Director's Welcome

Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

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.

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IPST Spring Assembly Meeting

Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room

News and Special Events

Celebration of Professor Bob Dorfman

April 16, 2015. On April 1 we celebrated 50 years of the many contribution of Professor Bob Dorfman to science and the status and well-being of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. In September 1964 J. Robert Dorfman joined the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics, precursor of IPST. During the years 1983-1992 Professor Dorfman served as Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, the Dean of the College of Computer Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mikhail Anisimov recognized by USM Board of Regents

April 16, 2015. Professor Mikhail Anisimov was recognized at the 2015 USM Board of Regents Faculty Awards in the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity category.

"Dr. Anisimov's field of research includes thermodynamics of fluids, liquid crystals, polymers, surfactant solutions, and other nano-structured materials. Dr. Anisimov has an impressive ability to create connections between the basic sciences and engineering. His breakthrough work has real world applications including oil recovery, procedures for plane de-icing, food preservation, and climate research through cloud formation.

His research includes collaborations with scientists from Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and he also serves on the editorial boards of five international research journals. In addition to teaching courses, Dr. Anisimov has advised several PhD students, supervised the research of undergraduate students, and mentored junior faculty and community college instructors.

In 2013, Dr. Anisimov established the Light Scattering Center at UMCP to promote research, education, and commerce in new fields of materials science, chemical and biomolecular engineering, colloid science, and chemistry and biochemistry for academia, government labs, and industry." Reads the official announcement.

Elaine Oran recognized with Honorary Doctorate

April 16, 2015. Professor Elain Oran was recognized by the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) Rouen with an Honorary Doctorate during the 30-year Anniversary Program on April 3.

DJ Patil named Chief Data Scientist at White House

April 16, 2015. On February 18 Dr. Dhanurjay "DJ" Patil, UMD alum and a student of Jim Yorke, was named Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. He was interviewed by Amrita Jayakumar, from The Washington Post.

Work on neutron detection featured in local newspaper

April 16, 2015. Professor Michael Coplan’s work with his collaborators on neutron detection was featured in the Diamondback on its March 31, 2015 issue.

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