Drexel PA Governor’s School Alumnus Places at International Programming Competition

July 25, 2013 — Jonathan Paulson, a 2008 graduate of the former Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Information, Society and Technology (PGSIST), now known as the Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA), was the recipient of a bronze medal at the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), held July 3, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jonathan participated as a member of the Carnegie Mellon University team which earned the title of North American champions at the competition, placing 11th out of 120 teams present (representing a total of 23 countries). Jonathan also participated in the Software Development track which was supervised by Drexel faculty and staff members Dr. Bruce Char (Professor, Computer Science), John Dougherty (Assistant Director, Cooperative Education at Drexel University), and Jeffrey Popyack (Associate Professor, Computer Science). He graduates this year from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics.

DUCA—an outgrowth of PGSIST (hosted at Drexel from 1998 through 2008)—is a five-week, residential, summer computing program for high school sophomores and juniors which promotes interest in information technology, computer science, business, and digital arts and media.

The 2013 DUCA class includes over 45 students, hailing from as far as California and Puerto Rico.

DUCA students do not focus on one specific area of computing. Rather, the program has a more holistic approach to education, exposing students to a variety of fields in computing through interactive, group projects. This year’s DUCA projects cover topics such as human computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, computer Science, software engineering, information systems, interaction design, and digital media.

For more information, please visit DUCA’s website at