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UT Dallas Competitive Programming Team Qualifies to Compete in the 2020 ICPC World Finals in Moscow, Russia

On February 22nd of this year, the UT Dallas Competitive Programming Team competed and placed 15th at the 2020 ICPC North America Qualifier Contest. The team consisted of UT Dallas CS Students Darrin Wiley, An Q Nguyen, and Duy Vu. Out of 65 teams, the UT Dallas teams placed in the top 15, qualifying them to compete in the 2020 ICPC World Finals in Moscow this June. The UT Dallas Programming team will join other prestigious colleges like MIT, Harvard, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, California Institute of Technology at this competition.

“The system put in place by Dr. Ivor Page and the department, as well as the expertise provided by Dr. Balaji Raghavachari over the years is the foundation. Their system, the work of students, the support of the assistant coach and CS graduate student, Mohammadreza Haghpanah (Reza), and the relevant courses at UT Dallas seem to be the key factors in their success.” remarked the UT Dallas CS Programming coach and UT Dallas CS professor, Dr. Bhadrachalam Chitturi.

UT Dallas CS Professor, and director of both the Codeburners and CS Honors Program, Dr. Ivor Page, congratulated the team’s hard work saying, We have a world-class team! I am so proud of them. Amazingly, they are going to Moscow for the World Finals. Thanks to Dr. Bhadrachalam Chitturi, who took over training the team in September, and to Reza, who also coached our team. I’m very proud to have been part of this wonderful enterprise, but the real accolades go to the coaches mentioned above, and three truly world-class students: Darrin Wiley, An Q Nguyen, and Duy Vu.”

Last November, the UT Dallas Competitive Programming Teams competed and won second place at the ICPC South Central USA Regional Contest (SCUSA). The team solved all the contest problems, however, they did this in the second-fastest time. Thus, they qualified to compete in the 2020 ICPC North America Qualifier Contest.


The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 3,315 bachelors-degree students, more than 1,110 master’s students, 165 Ph.D. students,  52 tenure-track faculty members, and 44 full-time senior lecturers, as of Fall 2019. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.