Mark Saul is the Executive Director of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival.

He spent 35 years in and around New York, teaching mathematics in classrooms from grades 3 through 12. More recently, he directs the Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. 

He has been a senior scholar for the John Templeton Foundation, guiding their portfolio in gifted education. Prior to that he was a program director for the National Science Foundation, where his portfolio included programs in mathematics curriculum, in teacher professional development, and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is a 1984 recipient of that award, the nation’s highest honor for work in the classroom.

Mark directed the Research Science Institute at MIT for twelve years. Internationally, he co-directed the AAAS Olympiad program, which brings US students from minority backgrounds to the Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad and similar contests in Latin America. He initiated a student exchange program between Russian and American students, as well as an “Intel/Westinghouse” style competition for students of mathematics in China. He has given talks and led workshops in more than 20 countries, including Russia, Bulgaria, China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and India. 

He served as President of the American Regions Mathematics League, mathematics field editor of Quantum (the English-language version of the Russian journal Kvant), a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board for the National Research Council. He has developed curriculum with the Educational Development Center and piloted an internship program for high-ability students in Shanghai. 

Mark’s publications include numerous articles and books, including an elementary text on trigonometry, co-authored with I.M. Gelfand, a translation and ‘reader’s companion’ for Jacques Hadamard’s Elementary Geometry, and The Peak in the Middle, a guide for work with mathematically gifted middle school students, published by NCTM.

Ph.D., New York University