MTU Ranks Highly in Spring NCL Competition
Michigan Tech students did quite well in the spring National Cyber League (NCL) cybersecurity competition held in April. The NCL Competition is a national cybersecurity competition held biannually for high school and college students. Participants compete in challenges to test and build their cyber skills.
MTU had three teams in the competition, with a total of 21 students. All three teams finished in the top 100 out of 925 total teams.
Team One — Alexander Larkin, Jack Bergman, Jon Preuth, Trevor Hornsby, Shane Hoppe, Dakoda Patterson and Matthew Chau — placed 16th.
Team Two — Sophia Kraus, Sam Breuer, Ian Hughes, Austin Doorlag, Sankalp Shastry, Hunter Indermuehle and Samantha Christie — placed 45th.
Team Three — John Claassen, Stu Kernstock, Jacson Ott, Bradley Gipson, Ethan Frenza, Tim Lucero and Anders Jacobson — placed 78th.
Additionally, in the NCL individual game, Hoppe was ranked 95th out of 5,357 participants.
After the teams' performance, MTU was ranked 22nd nationally and sixth in the Central Region in the Spring 2020 Cyber Power Rankings.
Hornsby, Hoppe, Chau and Kernstock were from CS4090 - Cybersecurity Competitions class.
Adrienne Minerick, dean of Michigan Tech's College of Computing, said the accomplishments of these outstanding students illustrates Michigan Tech's creativity and tenacity when faced with a challenge. "Our rapidly growing presence in cybersecurity is built upon our students deep knowledge of the fundamentals combined with the learning environment that promotes agility to meet (and exceed) any challenge. These hardworking and bright students deserve this recognition of their competitiveness. All of us in the College of Computing are proud."
NCL partners with Cyber Skyline to rank this immense group of competitors. Every year, more than 10,000 students from better than 300 colleges and universities across the U.S. participate in NCL competitions. They are ranked based on team, individual and aggregate individual performances, which represents the abilities of these students to perform real-world cybersecurity tasks on the Cyber Skyline platform.