Stony Brook Students Dominate Regional Programming Competitions!

Stony Brook's student programming teams did extremely well at this year's ACM Regional Programming Contest, held at Columbia University on November 3, 2002. Both of our teams finished in the top five of the 54 teams competing in New York Region! Both Stony Brook teams beat at least one team from every other school in the region, including Cornell, Columbia, NYU, and Yale!

Specifically, the Stony Brook 1 team of King Mak, Tom Rothamel, and Jeffrey Versoza finished a close 2nd in the region to Cornell after holding first place much of the afternoon. They solved an impressive 6 programming problems in the alloted five hours. This performance might well earn them an at-large spot in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest finals, to be held March 22-26, 2003 in Beverly Hills, CA.

The Stony Brook 2 team of Dan Ports, Alexey Smirnov, and Charles Wright finished a strong 5th place, solving five problems despite having to overcome the loss of a team member due to illness. Three weeks earlier, Stony Brook 2 finished in first place at the Dowling Invitational programming contest with a perfect 5 out of 5 score, beating second-place Stony Brook 1 by one problem and the rest of the field by four or more.

Team 1 photos with and without official Citigroup umbrellas. Left to right: Jeffrey Versoza, King (Larry) Mak, and Tom Rothamel.

Team 2 photos with and without official Citigroup umbrellas. Left to right: Dan Ports, Charles Wright, and Alexey Smirnov.

Combined team photo above. Left to right: Alexey Smirnov, King Mak, Jeffrey Versoza, Steven Skiena (coach), Tom Rothamel, Dan Ports, and Charles Wright.

Clicking on any of the photos will yield a higher-resolution image.

Subsequent year results include:

The activities of the Stony Brook Programming Teams are sponsored by by a generous grant from Citigroup.