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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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

Mikhail Anisimov to receive 2015 USM Regents' Faculty Award

February 25, 2015. Professor Mikhail Anisimov (IPST/CHBE) has been selected to receive a 2015 University System of Maryland Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research, or Creative Activity. This is the highest honor that the University System of Maryland Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.
Professor Anisimov is an interdisciplinary scientist whose research focuses on the thermodynamics of fluids and fluid mixtures, liquid crystals, polymers, and other soft-matter materials, and he is an internationally recognized expert in the field of critical phenomena and phase transitions.

Michael E. Fisher awarded prize from NIHERST

February 13, 2015. On January 10, 2015, Trinidad and Tobago's National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST), in collaboration with the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, and Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Science and Technology, honored Professor Michael E. Fisher with The Rudranath Capildeo Award for Applied Science and Technology — Gold in a ceremony that took place at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, the capital of that country. Professor Fisher, a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Regents Professor, and Research Professor in IPST, was born in Trinidad, West Indies.

Michelle Girvan elected GSNP member at large at APS

February 13, 2015. Associate Professors Michelle Girvan (IPST/Physics) and Benjamin Vollmayr-Lee of Bucknell University (a former postdoc with Professor Michael E. Fisher), were elected members at large of the Topical Group on Statistical & Nonlinear Physics of the American Physical Society on December 24 2014. The appointment lasts for 3 years.

Ehrman and Oran elected Affiliate Professors at IPST

February 13, 2015. Sheryl H. Ehrman, Professor and Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, and Elaine S. Oran, Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department, were considered by IPST faculty in December 2014 for appointment as Affiliate Professors in IPST. Both candidates’ nominations were unanimously approved by the Institute’s faculty. Congratulations and welcome to the Institute for Physical Science and Technology to both of them.

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