Meet the Team
See the people who have spent many hours organizing the competition, writing problems, reviewing problems, and maintaining the website.
Adithya Balachandran is a senior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ. He is an avid physics and math enthusiast, and he was a 2019 USAPhO gold medalist. In 2020, he was selected to the USA team for IOAA, and he earned a gold medal in the Global e-Competition in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Additionally, Adithya won the 2019 USA Junior Math Olympiad (USAJMO) and attended the Math Olympiad Program (MOP) in 2019. Adithya's favorite physics subject is thermodynamics. Other than physics and math, Adithya also enjoys coding and playing card games.
Eddie Chen is a junior at High School North in Plainsboro, NJ. He has a passion for physics, and was selected to the USA Physics Olympiad Training Camp. In addition, Eddie has qualified for USAMO. He is the president of physics phun club at HSN, and his favorite physics subject is electromagnetism. Other than academics, he enjoys playing the violin and fencing.
Ashmit Dutta is a student at Wayzata High School located in Plymouth, MN. He has participated and received awards in several physics competitions and olympiads. In addition, his favorite physics subject is thermodynamics (specifically statistical mechanics). Apart from physics, he loves doing buzzer games and is in his school science bowl club.
Ethan Hu is a junior from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute from the Toronto area in Canada. He often spends his time reading up on the latest scientific advancements or working on physics problems in front of a whiteboard. Having participated in many related contests, he scored first in Canada in Physics Bowl Div 1, Top Gold in BPHO, and was a finalist in the team selection of 2019. His favourite subject is mechanics. In his leisure time, you may find him answering physics questions online, playing music, working out, or tinkering with remote controlled toys.
Viraj Jayam is a senior at The Wheatley School in Long Island, New York. As a passionate math and physics lover, Viraj is the president of his school's math club and has participated in many contests/olympiads including the AIME, NAC invitational, and the US Physics Olympiad contest series. Viraj is especially passionate about putting his skills to use in physics research. In addition to publishing papers in differential geometry and number theory, he has been researching in the fields of quantum optics and nuclear theory (with high-energy QCD). In his free time, Viraj loves biking, cooking Indian food, and doing archery.
Rishab Parthasarathy is a sophomore at The Harker School in San Jose, California. As a fervent STEM enthusiast, Rishab has participated in many competitions, including the USAMO, the USAPhO, USACO Platinum, USABO semis and NACLO invitational, and he even made the US Physics Team. He has leadership positions in his school's Programming and Science Competitions. His favorite physics subjects are quantum electrodynamics and statistical mechanics. When Rishab isn't doing physics, you can find him playing the violin, randomly browsing the internet, or sleeping.
Kushal Thaman is a rising senior from Chandigarh, India. He is an ardent physics and math enthusiast, and was in the top 1% students in India to qualify for the Indian National Physics Olympiad this year. He has also won various medals in other national and international physics and math contests, and is an NTSE scholar. Additionally, he is the president of his school's Physics and Astronomy club, and his favourite physics subjects are electromagnetism and statistical mechanics. When he's not doing physics or math, Kushal enjoys playing soccer, reading anything he gets his hands on, and playing his favourite piano pieces.
Max Wang is a junior at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. Driven by his passion in science, he is the president of his school’s Science Olympiad club, National Science Bowl club, and the founder of his school’s Physics club. He has experience in various math and science competitions and has qualified for the USAPhO, AIME, and USESO camp. His favorite physics subject is electromagnetism, but he also enjoys applying ideas of fluid dynamics in the pool, helping him and his relay achieve an All-American time. Other activities he enjoys doing are reading books, playing piano, and tutoring other kids.
QiLin Xue is a senior from John Fraser Secondary School in the Toronto region of Canada. As the founder of his school's physics club and the owner of the Physics Olympiad Discord Server with over 800 students. he enjoys building the online physics community. QiLin's favourite subject is thermodynamics though he spends much of his time attempting to trivialize difficult math problems through physical insight. In his spare time, he stays at home because he is a model citizen who plays his part in flattening the curve.
Ben Oommen is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, and is the backend developer of this website and the OPhO contest portal. He just recently started studying for and participating in various physics competitions, and especially enjoys applying computer science to physics. Over the summer, he worked at a university to model subpixel sensitivies on an exoplanet detector plane to help increase accuracy of these detections. In physics, his favorite area is electromagnetism. When he is not coding or doing physics, Ben loves working out and playing basketball.
Ronald Dobos is an undergraduate from Slovakia currently studying mathematics and physics at the University of Cambridge. He enjoyed competing in various physics olympiads during high school and his proudest achievements are silver medals from IYPT, IPhO and a gold medal from EuPhO. In his free time Rony likes to run, play ultimate frisbee or do street photography.
Evan Kim is a sophomore at Tesla STEM High School. He discovered physics through science bowl and has been fascinated with its beauty ever since. Preparing for physics competitions during last year has made him appreciate it even more. He is especially fond of nice thermodynamics problems; thermodynamics is currently his favorite subject. Some of his achievements include qualifying for USAPhO, AIME, NSB nationals, and getting a silver medal at PUPC (4th overall). In his free time he can be found consuming large amounts of boba tea or watching interesting youtube videos.
Jacob Nie is a freshman studying physics at UC Santa Barbara. In high school, he attended the 2019 US Physics Olympiad Training Camp and also earned other accolades in several other physics competitions. Currently, his primary field of interest is condensed matter physics, which he is fond of for its emergent phenomena and close collaboration between theory and experiment. In his endless spare time, he likes to plan for his next backpacking trip.
Meet the Problem Reviewers
Meet the people who reviewed and revised the OPhO problems!
Dr.Branislav Kisačanin works as a computer scientist at Nvidia and as an instructor of competitive math and physics at AwesomeMath. The most recent of the 11 books he co-wrote or co-edited is the F=ma Contests: 2011-2019 Solutions Manual, which can be downloaded for free from the AAPT. Dr.Branislav enjoys working with super-smart students because it is a two-way street: while teaching them, he is learning a lot too!
Kye is a senior at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California majoring in math and computer science. He spent much of his free time in high school tinkering with electronics, playing pool, and, well, learning physics. In 2017, he joined the U.S. Physics Team and won a gold medal at the IPhO in Indonesia; two years later, in 2019, he returned to (and is still part of!) the Physics Team as a junior coach.