As an academic, Po-Shen has numerous distinctions, from an International Mathematical Olympiad silver medal to the 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 led Carnegie Mellon University’s math team to its first-ever #1 rank
among all North American universities, and led the USA Math Olympiad team to its first-ever back-to-back #1-rank victories
. 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 5 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. He has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University ever since.