Rein Otsason

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Rein Otsason
Noted subjects Physics, Math, Philosophy
Past colleges Toronto (2012-2023)
High school UTS (2008-2012)
Stats HDWhite • NAQT

Rein Otsason was a Canadian Quizbowler who played for Toronto during his undergrad, master's and Ph.D. During his high school years at UTS, he led its Reach for the Top team to win the 2012 National Championship along with Jenny Mao, Daniel Lovsted, and Cole Jackes. Throughout his university career he played on many iterations of Toronto A, with a career-best nationals finish of 11th at the 2017 ICT playing alongside Jay Misuk, Aayush Rajasekaran, and Patrick Liao. From 2017-2020 he was consistently ranked as the second-best player on the Canadian circuit based on his broad generalism and deep science knowledge, in each year just behind McGill's Derek So.

A major presence on the Canadian circuit, from 2013-15 Rein was the President of the Toronto club, at the start of the process of rebuilding the club to its membership levels of the mid-2000s. He took on a handful of editing assignments over his career, including part of the science for 2017's WAO II.

Rein passed away in an accident in December 2023, during the final year of his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.