Richard Rusczyk (/ˈrʌzɪk/ or /ˈrʌʒɪk/; Polish: [ˈrustʂɨk], born 21 September 1971, is the founder of Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Inc. and a co-author of the Art of Problem Solving textbooks. He is one of the co-creators of the Mandelbrot Competition, and the director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS). He also founded the San Diego Math Circle.
The Art of Problem Solving
In 1994, Rusczyk and Sandor Lehoczky wrote the Art of Problem Solving books, designed to prepare students for mathematical competitions by teaching them concepts and problem solving methods rarely taught in school. These books lent their name to the company he founded in 2003.
After working for four years as a bond trader for D. E. Shaw & Co., Rusczyk created the Art of Problem Solving web site, which provides resources for middle and high school students to develop their mathematics and problem solving abilities. These include real-time competitions to solve math problems and on-line tools to learn how to solve problems with increasing difficulty as well as math forums. Rusczyk has also published the Art of Problem Solving series of books aimed at a similar audience. The site also provides fee-based online mathematics classes, which range from Prealgebra to Group Theory and Calculus.
Rusczyk founded and serves on the board of the nonprofit Art of Problem Solving Foundation, which manages the United States of America Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) and finances numerous local math initiatives around the United States. In 2012, Rusczyk won the MATHCOUNTS distinguished alumnus award. In 2014, Rusczyk won the Paul Erdős Award from the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions.