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University of Delaware’s IEEEXtreme competitors, seen here with proctor David Young (right), adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Hat trick potential

UD undergraduates win second consecutive IEEEXtreme competition

The University of Delaware's IEEE student chapter is one step closer to scoring a computer programming hat trick in next year’s IEEEXtreme student challenge, a 24-hour programming competition that pits student chapter teams across the globe against one another to solve complex programming problems.

With a 2010 win already under their belt, students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering claimed the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region championship for the second year in a row in the IEEEXtreme 5.0 challenge on Oct. 22.
The UD team consisted of undergraduates Eric McGraw and Stephen Orlando, who competed on last year’s winning team, and newcomer Chris Kerwien, who is an Honors Program student. They joined an impressive 1,500 teams from more than 350 universities around the world in the fifth annual competition.

A second UD team of electrical and computer engineering doctoral candidates, Sha Li and Murat Bolat, also competed, finishing fourth in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

“After watching these students for 24 hours, I am very proud of their effort and achievement,” said adjunct professor David Young, who serves as proctor to the group.

Brimming with potential, the UD team hopes to claim a hat trick in next year’s competition with a third Mid-Atlantic success. 

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Article by Gabriella Chiera

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