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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IPST Fall Assembly Meeting

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room

News and Special Events

24th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture

September 25, 2018. The Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Physics announce the 24th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture. This year's lecture will be presented by Charles H. Bennett, IBM Fellow, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and 2018 Wolf Prize Recipient. His talk, "Occam's Razor, Boltzmann's Brain, and Wigner's Friend," will be given on Tuesday, October 9, 2019 at 4:00 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.

How the desert could bloom

September 7, 2018. A new University of Maryland-led study, co-authored by Distinguished University Professor Eugenia Kalnay (IPST / AOSC) and Safa Motesharrei (IPST / AOSC / Physics), and published in Science shows that wind and solar farms in the Sahara would lead to a doubling of rainfall in the earth’s largest hot desert, potentially opening large expanses to agriculture.

Such precipitation increases could lead to substantial improvements of rain-fed agriculture in the region, and vegetation increases would lead to the growth in production of livestock, said Safa Motesharrei.

Their September 7th paper has attracted significant media coverage including BBC News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Japan Times.

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