Students Achieve First Place in Programming Competition

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Computer Science Students Achieve First Place in Programming Competition

Published: March 1, 2016.

One of Lewis University’s Department of Computer and Mathematical Science teams earned first place in the 2016 Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA) Programming competition.

The first place team consisted of Michael Korzon of Downers Grove, Steven Suggett of New Lenox and Pete Thongsri of Tinley Park. They finished more problems more quickly than the other 13 teams in the four-hour competition.

ACCA, a consortium of 15 private liberal arts colleges in the Chicago area, holds the competition each year. It challenges students to write code in Java or C++ to solve eight problems in four hours. The problems tend to be mathematical in nature.

“This tests the students' ability not only to write code, but to dissect a complex problem into smaller pieces so that they can devise a suitable algorithm to solve it,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of Computer and Mathematical Science.

“We are very proud that Lewis University teams regularly place in the top five. This year’s students are among the best and brightest students,” continued Klump.

The other Lewis University team that competed included Nicholas Biegel of Dyer, Indiana, Andrew Camphouse of Mokena, and Robert Dudasik of Darien

Dr. Cindy Howard, associate professor, and Dr. Paul Kaiser, professor emeritus, coached the team.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, with concentrations in Cyber Security, Web and Mobile Development, Data Science, and Video Game Development. It also offers minors in Computer Science, Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available for students who wish to learn more about Big Data. A new Master of Science in Computer Science will start in August 2016.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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