UMKC School of Computing and Engineering student teams proved they can program with the nation’s and world’s finest by placing in the 2014 IEEEXtreme Programming Competition, a large international programming competition with over 1700 teams competing. After 24 straight hours of computer programming, Robert Holland and Varun Narisetty from UMKC SCE’s Team NPComplete2014 placed 6th among 232 teams nationally and 40th of 1729 teams world-wide, a school best in this competition. A second UMKC SCE team, Team Brogrammers2014, with Hoang Nguyen, An Nguyen, and Kevin ‘Yama’ Keyser, finished extremely well at 27th nationally and 271st worldwide. “These students had the best performances of any UMKC teams in this contest to date,” said the team’s faculty advisor, Brian Hare.
Helping the students with the required proctoring were several SCE faculty and staff. Under contest rules, student teams had to be proctored by IEEE members around the clock. SCE thanks the faculty and staff who helped with this effort, and a special thanks to Brian Hare and Debby Dilks, Manager of the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department, for help in preparation and organizing for the event. For more details, see the UMKC Today article, “Getting with the Programming“.
Raising over $7,000 to fund travel to upcoming competitions, the UMKC Baja Racing Team’s 2nd annual fundraiser at the Armacost Museum was a huge success. The team is very close to raising the 40% matching travel funds the UMKC Student Government Association requires student competition teams raise before they will authorize funding the remaining 60. Designing and building the vehicle and then competing against other university teams from across the nation, gives our Baja Racing team members a unique opportunity to apply the theory they learn in class to real engineering processes. Working together, Baja veterans teach new members design, analysis and manufacturing skills along with project management and business skills.
The 2014 SCE Scholarship Luncheon was held on November 7, 2014 in room 401A of the Student Union. Honoring our donors and providing our scholars an opportunity to thank their donors, this annual event continues to grow in participants as SCE gains more scholarship support from our engineering and computer science communities. Over 70 scholarship students attended joining 60 donors, 14 being faculty and staff donors from UMKC and SCE, at this fabulous celebration in support of learning and student achievement. Thank you to all of our donors for all they do for SCE!
UMKC was a host site for the 2014 ACM Mid-Central USA programming contest on Saturday, November 1, with teams from UMKC, Park University, and the University of Central Missouri competing. Our UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) fielded 4 teams. The Problem Factory (Robert Holland and Emily Thomas) won the competition at our site and finished 28th of 154 teams regionally, with 5 problems out of 9 and a total time of 951 minutes (including a final correct submission two minutes before the end of the contest). The Algoristocrats (Sarah Withee, Eric Sundquist, and Joshua Herndon) finished 4th of 8 teams at our site and 70th regionally. Receiving honorable mention were the Null Exceptionals (Hoang Nguyen, An Nguyen) and the Brogrammers (Reggie Roby, Ronald Nero, and Alex Wachira).
SCE would like to thank Brian Hare, ACM student chapter faculty advisor, Donald Ledford of UMKC Information Services, Sharon Griffith of the CSEE department staff, and UMKC student volunteers and ACM officers – Avinash Desireddy, Fatima Mohamed, Varun Narisetty, Binh Nguyen, Vicky Wu, Michael Harris, Eric Gonzalez, and Dan Robison – for their contributions to a successful event.