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ECE Students are IEEE regional champs!

Pictured are, from left, Dhanunjaya Mantena, president of UD's IEEE Student Chapter; David Young, faculty adviser; Will Girten, seated; Eric McGraw; and Stephen Orlando.

A team from the University of Delaware's IEEE student chapter competed in the IEEEXtreme 24-hour programming competition Oct. 22, finishing in the top 10 percentile in the world and claiming the eastern U.S. region championship.

The win places UD ahead of more than 70 regional universities in computer programming prowess, including Drexel University, Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University and the University of Maryland College Park.

The IEEEXtreme 4.0 programming competition is a global challenge that pits various IEEE student chapter teams against another in solving complex programming problems.

Members of the UD team included Eric McGraw, Will Girten and Stephen Orlando, all undergraduates in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This was the first appearance for the College of Engineering's IEEE student chapter. They joined an impressive 1,000 teams from more than 350 universities around the world in the fourth annual competition.

“I enjoyed the thrill of having to solve a series of complex problems in only a short amount of time, all the while knowing that we were racing against thousands of teams worldwide to the answer,” said Girten, a UD senior.

About IEEE

IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society. It boasts a membership of more than 320,000 members in approximately 150 countries.

To learn more about the IEEE-UD student chapter, see the Facebook page.

Article by Karen B. Roberts

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