Thomas E. Murphy has been reappointed as the director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) at the University of Maryland for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2017.
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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning his M.S. degree in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in 2001. He was a member of the technical staff at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, 2001-2002.
Murphy joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2002, where he is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and IREAP. He served as interim IREAP director for six months before assuming his current role as IREAP director in July 2012.
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.
Murphy is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honor societies, a senior member of IEEE, and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Young Faculty award.
Murphy has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and research at UMD with the Clark School Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award and the E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty.
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