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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.

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News and Special Events

Dan Lathrop elected Vice-Chair of APS/GSNP

January 20, 2017. IPST and Physics Professor Daniel Lathrop was recently elected Vice-Chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP). The Vice-Chair serves in that capacity for one year, becomes Chair-Elect in year two, and then serves as Chair of GSNP in year three.

Lathrop’s research in the Nonlinear Dynamics Lab focuses on turbulent fluid flows, geomagnetism and experiments on superfluid helium. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Lathrop was the recipient of the 2012 Stanley Corrsin Award in recognition of "...his striking observations of flow in a quantum fluid including detection of counter-flow that confirmed the two-fluid picture of quantum fluid, observation and characterization of reconnections of quantized vortices, and the discovery of an inverse-cube tail in the velocity distribution of superfluid turbulence."


Gemstone Team ARMIT wins prize from FedCentric LLC

December 7, 2016. Gemstone Team ARMIT undergraduate research is developing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) interfaces for UAVs (drones) for such missions as search and rescue. IPST’s Dr. Anil Deane is their mentor.

FedCentric LLC’s Big Data business recognized the innovation and value of Gemstone TEAM ARMIT by awarding team ARMIT $1000 towards their research. Shown in the picture is the team at the award ceremony at the FedCentric HQ in College Park on Nov 30th.
Team ARMIT


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