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Ellicott City Resident Competes in ‘Battle of the Brains’

Chris Coufal, a resident of Ellicott City, is one of four students who represented Duquesne University in this year’s Association for Computer Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Coufal is a junior majoring in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, majoring in computer science and mathematics.

The team, coached by Dr. Lili Shashaani, associate professor of computer science and assistant chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, competed in the regionals of this so-called “Battle of the Brains” in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Duquesne team competed with teams for 40 other schools including Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University and The Ohio State University, in the East Central North American Regional, which takes place simultaneously at four sites.

The competition is sponsored by IBM and challenges university students to complex and rigorous real-world problems using open technology and advanced computing methods under a grueling five-hour deadline. In one day, these students complete and entire semester’s worth of computer programming.

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