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November 2, 2007

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Students Participate in IBM-Sponsored ‘Battle of the Brains’

Students at The University of Texas at Tyler will participate in a computer programming contest sponsored by IBM, Dr. Stephen Rainwater, UT Tyler interim computer science department chair, announced.

Two UT Tyler teams will participate in the 32nd annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest to be held Nov. 3 at Texas A&M University. UT Tyler’s competition will include teams in the Southern Central U.S. Regions from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

This year’s regional competitions are expected to include 6,099 university teams from 82 countries on six continents for an all-out “battle of the brains.”

Teams will be challenged to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a five-hour deadline.

Ninety regional champions will then go on to compete for awards, scholarships and prizes April 8 – 12, 2008 in Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada.

Patriots Orange Team members listed by name, hometown, major and classification are:

  • Sean Dodd, Tyler, computer science, senior.
  • Shaun Williams, Pearland, computer science, junior.

Patriots Blue Team members are:

  • R. Preston Clark, Jacksonville, computer science, graduate student.
  • Russell Rockett, Pittsburg, computer information systems, senior.
  • Zac Sanders, Flint, computer science, senior.

Dr. Leonard Brown and Dr. Artur Mikitiuk, assistant professors of computer science, serve as the blue team and orange team coach/sponsor, respectfully.

“We will be looking forward to this competition,” said Brown. “This is something the university participates in every year and as always, we are excited.”

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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