Besides Dr. Orooji (the team's advisor), the UCF Programming Team has a large coaching staff that work directly with the teams, preparing them for competition. Most have been a team member in the past and now works closely with the teams each year.
Timothy first became a team member in 2015 and participated for three years. He attended World Finals on teams in 2017, placing 13th (out of 133 teams), and in 2018, placing 10th (and the North American Champion). Starting in the fall of 2018, he now helps to coach the team.
Besides problem solving on its own, he particularly enjoys geometry problems.
Alex started on the team in 2015 and participated for three years. In 2017, his team attended the World Finals and placed 13th (out of 133 teams); additionally, in 2018 his team competed in the World Finals and placed 10th and was also declared North American Champion.
Besides competitive programming, Alex enjoys working with team members and, of course, everything Pennsylvania.
Jim was on the team for three years, starting in the fall of 1984. In 1986, his team attended the World Finals and placed 4th (out of about 24 teams). Then in 1987, Jim returned to World Finals and his team placed 2nd, behind champion Stanford. After graduating from UCF, Jim has worked at a number of well-known technology companies on the west coast, specializing in games but with notable accomplishments in system software and video software. He moved back to Florida in late 2018 and jumped into coaching almost immediately. Jim is also a judge for the UCF High School Programming Tournament.
Chris rejoined the coaching staff of the UCF Programming Team in 2003, having been an assistant coach from 1988 to 1990. He competed on the UCF team for two years, placing 5th at the 1991 World Finals and 7th at the 1992 World Finals.
After competing, Chris assisted from 1992 through 1996 with the Southeast USA Regional contest. He co-developed a scoring process that kept that contest's score error-free for at least 12 years. Chris also helps organize the UCF High School Programming Tournament, and in 2018 he was recognized by the ICPC Foundation with the Senior Coach Award for having teams reach World Finals 15 or more times.
Arup is an Associate Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at UCF. He has been a coach with the UCF Programming Team since 2003, where he works with the teams and provides lectures on certain key topics. In 2014, he was recognized by IBM (ICPC sponsor) with the Coach Award for having teams reach World Finals 5 or more times.
Arup promotes programming contests as the high school level by running the SI@UCF Competitive Programming Camp, an intensive two-week high school residential camp that focuses on programming contests and writing the playoff questions for the Florida High School Programming Series (FHSPS).
Shahidul Islam (Sumon)
Sumon is a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science at UCF. He came to UCF from his home country of Bangladesh where he also helped coach ICPC teams.
Sumon specializes in the nuances of team strategy. He videotapes multiple teams, analyzes the video and works with teams to fine tune their communication skills and strategy to improve performance. In 2016 he was recognized by IBM (ICPC sponsor that year) with the Coach Award for having teams reach World Finals 5 or more times.
Glenn has been a coach with the team since Fall of 1994. He originally competed as a UCF team member from 1990-1994. He has coached teams since then, with teams winning multiple times at Regional competitions and very highly at World Finals (including bronze medal and North America champions). In 2012, he was recognized with the Distinguished Coach Award for having teams reach World Finals 15 or more times, and in 2017 was further recognized by receiving the Lifetime Coach Award for sending teams to the World Finals 20 or more times.
Glenn also helps to organize UCF's High School Programming Tournament each year. Acting as Head Judge most years, he organizes the judging staff in creating problem specifications, solving the problems and making judging data for the competition. He is also developer of the contest software used at the contest and in most of the UCF team practices.
Travis is a recent doctoral graduate of UCF and was a UCF team member from 2010-2014. He attended World Finals two years, placing 36th in 2012 and 21st in 2014. Travis is intrigued by the mathematics in problems and has now turned his focus to coaching.
Travis also enjoys acting as a Host for a team at our UCF High School Programming Tournament.
Steven was recruited to help in the 2012 UCF Local Contest and then stayed on to help coach. He previously had been a team member from 2007 to 2011. He works closely with the team members, keeping them on track in their training. In 2016 he was recognized by IBM (ICPC sponsor) with the Coach Award for having teams reach World Finals 5 or more times.
In addition to coaching, Steven also acts as the Chief Host for the UCF High School Programming Tournament where he organizes all the hosts that help coordinate the day with the schools and teams attending the competition.