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UH Hilo top Hawai‘i team in collegiate computer programming contest

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Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A team of three University of Hawaii at Hilo computer science students took top honors at the Hawai‘i site of the Pacific Northwest Regional Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest held on November 13, 2004 at Brigham Young University – Hawai‘i.

The winning team, consisting of seniors Andrew Wong and Elton Yamamoto and junior Robert Puckett, and coached by Dr. Sevki Erdogan and Ted Shaneyfelt of the UH Hilo Computer Science Department, was one of eight teams from Hawai‘i universities and one of two UH Hilo teams in the competition. The teams were given a number of difficult computer programming problems to solve in an allotted period of time.

“We’re quite pleased at how they did because this is the first time we have sent anybody to this competition and only the second time there has been a Hawai‘i site,” said Dr. Judith Gersting, computer science division chair. “This competition has been held for a number of years around the world. It’s an international competition. In fact, all of the worldwide sites had their competition the same day, November 13.”

The top UH Hilo team also placed 30th of 79 teams competing in the Pacific Northwest Region, which was won by the University of British Columbia. Other schools competing in the region include Stanford, UC Berkeley and the University of Washington.

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