Computing Team Wins ACM Programming Competition

Students to Represent Tech at World Finals in China

The Georgia Tech Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (GTACM) won 1st place at the 2004-2005 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) held in Melbourne, Fla. Thousands of collegiate programmers participated in this year's international "Tech Olympics," sponsored by IBM. After winning the Southeastern regional competition, the Georgia Tech team has earned a coveted spot at the World Finals in Shanghai, China.

From September to mid-December, regional competitions across the globe will draw more than 3,000 teams from over 70 countries on six continents. Of these, 75 teams will compete at the World Finals, April 3-7, 2005, in Shanghai, hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The ACM-ICPC aims to develop the next generation of information technology talent, and to ensure that the computer sciences education pipeline remains full. The contest challenges students, working in three-person teams, to rely on their programming skills and creativity during a five-hour battle of logic, strategy, and mental endurance. Students solve complex problems using both traditional and new software development tools.

Georgia Tech sent three, three-person teams to the Southeastern Regionals, and placed 1st, 9th, and 21st out of 64 teams. The top Yellow Jacket team included Charlie Reiss, Topraj Gurung, and Chris Sidi. The other six students representing Tech were: Justin Altman, Garry Boyer, James Robinson, Nick Clift, Will Rorabaugh, and Nirmal Thakker. Starting two months prior to the competition, the Georgia Tech students dedicated their Sundays to seven-hour practices with volunteer coach David Van Brackle. The Yellow Jacket team are grateful for the support of their corporate sponsors: Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM, King Industrial Realty, ISX, and Vocalocity, as well as their ACM sponsors: Andrew Harp, Dan Colestock, and Harrison Caudill.

"This is the world's premier university competition in the computing sciences and engineering," said Dr. Bill Poucher, ICPC Executive Director. "The world's universities have partnered with IBM and ACM to offer the best and brightest students the opportunity to challenge themselves to achieve far beyond classroom expectations so that they can build the cutting edge technology of tomorrow."

For a complete schedule of regional contests worldwide, visit

About the Georgia Tech Chapter of the ACM

Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) promotes and increases knowledge of science, design, development, construction, languages and applications of modern computing. The ACM is the society for computing professionals. The Georgia Tech Student Chapter (GTACM) is the primary student organization for computer science majors. Activities include organized corporate and faculty presentations and other events, which benefit both undergraduate and graduate students. GTACM also provides an avenue for students to develop corporate leadership skills.

About ACM

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students. ACM serves its global membership of 75,000 by delivering cutting edge technical information and transferring ideas from theory to practice. ACM hosts the computing industry's leading Portal to Computing Literature. With its journals and magazines, special interest groups, conferences, workshops, electronic forums and Career Resource Centre, ACM is a primary resource to the information technology field. For more information, see