[photo caption: Members of the New Mexico Tech computer programming teams. Left to right: (bottom row) Jeffrey Eliasen; Nicholas Pattengale; Zachary Bradshaw; Philip Griego; Thomee Wright; and Alan Aspinwall; (top row) Peter Agnew; Daniel Driscoll; and Benjamin Leiting. Not pictured are team members Jonathan Bradley, Robert Erbes, and Benjamin Sittler.]
DURANGO, Colo, March 13, 2000. -- A team comprised of three New Mexico Tech seniors majoring in computer science correctly solved six out of seven problems with computer programs written on the spot, taking top honors at the recently held Sixteenth Annual Fort Lewis College Computer Programming Contest in Durango, Colo.
New Mexico Tech fielded four teams in the computing competition, and all of them fared well. But it was the team of Alan Aspinwall, Zachary Bradshaw, and Philip Griego which outpaced and outprogrammed ten other participating teams to be awarded first-place honors at this year's event.
"New Mexico Tech started participating in this regional programming contest in 1986 or 1987," said Laszlo Szuecs, professor of computer science at Fort Lewis College and coordinator of the undergraduate programming meet.
"And, the teams from New Mexico Tech have always pumped a lot of life into the contest," he added.
Solving the problems posed at the programming contest required using computer programs which the students developed "on-site" with the programming languages Java and C/C++.
Some of the problems included writing programs that kept track of train cars on a switching network as cars are added and removed and writing programs that took proper fractions and turned them into "Egyptian fractions," which are the sums of several unique fractions that each have a numerator of one.
Another New Mexico Tech team composed of seniors Jeffrey K. Eliasen, Benjamin Sittler, and Thomee Wright placed third overall by solving four out of seven problems.
New Mexico Tech juniors Peter Agnew, Daniel Driscoll, and Robert Erbes solved three out of seven problems and ended up in sixth place.
The remaining Tech programming team, comprised of juniors Jonathan Bradley, Benjamin Leiting, and Nicholas Pattengale, solved two problems and garnered eighth in the undergraduate competition.
Faculty advisor for all four of New Mexico Tech's programming teams was Allan M. Stavely, associate professor of computer science with Tech's computer science department.