Press Release: IEEE HOU Sec. Recognizing our 2018 IEEExTreme Volunteers

Press Release:

On Thursday, April 25, 2019 the IEEE HOU Sec. will be recognizing its 2018 IEEExTreme 12.0 proctor volunteers. The IEEEXtreme is an annual hackathon and competitive programming challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members and supported by Volunteer Proctors who are IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

No organization could be successful without its volunteers and the IEEE Houston Section will be taking time out to say thank you to its 2018 IEEExTreme volunteers. Many of the volunteers gave of their time, sleep, and weekend to support last year’s event. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” by Elizabeth Andrew.

Volunteer Proctors Affiliation Organization – Company
Atilla Kilicarslan UH University of Houston
Zhu Han UH-IEEE Fellow University of Houston
Guru Naik IEEE Rice Student Branch Rice University
Harry Le UH University of Houston
David Mayerich UH University of Houston
Neeraj Bhatia IEEE HOU Sec. Bechtel Corporation
Moria Hargrove Anders IEEE HOU Sec. YP Chair Fletcher Yoder
Fasai Phuathavornskul IEEE Rice Student Branch Rice University
Christopher Sanderson IEEE HOU Sec. Vice-Chair IEEE R5 South Chair

The IEEE Houston Section Student Branch teams also saw little to no sleep, excitement, nervousness, and some frustration throughout the 24 hour competition and on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7pm the results were in….the IEEE Houston Section had 7 teams participate, and 5 of those teams stayed for the ENTIRE 24 hours. The UHackers from University of Houston placed #121stGlobally, #10th in US and #2nd Regionally, and #1st at UH,out of almost 150 universities. The YoungSimpleNaive team from Rice University placed #10th Globally, 3rd in US, and 1St in the Region beating more than 4,000 universities participating.

About IEEExTreme

IEEEXtreme was created in 2006 by Marko Delimar and Ricardo Varela who, at the time, were with the IEEE Student Activities Committee. The first IEEEXtreme 1.0 competition was held in 2006 with a global participation of 44 teams and 150 contestants. The numbers more than tripled the second time it was held, in 2008, to 130 teams with 500 participants. The iteration of IEEEXtreme 9.0 in 2015, enjoyed the registration of over 2,300 teams, and participation of over 1,900 teams, 5,500+ student competitors, 600+ proctors, and 100+ volunteers around the world.

About IEEE Houston Section

IEEE HOU Sec. has been in existence for more than 90 years serving the greater metro Houston Area. We serves more than 4,000 higher grade members and over 300 student members living and working throughout the greater Metro Houston area. The Houston Section is one of 26 sections in  Region 5 with 15 Society Chapters and Affinity Groups and 5 Student Branch Chapters. The Section provides planning and funding support to assure Chapters have vibrant programs to support members’ careers and meet the IEEE mission of Advancing Technology for Humanity.

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