Sam Vandervelde

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Sam Vandervelde
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Known forMandelbrot competition
Scientific career
InstitutionsArt of Problem Solving
InfluencesRichard Rusczyk

Samuel Kendrick Vandervelde (born 12 February 1971) is a mathematician who, along with Sandor Lehoczky and Richard Rusczyk, is most notable for creating the Mandelbrot Competition.[1] and is listed first under "Thanks" in the mathematical textbook The Art of Problem Solving.[2]

Contributions to Math[edit]

He contributes problems to the USA Math Olympiad. He was a member of the 1989 US International Mathematics Olympiad team. He was a grader at Math Olympiad Program, a seminar that prepares top high school students for the International Math Olympiad. Vandervelde founded the Stanford Math Circle.[3] He currently is a coordinator of the San Francisco Math Circle[4] and gives classes at Mathpath as well. He is currently the dean of mathematics at the Proof School of San Francisco.


His other interests include playing soccer, spending time with his two young boys, and cooking. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in June 2004. He currently resides in Palo Alto, California. He is married to Eunice Cheung.[5]

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