Master the Mainframe

2018 Winners

Top 3 Overall Winners

Matthew Bowen

North America - US | Columbus State University

My name is Matthew Bowen, I'm 21 years old and currently a Computer Science student attending Columbus State University in Columbus, GA with a graduation date of May 2019. My future plans are to pursue a career working with mainframe technology, particularly as an application developer, or working with transaction processing systems. A fun fact about me is that I'm a huge Formula One racing fan!

This is my first year competing in the contest. What inspired me to participate in the contest was actually curiosity. Prior to last fall I had very little knowledge of z/OS or mainframes in general. However, I was aware that my university offered a few mainframe courses, and I decided to take a COBOL programming course to see what it all about. As cliche as it sounds, I've always heard that in a lot of ways ``You won't know what you're looking for until you discover it,`` and that was the case with me.

Yuto Isogami

Japan | Waseda University

Yuto Isogami is a graduate student at Waseda University majoring in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. After master’s degree, he plans to pursue his IT career.

This is my first time to participate in the contest. I had heard about mainframe, but I had no experience with it. Therefore, the contest interested me. My favorite part was challenge 14 of Part 3. This challenge was to correct Rexx code of slot machine program. After I corrected it, I played it many times. The interest in the technology that I was not familiar with kept me, and the prize that is a trip to New York kept me too.

Anna McKee

North America - US | University of North Texas

My name is Anna McKee and I am 23 years old. I am a student at the University of North Texas pursuing two degrees, a B.S. in Business Computer Information Systems and a B.B.A. in Decision Sciences. I will be graduating May 2019. My plans for the future are to seek a career in data science or software development. Fun fact about me is that I was drum captain in my high school’s marching band.

This was my 3rd year participating in Master the Mainframe. I was first introduced to the contest in one of my mainframe classes at the University of North Texas. I found part 3 as challenging as it was last year. It pushed me to learn new mainframe concepts, a new language, and helped build my confidence in my z/OS abilities. What kept me going through part 3 was that I was determined to complete all of the challenges. Being a winner feels great!

Regional Winners

Murilo Branquinho de Andrade Pintor

Latin America - Brazil
Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos - UFSCar

Diego de Franco Matos

Latin America - Brazil
Faculdade de Tecnologia da Baixada Santista Rubens Lara - FATEC Rubens Lara

Abdullah Zafar

Middle East & Africa - Pakistan
National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad

Brian Zhou

Middle East & Africa - Algeria
University of Bourmedes

Soumyadeep Bhattacharjee

Europe - Germany
University of Stuttgart

Simona Saitta

Europe - Italy
Politecnico di Torino

Apurv Todkar

Asia Pacific - India
Vellore Institute of Technology

Abhinav Prakash Singh

Asia Pacific - India
University of Petroleum & Energy Studies

Ryoya Sotokawa

Japan
The University of Tokyo