Students take third in computing competition

Two student teams from NDSU’s Computer Science department competed at the annual Digikey Collegiate Computing Competition held Oct. 19 at the Digikey corporate headquarters in Thief River Falls, Minn.  Twelve universities from the region participated.

The competition tests mathematics, computer programming and problem solving skills in three separate sessions, each lasting between one and one-and-a-half hours. Two sessions involve students creating computer programs in C, C++, C# or Java to solve problems. The third session involves solving math word problems.

This year, NDSU’s team Pi Rho earned third place. Team members included Zechariah Anderson, a senior double majoring in computer science and mathematics; Cesar Ramirez, a senior majoring in computer science; Samuel Stutsman, a junior majoring in computer science; and Justin Anderson, a senior double majoring in computer science and mathematics. Each student received a $100 gift card and the computer science department received $1,000.

The team Dacodas finished in 11th place. Members included Cody Wass, a senior double majoring in computer science and mathematics; Joseph Ching, a senior double majoring in computer science and mathematics; Ankit Kumar, a junior majoring in computer science, and Michael Teubner, a senior majoring in computer science.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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