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[BU Today] Beyond Bitcoin: Why Interest in Blockchain is Surging at BU

October 25, 2022 – BU Today recently published an article featuring Questrom faculty Gerry Tsoukalas, Mark Williams, and Steven Kou, discussing the surging interest blockchain has generated amongst students and faculty.

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October 25, 2022

BU Today recently published an article featuring Questrom faculty Gerry Tsoukalas, Mark Williams, and Steven Kou, discussing the surging interest blockchain has generated amongst students and faculty.

Interest in blockchain, the technology on which Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are based, has surged at Boston University. CoinDesk, a leading online media platform which covers the cryptocurrency space, recently named BU to its global list of Best Universities for Blockchain 2022. Blockchain and its applications cut across multiple disciplines, including computer science, finance, economics, business, engineering, and others.

BU offers 12 blockchain related courses, such as Social Impact and Crypto for Data Science, as well as a student led Fintech Club which Williams facilitates. Kou is teaching a graduate-level course called Economics of Fintech, covering blockchain and blockchain programming. He states, “Many, many students have enrolled in this class, which is a testimony to the value students see in it. Blockchain is an important fintech industry trend. There are jobs available for students, and other universities are offering graduate programs related to blockchain.”

Gerry Tsoukalas is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at Boston University Questrom School of Business, a Senior Fellow of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a research fellow of Cornell University’s FinTech Initiative and a Fellow of The Luohan Academy (Alibaba Group). His research examines how to manage and design new technology platforms, particularly in the blockchain and fintech areas. His work has appeared in leading academic journals, including Management Science, Operations Research, and M&SOM. He serves on the editorial boards of Management Science and M&SOM as Associate Editor.

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