# 2017 Festival: Dr. Po-Shen Loh, Carnegie Mellon University

### Dr. Po-Shen Loh, Carnegie Mellon University

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes **Dr. Po-Shen Loh** to the 2017 National Math Festival!

Dr. Po-Shen Loh is a math enthusiast and evangelist, operating across the entire mathematical spectrum from original research to mass-market education. He is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he researches topics in combinatorics, probability, and computer science. He also works with the Mathematical Association of America as the national coach of the USA Math Olympiad team. He extends his activity to the global mainstream through the new educational technology platform expii.com, delivering free creative math puzzles and personalized math practice on every Internet device.

### Creative Math Insights for the Everyday — Sports and Recreation Edition

What do mathematics and athletics have in common? Math Coach Po-Shen Loh will share puzzles that illustrate how mathematical thinking can provide new understanding in the athletic world, and vice versa. See how mathematical reasoning can help us make sense out of these thought-provoking situations, and experience the surprising and fun nature of mathematics in the process. These insights were accumulated from over a year of mathematical introspection on topics of common interest, and freely published as weekly interactive challenges on expii.com/solve. Several have appeared in features of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and FiveThirtyEight (part of ESPN).

### Creative Math Insights for the Everyday — Life Edition

What is the value of mathematics? We’ll share puzzles and paradoxes that arise from the failure of human intuition. See how mathematical reasoning can help us make sense out of these thought-provoking situations, and experience the surprising and fun nature of mathematics in the process. You’ll see everyday things in the world in a new mathematical light. These insights were accumulated from over a year of mathematical introspection on topics of common interest, and freely published as weekly interactive challenges on expii.com/solve. Several have appeared in features of the *New York Times*, the *Wall Street Journal*, and FiveThirtyEight (part of ESPN).