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Patrick A. Plunkett
Department Chair
Email: plunkett@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2334

Patrick A. Plunkett

Professor Plunkett is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, having spent 20+ years in various locations first as a navigator in the F-111, then on the staff, and finally teaching (6 years) at the USAF Academy. He has been at WJU since February of 1998 in the Computer Science (now Information Sciences) Department. He teaches almost all courses offered at WJU. Mr. Plunkett is married with two children.


  • Doctoral work (ABD) at West Virginia University
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Idaho
  • B.S., Computer Science, Montana State University

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • International Trumpet Guild

Publications/Presentations Presented

"GIMPing Your Way to Better Images II" to the 2008 ACA Summit, October 2008.

Co-Author of paper, "Enabling Collaboration in High Performance Computing", SIGITE Proceedings, October 2007. Co-authors: Dr. Margie Darrah, Institute for Scientific Research, and Dr. Frances VanScoy, Dept of Computer Science, West Virginia University.

Presented a seminar, "Introductory Programming Classes: Getting and Keeping Students", to the Computer Science Discipline Forum at the 2007 ACA Summit, October 2007

Presented "GIMPing Your Way to Better Images" to the 2007 ACA Summit, October 2007.

Sat on panel discussing educational programs for Comprehensive Information Technology Education in Rural Appalachia (CITERA) workshop - part of RESA (Regional Education Service Agency) conference, June 19, 2007.

Presented "Burning Bridges: Migrating to Linux in a Windows World Using Linspire and OpenOffice", November 2004.

Presented "Linux - It's Not Just for Geeks Anymore" at the Appalachian College Association Summit, November 2003.

Presented "Integrating Leading Edge Technology into an Undergraduate Curriculum" at the Appalachian College Association Summit, October 2002.

Presented "Learning Mathematical Functions Through "Musication"" at the Appalachian College Association Technology Summit, Oct 2002. This described the software product I developed during my summer research project at WVU, wherein a user types in a math function and sees it graphed on the screen.

Presented "Device Sharing Among ACA Institutions Using the Sense of Touch in Human-Computer Interactions" as part of a team of presenters from Alderson Broaddus, Davis and Elkins, and WJU at the Appalachian College Association Technology Summit, Oct 2001 . This was a presentation of the results of the summer research project I participated in at Alderson Broaddus College in the summer of 2001.

Presented "Stretch At Your Desk - A Collaborative Commercial Software Product" at the Appalachian College Association Technology Summit, Oct 2000.

Presented "Astrophotography - Yes, You CAN Do It" at Astronomy Day 2000 at the West Liberty State College SMART Center in May 2000.

Presented "Astronomy and Intro Computer Science - A Match Made in Heaven(s)" at the Appalachian College Association Technology Summit, Oct 1999.


  • Member of St Mike's choir - trumpet, Irish flute, voice
  • Member of Gallowglass - local Irish music group (Irish flute and bodhran)
  • Astronomy - member of Astrolabe Astronomy Club
  • Cycling


  • Knights of Columbus Council 504 Boy Scouts of America - Committee Chairman
  • Eucharistic Minister - St Mike's Catholic Church
  • Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center volunteer

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