Po-Shen Loh, PhD, is associate
professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, which he joined, in
2010, as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. As
a Hertz Fellow, Professor Loh received his PhD in combinatorics of the Pure
Math Department at Princeton University. His thesis discussed several
original results that he discovered during his graduate study in joint projects
with his advisor and other collaborators. Professor Loh studies questions that
lie at the intersection of two branches of mathematics: combinatorics
(the study of discrete systems) and probability theory.
Prior to his work at Princeton, Loh received the equivalent of a master's
degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) in 2005,
where he was supported by a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship. He
received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Caltech in 2004,
graduating first in his class, and his undergraduate thesis later received the
Honorable Mention for the 2004 AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize.
In his spare time, Loh has maintained his involvement with the United States
Mathematical Olympiad program. He is now the head coach of the national
delegation, as well as a lead fundraiser for the organization. As a high school
student, he won a silver medal at the 1999 International Mathematical Olympiad
(IMO), and following his win continued to be active in the training of high
school students at the U.S. national Math Olympiad Summer Program. In 2004, he
served as the deputy leader for the U.S. team at the IMO in Athens, Greece,
where our national team placed second. After completing his PhD, Loh again, served as deputy team
leader for the United States at the International Mathematical Olympiad from
2010 to 2013. Afterwards Professor Loh was promoted to national head coach of
the U.S.A. IMO team, and on his second attempt, Team U.S.A. won first place, in a competition with teams from over 100 countries represented.
Earlier this year, Loh received an NSF CAREER award, the most prestigious NSF award for junior faculty, which honors outstanding research combined with a commitment to teaching. Professor Loh is the founder
of the educational technology startup expii.com, a crowd-sourced platform for
the world to share interactive lessons in math and science.