Welcome! I am an affiliate of the MIT Mathematics department, and my Research focuses on the interactions between geometry and theoretical computer science. Before MIT I completed a joint Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's degree at Harvard University. I have returned to Kirkland, my former undergraduate house, as a resident tutor with specialties in Math, Computer Science, and Art.
I design and build Mathematical Sculptures, attempting to reveal hidden geometric beauty in office supplies and other modest materials. See these sculpture pages for pictures and mathematical descriptions of this work.
I remain active in teaching math at all levels. After competing in many competitions including Mathcounts (on the Texas team), the International Mathematics Olympiad (on the USA team), and the Putnam competition (on the Harvard team), I have continued coaching for math competitions with, for example, the USA Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP), the AwesomeMath Summer Program (AMSP), and the Texas teams of the American Regions Math League (ARML). I also presently serve on the Mathcounts Question Writing Committee. I enjoy teaching math beyond competitions as well, and regularly give expository lectures at such seminars as the Boston Math Circle, the Harvard Math Table, and the MIT Pure Math Graduate Student Seminar. Browse my expository Writings (including competition training materials) and mathematical Talks on this site. Please also visit my expository math blog, Three-Cornered Things.
I am also a proud alumnus of the Canada/USA Mathcamp, the Research Science Institute (RSI) and the Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE). I have since returned to all three as a lecturing mentor (Summer 2013, visitor Summer 2014), a research advisor (Summer 2011), and a residential proctor (Summer 2010), respectively.
Beyond math, I enjoy swimming, running, juggling, teaching, word games, and puppies.Copyright © 2011–2015 by Zachary Abel. All rights reserved. Last updated on 6/29/2015.