Student programming team competes in North American Championship

By | March 13, 2020
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L-R: U-M student programmers Ramchandra Apte, Aman Karunakaran, and Kailun Xu. (The Michigan Engineer)

At Michigan, coding has been a competitive sport since the late 1980s when teams of students began competing in Association for Computing Machinery collegiate programming contests. In these competitions, teams of three students work on a single computer to solve as many programming challenges as possible in a set amount of time. 

This year, one U-M team qualified to advance to the North America Championship stage of the 2020 International Collegiate Programming Contest, held February 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia. The U-M team placed 27 in a field of 59. “It was a very competitive field, so we did not prevail,” said emeritus professor Kevin Compton, one of the team’s coaches. “It was, however, an honor to make it to this level.”