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Montana Tech Programming Teams Successful at Montana Competition

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Six student computer programming teams from Montana Tech competed in the 2014  ACM Montana Programming Contest on September 19th on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. One of the Montana Tech teams placed first and another team received honorable mention. The competition saw 16 teams from Montana Tech and Montana State University. The team of Justin Emge, Adam Cass, and Ben Butcher placed 1st and the team of Hathem Memmi, Jake Jones, and Casey Flynn received honorable mention.


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 six 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++. Tech’s winning team solved all problems in under 3 hours.


Montana Tech’s top teams will next compete at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, November 8 as part of the Rocky Mountain Regional competition of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.


Bill Ivanich Receives 2014 Alumni Recognition Award

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Bill Ivanich received the 2014 Computer Science Alumni Recognition Award as part of the Homecoming festivities on September 19. Bill is pictured with CS Department Head Jeff Braun (far left), Montana Tech Alumni Association Vice President Dean Bentley, and Chancellor Don Blackketter (far right). Bill is a Senior Manager with EchoStar Technologies and has over 14 years of experience in embedded software Engineering for set-top box development for the digital pay TV industry. He has worked to support the successful launch of several products; highlights involve software features related to interactive TV applications, DVR support, HD support, multiple language support, multiple branding support, and IP TV streaming support. He is either the inventor or co-inventor on 7 patents related to image compression and manipulation, user input controls, media analysis, user classification, and 3D TV buffer methods.


ACM Club Starts Year Strong

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The first ACM club of the year was well attended by both returning and new students. Perhaps it was the free pizza that got the 25 members to attend the first meeting of the year on September 9th. The members discussed the upcoming Homecoming events, including the bed race (they placed 2nd this year!), royalty, and the Race to the M. Other activities they discussed were LAN Parties, Competitive Programming practices and competitions, and a spring industry trip.


CSCI 191 CodeMontana: Intro to CS course

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Nao studentsMontana Tech is partnering with CodeMontana to offer college credits for completing their online curriculum through the CodeHS program. Like other college courses, these credits may transfer to other universities in Montana and in the country, possibly as an entry-level programming course depending on your major. 

Juniors and seniors in high school have the opportunity to apply for the 3-credit course for a tuition fee of $148.74. The course will be offered in the fall and spring semesters at Montana Tech, and is an online course using the CodeMontana curriculum while utilizing a Montana Tech instructor for help and to grade the exercises.  To sign up for the course, register for CodeMontana, then complete the 2014-2015 Jump Start form at and register as an early “college-credit-only” course.  More specific information can be found at that site. A press release about the course is also available.

By completing 100% of the course, students with an ACT Math score of 24 or higher will also qualify for a $4000 CodeMontana Scholarship to study computer science or software engineering at Montana Tech.


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