Posted September 23, 2013

 MHacks Winner!

Steve Bussey, a student in our Software Engineering program, traveled to the University of Michigan to compete in “The Most Epic Hackaton” last weekend.  A Hackathon is a 36-hour event where teams build full-scale applications and the coolest ones win.  You can learn more about hackatons at This hackathon was particularly epic because over 1000 people competed in University of Michigan’s arena:


Imagine the networking that required!

Steve’s team included students from Penn State University, but Steve wrote the code!


Their application was designed to help you take care of and maximize the long-term value of your car:


Check out the competition – Steve’s team won “Best use of Motor and Blackbook API,” making it a very successful weekend!  Congrats to Steve!!!

Posted September 15, 2013

 PACISE 2012 – Victory!

The Programming Team competed in this year’s PACISE (The Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Science Educators) competition.  PACISE is the annual conference for faculty who teach computer science or information systems in PASSHE schools and always includes a programming competition for students.

Our first team, Ship Derezzed! (Jessica Burns, Steve Bussey, and Danielle Johnston) placed first solving 4 of the 6 problems (NOT the one I submitted!)  Team Sigh (Josh Beck, Josiah Knoll, and Noah Kline) solved 2 problems and Hexadecimators (Emily Bruckart, TJ Dalious, and Fred Young) solved 1problem.

As part of the conference, they got to see a presentation by one of the engineers who helped develop Watson, so it was a successful trip on all fronts!

Back row: Noah Kline, Joshua Beck, Danielle Johnston, Fred Young, Josiah Knoll, and TJ Dalious.
Front row: Matt Miller, Steve Bussey, Jessica Burns, Emily Bruckart, and Matthew Hydock.