Mines News

Release Date Thursday, December 8, 2016

Programming Team to Compete at World Finals

SD Mines Programming Team heads to the International Collegiate Programming Contest’s World Finals. The team from left to right: Alex Iverson, junior computer science major, Fort Collins, Colo.; Matthew Dyke, senior computer science and math major, Hartford; and Matthew Schallenkamp,sophomore computer science and math major, Brookings.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 8, 2016) – A South Dakota School of Mines & Technology computer programming team is headed to the International Collegiate Programming Contest’s (ICPC) World Finals after recently placing second among 231 teams regionally. This marks the seventh time the university has been invited to compete internationally.

The SD Mines team of Alex Iverson, Matthew Dyke, and Matthew Schallenkamp will advance to the 2017 ICPC, which will be held this May in Rapid City for the first time on U.S. soil in over a decade.

“Only 20 teams nationally go to the world finals each year. This is the seventh time that Mines has been in the top 20 teams. Our success in educating computer scientists to such a high standard is one of the reasons that the world finals will be held in Rapid City this spring,” said Heather Wilson, president of South Dakota Mines. “SD Mines is an exceptional engineering and science university, and we are proud of these students and their coaches.”

Two other Mines teams placed in the top 15 regionally.

The North Central Region competition hosted 231 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan.

Hundreds of hours of coaching by computer science faculty members Larry Pyeatt, Ph.D., Paul Hinker, Ph.D., Rachel Krohn, Roger Schrader, Ed Corwin, Ph.D., and Toni Logar, Ph.D., went into preparing the team to compete at such a high level.

SD Mines teams and their regional placements are below.

World Finals “Red Team” – 2nd Place

  • Matthew Schallenkamp, sophomore computer science and math major, Brookings
  • Matthew Dyke, senior computer science and math major, Hartford
  • Alexander Iverson, junior computer science major, Fort Collins, Colo.

“White Team” – 8th Place

  • Andrew Stelter, junior computer science major, Mankata, Minn.
  • Kenneth Petry, senior computer science and math major, Gillette, Wyo.
  • Aaron Alphonsus, junior computer science and math major, India

“Blue Team” – 14th Place

  • Micah Picasso, junior computer science major, Sioux Falls
    • Bryon Glass, senior computer science and math major, Rapid City
  • Christopher Navarro, junior computer science major, Sammamish, Wash.

“Green Team” – 26th Place

  • Naomi Green, sophomore computer science major, Corcoran, Minn.
  • Luke Videckis, freshman computer science and math major, Elmhurst, Ill.
  • Christina Taylor, junior mechanical engineering major, Rapid City

“Cyan Team” – 77th Place

  • Alex Crawford, sophomore computer science major, Chamberlain
  • Michael Pfeifer, sophomore computer science major, Owatonna, Minn.
  • Cheldon Coughlen, senior computer science major, Savage, Minn.

“Magenta Team” – 89th Place

  • Christian Sieh, senior computer science major, Hastings, Minn.
  • Lucas Carpenter, sophomore computer science major, Aberdeen
  • Zach Owen, junior computer science major, Rapid City

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of $63,500. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.