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Murphy, Thomas E.

Murphy, Thomas E.

Keystone Professor
Associate Chair for Research and Faculty Affairs
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
1201E Energy Research Facility


  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997
  • B.A./B.S.E.E., Physics and Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 1994


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. 


  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, The University of Maryland (2020-2021)
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (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)

Orcid: 0000-0002-8286-3832, Google Scholar

  • Optical communications
  • Short-pulse phenomena
  • Numerical simulation
  • Optical pulse propagation
  • Nanotechnology and integrated photonics

Professor Murphy Appointed in Inaugural Role

Named Associate Chair for Research and Faculty Affairs.

Sennur Ulukus Announced as New ECE Chair

Tenure as Chair began November 7, 2022

Professor Thomas E. Murphy Named Interim Chair

Professor Joseph Jaja steps down after four years of service to the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Three Science Terps Named 2021 Goldwater Scholars

Three University of Maryland undergraduates were awarded scholarships this year by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and research careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Two Engineers Among 2020-2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teachers

Professors Thomas Murphy and Derek Paley have been selected by the University of Maryland as Distinguished Scholar-Teachers.

Murphy Named 2020-2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Behtash Babadi Wins Clark School's Junior Faculty Teaching Award

The Clark School gives this award to a junior faculty member for excellence in teaching.

Prof. Sang Bok Lee appointed director of Maryland NanoCenter

UMD chemist will direct two labs on nanoscale fabrication and characterization

MSE Seeks Applications for Professor & Department Chair

Position will remain open until filled, but applications should be submitted by February 19, 2018, for best consideration.

Thomas E. Murphy Reappointed as Director of IREAP

Thomas E. Murphy Reappointed as Director of IREAP

Optical Society of America (OSA)