ACU Students to compete in regional computer programming contest

Posted October 20, 2011

On Oct. 29, three teams of ACU computer science students will compete in the 36th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) at LeTourneau University. The three teams will consist of seniors Nigel Bosch, Jacob Ackerman and Amanda Greenlee; sophomore Blake McAnally and juniors Joe Quigley and Jacob Skelton; and freshmen Landon Gray, Ryan Clements and Ben Roberts.

These teams, along with several others from surrounding universities, will apply their programming skills to solve complex, real-world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. The team that solves the most problems correctly in the shortest time will advance to the World Finals roster, to be held this year in Warsaw, Poland.

" Last year our teams did very well, placing first and third against other undergraduate-only schools. But the real story is that our top team placed third overall in the region, even among schools with graduate programs. We beat the top teams from Rice, Baylor, A&M and UT," says Dwayne Towell, assistant professor of computer science at ACU. "Several of last year's participants will be returning this year, so we expect to do well again."

Learn more about the competition.