News from the Department
Department Alum Recognized for Lifetime Achievement
Bhabani Misra, who completed both his Master's degree and Ph.D. at NDSU, has been recognized for his contributions to STEM education in Minnesota with a Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award. The Minnesota High Tech Association recognized Misra for being "instrumental in the transformation of cutting-edge programs that have produced more than 4,000 master’s degree students in the software engineering, data science, information technology and software management fields." His work with industry was also highlighted. Misra is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at The University of St. Thomas. Read more here.
Valley News Live Focuses on Cybersecurity
NDSU students Chengyao Tang and Isaac Burton and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were interviewed by reporter Kristi Larson in a report airing on Valley News Live's morning program. The report focused on cybersecurity. Burton and Tang, who recently placed among the top 15% of students nationwide in the National Cyber League competition, discussed what they had learned as part of preparing for the NCL competition. View the report here.
Computer Science student Chengyao Tang featured in Fargo Forum
Calling her a "virtual victor," the Fargo Forum featured NDSU Computer Science graduate student Chengyao Tang and her teammates Isaac Burton and Steven Karschnia. The three placed in the top 15% nationwide in the recent National Cyber League "regular season" individual competition. Read the article here.
DigiKey Visits to Present Trophy
After the NDSU teams' win at the DigiKey programming contest, DigiKey came for a visit on November 7th to present the traveling trophy and the checks for the students' prizes. While here, they also told students all about career opportunities at the company.
NDSU Teams Win First and Third in Local Programming Contest
Computer Science Students from the North Dakota State University continued their winning streak at the local competition for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, taking first and third places. The competition, hosted at NDSU, had teams from schools including the University of Minnesota, Morris, and the University of North Dakota.
Students on the first place team included Ajay Brown, Aaron Buchholz and Riley Conlin. Students on the third place team included Wyly Andrews, Jeremy Jaeger and Eric Myers. Both teams were coached by ACM faculty advisor Professor Anne Denton.
Computer Science Instructor Joseph Latimer and Systems Administrator Guy Hokanson served as co-site directors. Computer Science faculty members Otto Borchert and Jeremy Straub also helped to run the event.
NDSU Team Wins First and Second in Major Regional Programming Competition
Two student teams from the North Dakota State University Department of Computer Science and Association for Computing Machinery chapter took both first and second places at the Digi-Key regional programming competition today. According to the contest website, this is only the second time in the competition’s history that a single school has won both top spots. NDSU is the only school to accomplish this feat, winning both this year and in 2007.
The competition, held at Digi-Key headquarters in Thief River Falls, MN, requires students to demonstrate their programming skills in response to multiple types programming problems, under time constraints. By winning both spots, the team has won $8,000 in prize money for the university and a $300 prize for each first place team student and a $200 prize for each second place team student. The team also brings home a traveling trophy for the year.
Digi-Key competition teams are allowed to have up to four participants. The first place team included only two: senior Aaron Buchholz and junior Chris Bernard. The second place team was comprised of junior Riley Conlin, junior Ajay Brown and sophomore Wren Erickson. Both teams were coached by Professor Anne Denton.
Including this year, NDSU has won first place four times and second place five times, since the competition’s inception in 2000. Twenty-two teams competed in this year’s competition.
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