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
- Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5275
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- 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
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.
Nanomaterial manufacturing and characterization
Nanoscale/microscale computing systems
Self-assembled computer architecture
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:
- National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF). Office of the Secretary of Defense. 2014
- Kavli Fellow. National Academy of Sciences. 2011
- Computer Science Study Group. DARPA. 2009
- Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. President of the United States of America. 2008
- Young Investigator Award. Army Research Office. 2008
- COMPSCI 350L: Digital Systems
- ECE 350L: Digital Systems
- ECE 392: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 494: Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 891: Internship
Representative Publications: (More Publications)
- Nellore, V; Xi, S; Dwyer, C, Self-Assembled Resonance Energy Transfer Keys for Secure Communication over Classical Channels., ACS Nano, vol 9 no. 12 (2015), pp. 11840-11848 [10.1021/acsnano.5b04066] [abs].
- Dwyer, CL; Díaz, SA; Walper, SA; Samanta, A; Susumu, K; Oh, E; Buckhout-White, S; Medintz, IL, Chemoenzymatic Sensitization of DNA Photonic Wires Mediated through Quantum Dot Energy Transfer Relays, Chemistry of Materials, vol 27 no. 19 (2015), pp. 6490-6494 [10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b02870] [abs].
- Wang, S; Lebeck, AR; Dwyer, C, Nanoscale Resonance Energy Transfer-Based Devices for Probabilistic Computing, IEEE Micro, vol 35 no. 5 (2015), pp. 72-84 [10.1109/MM.2015.124] [abs].
- Pang, J; Dwyer, C; Lebeck, AR, mNoC: Large Nanophotonic Network-on-Chip Crossbars with Molecular Scale Devices, ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems, vol 12 no. 1 (2015) [10.1145/2700241] [abs].
- Pang, J; Dwyer, C; Lebeck, AR; Pang, J; Dwyer, C; Lebeck, AR, More is less, less is more: Molecular-scale photonic NoC power topologiesMore is less, less is more: Molecular-scale photonic NoC power topologies, International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems - ASPLOS, vol 2015-January (2015), pp. 283-296 [10.1145/2694344.2694377] [abs].