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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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Konstantina Trivisa
Konstantina Trivisa

Professor Konstantina Trivisa (IPST and Mathematics) accepted a joint appointment in IPST and became the new Associate Director of the Institute. Since 2007 Professor Trivisa has been the Director of the highly ranked Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation program at the University of Maryland. Her research is in the area of nonlinear partial differential equations, and in 2013 she was the recipient of a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics, for applications of fluid dynamics to biology and ecology. "Konstantina is a highly accomplished mathematician with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary interests. We welcome her in her new appointment as a faculty member in the Institute and as our Associate Director", said Dr. Christopher Jarzynski, IPST Director.

News and Special Events

UMD and NIH Researchers Receive BRAIN Initiative Award

December 15, 2014. Professor Wolfgang Losert (IPST and Physics), Associate Professor of Biology Patrick Kanold, and Dr. Dietmar Plenz (NIH) obtained a Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative award to study, measure and analyze the activity of large populations of neurons in multiple layers of the cerebral cortex in order to identify key groups of neurons —called "crowds"— that change over time. The UMD-led team will focus their efforts on the auditory cortex, a region in the brain’s cerebral cortex that is crucial for human language communication.

Eugenia Kalnay receives 2015 Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award

December 15, 2014. Distinguished University Professor Eugenia Kalnay (AOSC and IPST) is the recipient of the 2015 Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) "...for effectively mentoring many early career scientists, with her unstinting generosity of time and attention in providing advice, encouragement, leadership, and inspiration." Kalnay was also awarded AMS Honorary Membership.

Wendell Hill elected official of the American Physical Society

December 15, 2015. Professor and Joint Quantum Institute Fellow Wendell Hill (IPST and JQI) has been elected Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Physical Society (APS), effective January 1, 2015. Recently established, the Mid-Atlantic Section has the goal of strengthening the physics community in its region and to aid APS in its mission to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics at the regional level.

Ellen Williams Confirmed as Head of ARPA-E

December 11, 2014. Distinguished University Professor Ellen Williams (IPST and Physics) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, or ARPA-E, a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Professor Williams will be in charge of the agency that advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E projects have the potential to radically improve U.S. economic security, national security, and environmental well-being. ARPA-E empowers America’s energy researchers with funding, technical assistance, and market readiness. For more information on her confirmation, please read the official University press release.

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