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UW CSE students compete in ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest

Orz programming team

Team Orz (from left): Jingchen Hu, WenBo Cui and Forrest Sun

Five teams of UW CSE students competed at the Pacific Northwest regional for the ACM’s annual International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) last weekend. Once again, our students made a strong showing, sweeping the top five spots at the Puget Sound competition site and holding their own against some formidable opponents from other top institutions in the broader regional contest. Twelve CSE undergraduates and three graduate students participated.

Puget Sound was one of six sites that determined which teams from the Northwest region – which includes Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, northern and central California, western Nevada and Hawaii – will move on to compete in the world finals next May.

The regional competition is fierce, including teams from UW CSE, Stanford, UC Berkeley and a number of other schools. Two teams of CSE undergradate students – Orz and Eternal Flame – placed in the top 10 overall, and all five teams placed in the top 20. (A total of seventy teams competed in UW CSE’s division.) Everyone made their coach, UW CSE Ph.D. student Daniel Epstein, proud:

Orz: WenBo Cui, Jingchen Hu, Forrest Sun (Puget Sound site champions, 7th in the region)

Eternal Flame: Victor Chen, Jasper Hungunin, Vladimir Korukov (10th in the region)

Voila: Hessam Bagherinezhad, Kiana Ehsani, Xin Yang (12th in the region)

Last1: Ziyu Wang, Qian Yan, Yuhao Zhu (13th in the region)

Java the Hutt: Zach Frohardt, Gunnar Onarheim, Calob Symonds (19th in the region, and honorable mention by UW CSE News for the best team name)

Way to go, everyone!