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Programming Teams Excel Again in Regional Competition

November 21, 2013

Programming Team

Top Programmers: Again excelling in collegiate computer programming competitions was the team of juniors (from left) Alex Memering, AJ Piergiovanni, and Erik Sanders. They competed in the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest’s World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia last summer (Photo by Shawn Spence)

Rose-Hulman computer science and software engineering students continue to earn respect among their peers. Four programming teams placed among the top 25 finishers in the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) USA North-Central Regional Programming Contest.

This prestigious competition features talented problem solvers with acute mental agility and strength of concentration. The problems involved implementing complex algorithms and strategies to develop solutions that operate on computers within a specified time.

Placing seventh was the Red Team featuring junior computer science students AJ Piergiovanni and Erik Sander, along with junior software engineering and computer science double major Alex Memering. This trio is no strangers to programming success. The group represented the United States at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest’s World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia last summer.

Finishing 21st was the Gray Team consisting of junior computer engineering and computer science double major Matt Olson, and freshman computer science students Melissa Thai and Luke Zhang. The Black Team of sophomore computer science majors Chi Huen Man, Min Song, and Brandon Tom placed 22nd. Finally, the White Team of sophomore software engineering student Joseph Carroll, freshman computer science major Christian Schulz, and junior computer science student Eric Yuhas was 25th.

“Our teams performed very well and demonstrated that Rose-Hulman has what it takes to compete with any and all schools in the engineering and science community,” says Shawn Bohner, PhD, director of software engineering. He joined Chandan Rupakheti, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering, in coaching the four teams and serving as competition judges.

“We will continue to train this year for other programming events and have plans to build even stronger teams for next year,” Bohner says.

The regional included nearly 300 teams from colleges and universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Michigan’s upper peninsula.