Computer Science Department
Students Participate in Programming Competitions (Fall, 2011)
As reported on the DePauw University web site, it’s practice time for DePauw’s programming team. Their sport is a distilled version of what programmers, mathematicians and scientists do every day: identify a problem, solve it on paper and translate the solution into computer code.
The competitions are set up by various computer science organizations such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). “Sometimes the problem is disguised within the instructions,” explains Brian T. Howard, assistant professor of computer science, who has coached DePauw’s programming teams for the last 10 years. While the coaches can provide support, the students must solve the problems on their own. “We can teach strategies for solving the problems, and coach them on what kind of notes and reference materials they will need,” says Joseph B. Kendall-Morwick, an instructor of computer science and programming coach. “But once a competition begins, the students are on their own.”