Computer Science students win programming award

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Computer Science students win programming award at academic competition

Published: February 26, 2014.

Lewis University Computer Science students continued to earn honors during the annual Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area programming competition on Feb. 22 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

“We are very proud that Lewis teams regularly place in the top five,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science. “This year’s four students are among the best and brightest students at Lewis, and we are so lucky to have them in the department.”

Ryan Jessen of Frankfort, Christopher Pelech of Joliet, Eric Raber of Oswego and Corey Wagemann of Plainfield took home the fifth place award in the Advanced Division. The group completed five challenging programming programs out of a possible eight in three hours.

Teams from several of the ACCA schools worked on solving problems similar to mathematical puzzles. The puzzles test students’ ability to devise algorithms to manipulate data and perform calculations in specific ways. “Knowing how to design effective algorithms is the most important tool in a computer scientist’s repertoire, regardless of whether they become a software engineer, networking guru, or cyber security specialist,” Klump added.

The team trained extensively for the competition by bringing their skills from the classroom and applying them in the contest. They were coached by Dr. Cynthia Howard, assistant professor of math and computer science.

ACCA is a consortium of 15 private liberal arts colleges, founded in 1966 to promote cooperation in education and training in the sciences. Areas of focus include biology, business/economics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, psychology and sociology/anthropology.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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