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( November 13, 1997)
SDSM& T TEAM WINS ACM REGIONAL PROGRAMMING CONTEST / WILL COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- THE“ OLYMPICS” OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) have won the ACM North Central Regional Programming Contest and earned the right to compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Championship. To computer science students, the ACM world championship is the “ Olympics of computer programming.” SDSM& T’s students will compete in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 28, 1998, against 49 teams from other regions in the United States and around the world.
SDSM& T fielded two teams in the ACM Regional Programming Contest. The teams won first and sixth place in the competition held November 8th on the Tech campus. Fifty- four teams competed from universities in the ACM North Central Region which includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, part of Michigan, western Ontario, and Manitoba. Universities competing in the North Central Regional Programming Contest included University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Northwestern, Michigan Tech, Drake, Carleton, University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin.
Members of the SDSM& T team who won the regional contest are Ed Mandy, senior computer science major, Andover MN; Ben Sutter, computer science graduate student, Rapid City; and Rune Torgersen, senior computer engineering major, Porsgrunn, Norway. The South Dakota Tech team that beat 47 other university teams to win sixth place was comprised of Dan Janni, senior computer science major, New Ulm, MN; Richard Jackson, senior computer science major, Pierre; and Ben “ Sonny” Andrick, computer science graduate student, Rapid City. Team coaches are Dr. Ed Corwin, Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Antonette Logar, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Computer Engineering.
Established in 1970, the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is the oldest and largest programming competition for students of the world's universities and colleges. Contestants rely on their programming skills, creativity, teamwork and innovation in building new programs to solve problems as they race against the clock in the six- hour battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is an international science and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of
-- 2-- information technology. With a world- wide membership of 80,000, ACM is the largest
professional organization for computer science.
The ACM programming competition, sponsored by IBM this year, is an annual event that is held in 23 regions all over the world. IBM kicked off its sponsorship of the 22nd ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest on September 27 with the South Pacific regional contests in Australia and New Zealand. The prestigious student contest, in which teams of three college students race against the clock to solve real- world problems, will be held in regions around the world. The contest culminates with the World Finals next February in Atlanta where the winning team is awarded the " smartest trophy in the world," scholarships, and bragging rights. This year's contest is expected to draw more than 3,000 of the brightest computer science students from colleges and universities worldwide to compete in the regional contests.
“ This is a tremendous accomplishment for our South Dakota Tech students, “ said Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. “ This achievement underscores the high caliber of our Tech students and the quality of education received from our faculty.”
( Photo of SDSM& T team members is available upon request.)
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