Carnegie Mellon University

2019 Ryan Award Recipient

po-shen_400x400.jpgPo-Shen Loh

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Po-Shen Loh is on a mission to uplift interest and ability in mathematics around the world, working across the spectrum of math and education as a social entrepreneur. He joined the Carnegie Mellon University faculty of mathematical sciences in 2010, attracted in a large part by the student culture and the unique teaching opportunities and challenges. In parallel with a research agenda which was recognized by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, he intensively pursued educational initiatives in collaboration with close colleagues. These collaborations ultimately led to the development of a new track of improvisational problem-solving courses, the historic #1-rank finish of the Carnegie Mellon University Putnam Math Competition team in 2016, as well as the annual hosting of the Mathematical Association of America's Math Olympiad Program at Carnegie Mellon University each June, which gathers 75 of the most extraordinary pre-college math students from around the world.

Loh extends his work to the global mainstream through the free personalized learning platform which he founded with the assistance of Carnegie Mellon students. This education technology startup social enterprise algorithmically curates openly licensed math/science lessons and problems contributed by the world, and enables anyone with a smartphone to interactively learn high school math and science. His research and educational outreach takes him to cities across the world, reaching an annual in-person audience of over 10,000 people through public lectures and events, and he has featured in or co-created videos totaling over 5 million YouTube views.