Penn State Harrisburg students to compete in programming competition

October 30, 2009

For the 17th consecutive year, two teams of Penn State Harrisburg Computer Science students are preparing to compete in the world’s most prestigious programming competition.

The Penn State Harrisburg teams will challenge others from seven area institutions Nov. 7 in the regional finals of the 34th annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Collegiate Programming Contest. This year’s regional showdown is being hosted by Shippensburg University.

At the regionals, teams consisting of three students have to solve as many of the provided real-world problems as possible within five hours.

“It gives students an opportunity to enhance their problem-solving talents, to demonstrate, share, and sharpen their programming skills, and to utilize teamwork,” Null said.

Along with Penn State Harrisburg and Shippensburg, teams from Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Millersville University, Moravian College, and West Virginia University will be competing.

Linda Null, associate professor of computer science, and William Deng, assistant professor of computer science, are the coaches for the Penn State Harrisburg competitors. They are: Andy Anske, Palmyra; Rolland Sigler Jr., Hagerstown; Geoff Cranmer, Middletown; Cody Hoppey, Hazleton; Chris Jackson, Chester Springs; and Matt Godshall, Barnesville.

The regional competition’s winning team advances to the world finals February 5, 2010 at Harbin Engineering University in China.

Referred to as the “Battle of the Brains,” ACM competition is the largest and most prestigious computing competition in the world with tens of thousands of students from colleges and universities in 90 countries and six continents involved. Since IBM began sponsoring the event in 1997, participation has grown from 1,100 to more than 7,100 teams.

Last Updated November 02, 2009