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LETU Students Compete in IEEE Competition


In an inaugural year for LeTourneau University to compete, LETU students took third place nationally and 26th place worldwide in a recent international computer programming competition organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. The team won first place regionally to qualify to compete.

In the 24-hour computer programming competition called IEEEXtreme, 970 teams totaling more than 2,500 students from 52 countries competed. The competition presents teams with a number of unique programming challenges designed to test their skills program design and analysis. Some of the skills tested include analyzing task requirements, identifying the appropriate solution, and testing the program to ensure that it meets all the problem requirements. Teams could have 1-3 people and were required to work independently of each other.

LETU had two teams. Brett Smith, a senior computer science network security major from Ogden, Utah; Bion Oren, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Dallas, Texas; and Basil Hall, a junior computer engineering major from Nashville, Tenn., were on Team 1, the "DotHackSlashers," which placed 26th worldwide.

Micah Shennum, a sophomore computer science network security major from Ventura, Calif.; and Daniel Rothfus, a freshman computer science engineering major from Kijabe, Kenya, were on Team 2, which also placed in the top 100 worldwide.

IEEE has more than 395,000 members in more than 160 countries and more than 90,000 student members. It sponsors more than 1,100 conferences in 73 countries annually.

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