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 Thomas  Plunkett

Thomas Plunkett Assistant Professor of Blockchain Technologies


Thomas Plunkett teaches graduate courses for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in the Computer Information Sciences and Information Systems Engineering and Management programs.  Specific courses taught include CISC 592 Software Architecture and Microservices, ISEM 574 Bitcoin Blockchain, ISEM 575 Ethereum Blockchain, ISEM 576 Cryptocurrency and Regulation, ISEM 577 Blockchain Scalability, and ISEM 578 Decentralized Finance.  More details on HU’s cryptocurrency courses are located at

Thomas has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Applications from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has taken graduate courses from Stanford University on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Cryptography, and other topics. He has taken graduate courses from the University of Nicosia on Digital Currency Programming, Blockchain Technology and Applications, and other topics. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University. He has a Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.

Thomas has passed technical certification exams, including certified Blockchain Architect.

His research interests include the Bitcoin blockchain, the Ethereum blockchain, blockchain smart contracts, cryptocurrency regulation, blockchain scalability, and blockchain gaming systems.

He published an academic paper on Bitcoin: “The Blockchain Defensive Patent License as an Alternative to Forking Bitcoin to Block the AsicBoost Patent,” Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy, Vol. 5, No. 1, Jan. 5, 2022,

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