Montana Tech Students Earn Top Spot at Computer Programming Contest



A student computer programming team from Montana Tech competed in the Montana qualifying Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest this past weekend on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. The Montana Tech team placed first among a field of 10 teams from Carroll College, The University of Montana, UM College of Technology, and Montana State University. The Montana Tech team consisted of students, Tyler Lee, Chris Tenda, and Zach Wormgour.

The contest challenges teams of three university students to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. At the competition, the teams were given several problems to solve with a goal of solving as many problems as possible during the contest period. The solutions to the problems must be submitted as programs in one of the programming languages Java, C, or C++.

As the winning team, Montana Tech will compete at a regional competition site in Utah on Saturday, October 29th. Prior to heading to the competition in Bozeman, the Montana Tech team practiced on Friday afternoons and held debriefings Monday afternoon. "This team has some brilliant computer programmers on it, but even for them practice and study are essential," said Associate Professor and team coach Frank Ackermann. "I have high hopes that their hard work pays off–the competition at the regional level is fierce!"