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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( February 9, 1998)
SDSM& T STUDENTS GETTING READY TO COMPETE IN THE“ OLYMPICS” OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Three computer programming students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) are busy getting ready to compete in the “ Olympics of computer programming”— the ACM ( Association of Computing Machinery) International Collegiate Programming Championship. The SDSM& T team will compete February 27 - 28,1998, in Atlanta, Georgia, against 53 other university teams from the United States and around the world.
The South Dakota Tech students earned a berth in the contest’s World Finals by winning the ACM North Central Regional Programming Contest last November in which 54 university teams from the Upper Midwest, Manitoba and western Ontario competed. Teams from the University of Minnesota- Morris and South Dakota State University, who won 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the regional contest, also will be participating in the championship competition.
Of the approximately 3,750 computer students from 700 universities in 40 countries who competed in regional contests, only the top 162 students qualified for advancement to the ACM World Finals. The 26 international student teams that will be competing in Atlanta represent universities in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden and Taiwan. In addition to SDSM& T, the 28 universities in the U. S. and Canada that qualified for the ACM finals include Duke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT), Oklahoma State, Stanford, University of California- Berkeley, University of Texas - Austin, and Virginia Tech.
The SDSM& T students who will be competing in Atlanta are Ed Mandy, Andover, MN; Ben Sutter, Rapid City; and Rune Torgersen, Porsgrunn, Norway. Team coaches are Dr. Ed Corwin, SDSM& T Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Antonette Logar, SDSM& T Associate Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Computer Engineering.
During the five- hour competition, teams of three students each will race against the clock to solve as many complex, real- world programming problems as they can— using creativity, teamwork, innovation and logic skills. Sponsored by IBM, the ACM contest is the oldest and largest computer programming competition for university students in the world. With a world- wide membership of 80,000, ACM is the largest professional organization for computer science.
“ This prestigious accomplishment underscores the high caliber of our Tech students and the quality of education received from our faculty,“ said Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. “ This institution is providing our computer science graduates with the problem- solving and team- building skills to help meet the critical need for skilled computer technology workers in the economy of our state and nation.”
SDSM& T’s team members are in the process of raising the necessary funds to cover their travel costs to the World Finals. As part of this focused effort, team coaches Drs. Corwin and Logar have reached out to alumni with a prior connection to ACM. To date, thirty alumni have contributed over half of the funds raised for the team’s travel expenses. The team also has received donations from several local businesses and associations to support the student team’s trek to Atlanta. Anyone interested in contributing to the team should contact the SDSM& T Foundation at ( 605) 394- 2436.
( Photo of SDSM& T team members is available upon request.)
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