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College of Engineering Student Wins Third Prize at the 2013 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest

Posted: January 24, 2014

Computer Science student Rudolfs Dambis recently took home third place in Part 3 of the 2013 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest. Rudlofs, the only competitor from Nevada, was up against 5,601 other students from 400 schools across the U.S. and Canada.

According to contest rules, “In order to win Part 3, students had to complete a series of extremely difficult and time-consuming tasks, mastering the inner-workings of mainframe software products, security protocols, multiple programming languages and various utilities. Students had three months to explore the system and complete the contest tasks, with many contestants opting to complete the challenges using Rational Developer for System z.” Rudolfs also completed the Part 2 challenges, which include many hours of debugging, programming, and learning to navigate a world-class enterprise system. He will now go on to participate in the on-site competition in New York, April 6-9.

Congratulations, Rudolfs, on this fantastic accomplishment, and best of luck in the on-site competition!