The IBM Master the Mainframe contest started with more than 4,000 students and ended with Brian Powers, a senior business computer information systems major, as the top winner.
The competition has three parts and students were eliminated based on their performance in each part.
Each simulates a real-life problem on a mainframe computer, which are used widely in banks and retailers but are rarely taught in school.
Forty students advanced to part three, where Powers was deemed the winner. His prize is a free trip to the SHARE conference in San Jose, California, in March to network with IBM executives, business...