Interested in cashing in on the recent Bitcoin-Mania that’s been going around? Dr. Mark Thompson from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering explores the recent ups and downs of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Through an informal conversation, Dr. Thompson provides some insight into how these cryptocurrencies work to help those interested understand the basic concepts without overwhelming them with the technical jargon.
Dr. Mark A. Thompson, Sr., is currently a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UNT. He has been teaching in the computer science field for over 11 years with a special interest in cyber security. He is affiliated with the Center for Information and Computer Security (CICS) and is actively pursuing grants and research in cybersecurity. Prior to joining the ranks in academia, he worked at Bell-Northern Research, the research and development arm of Nortel Networks, for nearly 16 years on all phases of development as a senior programmer and systems architect on large, real-time telecommunications systems, focusing primarily on military and other security-based technologies.
He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University in Computational Analysis and Modeling, an interdisciplinary program in mathematics, computer science, and statistics with a focus in Cyber Security. Thompson possesses Master’s degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and has a BS in Computer Engineering from Tulane University.