Sam Vandervelde

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 being listed first under "Thanks" in the mathematical textbook The Art of Problem Solving.[2]

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

Contributions to mathematicsEdit

Vandervelde contributes problems to the USA Math Olympiad. He was a member of the 1989 United States International Mathematical Olympiad team. He was a grader at the Mathematical Olympiad Program, an intensive summer camp that prepares top high school students for the International Math Olympiad. Vandervelde founded the Stanford Math Circle.[3] He was on the math faculty at St. Lawrence University from 2007 to 2015, and is currently the Head of School and math teacher at Proof School, a private day school in San Francisco for kids who love math.[4] He is also a regular instructor at and board member of MathPath,[5] and has published two books, Bridge to Higher Mathematics[6] and Circle in a Box.[3] His educational work has been recognized by the Mathematical Association of America's Edyth May Sliffe Award for high school teaching (2000)[7] and the Henry L. Alder Award for collegiate teaching (2011).[8]


His other interests include playing soccer, spending time with his two sons, and cooking. He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in June 2004. He currently resides in Palo Alto, California. He is married to Eunice Cheung.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Making of Mandelbrot". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  2. ^ Lehoczky, Sandor; Rusczyk, Richard (2006). The Art of Problem Solving, Vol. 1: The Basics (7th ed.).
  3. ^ a b Vandervelde, Sam (2009). Circle in a Box.
  4. ^ Richard Rusczyk (13 March 2019). "Running a Math Lover's Dream School, with Sam Vandervelde". Art of Problem Solving AfterMath (Podcast). Art of Problem Solving. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Governance and Administration of the Mathpath summer program and learning resource". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  6. ^ Vandervelde, Sam (2010). Bridge to Higher Mathematics.
  7. ^ "Edyth May Sliffe Award Recipients". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Henry L. Alder Award". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  9. ^ "about Sam Vandervelde". Retrieved 30 October 2019.

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