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APSU student team one of top two in computer science competition

November 12, 2002

A team of three students from Austin Peay placed second in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) programming contest this past weekend at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

Students Erick Gordon, John Leo and Foh Ohn Chong placed second out of 14 teams in the computer science competition, which took place Saturday, Nov. 2. One team shares a personal computer and creates programs in C++ or Java language that solves problems.

Gordon, Leo and Chong solved four out of the seven problems presented.

“I chose this contest site on purpose because it provides some real competition,” said Dr. James Bateman, professor of mathematics and computer science and coach of the two teams from Austin Peay who attended the competition.

“The competition is long; they work feverishly for five hours. Very frequently at these contests, a team only solves one of the seven problems—that shows the level of difficulty.”

The winning team, from Tennessee Technological University, solved five problems out of seven. Other competing schools included the University of the South at Sewanee, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University, Western Kentucky University, Union University in Jackson, Belmont University and a community college from North Carolina.

Austin Peay's second competing team, consisting of students Mandi Hull, Chris Clark and Michel Maokhampio, received honorable mention.

The competition was sponsored by IBM.