Kean University Students Among Top Performers In Computer Programming Contest

UNION – Three teams of undergraduate students from Kean University’s Department of Computer Science participated in the annual Association for Computer Machinery Greater New York Regional Collegiate Programming Contest at Hofstra University on Oct. 18. More than 50 teams from the area participated in the regional contest.

Sponsored by IBM, the contest, known also as the “Battle of the Brains,” brings together some of the most talented computer programming students in the region. Students use their programming skills to solve correctly the largest number of computing problems in the least amount of time. The winners advance to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Harbin, China, in February 2010.


This year marked the largest number of student teams to represent Kean in the 10 years the university has participated in the contest. The students who participated represented more than 20 institutions, including Yale University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Stony Brook University and SUNY-Binghamton University.

The eight Kean students who participated recorded the university’s best performance to date. They include:

  • Ibtisam Ali, Roselle Park
  • Martin Bajana, Union
  • Sujith Bhashyam, Monmouth Junction
  • Gary Johnson, Old Bridge
  • Frank Kendall, Clark
  • Swetha Medicherla
  • Javier Olaya, Elizabeth
  • Hanan Teleb, Irvington

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