4 Nov

WVU Tech will be sending two teams of students to compete in this weekend’s regional “Battle of the Brains” computer programming contest sponsored by IBM at Radford University in Virginia.

WVU Tech’s students will take on students from Bridgewater College, Radford University, and Virginia Tech in a grueling, five-hour computer programming, problem solving battle on November 6. Teams consist of three students collaborating in a logic and strategy battle against the clock. Students representing WVU Tech include: Carl Simpkins, Joe Stephenson, Pat Kinser, Jeff Heck, Matt McDaniel, Anthony Woody, Jarett Adkins, and Doug Carrel.

For our computer science students, a chance to use their knowledge to solve real world problems in a competitive environment is an invaluable experience that will help prepare them for their future careers as IT professionals,” explained Dr. Nicholas Coleman, WVU Tech associate professor of computer science.

The 35th Annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest, the most prestigious computer programming competition of its kind, will include tens of thousands of university students during its preliminary rounds through December. One hundred teams from approximately 90 countries on six continents will earn coveted spots at the contest’s World Finals on March 3, 2011 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

“The Battle of the Brains is the Olympics of the computer programming world. 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,” said Dr. Michael Karasick, Vice President of Strategy and Technology at IBM Software Group. “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.”

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