June 27, 2008

LSU placed 28th among 130 teams from 31 countries in this year’s IEEExtreme Programming Contest, a 24-hour programming competition which challenges teams of undergraduate minds around the world against each other and the clock to solve a host of programming conundrums. More impressive is the fact that this was LSU’s first time participating in such an event.

“The IEEE team’s excellent showing amid such formidable international competition reflects very positively on the ECE Department (Electrical & Computer Engineering), said Dr. Jorge Aravena, IEEE Student Chapter Advisor. LSU’s three 2008 IEEE team members, all ECE graduating seniors, were: Anshul Tandon; William W. Burke, a summa cum laude graduate; and Purujit Saha, who is also a 2008 Edward McLaughlin Dean’s Medal of Excellence recipient.

The team’s excellent showing is a reflection of LSU’s rising reputation as an award winner. ECE’s team has excelled in the IEEE Robotics competition over the past several years. LSU is also competing in the upcoming Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, in which ECE and Mechanical Engineering (ME) students have teamed up to enter “Mike Robot” as LSU’s debut effort.

“Contests are a great way to get students involved in organizations,” said team member Purujit Saha. Student competitions are ideal opportunities for LSU students to compete with the best in the world, which helps the IEEE achieve its goal of increasing the organization’s activities, awareness and membership.

IEEE is the world's leading professional, non-profit association for the advancement of technology. Known by its acronym, IEEE originally stood for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., but today represents a professional association whose scope of interest in recent years has diversified and expanded into related fields such as information technology.

Article by Kip Britton for the College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu 

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