computer science majors beat MIT, UR in contest
A team of three
RIT computer science majors beat 10 other university teams --
including MIT, the University of Rochester and Brown -- placing
the team second (barely behind Harvard) in the association for
Computing Machinery (ACM) Northeastern Regional Competition
in Massachusetts last fall. RIT and Harvard won a trip to the
World Finals in the Netherlands this past April. Seniors Mark
Roth, Stephan Roorda and Paul Mason make up RIT's team, coached
by Assistant Professor Paul Tymann. The three took first place
over nine teams in the local contest, enabling them to compete
in the regional event.
The ACM International
Collegiate Programming Contest, established in 1970, is the
oldest and largest programming competition for the world's universities.
Each year more than 4,000 students from around the globe participate.
The contest, sponsored by IBM, gives each three-member team
five hours to complete six to eight complex programming problems
using Pascal, C, C++ or Java programming languages. The RIT
team used Java.