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12/17/2008 Linfield students battle brains in regional competition

McMINNVILLE –Six Linfield College students participated in the 33rd annual Battle of the Brains regional computer programming competition on Nov. 15 at the University of Oregon. The Association for Computer Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, better known as the Battle of the Brains, involves students from universities in 83 countries. The regional competition included 85 teams from colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii and Canada. The teams used programming skills to solve complex real-world problems before a five-hour deadline. The top three teams will advance to the world finals in Stockholm, Sweden, in April. Linfield was represented by two student teams. The first team, which completed two problems finishing 73rd during the competition, included senior computer science major Nathan Oliver of Bend, senior math major Ross Angle of Concord, Calif., and sophomore math and physics double major Julianne Upton of Corvallis. Team two, which completed three problems finishing 57th, included math and physics double major Robert Ferrese of Kingston, Wash., computer science and business double major Erick Loden of Buffalo, Wyo., and computer science major Sam Shryock, of Salem, all sophomores. In addition to testing skills in computer science, math, programming, logic and problem solving, the competition reinforced collaboration among the teammates, who shared one computer per team during the five-hour challenge. “It’s like taking several consecutive final exams,” said Dan Ford, assistant professor of computer science. “Both teams did exceptionally well, competing with some of the best students from colleges in the Pacific Northwest region. The competition included predominantly juniors and seniors, and I am not aware of any other team of sophomores that did as well as team two. We are extremely proud of both teams.” For more information contact Ford at or at 503-883-2706.