CU Programming Team Places High in Regional ACM Competition

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—A Cedarville University team of computer science students recently placed second at the Cincinnati site of the regional East Central North America ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Collegiate Programming Contest. In the region as a whole, the Cedarville team placed 16th out of 131 teams. The competition was part of ACM`s 29th International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). In teams of three, ICPC participants use logic, strategy, and mental endurance to solve six to eight real-world programming challenges in just five hours. One person on each team may be from the school`s graduate program. Cedarville entered two teams — Cedarville1 and Cedarville2 — consisting of seniors Tim Eichner (Willingboro, N.J.); Devon McCarty (Chesapeake, Va.); Matt Sheppard (Lewis Center, Ohio); and Dave Staab (Knoxville, Tenn.); and juniors Matt Lewellyn (Stratford, Conn.) and Matt Zimmerman (Saint Leonard, Md.). Even without a graduate student member, Cedarville1 topped teams from The Ohio State University, the University of Dayton, the University of Cincinnati, and Wright State University and finished as the top Christian school in the region. Cedarville2 finished at 42nd place. Dr. David Gallagher, CU Associate Professor of Computer Science and Team Advisor, noted, "The students worked hard and did a great job; we are really proud of them!" Internationally, ICPC drew more than 3,000 teams from 70 countries. It has grown into the largest and most prestigious contest of its kind, with the number of teams quadrupling since IBM began sponsorship in 1997. Serving a global membership of 75,000, ACM works to advance the skills of information technology professionals and students by delivering cutting edge technical information and transferring ideas from theory to practice. ACM is a primary resource to the information technology field, offering journals and magazines, special interest groups, conferences, workshops, electronic forums, and a Career Resource Centre. For more information, visit -30-