Gorloks Finish First in Association for Computing Machinery Programming Contest

| November 5, 2014
Webster students Isaac Brodsky, Eric Bright, Joshua Merseal and assistant professor Xiaoyuan Suo took first place at the Association for Computing Machinery competition on Nov. 1.

Webster students Isaac Brodsky, Eric Bright, Joshua Merseal and assistant professor Xiaoyuan Suo took first place at the Association for Computing Machinery competition on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 1, students from across the region participated in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) programming contest at the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University. As one of the biggest and most influential programming contests internationally, the contest pits teams of three university students against nine complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance.

This year, 14 teams from various local universities, including Saint Louis University, McKendree University, Lindenwood University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) and Missouri Science and Technology, took part in the competition. Webster ‘s team, Gorlok 1, placed first in the competition and 20th regionally. The team included students Eric Bright, Isaac Brodsky and Josh Merseal.

Math and Computer Science professors Xiaoyuan Suo and Brenda Boyce organized the event and coached Webster University’s team. “Webster is one of the few small liberal arts institutions to receive this honor, and we are extremely excited about the students’ accomplishment,” Suo said.

“Our students worked hard to train for this event,” Boyce added, “and we are looking forward to competing in the next programming contest.”

This story was originally posted at the Walker School blog.

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