Students place well at annual computer science competition

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Lewis University students place well at annual computer science competition

Published: March 2, 2015.

Lewis University students placed fourth in the advanced competition and third in the novice competition in the 2014 Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA) Programming Competition. The students wrote computer programs to solve eight problems in three hours.

ďMany of the problems were like mathematical puzzles, so having both strong math and programming skills were a must. Our students did extremely well,Ē said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of computer and mathematical sciences.

The advanced competition was comprised of two teams including Chris Pelech of Joliet, Eric Raber of Aurora, Corey Wageman of Plainfield, Thao Le of Oswego, Betsy Langland of Downers Grove, Michael Smith of Channahon and Brandon White of Lemont.

Another two teams competed in the novice competition including Pete Thongsri of Tinley Park, Steven Suggett of New Lenox, Kyle Adams of Mokena, Bryon Nush of Frankfort, Michael Korzon of Downers Grove and Jordan Elmer of Butler, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Piotr Szczurek, assistant professor, served as coach for the teams.

Lewis University offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Computer Science majors can pursue formal concentrations in Cyber Security, Video Game Development, Web and Mobile Development, Computational Theory, and Data Science. Internship and hands-on learning opportunities are plentiful. The university is nationally recognized for its Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelorís and a masterís degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 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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