PLNU Students Place at IBM Programming Contest

Monday, November 28, 2011

On Nov. 12, six PLNU computer science majors in two separate teams competed and placed 16th in the 36th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest – what has been referred to as the Battle of the Brains. 

PLNU students competed against more than 70 teams from Southern California, all vying for a spot to attend the World Finals in Warsaw as well as bragging rights to the holy grail of programming: the “World’s Smartest Trophy.” PLNU students solved more than a semester’s worth of computer programming material in just five hours.

“The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. Quite simply, it is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world,” according to the ACM.

The 16th place team members were Katherine Graham, Nathan McClatchey, and Aaron McKinstry; the 29th place team members were Brian Bufford, Wileen Chiu, and Blake Herrington.

“The ACM-ICPC offers us the unique opportunity to gather the smartest programmers from around the world in one room.  These students possess the capacity, passion, and drive necessary to become the future innovators of our industry, and we look forward to the opportunity to recruit from such an elite pool of young talent,” said Doug Heintzman, director of strategy at IBM Software Group and sponsorship executive of the ICPC.