# Organizers

### Phil Yasskin:

Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M

Prof. Yasskin is in charge of the Discovery Sessions

He also runs the Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEE-Math) program for gifted middle school students (with David Manuel)

Dr. Yasskin has been the Program Director for the MAA Special Interest Group on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST)

He has received the 2014, MathMovesU, Math Hero Award from Raytheon Corporation

### Guoliang Yu:

Powell Chair in Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M

Prof. Yu is in charge of the Problem Solving Sessions (with Profs. Gong and Wang)

Prof. Yu’s research interests include non-commutative geometry, K-theory of operator algebras, index theory, topology and analysis of manifolds, and geometric group theory

### John Weeks:

Instructional Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M.

John co-organizes the Discovery Learning sessions with Phil and is the correspondent for most Math Circle inquiries.

John graduated from the mathematics department at Texas A&M in 2022. His mathematical interests include quantum groups and quantum information theory.

### Wencai Liu:

Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M.

Wencai is in charge of several national/international math competitions (including AMC series).

Wencai is a founder of the High School and Undergraduate Research Program: STODO (Spectral Theory Of Differential Operators).

Wencai co-organized the Problem Solving Sessions from 2019 to 2022.

Wencai was a local organizer/representative of Tournament of the Towns Competition, Formula of Unity International Mathematics Competition, and Bay Area Math Olympiad (Irvine, 2016-2019, College Station 2019-2022).

### Sherry Gong:

Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M.

Sherry was a coach for the U.S. team of IMO ( International Mathematical Olympiad). In 2010, Sherry coached the U.S. team that competed in the China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad; five team members won gold medals.

Sherry is in charge of the Problem Solving Sessions (with Profs. Yu and Wang).

She received an AB in mathematics from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT in 2018.

Gong participated in IMO five times, winning HM in 2002, bronze in 2003, silver in 2004 and 2005, and gold in 2007.

### Kun Wang:

Lecturer of Mathematics at Texas A&M.

Kun is in charge of the problem-solving sessions in the Math Circle (with Profs. Gong and Yu). Kun was the beginner's instructor for the 2016 and 2017 academic years.

Kun's research interests include K-theory, Classification of C*-algebras, Artificial Intelligence, and so on.

### Former Organizers

### Nick Treuer (2022-23):

Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M.

Nick's research area includes Several Complex Variables, and complex analysis.

### Peyam Tabrizian (2021-22):

Instructional Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M

Dr. Peyam was in charge of problem-solving sessions (with Drs. Yu and Liu) in the Math Circle.

Dr. Peyam has a YouTube channel called Dr Peyam, which has over 100,000 subscribers, where he solves math problems from calculus and beyond.

Dr. Tabrizian received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2016.

### Junehyuk Jung (JJ) (2019-21):

Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M.

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) Gold Medalist.

Previously served as an instructor of Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program in Korea, and as an instructor of South Korean IMO team for several years.

### Joshua Goldstein (2019-22):

PhD student in the Mathematics Department at Texas A&M

Joshua was the graduate student organizer for the Math Circle at Texas A&M.

His research is in computational algebraic geometry (advisor: Dr. Maurice Rojas).

### Kristopher Watkins (2018-2019):

Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Texas A&M

Kris was the graduate student organizer for the Math Circle at Texas A&M.

His mathematical interests include cryptography.

### Alex Sprintson (2011-??):

Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

### Frank Sottile (2011-18):

Professor in the Department of Mathematics