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Nov. 7, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University sent two teams of computing students Oct. 29 to the North Central North America (NCNA) regional programming contest, where one team placed third at the site.
The teams traveled to Garmin headquarters in Olathe, Kansas, which hosted 11 teams as one of 15 sites hosting regional contests simultaneously.
Representing the “Bearcats” team were David Schmitt, a senior computer science major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Kalyan Dass Kairamkonda, a graduate student from Hyderabad, India, studying applied computer science; and Saroj Paudel a freshman computer science major from Kathmandu, Nepal. The “Northwest” team consisted of Harish Kumar Majeti, a graduate student from Hyderabad, India, studying applied computer science, and Sagar Tiwari, a freshman computer science major from Kathmandu, Nepal.
The “Bearcats” placed third among teams competing at Garmin and 39th among 231 teams throughout the region. They answered two questions and led most of the competition.
The “Northwest” team did not place but had a strong showing also.
“They did manage to generate the correct output, for the sample data, for three questions,” Dr. Michael Rogers, associate professor of computer science and information systems, said. “Considering that they had only two members, one of whom was a freshman, that was also a great performance.”
The regional contests comprise the opening round of the 41st annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition. The contest involves several tens of thousands of students and faculty in computing disciplines from more than 2,000 universities representing 91 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure.
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