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Thomas E. Murphy

Murphy, Thomas E.

Director, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
1201J Energy Research Facility

Research Interests: 

Professor Murphy's research interests include optical communications, nonlinear optics, nonlinear dynamics, microwave photonics, and terahertz technology.  His research broadly aims to explore new devices and techniques that improve the speed, sensitivity, resolution, and efficiency of optical communication and sensor systems.


Professor Murphy joined the NanoStructures Laboratory at MIT in 1994, where he pursued research in integrated optics and nanotechnology.  In 2000, he joined the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Optical Communications Technology Group, where he studied and developed ultrafast optical communications systems.  In August 2002, he joined the faculty at the University of Maryland College Park as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and IREAP.

  • B.S.E.E. in electrical engineering and a
  • B.A. in physics from Rice University in 1994, graduating summa cum laude
  • M.S. degree in 1997
  • Ph.D. in 2000
Honors and Awards: 

Professor Murphy was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship for graduate research in 1994, and in 2000 he and his colleagues received the Lemelson-MIT student team prize for innovation in telecommunications and networking.  He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER and DARPA Young Faculty awards and has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and research at the University of Maryland, having been awarded the Clark School Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award and the E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty.

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