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Engineering Students Finish in Top Fifth in Global Competition

Chances are, when someone mentions “extreme challenge,” your first thought is not computer programming. But that’s exactly what Boise State College of Engineering students found themselves in the middle of, along with 1,900 teams from around the world, in last Saturday’s IEEEXtreme 6.0 programming competition.

IEEEXtreme is a global competition where teams of IEEE student members — supported by an IEEE student branch and advised and proctored by an IEEE member — compete in a 24-hour time race against each other and the clock to solve a series of programming challenges.

Boise State’s College of Engineering had four teams compete this year in the Oct. 20 competition, which attracted some of the world’s top up-and-coming programmers. Team Zeal, whose members included Ngoc LuongAlfredo Iniguez and Dominic Wayda, finished in the top 20 percent of this elite group.

The teams used the College of Engineering’s Metageek lab as home base for the competition. Every hour, teams would receive a new problem whose solution required writing a new program. Splitting the problems into parts and calling on their Java programming language and math skills, team members engaged in a marathon coding effort.