The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) participated in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) on Saturday, Nov. 1. SBU’s top competitive programming team finished in 13th place out of a total of 145 competing teams in the Mid-Central Region of the ICPC. The team’s 13th place overall finish secured SBU’s spot as one of the top-10 universities out of those competing from the mid-central U.S. (Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee). SBU posted the second best finish out of competing schools from the state of Missouri.
“This is an amazing finish for this team and some great leadership by the seniors,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department and professor of computer science. “I have watched this team practice and they are truly a dedicated group. It is an honor to work with them to sharpen their God-given talents.”
The ICPC is the most prestigious programming contest in the world and features colleges of all sizes utilizing both undergraduate and graduate students in a five-hour head-to-head problem-solving contest. All SBU team members are undergraduate students.
Competing on SBU’s A team were Justin Stout (senior, Gardner, Kan.), Jarrett Munton (senior, O’Fallon, Ill.), and Brady Kornrumpf (junior, Jefferson City, Mo.).
SBU’s development teams were comprised of Julie Bowman (freshman, Franklin, N.C.), Chase Bussey (freshman, Sedalia, Mo.), Paul Kramer (sophomore, Fairview Heights, Ill.), Nate Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.), Braden Steffaniak (freshman, Edwardsville, Ill.) and Preston Tate (freshman, Fair Play, Mo.).
Also practicing with the teams this fall were Natasha Bailey (freshman, Urbana, Mo.), Jordan Brown (freshman, Hermitage, Mo.) and Russell Davis (freshman, Bolivar, Mo.).
The SBU competitive programming teams are coached by DeClue and Dr. Baochuan Lu, associate professor of computer science. Dr. James Cain, associate professor of computer science, and Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science, organized and led the contest on the SBU campus.
For more information about the CIS department at SBU, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.