Speakers & Committee

Learn about the 2023 Stevens Math Olympiad featured speakers and planning committee members below.

2023 Featured Speakers

Nariman Farvardin Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Nariman Favardin

President, Stevens Institute of Technology

President Farvardin will welcome high school participants and all parents/guardians to the 2023 Stevens Math Olympiad during his remarks. 

About Dr. Nariman Favardin

Dr. Nariman Farvardin is the seventh president of Stevens Institute of Technology, having joined Stevens in July 2011 after a 27-year career as a faculty member and academic administrator culminating as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Maryland. This year marks the tenth anniversary of President Farvardin’s tenure at Stevens. During the past decade, he has led a remarkable university-wide transformation that has resulted in a dramatic ascent in rankings and stature, enrollment growth, improved student academic profile and success, alumni engagement, philanthropic support, modernized and expanded IT and campus infrastructure, and a strengthened financial profile.

Po-Shen LohGuest Speaker

Dr. Po-Shen Loh

USA International Mathematical Olympiad Coach

About Dr. Po-Shen Loh

Po-Shen Loh is a social entrepreneur, working across the spectrum of mathematics, education, and healthcare, all around the world. He is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team. He has pioneered innovations ranging from a scalable way to learn math live online at comparable engagement to live-streaming platforms, to a new way to control pandemics by leveraging self-interest.

As an academic, Po-Shen has earned distinctions ranging from an International Mathematical Olympiad silver medal to the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. His scientific research considers a variety of questions that lie at the intersection of combinatorics (the study of discrete systems), probability theory, and computer science. As an educator, he was the coach of Carnegie Mellon University's math team when it achieved its first-ever #1 rank among all North American universities, and the coach of the USA Math Olympiad team when it achieved its first-ever back-to-back #1-rank victories in 2015 and 2016, and then again in 2018 and 2019. His research and educational outreach takes him to cities across the world, reaching over 10,000 people each year through public lectures and events, and he has featured in or co-created videos totaling over 15 million YouTube views.

Po-Shen received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Caltech in 2004, graduating first in his class. He received a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2005, where he was supported by a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship. He continued his studies at Princeton, supported by a Hertz Foundation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, where he completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at the end of 2009, and has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University ever since.

Planning Committee

  • Dr. Pavel Dubovski

    • School of Engineering and Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Summer Cureton-Gustave

    •  School of Engineering and Science, Communications
  • Diane Forte

    • School of Engineering and Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Christina Dzwonczyk

    • Office of the Provost
  • Frances Salvo

    • Office of the Provost