Mar 31, 2011    #056
Contact: Laura Byerley
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UMKC Computer Science student receives Microsoft Golden Ticket

KANSAS CITY, MO. - Just as Charlie won a golden ticket to the chocolate factory, junior Riddhiman Das secured a golden ticket - a two-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Microsoft world headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Das is a Computer Science student in the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering.

On April 15, 50 computer science students will experience the products, people and culture of Microsoft. Each year, Microsoft Golden Tickets are awarded to the best 50 computer science majors to have applied.

Following are a few highlights of the Microsoft Golden Ticket program:

  • Receiving access to Microsoft engineers, visionaries, grassroots innovators, unreleased technology and networking opportunities
  • Learning where new ideas come from, studying the breadth and depth of social challenges and gaining perspective of software's role in solving today's and tomorrow's issues
  • Meeting with Bill Gates and other world leaders
About the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering
Located in one of the nation's largest engineering communities, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering is Kansas City's only university with ABET-accredited engineering, computer science and information technology degree programs.

SCE's internationally-recognized faculty prepare students for today's competitive job market by providing a curriculum that includes the latest technology and business trends, as well as a comprehensive education in each field's theory and fundamental practice. Our classes also build bridges to the professional world by partnering with local companies, organizations and engineers. To learn more about SCE, visit

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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