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Newsmaker: Po-Shen Loh

| Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, 10:51 p.m.
Po-Shen Loh, an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Po-Shen Loh, an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Noteworthy: Loh received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research and education.

Occupation: Assistant professor of mathematical sciences

Age: 32

Residence: Squirrel Hill

Family: Wife, Debbie Lee, and three children, Vivian Loh, 8; Vincent Loh, 6; and Diana Loh, 1

Education: Bachelor's degree in math from the California Institute of Technology in 2004, master's degree in math from the University of Cambridge in 2005; and a doctorate in math from Princeton University in 2010

Background: Raised in Madison, Wis., Loh started competing in math competitions when he was in middle school. He is a national coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team. He is cofounder of an education technology startup,, which leverages crowd-sourcing to offer interactive math and science lessons online. As a professor, Loh uses randomness as a component in the construction of discrete mathematical objects and also introduces randomness as a proof technique to solve problems about purely deterministic systems. He is affiliated with CMU's interdisciplinary doctorate program in algorithms, combinatorics and optimization and has developed a problem-solving seminar series for undergraduate students.

Quote: “Math to me is thinking. It's creative thinking. It's a way of analyzing facts very precisely and coming up with defensible arguments.”

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