Saturday, October 22, the University of Michigan Dearborn campus sent two teams—one consisting of Scott Hoffman, Matt Smudz, and Andrew Hagen, and the other of Jer Lance, Jordan Lampi, and Blake Farrugia; both coached by Dr. Elenbogen—to compete in the regional competition for the ACM's annual International Collegiate Programming Contest at Grand Rapids State University, coming home third on site (beating Michigan State, among others), 28th of 116 in the region, and tying UofM-D's best ever performance in solving 5 problems.
The winners of the region this year were the University of Waterloo in first place, Carnegie Mellon in second, and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus—assistant-coached by University of Michigan Dearborn Alumnus Dennis Matveyev.
The Dearborn chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery will be having a meeting on Wednesday, 17 November at 6pm in the CIS building to go over the problems and discuss the competition of pizza and soda with anyone interested in more information about future ICPC competitions, how this one went, or the local programming competitions coming up on campus. If you enjoy programming even a little bit, you should come out and join us.
Now that the boring stuff is out of the way, this weekend was a LOT of fun. We did fantastically…it was quite the coup beating State. I would really love to get two teams going next year…and I think that our little local programming competitions are a great way to practice for that. It did, however, ruin my time in the last weekend that probably should have been at least partially spent studying for this week's midterms. These are going to SUCK!
Congratulations to both teams! You did great. As Joe Esposito would have said, “You're the best, around (plus or minus a little bit), nothing's gonna ever keep you down (very far).”