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Speakers and Distinguished Guests
Dr. Zachary Franco
Zachary Franco is a physician who has been teaching gifted high school students for 40 years. He helped coach the first-place 1986 US Olympiad Team, and the 1996 "most-improved" Indiana ARML team. A long time contest problem writer for AMC, ARML and AIME, he also helps with the American Mathematical Monthly Problem Section.
He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and earned his PhD in math from UC-Berkeley for work on the 3x+1 conjecture. After a short stint as a circus performer and a longer one as a math professor, he became a doctor of medicine. In his spare time, he continues to teach at the Houston Math Circle, Chamberlain College of Nursing and IdeaMath camps.
Zac's hobbies are traveling, languages and puzzles.
Dr. Chris Wright
Chris Wright has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford University, and was an assistant professor of mathematics at Duke University. He is the author of Dr. Wright’s Kitchen Table Math, a series of books helping parents teach math to their children through the age of ten. Dr. Wright currently teaches senior math classes at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, CA. He is married with two children, two stepchildren, and a grandchild.
After teaching at Duke for four years, Dr. Wright worked in the software industry for fifteen years for a variety of small startup companies: for the Navy on the design of highly parallel computers, for an artificial intelligence company, for a company that made small scientific satellites, for a drug discovery company, and for an aeronautics company that did contract work for NASA. After working in the software industry, he returned to teaching mathematics: homeschooling his son, tutoring children of all ages, teaching at the San Diego Math Circle, and teaching for the last thirteen years at Pacific Ridge. He also founded the Math Educators Group to explore ideas in math education.
Check out his website at www.drwrightskitchentablemath.com.
Dr. Pavlo Pylyavskyy
Dr. Pylyavskyy is a Professor in the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics (https://sites.google.com/site/pylyavskyy/)
He participated in numerous math Olympiads when he was young. His Math Olympiad achievements includes 2 IMO Gold Medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medals. He was also awarded the Putman fellow.
Schedule - March 15th, 2020 (SUNDAY)
Rochester Area Math Competition (RAMC 2020)