Adam Groce is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Maryland at College Park, focusing on theoretical cryptography. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT with bachelor's degrees in math and political science. Adam has a long-standing interest in education and has taught a wide variety of students. He worked with middle and high school students at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and MIT's High School Studies Program, and was a math and economics teacher at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York. At the University of Maryland, he has worked as a teaching assistant for the computer science department and coaches the university debate team with his wife Michelle, who is also an IAC instructor.
Michelle Groce is the Assistant Director of Physics Teaching Laboratories at American University. She received her Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Maryland and her bachelor's degree in physics from MIT. Michelle has extensive teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and college levels, through her work at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the University of Maryland in addition to IAC. She has also collaborated on science education outreach projects with local middle and high schools as well as museums including the International Spy Museum, the Port Discovery Children's Museum, and the Smithsonian.
Mark Herrera is a research scientist at Heron Systems, Inc. His research interests include nonlinear dynmaics and complex systems, specifically quantum chaos, kicked Bose-Einstein condensates, and complex networks. Mark received his Ph.D. and master's degree from the University of Maryland, and his bachelor's degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, all in physics. He has taught at Missouri S&T and the University of Maryland, and enjoys tutoring students of all levels, including middle school, high school, and college. In 2008, Mark was awarded the Ralph D. Myers Teaching Award by the physics department at the University of Maryland.
Chris Somers is an Energy Analyst for Arlington County, Virginia. He works on the county's Community Energy Plan, which sets the ambitious goal of reducing county-wide greenhouse gas emissions by over 75% by 2050. Previously, he served as an AmeriCorps member for Rebuilding Together, a housing non-profit that seeks to preserve home ownership by providing free repairs for low-income homeowners using community volunteers and resources. Chris received his bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College. He also has a master's degree from the University of Maryland in mechanical engineering with a focus in energy systems.
Christopher Somers, President
Chris Somers is co-teaching an IAC course this semester, in addition to serving as president of the board of directors. You can read more about Chris above.
Daniel Zaharopol, Vice President
Dan Zaharopol majored in mathematics at MIT, and went on to study both mathematics and mathematics education at the University of Illinois. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving for underserved New York City middle school students with talent in mathematics. He also serves as CEO of a national nonprofit called Learning Unlimited that helps college students create educational programs for middle and high school students. He has teaching experience ranging from undergraduates at MIT and the University of Illinois to middle and high school students at Canada/USA Mathcamp and the Boston Math Circle. He holds awards in teaching from the MIT Experimental Study Group and from the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics, and was a top-ranked instructor at Canada/USA Mathcamp.
Samantha Crane, Secretary
Samantha Crane is a graduate of Harvard Law School and serves as Policy Director at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, where she focuses on health care and civil rights laws. Previously, Samantha was involved in securities and intellectual property litigation as an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Prior to law school, she studied at Swarthmore College, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Samantha has taught mathematics and formal logic for five summers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
Adam Goldstein is currently working as co-founder of flight search site Hipmunk. Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of BookTour. He holds degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and in electrical engineering and computer science. In college he was a successful debater, winning the North American Debate Championship. He has experience in nonprofit governance, having served as the treasurer and then president of the American Parliamentary Debate Association. He is also an author of several books, including AppleScript: The Missing Manual.
Lily Lamboy is a PhD student in political science at Stanford University where she does research on education, inequality, and social justice. She works as a graduate mentor for students interested in gender issues and as a teaching assistant for courses on applied ethics and public service. She is also on the Board of Directors for Reacting to the Past, a pedagogical movement that places students as key figures in important historical moments. In that role, she has created a public speaking curriculum that is used at dozens of colleges nationwide. Before beginning graduate school, Lily worked as a recruiter for Teach For America and as a debate coach at New York University. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College with a degree in Government and Ethics. She has also worked for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Victim Service Unit as well as for Senator Ted Kennedy's constituent services office.