# ESP Biography

## JOEL SCHNEIDER, MIT Sophomore Studying Chemical Eng. & Math

Major: Chemical Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

## Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello! My name is Joel Schneider and I am a sophomore at MIT and I am double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Math with a minor in Economics. I'm originally from Des Moines, Iowa (aka awesome) and I like doing math in my free time . As such, I do some grading and teaching assistant work for Art of Problem Solving. In high school I participated in robotics club, math team, National Chemistry and Physics Olympiads (where I placed in the top 50 in each), and Boy Scouts where I achieved Eagle Scout. I also like golf, bouncy balls, cheesecake, fezzes, bowties, balloons, hugs, chocolate, and sleeping. Huzzah!

## Past Classes

(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)

H8947: Classpect! in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Explanation and discussion of the heroic titles system used in Andrew Hussie's Homestuck.

M7147: Fibonacci: Generating Functions, Sequences, & Patterns in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Counting? Series? Combinatorics? Cryptography? Fibonacci Numbers & generating functions can indeed be used to solve all of these problems! Come along on an adventure find out more about this famous sequence, and we'll develop some useful tools to analyze most any recursive sequence along the way.

M6410: Introduction to Information in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
We live in the information age -- but what is information, exactly? There's a precise mathematical notion of information, and it enables all the digital communication you young people are so good with. Come get a glimpse of what it is.

W5242: Art of Problem Solving Meet-Up! in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Are you an AoPS member? Come meet your fellow AoPS geeks! Three of us MIT freshmen - Felix (sunnyboy780), Luyi, and Joel (joelinia) - are TAs for the AoPS classes, and we want to meet as many of you as possible. Of course, we'll have fun math problems for you to attack, and name tags so you can identify others by screen name.

M5443: The Fibonacci Sequence in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
You probably already know the first few numbers of the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc. After taking this class, you will be able to impress your friends by computing the 1,000,000th term without doing a lot of addition. The method we'll derive has something to do with, of all numbers, the square root of 5. Take this class if you want a deeper understanding of this important sequence that makes countless appearances in the natural world.