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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 21, 2009

Student computer programmers to compete in IBM-sponsored contest

Nine Northwest computing students will compete in the 34th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest for the Mid-Central Region Saturday, Oct. 24, at Park University.

Three, three-member teams of students from Northwest's Department of Computer Science/Information Systems will compete. The "Northwest Bearcats" team consists of Dustin Singleton, Dana Estes and Tyler Griesback; the "Northwest Cats" team includes Lalitha Praneetha Bhogaraju, Thejasvi Manyam and Mohammad Nabil Shaik; and the "Northwest Green" team includes Nikhil Nijhawan, Parvan Kishore Ventrapragada and Raghunath Pavan Talla Pragada.

"This contest is one of the most demanding intellectual challenges," said Alan Ganek, chief technology officer and vice president of strategy for business and technology at IBM Software Group. "These students possess an amazing talent to solve pressing issues involving transportation, energy, water, climate and health. They are a generation with the ability to change the very way of life on planet Earth."

The competition is expected to draw tens of thousands of students from universities in more than 80 countries on six continents. The teams that solve the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will advance to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals Feb. 1-6, 2010, where 100 regional champions will meet in Harbin, China, to compete for awards, scholarships and prizes.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468