Professor Murphy Appointed in Inaugural Role

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Professor Thomas Murphy

Professor Thomas E. Murphy has been appointed as the Associate Chair for Research and Faculty Affairs, a newly developed role for ECE. 

In regards to this inaugural position, ECE Chair Sennur Ulukus explains “we are a leading department in the world in part because of the innovative research undertaken by our faculty and students.  Our administrative and leadership structure needs to adapt to reflect our priorities and commitment to sustaining and building our research portfolio.”

Prior to joining the ECE Department in 2002, Murphy was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Labs, where he worked after receiving his Ph.D. from MIT.  During his time at UMD, he has been noted for his accomplishments in both teaching and research.  Awards that he has received include ECE’s George Corcoran Award for outstanding teaching, and the Clark School’s E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award and Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award.  He was also awarded the UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award for 2020-2021.  Other recognitions are the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award and the DARPA Young Faculty Award. 

Murphy is the former Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP), where he holds a joint appointment.  He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and most recently, he held the position of Interim Chair of the ECE Department.



Published January 9, 2023