Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Engineering and Sciences

First Advisor

Marius C. Silaghi

Second Advisor

Bernard Parenteau

Third Advisor

Veton Kepuska

Fourth Advisor

Philip Bernhard


There are many authenticity problems associated with paper certificates and diplomas. Besides the increase in the forgery of paper certificates and diplomas, other quality problems regarding paper certificates and diplomas deserve attention too. This study seeks to evaluate how alternative technologies may mitigate concerns for Florida Institute of Technology students and faculty and determine whether they support the adoption of Blockchain technology. In particular, this research aims to investigate the challenges of using Blockchain technology for issuing and verifying academic records, certificates, and diplomas for Florida Institute of Technology students and faculty. Blockchain technology can be difficult for institutions to integrate and presents additional costs but may provide extra security for student documents. Even if the long term persistence properties are not yet known based on many years of experience, which could generate limits in user trust, we find that the majority of potential users are positive about the potential of Blockchain technology.