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UWFox Students Place High in Computer Competition

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(from left to right)
Sam Oldenburg, Adam Benson
and David Kryzaniak

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley entered the 2009 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Programming Contest on Saturday, October 31, 2009 and successfully placed fifth out of 10 teams that participated at the UW-Oshkosh regional site. The three-student team from UWFox simultaneously competed with 203 colleges and universities located at 16 regional sites in the United States and Canada that are all part of the North Central North America district of the ACM. The UWFox team finished 94th overall nationally.

The 2009 UWFox ACM Programming Contest Team Roster included Adam Benson (Kaukauna), David Kryzaniak (Oshkosh) and Sam Oldenburg (Appleton). The team was coached by Dr. Bill Bultman, UWFox professor of computer science. Bultman observed, “Most of the teams are typically made up of juniors, seniors, and even occasional first year grad students, whereas UWFox sends sophomores. This makes our success in finishing in the top half of both regional and site teams that much more noteworthy.”

The 2009 team continued UWFox’s tradition of a strong performance at the annual event, which is conducted over five hours. According to the UWFox team, the campus’ team finished higher than any other two-year campus.

“The competition was tough, especially because the first computer problem we were given to solve was very challenging and more appropriate for a graduate school team. We wasted a lot of time trying to solve a problem we couldn’t solve,” said Kryzaniak.

“Sometimes, in competitions like this, when you think the context of a problem is easy, you find out that it really isn’t that easy at all,” Benson added.

“We worked together very well as a team and we spread out our priorities efficiently,” Oldenburg said. “Each member of the team brought his own strengths and weakness to the competition.”

As one of the 26 UW System campuses, UWFox is one of the 13 campuses that comprise the UW Colleges, with approximately 1,700 students presently enrolled. The campus specializes in the freshman-sophomore curriculum and offers bachelor’s degrees through collaborations with several four year UW campuses.

Posted 11/16/2009