Programming Team 2nd in U.S.
Tech's programming team from left: Michael Gross (CS '98), Coach Sallie Henry (CS), Farzad Valad (CpE '97), and Nick Loehr (CS, G) placed second in the country behind MIT.
Virginia Tech's student programming team placed second of the U.S. teams, and 11th out of 54 in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 1998 International Collegiate Programming Contest. MIT placed 5th overall and first among U.S. teams. The University of California-Berkeley and Duke University tied with Virginia Tech.
The annual competition draws student teams from around the world to solve up to eight problems in five hours. Problems ranged from writing programs to determine the insulating capacity of polygonal pieces composed of hypothetical insulating crystals; to determining optimal altitude during legs of an airplane flight in order to minimize fuel consumption; to selecting pages by keyword matching.
"It was definitely a worthwhile experience," said Valad, the team's sole computer engineering student. "One of the biggest things was that we needed to know our own strengths and how to work to the team's advantage. We had three people and one computer, so the computer use had to be efficient."
Other U.S. teams that placed in the world finals included the University of Texas-Austin, Cal Tech, Stanford, Florida Tech, the University of Missouri-Rolla, the University of Minnesota-Morris, and the University of Central Florida.
Sallie Henry, a computer science faculty member, serves as coach for the Virginia Tech teams. For more information, visit http://www.acm.vt.edu/.
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