The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.
Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of
provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.
IPST Spring Assembly Meeting
Date: Thursday May 8, 2014
Immediately following the meeting, please join us to celebrate Rajarshi Roy for his service as IPST director for the past 11 years.
Visit the newly renovated IPST lobby.
News and Special Events
AMSC program ranked #10 by U.S. News and World Report
April 4, 2014. The Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation program, under the direction of Konstantina Trivisa, and part of the Mathematics department at UMD, was ranked number 10 in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report in the category of Best Graduate Schools in Applied Mathematics. This reflects the great leadership and vision that Dr. Trivisa has brought to the AMSC program.
Biggest genome assembled by joint UC Davis-UMD-Johns Hopkins team
April 4, 2014. A team led by Jim Yorke at UMD and Steven Salzberg at Johns Hopkins assembled the genome of the loblolly pine, the largest genome ever sequenced. This was part of the overall effort led by David Neale at the University of California, Davis, to assemble this collosal genome. The UMD team - Jim Yorke, Aleksey Zimin, Guillaume Marcais and Mike Roberts - focused on the assembly alone. "The key person in the Maryland effort was Aleksey Zimin (in UMD’s IPST) and he will lead the assembly effort for the sugar pine assembly. Also, while we did use a super computer, it was a rather small super computer – 64 core processors with a terabyte of ram. Our assembly program is called MaSuRCA (MarylandSuperReadsCeleraAssembler) that is open source and freely available. It is being downloaded at a rate of 200 times per month (200 distinct web addresses) because it does a great job assembling genomes of all sizes, minimizing gaps and errors." Yorke said. The Genetics Society of America features an article with further details on this fascinating project.