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Computer Science Students Compete in "Battle of the Brains"

Computer science students had the opportunity to participate in "Battle of the Brains,” a global computer programming contest sponsored annually by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IBM. 

This year, Jacob Anderson ’12 of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Eric Swanson ’12 of Demotte, Indiana; and Tom Van Groningen ’12 of Palos Heights, Illinois, traveled to the University of Illinois in Springfield on October 24 to compete against 135 other teams in the region.

“This competition gave us a chance to compete against some of the finest up and coming programmers and to work as a team to complete very difficult problems,” said Swanson. “The Battle of the Brains prepares us for the working world where we will be faced with very difficult problems, but also need to work together as a team to overcome them.”

The team was accompanied by Bill Miller, professor of computer science.

“This event gives our students an opportunity to assess how their skills stack up against the top students in all the major colleges and universities in the Midwest,” said Miller, who coached the team prior to the competition and served as a judge at the competition. “This team has two more years of eligibility at ‘Battle of the Brains,’ and I expect them to place within the top ten at regionals before they’re done. This would be an incredible accomplishment given that they will be competing against graduate students at scores of world class universities.”
Trinity students will have another opportunity to exercise their talents at the ACCA (Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area) programming competition which will be held at Trinity in the spring.

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