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Murphy, Thomas E.

Thomas E. Murphy
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 Edward Murphy was born in Falls Church VA, USA. He studied physics and electrical engineering at Rice University, graduating summa cum laude with joint B.A./B.S.E.E. degrees in 1994. In 1994 he joined the NanoStructures Laboratory at MIT, where he pursued research in integrated optics and nanotechnology. He completed his M.S. degree in 1997 and his Ph.D. in 2000. In 1994, he was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship for graduate research, and in 2000 he and his colleagues received the Lemelson-MIT student team prize for innovation in telecommunications and networking. In 2000, he joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a staff member 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. Thomas is a member of the Optical Society of America, the IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.

Honors and Awards 

    •    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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