Anderson Taylor, a senior computer science major and award winner, works on his design project.

UT Martin computer science students excel at virtual competition

Twelve University of Tennessee at Martin computer science seniors competed at the 2020 Association for Computing Machinery Mid-Southeast Conference virtually Nov. 13-14 as a part of the computer science capstone project. Two teams of students placed second and third in the undergraduate student presentations category, earning a certificate and cash prize.

Anderson Taylor, of Springville, and Jennifer Huestis, of Dresden, placed second for their project “Autonomous Flight Monitoring and Control Software,” which is a program to accompany various aircrafts through a payload delivery mission. Taylor and Huestis worked with the UT Martin SAE Aero Design team on the aircraft they will compete with at the 2021 SAE Aero East Competition in Lakeland, Florida.

Brett Bivens, of Union City, and Thomas Logan, of Martin, placed third for their presentation “The Haunted House Companion App,” which is an app designed to enhance a visitor’s experience at a haunted attraction through interactive features, online ticket purchasing and live video feeds. The app can also be used by the proprietor for marketing and advertising.

Students who also presented projects include Hunter Haislip, Nic Pica, Billy Gibson and Phil Lumpkin with the “Unreal Engine Research Project”; Cole Davis and Ethan Seiber with “The Kobold Engine”; and Erik Worley and Jeffrey Jordan with the “REND Unity 2D Battle Arena game.”

The annual Association for Computing Machinery Mid-Southeast Conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to present original work and receive feedback from computing professionals.

For more information about the UT Martin winners of the 2020 Association for Computing Machinery Mid-Southeast Conference, contact Dr. Kathleen Ericson, associate professor of computer science, at


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