Our Faculty

Evan Chen

Our Math Olympiad Curriculum is designed by Evan Chen. Evan is one of the leaders of the US IMO team, the main exam coordinator for the USA Olympiad Team Selection Tests, the assistant academic director of the Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOP), and the co-editor-in-chief for the USA Math Olympiad (USAMO). He oversees our curriculum and makes sure that we have an excellent Math Olympiad Program that helps our students make it to the top positions in their countries and at the international Math competitions. Furthermore, he is very active in forums and blogs that help students who prepare for USAMO and IMO. Evan is also currently a PhD students in Math at MIT. He was the national winner of the USAMO in 2014 and earned a gold medal at the 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad while he was in high school. Evan is the author of a geometry book for students who prepare for Math Olympiads: Euclidean Geometry in Mathematical Olympiads.

You can learn more about him on his own website.


Consuelo Hylton

Consuelo Hylton is an assistant movie producer in Hollywood. She graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in English. While at Harvard, Consuelo wrote plays and performed percussion with the Harvard Pops Orchestra. For her thesis, Consuelo wrote a full length dramatic play titled Toward Home. After her freshman year, Consuelo tutored the SAT one-on-one with high school students.


Igor Ganichev

Dr. Ganichev is our Computer Science Program Advisor. He is currently a software engineer at Google. Dr. Ganichev holds a PhD from University of California, Berkeley and two Bachelor Degrees from MIT, one in Mathematics and one in Computer Science. Dr. Ganichev participated in the International Math Olympiads (IMO) during his high school years three times, and won a gold medal (2001) and two silver medals (2000, 2002).


Daulet Askarov

Dr. Daulet Askarov is our San Francisco Bay Area summer camp activities director. He is currently a software engineer at Google. Dr. Askarov holds a PhD and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Dr. Askarov participated in the International Physics Olympiads (IPhO) during his high school years two times, and won a silver medal (2005) and an honorable mention (2004).


Cafer Ozdemir

Dr. Ozdemir is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Boston University and a Biochemistry Instructor at the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program of MIT. He was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School between 2011 and 2015.


Pudak Nurberdiyev

Pudak is an Informatics teacher at International Computer High School of Bucharest in Romania, preparing students for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). He holds a Masters Degree in Software Engineering from the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at University of Bucharest and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from the Faculty of Automatics Control and Computer Science at University of Bucharest. Mr. Nurberdiyev participated in the 21st International Olympiad In Informatics (IOI ) in Plovdiv/Bulgaria in 2009 and won a Gold medal at the INFOMATRIX (International Project competition) in Bucharest/Romania 2009.


Ayhan Duzgun

Dr. Duzgun is our Physics Curriculum Designer and Instructor. He is a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has a PhD in Physics from Kent State University and an MS degree in Physics from University of Pittsburgh. He participated in the International Physics Olympiads and received Honorable Mentions in 1997 and 1998 , and a Silver medal in 1999.


Osman Aka

Osman is one of our USACO Instructors. He’s been training students for IOI for 6 years and raised many champions. He won two bronze medals at the IOI, one at the 2009 IOI in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and one at the 2010 IOI  in Waterloo, Canada. He won another Bronze Medal at TUBITAK National Olympiads in Informatics in Turkey in 2009 and a Gold Medal at TUBITAK National Olympiads in Informatics in Turkey in 2008. He was the winner of the ROBOCODE Artificial Intelligence Competition at Bogazici University Computer Engineering Society in 2010.


Justin Stevens

Justin is an enthusiastic Math Instructor and our Coordinator for our Accelerated Math program, designing our Algebra I with MathCounts and AMC 10/12 with Algebra II courses. He is very much loved by his students and always gets very favourable ratings. He’s been teaching these courses for the last 3 years. He is the author of the paper for Olympiad Students, Olympiad Number Theory Through Challenging Problems. He qualified for AIME 5 times during his middle and high school education and he was a MathCounts National Qualifier in 2012. He was also among the top 5 students at the Stanford Math Tournament in Algebra in 2014 and in top 10 in general in 2013. He was a recipient of the Nevada Prize Exam in Mathematics, and the District Winner in 2014, and the State Winner  in 2015.


Paolo Adajar

Paolo is a gifted educator and has been a gifted student. While attending Davidson Academy, a school for profoundly gifted students in Reno, NV, he scored many championships at math and science competitions. He was Nevada Science Bowl Regional Champion, DECA International Finalist in Business Finance and a two time AIME Qualifier. Paolo has been teaching advanced math to gifted elementary and middle school students for 4 years including teaching at NNVMath. He finds a way to explain complex ideas in math and makes it a lot of fun. His students love him. Paolo currently studies math and computer science at MIT. He is also an amateur singer and a basketball player.


Serdal Aslantas

Serdal is a senior mathematics teacher who has been teaching Olympiad level in Romania for more than 10 years. He has trained many national and international champions in math, computer science competitions and the SAT. Eastern European countries, especially Romania, are known for their rigorous education in math, computer science and science and they usually are among top scorers among the participants of international olympiads. The school Serdal works at, International Computer High School of Bucharest, has consistently raised the majority of the Romanian national team members for the international math, science and computer science competitions and it is known as “the school of Olympic students “ in Romania. He has been interviewed by national media several times after his students got perfect scores at SAT Subject Tests. He is a member of the organizing committees for International InfoMatrix Robotics Challenge and National Luminamath Math Competition. He has been certified by local and national committees many times as a trainer of successful students. He is currently completing his PhD in Statistics and Actuarial Science at University of Bucharest, Romania. He likes playing football, basketball and table tennis.


Dimitre Tzigantchev

Dr. Tzigantchev is a math professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He has 20+ years of teaching various college math courses ranging from Calculus to higher level classes such as Differential Equations and Linear Algebra. He has a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from Florida State University (GPA 3.98), a master’s degree in Mathematics from Florida State University, another master’s degree in Pure Mathematics from Sofia University in Bulgaria and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Sofia University in Bulgaria.