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Computer Science Students Compete

Two HWS teams recently travelled to SUNY Fredonia to compete in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) computer programming contest. The annual ACM contest required student teams to design and write computer programs to solve nine problems in five hours. The regional programming competition leads to the World finals held in Harbin, China, in the spring.

The HWS team, consisting of seniors Josh Davis, Rob Hendry and Lex Kridler, took home third place in the contest, while the team of Marcela Melara ’12 and Franz Hahn, an exchange student from University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and others tied for seventh.

“We were under different kinds of pressure than normal, like a very short time frame, competing against the other teams, and dealing with questions written to trick you,” says Kridler.  “In the end, we worked well together and did a good job dealing with those pressures.”

ACM is widely-recognized as the premiere organization for computing professionals, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession, enable professional development and promote policies and research that benefit society.

The teams are advised by John Vaughn, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, and Marc Corliss, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science.

“The Department was very pleased with the results,” Corliss says.  “Both teams worked hard for over a month, practicing in their spare time.  All of the students involved became better programmers and learned how to work well within a team.  I think the experience will be beneficial to all the participants.  It was particularly nice to see one of the teams finish in third place, beating out some of strong teams from other local institutions.”