Christopher Dwyer

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Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Chris Dwyer received his B.S. in computer engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contact Information:
Education:

  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • M.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
  • B.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1998

Research Interests:

We study the design and fabrication of nanostructures as applied specifically to the fabrication of future computing systems: devices-to-computer architecture. The term 'nanocomputing' or 'molecular computing' has come to refer to the many challenges that face computer organization and architecture as conventional top-down fabrication techniques (e.g., photolithography) begin to create devices with dimensions near the molecular scale. Defect-prone transistors and interconnect and a changing collection of technological constraints require changes in the way we design and build computer systems. DNA self-assembly is a bottom-up fabrication technique that can be used to achieve molecular scale resolution. The goal is to use these structures to integrate active nanoelectronic devices into a fully self-assembled circuit technology - and to study the new forms of computer architecture that the technology enables. To do this we have adopted a broad and vertical research approach to cover topics in the synthesis and design of DNA nanostructures, nanoscale device and circuit modeling, and studies of emerging computer architectures.

Specialties:

Self-assembled computer architecture
Nanoscale/microscale computing systems
Nanomaterial manufacturing and characterization
Computer Engineering
Computer Architecture
Nanoscience
Materials

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • Computer Science Study Group, DARPA, 2009-10
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2009
  • Young Investigator Award, Army Research Office, 2008
  • Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship, Finalist, 2006
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi

Courses Taught:
  • COMPSCI 350L: Digital Systems
  • ECE 350L: Digital Systems
  • ECE 392: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 494: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • NANOSCI 511: Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Mottaghi, MD; Dwyer, C, Thousand-fold increase in optical storage density by polychromatic address multiplexing on self-assembled DNA nanostructures, Advanced Materials, vol 25 no. 26 (2013), pp. 3593-3598 [10.1002/adma.201301141] [abs].
    • Pang, J; Lebeck, AR; Dwyer, C, Modeling and simulation of a nanoscale optical computing system, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (2013) [10.1016/j.jpdc.2013.07.006] [abs].
    • Pistol, C; Mao, V; Thusu, V; Lebeck, AR; Dwyer, C, Encoded multichromophore response for simultaneous label-free detection., Small, vol 6 no. 7 (2010), pp. 843-850 [10.1002/smll.200901996] [abs].
    • Thusu, V; Hwang, H; Dwyer, C, Sequential self-assembly and the impact of assembly order, 7th Annual Conference on Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices, FNANO 2010 (2010) [abs].
    • Pistol, C; Chongchitmate, W; Dwyer, C; Lebeck, AR, Architectural implications of nanoscale-integrated sensing and computing, IEEE Micro, vol 30 no. 1 (2010), pp. 110-120 [10.1109/MM.2010.9] [abs].