Rebecca Rapoport holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard University and Michigan State. From her first job out of college, as one of the pioneers of Harvard’s Internet education offerings, she has been passionate about encouraging her love for math in others. As an early contributor to both retail giant Amazon.com and Akamai Technologies, the number one firm in cloud computing, Rapoport played a key role in several elements of the Internet revolution. She then returned to her first love, education, as an innovator of new methods to introduce children and adults to the critically important world of STEAM education as COO of an enrichment center dedicated to helping kids explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and is currently developing and teaching innovative math curricula in the Boston area. Rapoport is also the co-author of Math Games Lab for Kids (published by Quarry Books), a book of fun, hands-on math activities designed to introduce elementary and middle-school students to several areas of higher math; and the calendars Mathematics 2020: Your Daily Epsilon of Math, Mathematics 2019: Your Daily Epsilon of Math, and The Mathematics Calendar 2018, all published by Rock Point. She has an Erdös number of 2.
Dean Chung holds a BA in mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD from the University of Michigan in algebraic combinatorics. Chung had success on the high-school math circuit, including an eighth-place finish at the 1991 USAMO and attending the Math Olympiad training program. He was also a high scorer at the 1994 Putnam Competition. Chung has wielded mathematics in service of analysis for Amazon.com, Quadstone, and Vistaprint.com. He currently works at athenahealth as a software developer and is the puzzle master of its math club.