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Montana Tech Again Beats Much Bigger Schools

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Montana Tech Again Beats Much Bigger Schools

Once again a Montana Tech competitive programming team beat out a lot of bigger schools and again is the top competitive team in Montana. Our top team,"The Montana Studs", placed 4th at the University of Utah site and 11th out of 47 in the Rocky Mountain Region of the International College Programming Contest (http://cm.baylor.edu/welcome.icpc ). Our Montana Tech teams began to prepare for this contest as soon as school started by giving up their Saturday afternoons to work as a team on sample contest problems, and then meeting again later that week in the late afternoon to discuss solutions and to get some coaching on the types of problems that would be in the next Saturday's practice problem set.


The problems in this contest are always interesting. Some are easy and some are extremely difficult. This year an easy problem was to determine the maximum number of rock climbers that could ascend a series of climbing pitches with different lengths of rope. Our top team had an accepted solution to this problem in just 18 minutes, just a few minutes behind the winning Canadian team. An example of a difficult problem was to build an outbound sequence of railroad cars carrying different products from two inbound sequences given a description of the sequence of products in the outbound train. Our top team didn't get an accepted solution for this problem until toward the end of the five hour contest, but only seven other teams even solved this problem.


The members of our top team from left to right were Chris Tenda from Twin Bridges, Montana, Tyler Lee from Belgrade, Montana, and Miles Pennell from Lewistown, Montana. All are third year CS/SE students that have done well in all of our courses that cover the competition problems. Our back-up team was Matthew Burt, Zach Wormgoom and Mitchel Meyer.


Note to prospective Montana Tech CS/SE Students:

Being a member of one of our competitive teams is a great way to round out and strengthen what you will have learned in our regular programming courses. Just about everything you learn in these courses can be used to help your team win. You can get a taste of what's involved in solving a competitive programming problem by doing Module 5 in our on-line, "mileage-plus", earn-scholarship-funds program (http://cs.mtech.edu/REAL/ ).

 

 

Daniel Johnson Leverages SE Major and Internships into Regular Employment at Cisco Systems

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Daniel Johnson joined the Montana Tech Computer Science Department in the fall of 2007 with a strong Associates Degree in Computer Science from Spokane Falls Community College. He immediately shared the in-depth knowledge of Java he had acquired in Spokane by being an active participant in our Competitive Programming course for our International College Programming Contest teams, and then he built on this foundation by getting an A in our advanced C++ Data Structures & Algorithms I course.

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Programming Competition Team Sets New Practice Record!

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Each year for the past four years the Montana Tech Student Chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery has taken two teams to Salt Lake City to compete in the Rocky Mountain Region International College Programming Contest. In two of those years a Tech team bested all of the other Montana teams!

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Recent graduates attend medical school

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Two recent alumni, Dan Cleary (CS, 2004) and Ben Wendall (SE, 2004) did not follow traditional computer science professions, but instead chose to attend medical school a couple of years after graduation. The Summer 2010 MNews "Mad Science" article (p. 14-16) covers how they combined their technology and  problem solving skills obtained in their computer science and software engineering studies with their passion for medicine.

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