Hornet Teams Display Computing Power in ACM Competition

Seniors Kyle Sunden, Lucas Kushner and Fayang Pan at the ACM competition

Orange Hornets (l-r) Kyle Sunden, Lucas Kushner, and Fayang Pan, all seniors.

Two teams of Kalamazoo College students recently competed and computed in the annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Intercollegiate Regional Programming competition. When the dust settled, the Orange and Black left some big competitors feeling blue.

The Orange Hornets team of seniors Lucas Kushner, Fayang Pan, and Kyle Sunden solved two of nine problems and placed 34th out of about 126 teams from 61 colleges and universities throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana. The Black Hornets team of seniors Tibin John and Will Reichle and sophomore Sarah Manski also solved two of nine problems and finished 40th.

“It’s a combination of both time and correct submissions, with penalties for incorrect submissions,” explained K Associate Professor of Computer Science Pam Cutter who accompanied the teams to the competition held at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.

She said the Orange Hornets solved the first problem in 50 minutes with three incorrect attempts and solved the second problem in 2:30 with one incorrect attempt. The Black Hornets solved the first problem in 1:41 with two incorrect attempts and solved the second problem in 3:39 with one incorrect attempt.

Last year, K teams placed 39th and 53rd out of 131 teams.

Senior Will Reichle, sophomore Sarah Manski and senior Tibin John at the ACM Competition

Black Hornets (l-r) senior Will Reichle, sophomore Sarah Manski, and senior Tibin John.

The 2013 competition included teams from big institutions such as Carnegie Mellon, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, University of Toronto, and University of Michigan—some of which finished behind Cutter’s Hornet squads.

“I am quite proud of our teams,” she said. “If you see this gang, give them a “Good job!”

ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.