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Two groups of Lafayette students scored within the top fifth of teams in the highly competitive Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest last month.

Only five institutions placed two teams ahead of Lafayette’s entries in the competition, designed to provide college and university students with an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem-solving and computing skills.

Lafayette’s first team finished 23rd within the 138 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region, placing in the top 17 percent. The students were Mayank Lahiri ’05 (Bombay, India), electrical and computer engineering major Farhan Ahmed ’05 (Utter Pradesh, India), and Alex Balan ’03 (Bucharest, Romania), a double major in computer science and mathematics-economics.

The second team, which finished 26th, or within the top 19 percent, included computer science major Kojo Adams ’04 (Accra, Ghana), Joseph Crobak ’06 (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), and Peter Zsoldos ’06 (Budapest, Hungary).

“Lafayette’s programming contest teams put in a fair amount of preparation this year, and showed it by placing near the top,” says team adviser Jonathan Berry, associate professor of computer science. “What is more exciting, though, is their youth and talent level. Our ambitious, but attainable goal is to qualify for the world finals within four years.”

The students traveled to Washington College in Chestertown, Md., one of several host sites for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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