SD Mines Qualifies for 2019 ICPC World Finals in Porto, Portugal

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The SD Mines Red Team, who took home first place in the regional competition of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), include (left to right) Michael Pfeifer, Luke Videckis, and Alexander Iverson. 

A student team of coders from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology took first place in the regional competition of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), which qualifies SD Mines for the world finals scheduled for April 2019 in Porto, Portugal.

Mines students on the winning “Red Team” are Alexander Iverson, Michael Pfeifer and Luke Videckis. Mines’ Red Team came out on top of 210 registered collegiate teams from both the United States and Canada who entered the regional competition this year. Mines is a member of the North Central Region of the ICPC which includes schools from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, western Michigan, western Ontario, and Manitoba. Besides taking home first place in the regional competition, other Mines’ teams placed 33rd, 43rd, 57th and 77th.

This marks the fourth year in a row and the ninth programming team in Mines history to qualify for the highest level of competitive collegiate computer programming in the world.

The student teams have been working very hard this year to prepare for the competition and we are very proud that they were able to win the regional against a very competitive field,” says Kyle Riley who leads the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Mines.  “Our teams consistently outperform teams from much larger universities which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students,” said Paul Hinker, one of the faculty advisors for the team.

The Mines Red Team also has an advantage in the experience of Videckis and Iverson, who each return to the world finals for a second time. Iverson also represented Mines in the 2017 competition and Videckis in the 2018 competition.

The coaches for this team include Mines graduate students Matthew Schallenkamp and Andrew Stelter, who competed at the 2018 world finals in Beijing, China, along with faculty advisors Paul Hinker and Roger Schrader. In addition, Larry Pyeatt served as assistant judge for the regionals, and will be a coach, along with Schallenkamp and Stelter, for the finals.

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  , , LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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