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Concordia-Chicago students place first in Chicago programming competition


A team of Concordia University Chicago undergraduate students have come in first place in the Chicago IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition, for the third time in four years. Their performance in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) contest placed them 30th in the United States and 426th in the world—in the top 10 percent—out of 5,155 teams. Student teams from CUC captured the top seven places among competitors from universities in and around Chicago. CUC also debuted its first-ever all-women programming team, which finished 84th in the United States and 915th in the world, among the top 20 percent.IEEE teams

The competition is a global challenge where students in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs compete together in a 24-hour period to solve a set of programming problems. The first-place Chicago team was made up of CUC undergraduate students Karl Camp (captain), Andrew Nicoara and Marcos Duran. Dragana Antic (captain), Angela Herrera and Antea Pela comprised the all-women team.

The group was encouraged to participate in the competition and trained by faculty mentor Dr. Victor Govindaswamy, associate professor of computer science at Concordia-Chicago.

“Our students keep on climbing the rankings in this competition,” said Govindaswamy. “I am not surprised that so many of our teams captured the top positions in Chicago, considering that in the past two years, our students have graduated with good jobs after having done very well in technical job interviews.”

The Chicago Section of IEEE has been supporting Chicago’s engineers since 1893. IEEE is the world’s largest association of technical professionals, with more than 400,000 members worldwide.

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