together, pull apart, flo… read more

  • Nathan Hu

    West Lafayette, IN

    West Lafayette Jr/Sr HS

    Teacher: Graham Whitcomb

    Senior

    Bio:

    Don’t question why I’m writing this in verse,
    After all my poetry is pretty much the worst.
    But perhaps, this might be more fun,
    Si… read more

  • Raymond Li

    San Diego, CA

    Canyon Crest Academy

    Teacher: John Danssaert

    Senior

    Bio:

    Like many of my peers, I got in to the world of Olympiads through Mathcounts and AMC 8. I, as well as all of my friends, raced forward to become the bes… read more

  • William Li

    Tampa, FL

    C Leon King HS

    Teacher: Russel Davison

    Junior

    Bio:

    In third grade, I became fascinated with whales. At my local library, I hunted for books on cool facts about the orca, searched for accounts of bottleno… read more

  • Jason Liu

    Reno, NV

    Davidson Academy of Nevada

    Teacher: Brett Guisti

    Junior

    Bio:

    I started working on the F=ma competition when I was in 8th grade, on the suggestion of my dad. He helped me prepare for the F=ma, teaching me how to de… read more

  • Kevin Liu

    Carmel, IN

    Carmel High School

    Teacher: David James

    Senior

    Bio:

    As my friends and blog readers will tell you, I tend to enjoy writing (and talking) about myself. However, writing this bio turned out to be harder than… read more

  • Patrick Liu

    Fremont, CA

    Mission San Jose High School

    Teacher: Peter Geschke

    Junior

    Bio:

    I love physics. Physics fascinates me by explaining everything around me and opens my mind up to entirely new ways of thinking.

    I have been intrig… read more

  • Edward Lu

    Traveling Team

    Katy, TX

    Cinco Ranch High School

    Teacher: Todd Montgomery

    Junior

    Bio:

    “Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think” - Dr. Seuss.

    These two have always been important elements in my life, and in my opinion, they go hand and ha… read more

  • Emily Lu

    Lincolnshire, IL

    Adlai Stevenson High School

    Teacher: Sheila Edstrom

    Junior

    Bio:

    Like many others, my interest in physics was preceded by an interest in math beginning in middle school. I was drawn to how the same content knowledge, … read more

  • Frank Lu

    Minnetonka, MN

    Minnetonka High School

    Teacher: Kimberly Hoehne

    Senior

    Bio:

    I first heard about the F=ma contest in 9th grade, and at the time, I went into the contest interested in just trying it out. While I’d done some physic… read more

  • Jacob Nie

    Cupertino, CA

    Monta Vista High School

    Teacher: James Birdsong

    Junior

    Bio:

    I like to read and learn and look around. The world is very big and has lots of things and happenings in it for us to see and hear. Being able to know… read more

  • Rishab Parthasarathy

    San Jose, CA

    The Harker School

    Teacher: Mark Brada

    Freshman

    Bio:

    As a young child, I was always drawn to math, its deceptive simplicity enthralling me. In elementary school, I was always the person who would finish al… read more

  • Albert Qin

    Traveling Team

    Sacramento, CA

    Mira Loma High School

    Teacher: Scott Martinez

    Junior

    Bio:

    My physics journey began with a book I read at eight years old. (No, not Halliday and Resnick!) Rather, I remember picking up a copy of the book Star Cr… read more

  • Sanjay Raman

    Traveling Team

    Seattle, WA

    Lakeside School

    Teacher: Dean Ballard

    Senior

    Bio:

    In this universe, our existence is a an astonishing miracle, one that at first is nearly impossible to believe. To attempt to systematically explain and… read more

  • Vedantha Venkatapathy

    Redmond, WA

    Tesla STEM High School

    Teacher: Peter Saxby

    Junior

    Bio:

    I don’t remember much from elementary school. I recall that I liked to watch leaves change color, slide paper from under a coin without moving it, and s… read more

  • William Xi

    Perrysburg, OH

    Perrysburg High School

    Teacher: Haowen Xi

    Senior

    Bio:

    Like many physics campers, my journey into academic competitions started in middle school with Mathcounts. Although nothing notable came out of my three… read more

Contact Information

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