Richard Hoshino joined the staff of Quest University in February 2013 as the faculty's third mathematics tutor. Quest is an innovative liberal arts and sciences university located in Squamish, B.C. Prior to his arrival at Quest, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo (2010-2012), and was a mathematician with the Government of Canada (2006-2010), leading the mathematics and data exploration section at the Canada Border Services Agency. He has published over 20 research papers across numerous fields, including graph theory, marine container risk-scoring, and the optimal scheduling of professional baseball leagues to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More information appears on his website.
In March 2010, Richard moved to Tokyo after his wife Karen landed her dream job at a highly-regarded Japanese university. As an unemployed house-husband starting a new life in a new country, Richard pondered the following Question: "In what ways can a student experience mathematics to develop the confidence, critical thinking, and communication skills so important in life?"
Three years later, Richard completed The Math Olympian, a 173,000-word Keystone Project that describes the roller-coaster journey of an insecure (fictional) teenager who dreams of representing her country at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and thanks to the support of innovative mentors, combined with her own relentless perseverance, discovers meaning, purpose, and joy.
In January of 2015, Richard Hoshino published his first novel, The Math Olympian with Friesen Press, the story of an insecure small-town teenager who commits herself to pursuing the crazy and unrealistic goal of representing her country at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and thanks to the support of innovative mentors, combined with her own relentless perseverance, discovers meaning, purpose, and joy.