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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 Fall Assembly Meeting

Date: Monday September 26, 2016
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room


News and Special Events

James A. Yorke named a 2016 Thomas Reuters Citation Laureate

September 23, 2016. Distinguished University Professor James A. Yorke (IPST / Math / Physics), with UMD alumnus Celso Grebogi (University of Aberdeen) and Edward Ott (Physics / ECE / IREAP), was selected as a 2016 Thomas Reuters Citation Laureate in physics, for describing a control theory of chaotic systems, widely known as the OGY method. The Citation Laureates program uses a variety of criteria, including scientific research citations, to identify the most influential researchers who are likely to win the Nobel Prize. Yorke, the 2003 recipient of the Japan Prize, is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

For more information read the CMNS story or the Web of Science story.


22nd Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture

September 15, 2016. The Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Physics announce the 22nd Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture. This year's lecture will be presented by Carlos J. Bustamante, Professor of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair of Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley. His talk, "The Folding Cooperativity of a Protein is Controlled by the Topology of its Polypeptide Chain", will be given on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4 pm in room 1412 of the Physics building at the University of Maryland, College Park. A reception preceding the lecture will take place at the James A. Yorke Rotunda in the Mathematics building from 3 to 3:50 pm. All are invited. Further details can be found at the Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture news announcement.


New form of fire discovered by Elaine Oran and UMD colleagues

September 1, 2016. Professor Elaine Oran (IPST / Aerospace Engineering) and her University of Maryland colleagues Huahua Xiao and Michael Gollner have discovered a novel flame phenomenon: a "blue whirl" fire tornado that burns without producing soot. This discovery could lead to new approaches for reduced-emission combustion and improved oil spill cleanup. Their August 23rd paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has attracted significant media coverage including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Nature World News and Live Science.


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