The 2019 CS Programming GURU Contest was held on Friday, April 26th. The contest challenged students to work individually to solve 8 computer programs of varying degrees of difficulty. The competition software was modeled after the ACM’s International Intercollegiate Programming Contest with the slight modification that problems were designed by CI Computer Science faculty. Special thanks go to Prof. Kevin Scrivnor for configuring the software (this is no small feat) and moderating and Prof. Nick Stern and Prof. Jason Isaacs for moderating well into their Friday nights!

As with the ACM competition, students could solve these problems in the computer language of their choice, which this year included C, C++, Java and Python. Individuals are also free to develop solutions using any algorithm that produced the results specified in the time allotted. The link to the problem set submitted by CI faculty can be found here: 2019 Guru Problem Set (PDF, 1.7MB) .

This year, the contest featured a jam-packed lab of competitors from Computer Science and Information Technology (see a couple images above). In the end, the contest featured a changing of the guard for 2019, with Stephen Berks becoming the 2018/19 Programming GURU. Congratulations to Jose Rodriguez for finishing runner-up and Josh Masci for rounding out the Top 3!

  1. First Place - Stephen Berks (middle), solving 7/8 problems.
  2. Second Place - Jose Rodriguez (right), solving 5/8 problems.
  3. Third Place – Josh Masci (left), solving 4/8 problems.

All participants received pizza and drinks!

Congratulations to all who participated!

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