Bringing Home the Silver

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The Office of University Communications
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Nov. 22, 2011

Bringing Home the Silver


Trinity University computer science students place second at programming contest


By Andrea Davis '12

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University computer science students brought home second and sixth place from the 36th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) South Central USA Regional Programming Contest. The contest was held in late October at Baylor University in Waco.

The "Battle of the Brains" contest brought the smartest computer science students from eight Texas universities to Baylor to compete. The two Trinity teams of three - Scala Rocks! and Eye of the Tiger - put together their brain power, applying their programming skills, and maintaining their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. Tackling these problems was equivalent to completing a semester's worth of computer programming in one afternoon.  Scala Rocks! took second place at the competition, and Eye of the Tiger took sixth place in the undergraduate category.

Mark Lewis, associate professor of computer science and faculty adviser for the teams, felt the competition gave Trinity students a chance to test their computer programming skills.

"Programming competitions provide students with a chance to really test their problem solving skills against challenging problems and their peers from other institutions," Lewis said.

Students on the two teams included Hai Duong, Kerry Seitz, Keith Wedelich, Ryan Darley, Val Alexiev, Kristen Lund, and Aly Miller.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a multitier, team-based, programming competition sponsored by IBM. It operates under the auspices of ACM and has its headquarters at Baylor University in Waco.

Text provided by Andrea Davis of Farmington, N.M., a candidate for graduation from Trinity University in May 2012 with a degree in history and English. She is a student worker in the Office of University Communications.