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October 08, 2012

Students Perform Well at ACM “Battle of the Brains” Qualifier

On Saturday, September 29, eight undergraduate and graduate students from the NC State Computer Science Department participated in the North American Qualifying Competition of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC).  This contest was a coordinated, 5-hour computer programming contest held simultaneously at 164 universities in the US and Canada.  This event is intended to help prepare teams for the upcoming regional contests and to help coaches select team members for these contests.
Out of the 11 programming problems offered, each NC State student solved at least two.  The winner at NC State was Sean Reynolds, an ECE graduate student.  Reynolds solved eight problems, placing him 10th overall among the 730 teams and individuals who participated.  Computer science master’s degree student Kevin Kauffman came in second; senior Carson Holgate placed third; and junior James Beavers came in fourth.  The students are coached by Dr. David Sturgill.
Visit the contest homepage at to learn more about the contest or to have a look at the programming problems the students had to solve. 
On November 10, 2012, these students and hundreds of others will compete in teams of three as part of the ACM ICPC Mid-Atlantic Regional Contest.  The best teams from this regional contest will go on to compete in the ICPC World Finals to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 30-July 4, 2013.


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