November 08, 2011

l. to r. Sarah Storck, Karl Cronburg, Ben Sokolowsky

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three teams of Bucknell University students attended the Mid-Atlantic Region ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest held at Wilkes University this past weekend. Wilkes is one of the eight sites in the mid-Atlantic region.

One of the three teams, "Bucknell 2," placed first out of 25 teams at the site by solving three problems out of a total of eight. These problems come from various areas of disciplines and common life, particularly from math and physics. The site included teams from King's College, Lafayette, La Salle, Lehigh, Moravian, Scranton, Susquehanna, Temple, Villanova and Wilkes.

"The winning team — Karl Cronburg, Sarah Storck and Ben Sokolowsky — is also placed at 17th in the mid-Atlantic region," said team adviser Xiannong Meng, professor of computer science team. "The first top finishers for the mid-Atlantic region are teams from Duke, William and Mary, and Messiah."

Cronburg is a junior majoring in computer science and physics; Storck is a senior majoring in computer science and engineering; Sokolowsky is a junior majoring in mathematics.

"The other two Bucknell teams did very well too, solving two and one problem each," said Meng.

Programming and problem solving
The Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) is considered the most prestigious computer programming competition of its kind. It challenges teams of three students to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real-world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. The contest is akin to completing a semester's worth of computer programming and problem solving in one afternoon.

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