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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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Student office in IPST building
Student office in IPST building
The newly renovated Michael Coplan Student Study Room has opened to students of the Chemical/Physics and Bio/Physics Graduate programs for the Fall 2014 semester. This renovation and new furnishings were made possible by the financial partnership between IPST; the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS); and UMD Campus Facilities. Many thanks go to Jack Baker, Director of Facilities for his support for this renovation and Tom McMullen, Assistant Dean for Facilities, CMNS, providing financial support without which the furnishings for 19 graduate students would not have been possible.

News and Special Events

Eleventh Burgers Symposium on Nov. 13th

November 5, 2013. Jim Wallace, Chair of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics, invites you to the 2014 Burgers Symposium on Thursday, November 13th, in the Kay Boardrooms (1107 & 1111) of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the annual Burgers Lecture, which will be given by Katepalli Sreenivasan, Executive Vice Provost for Science and Technology, President and Dean of the Polytechnic School of Engineering, and Professor of Physics and Mathematics at New York University. There will also be lectures by Gijs Ooms, Former Scientific Director of the J.M. Burgerscentrum, The Netherlands; Charles Meneveau, from Johns Hopkins University; Rachel Lee and Ken Kiger, both from the University of Maryland, College Park; and Bruno Eckardt, from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. The event will feature a poster session with prizes awarded to the best poster in each category. For details, visit the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics website.

Washington Post Features UMD/Goddard Collaboration and Dr. Seo’s ISS-CREAM Project

October 31, 2014. Professor Eun-Suk Seo's ISS-CREAM probe and Michael Coplan's Ion Composition Instrument on the ISEE-3 satellite have been featured in a Washington Post article highlighting the long collaboration between the University of Maryland, College Park, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The proximity of campus to GSFC has fostered a long time collaboration between both institutions that has translated into great learning and job opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students at UMD. It is projects such as ISS-CREAM, lead by Dr. Seo, whose purpose is to detect cosmic rays at wide energy ranges with the ultimate goal of understanding the origin of cosmic rays and the implications that these phenomena carry for the universe, that capture the imagination and labor of students. The proximity to GSFC, the mentorship and direction of Dr. Seo, and the abundance of interest among students, have resulted in a very successful cosmic ray physics program at UMD that will see its culmination with the launch in February or June next year of ISS-CREAM.

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