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Murphy, Thomas E.

Professor, Director, Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
ECE, Photonics Research Laboratory
1201J Energy Research Facility
(301) 405-3602
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Research Interests 

His research interests include optical communications, short-pulse phenomena, numerical simulation, optical pulse propagation, nanotechnology and integrated photonics.


Thomas E. Murphy studied physics and electrical engineering at Rice University, graduating with joint B.A./B.S.E.E. degrees in 1994. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in in Electrical Engineering in 2000 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a staff member in the Optical Communications Technology Group.  In 2002, he joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He currently serves as the director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.  His research interests include nonlinear and ultrafast optics, optical and optoelectronic materials, terahertz photonics, electrooptics and microwave photonics.  He is a senior member of the IEEE and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. 


Honors and Awards 

  • Optical Society of America Fellow (2016)
  • Clark School of Engineering Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award (2010)
  • Clark School of Engineering E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2008)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (2007)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2006)
  • George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2005)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2004)


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Murphy Promoted to Full Professor
Dr. Thomas Murphy earns rank of Full Professor. May 14, 2013

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