Students from Coastal Carolina University's Department
Science placed in the Top 30 out of 77 Southeastern college and
university teams competing in the annual Association for Computing
Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored
by IBM. The event was held at Georgia College and State University in
Milledgeville, Sept. 29 and 30.
Coastal computer science majors who participated in the event
were: Barry Donohue of Murrells Inlet, Ryan Karetas of Myrtle Beach,
Mike Pilecki of Conway, Michael Wisener of Myrtle Beach, John Wu of
Myrtle Beach and Marcus Wu of Myrtle Beach.
"We were excited to be a part of such a prestigious programming
competition," said Abdallah Haddad, director of Coastal's Academic
Center and Coastal's team coach for the event. Haddad also is a part-
time instructor of computer science. "Coastal's two teams took the 29th
and 30th spots out of 77 teams. Even better, Coastal's teams ranked
eighth and ninth within their division (universities without a computer
science graduate program). We are proud of our students for this
accomplishment, which reflects the growth and progress of Coastal's
Department of Computer Science. We look forward to higher rankings in
Other schools which participated in the competition include Auburn
University, University of Central Florida, Clemson University, Georgia
Tech, Florida State University and the University of South Carolina.
Coastal participated in the competition for the first time last year.