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
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science
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. 2014
  • Kavli Fellow. National Academy of Sciences. 2011
  • Computer Science Study Group. DARPA. 2010
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Unknown. 2009
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. President of the United States of America. 2008
  • Young Investigator Award. Army Research Office. 2008

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 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 891: Internship

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • LaBoda, C; Duschl, H; Dwyer, CL, DNA-Enabled Integrated Molecular Systems for Computation and Sensing, Accounts of Chemical Research, vol 47 no. 6 (2014), pp. 1816-1824 [10.1021/ar500054u] [abs].
    • Mottaghi, MD; Rallapalli, A; Dwyer, CL, RETLab: A fast design-automation framework for arbitrary RET networks, Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition , IEEE (2014) [10.7873/DATE2014.131] [abs].
    • Pang, J; Lebeck, AR; Dwyer, CL, 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; 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; Dwyer, C; Lebeck, AR, Exploiting emerging technologies for nanoscale photonic Networks-on-Chip, Sixth International Workshop on Network on Chip Architectures (NoCArc-13) (2013), pp. 53-58 [abs].