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Concordia-Chicago programming teams improve national and world rankings


Two teams of Concordia University Chicago undergraduate students have finished second and third place in Chicago, and second and fourth place in Illinois in the IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition. The students’ performance in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) contest placed them 52nd in the U.S., an improvement of 51 positions over last year. They finished 661st in the world out of about 2,200 teams. The competition is a global challenge where computer science and engineering students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels compete against each other in an intense 24-hour period to solve a set of programming problems.

The teams were made up of CUC undergraduate students Jeremy Hartman, Nick Rittling and Joe Bayer (Team 1), and Simeon Dyankov, Francis Eberwein and Nickolas Aristodemo (Team 2). The groups were encouraged to participate in the competition by mentors Dr. Victor Govindaswamy and Dr. Qing Wang, computer science faculty members at Concordia-Chicago.

“Most of the participants in the worldwide competition are usually Ph.D. students, as there is only one category,” said Govindaswamy. “We are proud of our undergraduate students who competed against the best doctoral computer science students the world can offer.”

The Chicago Section of IEEE has been supporting Chicago’s engineers since 1893. IEEE is the world’s largest association of technical professionals, with more than 400,000 members worldwide.

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