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Mines student programmers among top 5 percent
Release Date Friday, December 6, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 6, 2013) – Two student programming teams from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology recently placed in the top 5 percent among the 322 teams competing  at the North Central Regional competition of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC).

Two of the five Mines teams finished 13th and 14th among the hundreds from eight states and two Canadian provinces. In all, the School of Mines entered five teams in the regional competition, and all five finished in the top 25 percent.

Students gained a valuable experience that emphasized the importance of problem solving and teamwork. “Our students get practical programming and teamwork experience, and they also get small scholarships that are supported by industry,” said Kyle Riley, Ph.D., head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (Math & CS).

The teams were coached by math and computer science faculty members Toni Logar, Ph.D., Larry Pyeatt, Ph.D., and Roger Schrader, Ph.D. Faculty member Ed Corwin, Ph.D., served as a judge for the regional competition.

Below are the teams and their results:

Red Team (13th) – Dean Laganiere (Math & CS), Racine, Minn.; Matthew Richard (Math & CS), Champlin, Minn; and Teresa Worner (CS), Rapid City.

White Team (14th) – Andrew Koc (CS), Woodland Park, Colo; Charles Parsons (CS), Rapid City; Shaun Gruenig (CENG), Rapid City; and alternate Matthew Dyke (Math & CS), Hartford.

Gold Team (36th) – John Brink (CS), Saint Paul, Minn.; Minda (McDaniel) Carpenter (CS), Mitchell; and Bryon Glass (Math & CS), College Park, Md.

Blue Team (40th) – Rachel Krohn (ME & CS), Rapid City; Adam Meaney (CS), Mitchell; and Joshua Schultz (CS), Sturgis.

Silver Team (80th) – Jonathan Richardson (Math), Douglas, Wyo.; Austin Rotert (Math & CS), Spearfish; and Jaysen Spurlock (CS), Gillette, Wyo.

The Red, White, Gold and Blue teams were the top four teams in the state.


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