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When the final results were counted, Wyoming's top team, WyoGold, had finished fourth in the Fort Collins site and 21th in the regional contest
October 28, 2011 — The Computer Science Department sponsored four teams for the 36th annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. "The Battle of the Brains is the Olympics of the computer programming world," says Michael Karasick, vice president of strategy and technology at IBM Software Group. "These students push their minds to the limit, manipulating technologies such as analytics, system optimization and collaboration to effectively solve a semester's worth of computer programming in just five hours. The amount of talent that we have the opportunity to witness each year is truly impressive and a testament to the value of this competition." The contest challenges teams to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real-world problems under a five-hour deadline.
UW competes in the Rocky Mountain Regional contest, which had four sites this year. At the Fort Collins site, UW teams competed directly against 19 teams from the Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Campus, Colorado State University, Mesa State University, Montana State University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The regional contest covers the geographic area of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Mexico (excluding Dona Ana county). In all, there were 49 teams competing in the regionals for the top spot with the winner advancing to world finals in Poland.
The UW teams:
- WyoGold: Zeb Fross (Lysite), Tom Pearce (Buffalo), Brett Riotto (Wilson)
- WyoBown: Kira Lawrence (Laramie), Jon Duke (Denver), Alex Wellock (Dallas, OR)
- WyoCowboys: Chris Prosser (Thermopolis), Donovan Miller (Littleton, CO), Josh Herr (Cheyenne)
- TheFreshness: Taylor Legg (Laramie), Jake Harper (Temecula, CA), Ian Hall (Spearfish, SD)
- Coach for all the teams: UW Computer Science Lecturer Jim Ward
The UW teams would like to make a special thanks to Odion Oisamoje (our ACM chapter President), who worked very hard this year on grant proposals for all the travel and lodging funding for the teams. She secured funds from the ASUW Activities Council and the UW Enrichment Fund for Engineering.
Over the five hours of the competition, the four teams worked hard and submitted a number of programs. When the final results were counted, Wyoming's top team, WyoGold, had finished fourth in the Fort Collins site and 21th in the regional contest. Congratulations to all the UW teams, who did very well in the competition.
WyoGold: Brett Riotto, Tom Pearce, and Zeb Fross
WyoBrown: Jon Duke and Alex Wellock
TheFreshness: Taylor Legg, Jake Harper, and Ian Hall
WyoCowboys: Joshua Herr, Chris Prosser, and Donovan Miller