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NNU students take 8th in global engineering competition

January 24, 2019

Official results from the 2018 IEEEXtreme programming competition have been released and our two-student team placed eighth in the nation.

Juniors Garrisen Cizmich (engineering) and Jacob Winters (computer science) represented NNU in IEEEXtreme, a computer programming coding competition sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The competition spans 24 hours in which students compete against each other to solve a set of programming problems with one new problem per hour. HP Inc. sponsored the local competition and it was led by Boise IEEE Chairman Chris Gunning.

Garrisen and Jacob were the only students to compete for NNU this year. They competed against over 4,000 teams around the world and over 150 from the United States. They placed 8th in the United States behind teams from University of Illinois, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of California. The next highest team from Idaho placed 37th in the nation.

As a result of their top performance, Garrisen and Jacob were given a free trip to Las Vegas for the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show and the IEEE Rising Stars conference. Both also received job offers for engineering internships from HP Inc.

Teams for IEEEXtreme are generally composed of two undergraduate students and one graduate student, but Garrisen and Jacob tackled the challenge on their own. Dr. Steven Parke, engineering professor and department chair, says, “Their success points to the quality of the NNU Engineering and Computer Science programs. Congratulations Garrisen, Jacob and NNU!”

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