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

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests:

My group studies the design, synthesis and properties of nanostructures for future computer and sensor systems. Specifically, we use DNA self-assembly, a bottom-up fabrication technique that can be used to achieve molecular scale resolution, to build experimental devices which we then characterize using a variety of tools from nanoscience. Connecting this research to the real world requires us to adopt a broad and vertical research approach that employs computational modeling and analytical theory to demonstrate how the unique properties of the systems we discover, and engineer, can best be used. Work in this area of nanoscience is exciting, cross-cutting and requires students to engage in subjects far beyond traditional areas of computer science and engineering.

Specialties:

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

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF), Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • Computer Science Study Group, DARPA, May, 2010
  • 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)
    • LaBoda, C; Duschl, H; Dwyer, CL, DNA-Enabled Integrated Molecular Systems for Computation and Sensing, Accounts of Chemical Research (2014), pp. 140521160755003-140521160755003 [10.1021/ar500054u] [abs].
    • Pang, J; Lebeck, AR; Dwyer, C, Modeling and simulation of a nanoscale optical computing system, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, vol 74 no. 6 (2014), pp. 2470-2483 [10.1016/j.jpdc.2013.07.006] [abs].
    • Mottaghi, MD; Rallapalli, A; Dwyer, C, RETLab: A fast design-automation framework for arbitrary RET networks, Monitoring active filters under automotive aging scenarios with embedded instrument (2014) [10.7873/DATE2014.131] [abs].
    • Pang, J; Dwyer, C; Lebeck, AR, Exploiting emerging technologies for nanoscale photonic Networks-on-Chip, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (2013), pp. 53-58 [10.1145/2536522.2536525] [abs].
    • 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].