Our Teachers and Tutors

Your teachers in our camps and courses will either be some of these instructors or other instructors with similar credentials.

Justin Stevens

Justin is an enthusiastic math instructor and former 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 among the top 10 in the General Test in 2013. He was an award winner of the Nevada Prize Exam in Mathematics, and was the District Winner in 2014 and the State Winner in 2015.

Alex Toller

Alex is our Academic Coordinator, and has been participating in math competitions since 2012. He was the highest scorer at the 2014 Nevada MathCounts State competition, and had participated in the MathCounts National Competition that year. He also scored in the top 2 percent on AMC 12. He has written problems for both local and online math competitions since 2016, co-organizing two of them with the Northern Nevada Math Club. He is also a co-author of the book Proofs in Competition Math. He currently studies mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a problem writer for the Berkeley Math Tournament.

 

Igor Ganichev

Dr. Ganichev is a member of Google Brain Team, working on TensorFlow. 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).

 

 

Ahaan Rungta

A math prodigy, Ahaan graduated from MIT at the age of 19. He is also an awesome teacher. You can read about him more here.

 

 

 

Ibrahim Suat Evren

Ibrahim Suat studies math at MIT. He has a gold medal at the 2019 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), a bronze medal at the 2019 International Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (BMO) and a gold medal at the 2016 International Junior Balkan Math Olympiads (JBMO). He also won several medals and awards in national competitions and participated in several math camps organized by TUBITAK. Ibrahim scored 800 on SAT Math Level-2 and 800 on SAT Physics. He has been coaching students for math olympiads since 2017. His hobbies include playing Diatonic Harmonica, tennis and ping pong. He is also interested in poetry literature.

Ioan Andrei Nicolae

Ioan studies math at Princeton University. He is an exceptional student who has a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2018 in Romania.

 

 

 

Alexander Jerome Sandberg

Alexander has a master’s degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Rutgers University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has previously worked on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and recently on the SPARC fusion reactor as well as the National Ignition Facility.

He has earned a number of awards in his higher education years, including the Rutgers Trustee Scholarship, Rutgers Academic Excellence Awards, as well as graduating with departmental honors in Physics. His main strengths lay in mathematics and its applications and computer modeling.

Iris Feng

Iris has a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology, B.S. & Biomedical Research from University of California, Los Angeles. She was on Dean’s Honor List since 2016 and graduated with a summa cum laude distinction. She has been tutoring students in AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics and SAT subjects since 2013.

 

Anna Blanchfield

Anna studies Chemical and Physical Biology at Harvard University. She is an IB Diploma recipient and received a score of 7 on both the Math SL exam and the Physics SL exam. She has always had a passion for math and she is very excited to share it with her students.

 

 

Daulet Askarov

Dr. Daulet Askarov is a software engineer at Google. Dr. Askarov holds a PhD and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. 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).

 

 

 

Nicholas Pascucci

Nick is a high-performing engineer with a strong systems and software background. As a team lead at Google he designed global-scale systems serving 100’s of millions of users and integrating with partners such as TIME and Condé Nast.

Nick studied systems engineering and spacecraft AI verification at MIT. He led a group of 8 researchers, programed AI systems, and performed systems engineering at MIT’s Model-based Embedded Robotic Systems (MERS) Lab, primarily working on joint MERS/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute projects to control autonomous underwater vehicles in hazardous environments. He also coordinated internal & external partners to deploy AI systems for the NASA PSTAR program in Hawaii (2018) and Costa Rica (2019).

 

Anca Dragulescu

Anca is an aspiring young women in science with many distinctions and awards. She is currently studying towards her bachelor’s degree at the Physics Department of Harvard University. Among her many outstanding achievements, we can mention her gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad in 2017, silver medal and special prize for best score of a female participant at the Asian Physics Olympiad in 2017, gold medal at the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2016 and silver medal at the International Astronomy Olympiad in 2016. She has been tutoring Harvard College students in Math 112 (Real Analysis), Physics 15A (Classical Mechanics), Astronomy 16 (Stellar and Planetary Astronomy) and Astronomy 17 (Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy). She also taught the Introductory Astrophysics class at her high school for 2 years. Most of the students in her class went on to achieve distinctions at the National Olympiad of Astronomy and Astrophysics. She is also good at ballroom dancing and badminton.

 

 

Osman Aka

Osman is a member of Google Brain Team. He’s been training students for IOI for 7 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 while he was a high school student. 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.

 

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.

Philip Laporte

Philip is an extraordinary person studying Mathematics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He was awarded Harvard College Veritas Award given to only one student every year, who shows an exceptional commitment to intellectual curiosity. He completed 12 college courses while in high school in mathematics, physics and philosophy (attention please: 12 courses, not 12 credits) and graduated as valedictorian from his high school. As a National Merit Scholar, he scored 1600 out of 1600 on SAT. He has been teaching AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC and SAT Math since 2015. He has been a member of the Editorial Board at The Harvard Crimson.

Ertan Kaya

Ertan has two masters degrees in mathematics, and is currently working on his PhD. His experience includes coaching for national and international Math Olympiads for 20 years, and 22 years of working in education. He served as a math teacher and olympiad coordinator for high schools and universities in Turkey. Mr. Kaya has organized many math competitions and science fairs, and he has published four books in Combinatorics, Algebra, and Number Theory. He specializes in math for MathCounts, AMC 8-12, AIME, USAMO and the IMO. His students have so far won over 200 medals in these competitions.

Joel Solis

Hailing from Brownsville, TX, Joel has a bachelors degree in Mathematics and Physics with a GPA of 4.7 out of 5.0 with minors in Economics & Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He interned at SLAC National Lab in the summer of 2017 and worked with LIGO scientists in the summers of 2015 and 2016. While in high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, team co-founder for the National Science Bowl and a National Hispanic Merit Scholar.

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.

Michael Zhang
Michael studies math at Harvard University. Some of his previous math experiences include participating in MathCounts nationals two times, qualifying for the AIME three times, and getting a perfect math score on the ACT, SAT, and AP exams.

 

 

Bryce Hunter McLaughlin

Bryce has a bachelors degree in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College and currently studying towards his PhD in Business at Stanford University.

 

 

Varun Uday Nayak

Varun studies towards a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics at Stanford University. He has a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in India. He has worked on many robotics projects including autonomous vision-based landing of AR Drones.

 

Gaygysyz Hojanazarov

Gaygysyz is a Math Teacher at The International Computer High School in Buharest, Romania. He has a stellar achievement record in high school that includes a Bronze Medal at the International Mathematical in 2009 in Germany, Second Prize at the Balkan Mathematical 2009
Olumpiad (BMO) in Serbia and an Honorable Mention at the International Mathematical 2008
Olympiad (IMO) in Spain.

Joshua Xiong

Joshua Xiong has a bachelors degree in mathematics and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and he is particularly interested in discrete math and particularly in combinatorics. In his free time he enjoys playing quizbowl, reading, and playing clarinet.