Murphy, Thomas E.

Research Interests: 

Professor Murphy's research interests include terahertz and microwave photonics, two-dimensional optoelectronics, integrated optics, nonlinear and ultrafast optics, electrooptics and nonlinear dynamical systems.  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.


Professor Murphy studied physics and electrical engineering at Rice University, graduating with joint B.A./B.S.E.E. degrees in 1994. He then studied electrical and computer engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning his M.S. degree in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in 2001

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.   He has been selected as a 2020-2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland.  

Professional Memberships: 

Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, IEEE

Photonics Research Laboratory
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