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Student programming team places first in Chicago, improves national and world rankings


IEEE teamA team of Concordia University Chicago undergraduate students have come in first place in the Chicago IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition, for the second time in three years. The students’ performance in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) contest placed them fifth in the greater Midwest, 40th in the United States and 600th in the world out of 3,350 teams. The competition is a global challenge where students in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs compete together in a 24-hour period to solve a set of programming problems.

The team was made up of CUC undergraduate students Nick Rittling (captain), Simeon Dyankov and Karl Camp. The group was encouraged to participate in the competition and trained by faculty mentor Dr. Victor Govindaswamy, associate professor of computer science at Concordia-Chicago.

“I am thrilled with the improvement, hoping that we will keep on climbing the rankings,” said Govindaswamy. “Our undergraduates competed against teams of mostly master’s and Ph.D. students. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, so it’s a very good sign for the program.”

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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