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Computer Science Students Compete in International Collegiate Programming Contest

Computer science students sharpened their programming skills as they competed recently in the world’s most prestigious computer programming competition. The 32nd ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM, gathered the best and brightest computer programmers for an all-out “battle of the brains.”

Three teams of three students each were accompanied by Bill Miller, assistant professor of computer science, and Ron Hansum, director of software systems, to a regional contest between Trinity, Augustana College, Blackburn College, Illinois College, Illinois State University, Knox College, University of Illinois at Springfield, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Trinity’s teams included:

Trinity Tall Trolls—Derek Hansum ’09, Evergreen Park, Ill.; Cara Tacoma ’09, Cadillac, Mich.; Emily Ward ’09, Palos Heights, Ill.                             

Trinity Tough Trolls—Kyle Geenen ’10, Holland, Mich.; Eric Kallemeyn ’11, Crete, Ill.; Jeff Miller ’08, Kenosha, Wis.

Trinity Trolls—Brandon Huisenga ’10, St. John, Ind.; Erick Matherly ’09, Pella, Iowa; Kyle Sheely ’08, Newark, Del.

Teams used their programming skills, creativity, and business sense in attempting to solve complex, real-world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline.

Trinity student Cara Tacoma ’09 of Cadillac, Michigan, said she learned how to better work with her teammates, some of whom she worked with last year at a different programming competition where they placed first in the novice division.

“The competition at this contest was stiffer,” said Tacoma. “Some of the best teams in the region were competing, and we had some technical difficulties with our computer. But we worked together in spite of the challenges and had a great time."           

This year’s regional competitions included 6,099 university teams from 82 countries on six continents, all vying for a spot at the Contest’s World Finals.

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