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Sandor Lehoczky, Richard Rusczyk, and Sam Vandervelde met during the summer of 1987 when they attended the Math Olympiad Summer Program at the US Military Academy. Their mutual interests (such as playing pool, seeking adventure, and guzzling orange soda) led them to become fast friends. Upon graduating from high school they formed the partnership Greater Testing Concepts and began producing The Mandelbrot Competition. After many years of creating mind-bending questions and writing the two volume best-seller The Art of Problem Solving, Richard and Sandor have moved on to other pursuits.  Sandor is seeking his fortune in the world of finance and beyond while Richard oversees the world-famous web site Art of Problem Solving.
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Not surprisingly, Sam Vandervelde enjoyed taking math contests while in high school and college. He is proud of winning ARML his senior year while attending Amherst County High School, as well as being selected for the 1989 IMO team which took 5th place in West Germany later that summer.

He graduated from Swarthmore College with degrees in math and physics, followed soon after by a five-year stint teaching math at The Roxbury Latin School, a private boys school in Boston for grades seven through twelve. He continues to engage secondary school students in mathematics during the summers at MathPath, an excellent residential program for middle school students.

Dr. Vandervelde received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in June 2004 and is currently on the math faculty at St. Lawrence Univesity, Canton, NY. He teaches number theory, college geometry, combinatorics, and conducts research projects with students, among other things. He also enjoys running youth group at his church and coaching little league soccer.  Dr. V recently completed a revision of his first textbook, an introduction to mathematical reasoning and proof-writing.

As if dreaming up fiendishly difficult questions for Mandelbrot were not enough to keep him occupied, Sam is also the proud father of two not-so-little boys, currently finishing up third and sixth grade. His older son's latest exploits include outperforming his father at the golf range and performing advanced piano pieces. Meanwhile the younger one has become an expert Python programmer and is becoming quite adept at catching and throwing a lacrosse ball.

May 2013

 

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