Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Programming Team Travels to Russia to Train at Elite Boot Camp

The SD Mines programming team, front row, left to right: senior computer science and math major Matt Dyke; sophomore computer science and math major Matthew Schallenkamp; and junior computer science major Andrew Stelter; back row, left to right: senior computer science and math major Bryon Glass; junior computer science major Micah Picasso; and junior computer science major Chris Navarro.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 24, 2016) – In preparation for the 2017 International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, known as the Olympics of computer science, the SD Mines Programming Team is now training at the renowned Russian programming boot camp – the site that has trained the world champions for the past five years.

Few U.S. teams are invited to train at the boot camp, and the opportunity for the Mines team was made possible thanks to an anonymous donor. The team is being challenged at a level it has not yet experienced in regional competitions, working 12 hours a day writing programs and learning algorithms. After a week and a half of rigorous instruction in Russia, the team returns Sunday, Aug. 28, and will jump into regular 15-hour-per-week practices.

“The benefit of sending a team to the Russian boot camp is that these students will receive the most advanced training in the world and will be able to bring those techniques and algorithms back to SD Mines where we can integrate them into our local training program and courses,” said programming coach Antonette Logar, Ph.D.

Her co-coach Larry Pyeatt, Ph.D., is accompanying the six students on an adventure that will sharpen their skills and broaden their perspectives. “Not only will I be gaining skills and experience that will help my education and career, but I will be experiencing for the first time living in a culture overseas,” said team member Andrew Stelter.

Team members include junior computer science major Chris Navarro, Sammamish, Wash.; junior computer science Andrew Stelter, Mankato, Minn.; junior computer science major Micah Picasso, Sioux Falls; senior computer science and math major Bryon Glass, Rapid City; sophomore computer science and math major Matthew Schallenkamp, Brookings; and senior computer science and math major Matt Dyke, Hartford.

The Excellence in Computer Programming organization, led by former SD Mines President Richard Gowen, Ph.D., is hosting the World Finals in Rapid City May 20-25, 2017.


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