Tech's Programming Team Successful at ACM Regional Programming Competition



Montana Tech’s Computer Science and Software Engineering students recently returned from the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition’s Rocky Mountain Regional Contest held on the campus of Neumont University in South Jordan, Utah. Montana Tech sent two teams, Team A and Team 1, to compete against teams from Neumont University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. The Rocky Mountain Region covers Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

Team A placed 1st at their site, which landed them an overall ranking of 6th out of 50 registered regional teams. Team A was comprised of seniors, Tyler Lee, Chris Tenda, and Matthew Burt. “The competition was a lot of fun,” explained Lee. “This is my favorite type of programming. It is just a blast.” Each 3-person team was given 1 computer and 10 problems to solve. Team A completed 5 problems in the 5-hour period.

Team 1 placed 19th overall solving 4 problems in the time period. Team 1 included juniors Zach Wormgoor and Mitchell Meyer, and sophomore Matthew Morris. Both teams are coached by Montana Tech Associate Professor Frank Ackermann and Assistant Professor Keith Vertanen.

“I am happy with our teams’ efforts at the regional contest,” said Ackermann. “This is the first time one of our teams has placed first at their regional site in at least five years. We also moved up in the regional rankings.”

The IBM-sponsored ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, the most prestigious computer programming competition of its kind, challenges thousands of university students from across the globe to solve a semesters’ worth of curricula in mere hours. At the completion of the preliminary rounds, 100 teams from approximately 90 countries on 6 continents will earn their once-in-lifetime opportunity at the contest’s World Finals on May 14, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

In September, Montana Tech won the Montana qualifying contest on the campus of Montana State University against a field of 10 teams from Carroll College, The University of Montana, UM College of Technology, and Montana State University.